What is OSTENIL®, and how does it work?
OSTENIL® is a treatment for the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
It can be used in the knee, or in any of the other joints in the
body that are classified as 'synovial'
If you have any further questions after you have read these pages,
please ask your doctor.
How does OSTENIL® work?
OSTENIL® is a solution containing sodium hyaluronate (for more information on sodium hyaluronate click here...>>>).
It is injected into the space in the joint that contains synovial fluid and works by restoring the normal balance between the breakdown and production of sodium hyaluronate.
This procedure is known as 'viscosupplementation', and the effect of OSTENIL® means that it can decrease pain and stiffness and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
The sodium hyaluronate in OSTENIL® is very pure and is manufactured using a process called fermentation. It contains no animal proteins,
which means that it is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. OSTENIL® has been given to thousands of patients and has not been found to cause any serious
side effects. The exact make-up of the sodium hyaluronate in OSTENIL® has been carefully chosen so that it is as effective as possible in treating osteoarthritis.
What can I expect if I decide to have treatment with OSTENIL®?
If you decide to have treatment with OSTENIL®, it will be injected directly into the joint affected by osteoarthritis. This will be done once a week for 3 weeks until you have had 3 injections.*
You will probably not notice any benefits immediately after the first injection, but you should gradually start to feel less pain and stiffness over the next few weeks. The improvement in your symptoms should last for several months, depending partly on the number of injections you have. You can expect the benefit from three injections to persist for up to 9 months.
Once the effects of the first course of injections wear off, you can, if you choose, have another. After that, you can continue to have new courses of injections whenever necessary.
* In some cases your clinician may give up to five injections; in the case of OSTENIL® PLUS it is just one injection.