Viscosupplementation is a procedure where a fluid called hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid is injected into a joint.
Viscosupplementation injections are not routinely recommended for treatment of osteoarthritis due to limited benefits, risk of side effects and high costs of the various agents available.
This information was written in November 2017, with expert advice from:
Jason Kielly, B.Sc. (pharm.), Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Clinical Pharmacist, Rheumatic Health Program, Eastern Health
This information was last updated in December 2021 by:
Alan Low, B.Sc. (pharm.), Pharm. D., ACPR, FCSHP, CCD, RPh
Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Medicines Access Coalition – BC
Primary Care Pharmacist, VancouverGo Back to Drug Index