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Orthovisc is an orthopedic injectable used to relieve joint pain and other symptoms of osteoarthritis. This highly purified sodium hyaluronate gel is similar to the body’s natural synovial fluid, providing lubrication and mechanical support to joints affected by osteoarthritis. Orthovisc is a product of Anika Therapeutics.
This orthopaedic injectable contains sodium hyaluronate, which is similar to the substance normally found throughout the body, including in the synovial fluid. Injecting sodium hyaluronate into a joint provides lubrication and viscoelastic support, separating the components of the joint so they do not rub together with movement. As a result, joint damage is stymied and inflammation symptomatic of this progressive disease is reduced, leading to improved symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling.
Orthovisc contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid of the currently available in a viscosupplement, allowing for more effective treatment.
It is perfect for patients who have tried analgesic treatments and exercise but found these modalities to be inadequate. It is also suitable for use in combination with other osteoarthritis treatments.
The hyaluronic acid in Orthovisc is lightly cross-linked, giving it the optimal biomechanical properties required to effectively treat osteoarthritis and ensure longevity, with results lasting for up to 6 months. The sodium hyaluronate is derived from non-avian sources, making this product safe for a broad range of patients, including those with avian allergies.
Orthovisc is safe for use and is generally well tolerated in patients suffering from osteoarthritis. It can be used together with other osteoarthritis treatments. There are some contraindications for treatment with Orthovisc, including patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the product’s components as well as those receiving anticoagulant therapy, prone to keloid formation, with bleeding disorders, who are pregnant or lactating or who are under 18.
Treatment with Orthovisc does not result in any downtime. Patients are typically able to resume their daily activities right after treatment.