Viscosupplementation is also called joint lubricant therapy. It is used for patients with arthritis that have tried previous corticosteroid injections. There are several brands of injections including: Supartz, Orthovisc, Synvisc, Hyalgan, and Euflexxa. These are given in 3-5 injections 1 week apart.
Supartz is a solution of highly purified sodium hyaluronate. It was FDA approved in 2001 for use in the knee.
Short-term side effects can be possible infection, local bleeding, soreness, or post-injection reaction.
Supartz injection benefits are to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid called synovial fluid.