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Hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis

Hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis

Posted on Mon Apr 24, 2023

We now offer ultrasound-guided hyaluronic acid injections (Ostenil Plus) to treat patients with osteoarthritis.

What are hyaluronic acid injections?

Hyaluronic acid injections help to treat osteoarthritis, such as of the knee, ankle, hip and thumb; other degenerative joint conditions; and joint-related sport injuries.

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body’s joints. However, it thins with osteoarthritis, and joints become stiff and painful.

The injections are gel-like substances containing the acid. They help to lubricate joints and restore function, treating pain rather than just masking it.

When are hyaluronic acid injections a good option?

They are a safe, non-surgical option when other treatments, such as exercise, painkillers, and cortisone injections have not improved symptoms, or when surgery is not suitable.

Original image by Versus Arthritis

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid injections at Oryon?

  • To ensure that you receive the highest quality treatment, the procedure will be performed by our team of Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologists;
  • Minimal side effects: hyaluronic acid injections are a very safe procedure. Pain, stiffness or swelling and minor buildup of joint fluid are the most common side effects, but they are generally short term; and
  • Oryon uses Ostenil Plus, a market-leading treatment, containing a high concentration of hyaluronic acid. Only one or two Ostenil Plus injections are required per year, since each lasts 6-12 months.

How are hyaluronic acid injections given?

Patients have an ultrasound of the affected area and an injection containing the hyaluronic acid is inserted into the thick liquid between joints (synovial fluid).

For at least one to two days afterwards, you should avoid intense weight-bearing activities such as jogging, and high-impact sports.

How much will this treatment cost?

Our treatments will cost £475 per region and £685 for two regions. Multiple regions can be injected at once at a discounted rate.  

Hip osteoarthritis

Do I need a referral?

You need a referral from a qualified healthcare professional to receive this treatment.

If you don’t have one, we offer a scan referral service, where patients can get a trusted referral within one working day, from one of our partner healthcare professionals.

How quickly can I get an appointment?

We are committed to providing an efficient and quality service. Our consultant-led ultrasound clinic operates 5 days a week.

How quickly do hyaluronic acid injections take to work?

You should experience reduced pain and discomfort over a few weeks. This should last up to several months. You may then have another injection if your referrer recommends it.

Find out more about our ultrasounds and book a hyaluronic acid injection today.

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