Synvisc is a treatment that can, in many cases, temporarily relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis, and delay the need for a knee replacement. Synvisc is an injectable form of hyaluronan, which has many of the same properties as normal joint fluid. These joint fluid therapy treatments are also known colloquially as chicken shots or rooster juice. When injected into a knee joint, Synvisc can have the effect of lubricating the area, in many cases significantly reducing the patient’s pain level.
Typically, Synvisc treatments take the form of three injections, usually administered about one week apart. While it is not effective in all patients, many people will experience improvement over a period of a few months. Generally, one can expect the effects of a Synvisc regimen to last no longer than six months.
Studies have shown Synvisc injections to be safe, with no serious side effects. The most common of these are flare-ups in inflammation, which usually subside within a few days. Research has shown that there appears to be little danger of long-term damage resulting from joint fluid therapy treatments.
Opinions are divided on the effectiveness of hyaluronan injections and similar options. Some research has shown that joint fluid therapy treatments are largely ineffective. In a 2003 study, researchers concluded that “much of the treatment's effectiveness is caused by the placebo effect -- the idea that a patient's belief in a particular treatment causes it to work." Many patients, however, have shown measurable improvement in other cases – so there is little agreement on the matter. “No clear understanding of how well Synvisc injections perform has emerged,” says Jonathan Cluett, M.D. “Most orthopedic surgeons will agree that there is likely a temporary benefit of Synvisc injections, but in the long-term, additional treatments are likely to be necessary.”
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Formosa Medical Travel works on behalf of patients seeking affordable knee and hip replacement surgery in Taiwan. As one of the world's most developed countries, with a healthcare system ranked among the world’s best, English-speaking doctors, no visa requirement, and some of the lowest surgical prices in the world, Taiwan has emerged as one of the most popular destinations for Americans seeking low-cost knee replacement surgery.
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