What is the Fermathron One Hyaluronic Acid injection?

The treatment consists of one or a number of injections. Fermathron products are pure and natural products that are introduced into the synovial joint and are called a viscosupplement. This means that it supplements the depleted synovial fluid with liquid that is essentially the same as the synovial fluid in a non-arthritic joint.

The Fermathron products have similar viscoelastic properties as the synovial fluid in a healthy joint. Fermathron Viscosupplement is extracted from microorganisms and is therefore much less likely to cause any site reactions.

Fermathron Viscosupplement has been confirmed to be a reliable product in a large multicentre clinical investigation.

What are the benefits?

Persons who have mild to moderate osteoarthritis who wish to regain an active life style may benefit from a treatment with a Fermathron product. The treatment with Fermathron One viscosupplement may lead to the reduction of pain and stiffness in the hip or knee joint for up to 6 months.

Fermathron and Fermathron Plus Viscosupplements have been shown to relieve pain and stiffness for 6 months in the knee joint.

In general, there are no side effects to this treatment although in some isolated cases patients may experience some pain and swelling at the site of the injection. This disappears after two or three days and does not compromise the treatment.

What does the procedure involve?

Persons who have mild to moderate osteoarthritis who wish to regain an active life style may benefit from a treatment with a Fermathron product. The treatment with Fermathron One viscosupplement may lead to the reduction of pain and stiffness in the hip or knee joint for up to 6 months.

Fermathron and Fermathron Plus Viscosupplements have been shown to relieve pain and stiffness for 6 months in the knee joint.

What can you do yourself when your joints hurt ?

  • Reduce present overweight if possible
  • Train the muscles around the joint
  • Bathe in warm water
  • Continuous movement to keep the joints mobile 

What treatments are available?

  • Patients may also use paracetamol or acetylsalicylic acid to reduce the pain
  • There are many types of anti-inflammatory drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). These are widely used but some people suffer side effects and are therefore unable to benefit from their use
  • Another treatment is the injection of corticosteroids into the joint, thus reducing the inflammation.
  • Viscosupplementation with Hyaluronic Acid products such as Fermathron.

Acknowledgements

M. P. J. van den Bekerom et. al; Viscosupplementation in symptomatic severe hip osteoarthritis: a review of the literature and report on 60 patients; Acta Orthop. Belg., 2006, 72, 560-568

C. McDonald Mphil et. al; A randomised, controlled study to compare the performance and safety of two sources of sodium hyaluronate given as a viscosupplement by intra-articular injection to patients with osteoarthritis of the knee; 2000 Brookwood; Medical Publications Ltd, UK - JCR 69

AAOS Guideline, Treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee evidence-based guideline 2nd edition Adopted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Directors May 18, 2013

Osteoarthritis: care and management Clinical guideline Published; 12 February 2014 nice.org.uk/guidance/cg17.

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