Ostenil® Plus is a treatment for the symptoms of Osteoarthritis. It can be used in the knee, or in any other joints in the body that are classified as ‘synovial joint’. These are clinically proven to reduce the pain associated with Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition where the hyaluronic acid (a substance that is naturally present in the human body especially in the joints which helps in lubricating the joints) breaks down faster than it can be produced, causing deterioration of the joint’s cartilage.
Ostenil® Plus is a solution containing sodium hyaluronate. 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® Plus means that it can decrease pain and stiffness and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis. The sodium hyaluronate in Ostenil® Plus 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® Plus has been given to thousands of needy people and has not been found to cause any serious side effects. The exact make-up of the sodium hyaluronate in Ostenil® Plus has been carefully chosen so that it is as effective as possible in treating osteoarthritis.
In studies done in Germany the treatment scheme described above has proved to be effective and safe. In most cases, there is a quick and long-lasting improvement of joint function. If symptoms return the treatment can be repeated.
Private medical insurers may sometimes give the impression that they will not reimburse OSTENIL® or OSTENIL® PLUS injections, and, as a result, you may be led to offer OSTENIL® injections only for self-funding patients.
Sometimes an insurer may say that they will only cover the cost of a viscosupplement injected into the knee and not any other joint. However, on the codes schedule it does not specify that the related codes are only for the knee. This means injections into other joints, i.e. shoulder, ankle, etc, should also be covered by the insurers. However, the insurers will have their own specific policy regarding applicable clinical circumstances and products to be used. Please make sure you have the correct authorisation irrespective of the insurance policies you may have for your health care.
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