Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Carti-Cush™ System?
A. It is an IA injection of sterilized, hydrogel micro-particles that are wet, slippery and spongy. Our patented technology allows novel self-assembly of elastin, collagen and heparin to mimic cartilage extracellular matrix in both form and function. The Carti-Cush particle components are natural, animal based, and tightly cross-linked together to form a strong matrix material that resists enzymatic degradation, inhibits immune cell recognition, and thus, avoids the need for allergy pretesting.
Q. How does the Carti-Cush™ System work?
A. The Carti-Cush System uses precisely sized micro-particles for optimal joint spacing and for easy intra-articular injection with 20-23 gauge needles. Carti-Cush particles are too large to seep through synovial membranes, allowing long duration of their slippery cushion effects to reinforce the joint's articular cartilage and ameliorate or preclude the cartilage defects that cause pain to limit motion.
Q. How long does the Carti-Cush™ System last?
A. The demonstrated Carti-Cush System effects are long lasting. Veterinarians are reporting that the positive "CUSHioning" effects typically last about 12 months, depending mostly on activity levels. The Carti-Cush particles gradually resorb into the surrounding synovial tissue.
Q. Has the Carti-Cush™ System been studied?
A. Five years of Carti-Cush System case studies provided positive veterinarian testimonials. No adverse effects have been observed or reported other than some mild, short-term injection site responses.