Not All Hydrogels Are The Same

2.5% PAAG products, although often considered equal, have clear differences in composition, manufacturing and injection techniques as well as their ability to interact with surrounding tissues.

Ultimately these characteristics determine the safety and effectiveness of each hydrogel.

Arthramid® Vet 2.5% PAAG Hydrogel is a pioneering treatment. Implanted into the joint itself, rather than simply mask pain, it defies conventional treatments by restoring function and movement to joints.

As a cutting edge treatment, Arthramid® Vet is trusted by owners, veterinary professionals and trainers alike.

Why Use Arthramid Vet 2.5% PAAG?

Arthramid Vet (AV) is a unique and patented hydrogel consisting of 97.5% sterile water and 2.5% polyacrylamide. This combination results in a gel similar to hyaluronic acid in structure and tissue compatibility, but with a superior and longer lasting effect, as it integrates into the joint itself and is non-degradable.

AV is elastic and viscous in nature, ideally suited for injection into the joints of animals providing an innovative and safe solution to veterinarians. Arthramid Vet is supplied in a sterile pre-filled 1ml syringe sealed with a Luer lock fitting.

AV is used to treat non-infectious causes of joint lameness in animals, including both early and late stages of osteoarthritis (OA). OA can be caused by traumatic injury or usual wear and tear which causes the joint to become inflamed. As the cartilage or cushion between the joints breaks down, pain, stiffness, and swelling develop, causing lameness.

Lameness remains the most common cause of reduced performance in the equine industry. In addition to pain reduction, treatment should also serve to arrest or slow down the progression of lesions allowing for disease modification. It is now well recognised that the OA disease process starts with the disease in the synovial membrane and that inflamed synovium is an essential component in the pathogenesis, with it almost always being present in cases of OA.

As part of the OA complex, the elastic and viscous nature of the synovial fluid is abnormally low. Furthermore, the synovial membrane becomes a source of inflammatory products which contribute to the progressive degradation of the joint over time.

Studies have shown disease-modifying effects as Arthramid® Vet integrates into the synovial membrane, stabilising the joint capsule, and increasing elasticity, which, in turn, reduces the onset of synovitis and its harmful effects. The formation of rejuvenated synovium improves the nature of the synovial fluid within the joint itself.

Additionally, Arthramid® Vet essentially causes a ‘cushion-like’ effect of the joint and increases glide which allows for the preservation and/ or even regeneration of the joint cartilage contributing to reducing the pain of synovitis and OA, and ultimately restoring the joint function.

Testimonials

Dr Stuart Vallance

ADVANTAGE EQUINE VETERINARY PRACTICE

ASCOT VALE, VIC, AUSTRALIA

I have utilised hundreds of doses of 2.5% PAAG gel since 2014, and during this period I have learnt how to maximise its benefit”

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Dr Stuart Vallance

ADVANTAGE EQUINE VETERINARY PRACTICE

ASCOT VALE, VIC, AUSTRALIA

I have utilised hundreds of doses of 2.5% PAAG gel since 2014, and during this period I have learnt how to maximise its benefit in my caseload of predominantly Thoroughbred racehorses. In my opinion, it can minimise the use of intra-articular corticosteroids or other joint therapies used in Thoroughbred stables. 2.5% PAAG is not a cortisone and shouldn’t be expected to diminish acute inflammation like corticosteroids do. In my opinion, it appears to have the greatest clinical effect in appropriately diagnosed joints with low-grade performance limiting lameness that are treated early in the horse’s preparation, or if utilised within a preparation given time (approximately 3 weeks) before one would expect to see a marked clinical improvement.

I have utilised hundreds of doses of 2.5% PAAG gel since 2014, and during this period I have learnt how to maximise its benefit”

Dr Marc Koene

TIERKLINIK LÜSCHE GMBH EQUINE HOSPITAL

NORTHERN GERMANY

I was one of the first vets to use Arthramid worldwide and the results are quite astonishing”

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Dr Marc Koene

TIERKLINIK LÜSCHE GMBH EQUINE HOSPITAL

NORTHERN GERMANY

I was one of the first vets to use Arthramid worldwide and have now used Arthramid for over 10 years in our clinic. We have injected over a thousand horses and have found it to be very safe. It has been a major game-changer in the way we treat OA in our patients. We have fantastic results with really frustrating cases and are still working on new indications and treatment schemes for the product. We are also looking into the ongoing research, especially around the Mode of Action.

 

There are not many “new” products implemented in our OA Toolbox in recent years. Regenerative medicine and Bisphosphonates were the greatest new assets and I rate Arthramid Vet in the same league. 2.5% PAAG gives us the chance to minimize corticosteroids and we have no threats of “doping positive “ cases. As well, some horses, instead of being destroyed, are happily back in business. I would encourage every orthopaedic vet to try the product. They will love it, if their case selection is appropriate.

I was one of the first vets to use Arthramid worldwide and the results are quite astonishing”

ALL TESTIMONIALS

Precision Medicine

  • Studies show over 82.5% of horses respond with a successful resolution of joint lameness.
  • Meets Animal Welfare Concerns; Arthramid Vet is not simply a lubricant or painkiller. Its a unique biomedical technology that helps heal and restore the joint to healthy function.
  • Made to Last; When compared to traditional treatments for joint lameness, research shows that Arthramid Vet is better and lasts longer with proven efficacy for up to 1- 2 years.
  • One of A Kind; Arthramid Vet’s unique and patented IL-X Cross-Linking technology makes it the safest and most effective Polyacrylamide (PAAG) Hydrogel available.

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