If the pain in your knee can’t be controlled, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. However, there are good reasons why you should look at knee replacement as a “last resort”: (10)

  • Any kind of surgery involves risks; these risks increase as you get older.
  • While knee replacements usually work, they involve not only surgery but a physical rehabilitation process; regaining your mobility can take weeks or months.
  • If the knee replacement fails, your only option would be to get a second replacement…and go through surgery and rehabilitation all over again.
  • Even a successful knee replacement can wear out over time; the younger you are when you get one, the more likely you’ll need a second replacement in your lifetime.

In general, the longer you can keep your own knee, the better—assuming your pain is under control and your lifestyle isn’t limited by it.

You and your doctor should explore all other treatment options before selecting surgery to manage your knee pain, delaying knee surgery.

SUPARTZ FX is indicated for treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, e.g., acetaminophen. You should not use SUPARTZ FX if you have infections or skin diseases at the injection site or allergies to poultry products. SUPARTZ FX is not approved for pregnant or nursing women, or children. Risks can include general knee pain, warmth and redness or pain at the injection site. Full prescribing information can be found here or by contacting customer service at