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Interventional Procedure Lead, Alison Westley, explains more about Durolane and how it is used to help patients with osteoarthritis.
To understand Durolane, you first need to know what it is. Durolane is a drug that is used to treat joint pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Durolane contains high levels of concentrated hyaluronic acid, the same agent that is advertised in many beauty face creams, this mimics the natural hyaluronic acid within the joint. Durolane helps restore the levels of hyaluronic acid which naturally diminish with the progression of osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid is known to control pain, as it made up of materials that exhibit both viscous and elastic properties so providing cushioning like your car shock absorber, but within the painful joint. Hyaluronic acid is also known to help maintain the normal fluid balance in a joint and help restore normal joint function again.
A single injection of Durolane can provide pain reduction in patients with osteoarthritis for up to 26 weeks. It may help bring back some of the life you remember by helping to reduce pain and stiffness in your joint. Durolane is treated by the body in the same way as the body’s own natural Hyaluronic acid and therefore limiting any reaction.
Durolane is normally injected directly into your joint. It’s never nice to have an injection but know that we do administer a local skin aesthetic prior to giving the Durolane injection to minimise any discomfort.
If you suffer with osteoarthritis pain and the pain is not controlled by simple pain killers and lifestyle modifications, then you could be suitable and benefit form Durolane treatment. The procedure is a simple one. The entire procedure is performed in the consulting room and takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Durolane is administered by a single injection into the joint.
An ultrasound machine is normally used during the procedure to help the consultant guide the needle directly into the joint space. Straight after the procedure we advise to rest the joint, to reduce any swelling, as the joint may feel a little more uncomfortable straight for a few hours after, but that’s only natural as we have annoyed it by sticking a needle in it. This will settle, and then it is back to normally daily life. We advise patients that this can take up to 2 weeks to feel the full benefit.
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