Viscosupplementation- What to expect?
Osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting millions of people all over the world. It develops gradually and the pain worsens over time. Even though there is no cure for this condition, there are treatment options available that can help you in managing the pain and staying active.
When osteoarthritis is in its early stages, it is treated using nonsurgical options. There is a wide range of treatment options like modifying your activities, physical therapy, pain relievers, and corticosteroid injections. There is another treatment that might be recommended if other nonsurgical treatments don’t give any result, known as viscosupplementation. The viscosupplementation treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the joint. The thick fluid helps in reducing swelling and pain in your arthritic joint.
The bones of the joints have a cartilage cap on their ends for making sure that bones have a smooth movement against each other. There is a fluid coating on this cartilage that contains hyaluronic acid. It works like a shock absorber and lubricant in your joint. During osteoarthritis, the cartilage cap starts to break down, and the bones of the joint start scraping together abnormally. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you will have less hyaluronic acid than the required amount. This will lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, and stiffness. Through viscosupplementation, the hyaluronic acid is replaced and the symptoms are reduced.
The doctor will begin by injecting a numbing medicine to the space around the joint and drain any fluid causing the swelling in the joint. After that, hyaluronic acid will be injected into the space inside the joint. However, this won’t reduce the pain immediately. You will be required to undergo the full treatment to get some pain relief.
Before you undergo the viscosupplementation treatment, there are a few things that you need to take care of. Talk to your doctor about your medical conditions and the medicines you have been taking, including over-the-counter medications. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you don’t have to stop taking your normal medicines.
On the day of your procedure, you can drink and eat normally. If you experience new symptoms like fever, tell your doctor about it. Wear loose clothing so that your joint is easily exposed. You might get more specific instructions from your doctor before the procedure.
For most people, the viscosupplementation is carried out without any issues. However, it is possible for you to end up in the small percentage of people who face problems after the treatment. In some rare cases, the injected joint may flare up with increased inflammation. This can cause additional swelling and pain in the short term. That is why you need a trained and experienced medical professional who can perform the procedure in a way that decreases the chances of any complication. Other less common risks of viscosupplementation include bleeding, pain at the site of injection, allergic reaction, or infection.
If you want to avoid these side effects and risks, it is best that you consult an experienced and renowned specialist. Dr. Mir Jawad Khan leads the orthopedic team of the Germanten Hospital and is among the top orthopedic surgeons in India. With more than 20 years of experience, he has dedicated himself to his job and has earned quite a reputation for his efforts. In order to honour his work and celebrate his achievements, the ex-CM of Joint Andhra Pradesh & Former Governor Tamilnadu, Shri Roshaiah Garu, awarded him the title of Best Doctor in 2018. Also, Shree Etala Rajendra, the Honourable Health Minister of Telangana, awarded him the Vaida Ratna Award in 2019. It is because of his efforts that Germanten Hospital has managed to reach the top of the field.
Thanks to the dedicated team of surgeons and state-of-the-art medical services, Germanten Hospital has become a well-known name in the medical industry. In 2019, Times of India graded it as the Best Emerging Orthopedic Hospital. It was also named as the Best Orthopedic Hospital in South India by Economic Times 2021. The hospital has in-house diagnostic facilities including laboratory, radiology, imaging, and pathology services. A highly-advanced laminar airflow has been provided in every operation theatre for total infection control.
At Germanten Hospital, we strive to provide the best care to our patients. With the viscosupplementation treatment, we can help you get rid of your joint pain, allowing you to enjoy those little moments in your life without pain stopping you. To know more about this procedure, you can contact the specialists at the Germanten Hospital.