There exists a natural occurring fluid between our joints known as Synovial fluid. It acts as a cushion and a lubricant, it is and is essential for proper working of the joints. Orthovisc is similar to the body synovial fluid, it is a sterile, non-pyrogenic, clear, viscous solution that contains high molecular content of hyaluronan extracted from rooster comb.
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What is Orthovisc?
Orthovisc products are sodium hyaluronate injections designed for intra-articular use. They are manufactured by Anika Therapeutics, an international medicine technology company based in Massachusetts, United States. Specializing in the development of hyaluronic acid (HA) therapeutic products, Anika Therapeutics offers innovative pain management solutions for patients with degenerative orthopedic diseases. Orthovisc is indicated as a visco-elastic supplement or to replace synovial fluid in human joints. It helps treat symptoms of synovial joint dysfunction such as osteoarthritis. Orthovisc was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2004.
What products does the Orthovisc brand consist of?
How much do these products cost?
- Orthovisc: $45.00 USD – $52.00 USD
What are the benefits of Orthovisc products?
- Non-animal origin: The hyaluronic acid in the injection is derived from a natural, non- animal source.
- Safe formulation: Orthovisc Products have an excellent safety profile and are not associated with pseudoseptic reactions.
How long do the results of these hyaluronic acid injections last?
Orthovisc hyaluronic acid injections are specially designed to deliver long-lasting results. In general, they can last for up to 26 weeks. Please note that results may vary from patient to patient depending on many factors.
Is there recovery time associated with Orthovisc products?
Orthovisc products are associated with minimal recovery time, as they are administered via a minimally invasive method.
Are they safe?
Orthovisc products are extremely safe and have been approved for use in many countries.
Orthovisc products are contraindicated in the following types of patients:
- known systemic bleeding disorders
- known infection of the index joint
- pre-existing skin infections in the area of the intended injection site
- known allergy to any of the components in the product
These may not be all the contraindications for Orthovisc products. Some Orthovisc products may have different contraindications from other products in the brand. Refer to the package insert of an Orthovisc product for more information on its contraindications.
The side effects Orthovisc products can cause include, but are not limited to, the following:
- a hot sensation at the injection site
- temporary knee inflammation