Hyaluronan injection is a treatment for osteoarthritis that can help to reduce pain and stiffness in your joints. 108 Harley Street offers hyaluronan injection into joints that can help to restore the normal balance between the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid.
Does it work?
Some joints, like the knee, hip and shoulder are enclosed in a capsule which is filled with synovial fluid
- HA keeps the bone slightly apart, protecting the cartilage coverings from wear and tear
- HA absorbs shock, again protecting the cartilage
- HA lubricates the joint, helping it to work freely and easily
- HA acts like a filter, letting nutrients reach the cartilage, block in the passage of harmful cells and substances.
HA is the most important substance in the synovial fluid and is continuously broken down and replaced. Normally, there is a balance between the hyaluronic acid that is broken down on the production of new hyaluronan. In patients with osteoarthritis this balance is disturbed, and break down happens faster than production, which leads to the gradual wear of cartilage in the joint. This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint.
What kind of conditions can hyaluronan treat?
Hyaluronan can be used to treat a range of common orthopaedic conditions such as tendon issues arthritis and sports injuries. It can also be used as a carrier to be combined with other active ingredients such as PRP, steroids and even cells. There are many types of HA on the market and all have different properties, 108 Harley Street will help you choose the most appropriate option for you. It is advisable to take joint specific collagen supplements for three months to maximise its effects.
Hyaluronan can be made from animal sources or since aesthetically produced. 108 Harley Street only use synthetic HA which has good scientific evidence.
HA injections can be divided into three doses or combined as a single injection. Depending on the treatment goals, indication in symptoms, biological substances can be combined.
Anaesthetic will be administered to the injection site. The injection process should take around 20 minutes to complete at 108 Harley Street.
What are the possible risks and complications?
- An infection at the side of the injection
- And increase inflammation and pain at the sight of the injection
- Bleeding and/or bruising
- No relief or worsening of symptoms
- Allergic reaction to the local anaesthetic drug
- Failure to achieve successful results
- Injury to the nerves or blood vessels
- Prolonged stiffness and/or pain
What can I expect after the procedure?
- Pain – you may experience and pain and swelling or bruising at the side of injection for 2 to 3 days following the injection. A compression support should be worn for the first day or two and ice packs can be used to reduce inflammation.
- Exercise – you should avoid strenuous activity for at least a week following your injection to allow your body time to get used to it. Sport specific collagen supplements can help to make the effects last longer.
- Work – you may return as soon as you feel able – usually within 24 hours after the injection. If your job involves manual work, stay off work for a few days.
- Driving – it is not advisable for you to drive immediately following the procedure. You may resume driving when you feel comfortable, usually within 2 to 3 hours after your injection.