Is Synvisc a good alternative to joint replacement?

Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
Synvisc is not generally an alternative to joint replacement in people with very advanced knee osteoarthritis (OA), but Synvisc and similar hyaluronic acid products can be useful for moderate knee OA -- particularly among people who aren't responding to anti-inflammatories and injected steroids. For them it's worth giving hyaluronic acid injections a try because often the next alternative is joint replacement.
Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Our goal as surgeons is to make the natural joint last as long as possible before recommending joint replacement. Hyaluronic acid injections -- including Synvisc and others -- can help prolong the function of the knee joint. While these injections aren't an alternative to joint replacement, they can delay the need for that surgery in many people.

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