How does GenVisc 850 work?
The fluid (synovial fluid) in your knee helps to lubricate and cushion the joint during movement. The major component in the synovial fluid is hyaluronic acid, the equivalent active component of GenVisc 850. One of the early effects of OA is to break down this fluid, making it less effective. It is thought that GenVisc 850 helps restore the synovial fluid to a more healthy state, thereby reducing the pain of OA.
How is GenVisc 850 administered?
Our Nurse Practitioner will do an exam and then apply an antiseptic to the injection site before the needle is gently inserted. The needle is inserted and the GenVisc 850 is injected into the space of the affected joint, between your thigh and calf bone.
How many injections should I receive?
GenVisc 850 is supported by the largest and longest duration double blinded clinical study of hyaluronic acids for knee osteoarthiritis. Clinical Studies demonstrated that five injections one week apart provide optimal pain relief. Some patients have derived benefits following the third injection. The effectiveness of less than three injections has not been evaluated.
What should I do after my treatments?
It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activities for at least 48 hours after receiving the injection. Your healthcare provider will advise you about the level of activity that is right for you. Most patients are able to maintain their normal daily activities after treatment.
Will my insurance cover GenVisc 850?
Most insurance carriers and Medicare cover GenVisc 850. The process of obtaining reimbursement varies from plan to plan so call our office and we will work on verifying your insurance coverage.