Anyone ever have injections like Orthovisc in their knees?

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   Posted 7/9/2014 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I started out by having the hylagan shots in my left knee,  which is a series of 5 weekly shots and at first, had them every year to year 1/2 (never hurt once).  After 5 years, the Dr. did the Orthovisc - series of 3 shots in both knees and they didn't do anything so needless to say, I had the left knee replaced at 45 yrs old.  Six months after the left was replaced, I had the right knee scoped (cartlidge cleaned up) and I haven't had one single problem with either knees since.  I would replace it again in a second.  I notice my back and leg pain decreased significantly and my posture is much better because now I'm not walking at the "lean" to try and keep pain down.
The biggest difference I've heard and experienced personally is trust and faith in the surgeon that is doing the work.  I've been with my surgeon for over 30 yrs now and I told him he wasn't allowed to retire until the other knee needs done (which hopefully now the really bad one is better, I won't need to). smilewinkgrin
Best of Luck whatever you decide.
PS:  The best advice I was given by people that have had their knees replaced was to work extra hard at the excersises you do immediately after.  The more you do and longer you do them, the more movement you get back and the quicker it all heals.

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   Posted 7/9/2014 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby has had a partial, it helped..he 's had injections, they also helped.. But he was still having some nagging pains..and got therapy to release the fascia around the knee...and this helped him tremendously...i would want a test to confirm also..because with fibro we could be having soft tissue issues that make the joint hurt..

My husband had one knee that they said we will just go in and clean it a mini surgery.. The surgeon came out after and said it was not as bad as he he went theough a surgery when he probably needed the fascia released...i know it can be confusing and we want to take their word on things..

But he wouod say try the injections..and get the fascia checked

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   Posted 5/8/2015 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
After tearing the meniscus in my right knee 4 years ago in a fall at work, i had surgery to repair the tear. Both of my knees have significant cartilage loss due to OsteoArthritis and general wear and tear of the joint. I checked out the various injections and found that since I am allergic to feathers that Ortho Visc was the best option. My ortho sprays a numbing agent on the area so that I do not feel any pain with the injection. I do feel pressure and can feel the liquid, but that is all. They worked so well for me with the right knee that I decided to get them in my left as well. My ortho has also added cortizone to the injection so that I have added relief with the left knee without having to deal with the second needle. I would recommend them highly. I get them every six months.

I am with you on not wanting the knee replacements. My sister who is 10 years older than me has had three knee replacements in her left knee and two in her right knee. She is kn constant pain.

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   Posted 1/9/2017 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had these Shots on their shoulder? I just came across this thread and had to ask. I have been seeing my ortho for 4 months now for my shoulder. MRI says I have bad arthritis with small tears and inpingements? I have had the steroid shots for burcitis. no help. Had one inner joint injection of steroid with no help. He said the other alternative is these Orthovisc injections. or see the his shoulder specialist for orthoscopic surgery. My insurance will not cover the shots and he said there is about a 50/50 chance of them working anyway.. I am 49 and way to young for a joint replacement so I don't want to go there...
My deductible on my insurance stinks and surgery will set me back much more than these injections..
Any comments would be appreciated..
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