What is Supartz FX?
A non-surgical FDA approved injection therapy that relieves pain in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. The solution is made of highly purified, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid or HA). HA is a natural chemical found in your body in joint tissues and synovial fluid that fills your joints. Your body’s own HA acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in synovial fluid of a healthy joint.
How does Supartz FX work?
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, degrades the quality of the synovial fluid. Eroded cartilage may cause bones to scrape painfully against each other and with a low concentration of hyaluronic acid, synovial fluid is less able to protect the knee and bone spurs can form.
Supartz FX therapy adds highly purified HA to your knee, relieving pain and helping with stiffness, which can help you return to daily activity.
How is the treatment performed?
This injection can be performed at PRP Regeneration Specialists office in Gainesville, Fl. A topical and local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Self-administered PRONOX (laughing gas) can be used to decrease anxiety and pain. The nitrous/oxygen gas mixture is safe, works quickly, and leaves the body in a matter of minutes so it is safe to drive home after the procedure. The procedure only takes 5- 10 minutes, and your entire visit usually takes approximately 30 minutes.
Healthy knee verses advanced osteoarthritis
How often is the treatment?
Supartz FX works best when it is given in a weekly series for three to five weeks. Pain relief may start after the first Supartz FX injection and can last up to 6 months.
Who should NOT have Supartz therapy?
- People allergic to avian (bird) proteins, feathers, or egg products.
- People who have infections or skin diseases in the area the injection will be given.
- People that have had any previous allergic reactions to Supartz FX therapy.
What to expect after the treatment?
After the treatment a knee brace will be applied, and it is encouraged to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. Pain relievers may be used as prescribed. Physical Therapy is often recommended to strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the treated area.