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2nd round of Supartz not working???
« on: December 31, 2006, 02:01:41 PM »
I had a round of Supartz (series of 5 injections) in late spring. I just finished my second round this week and I am really disappointed. With the first series I got great relief for 5 months. At the 5 month point the pain in my knee returned with a vengance and my OS said we could do the Supartz every six months.
I have obtained no relief this time and was wondering if anyone else has had this experience where the first time worked but the second time did not.
Is there someone who has had no success with supartz but something else worked??

Thank you for any info

Paulette
4/04 microfracture
5/04 debris removal
8/04 OATS with synthetic plugs
11/04 OATS traditional autograft medial femoral chondyle
05/05 debris removal and OATS assessment
6/05 Cadaver Allograft OATS lateral femoral chondyle
9/05 OATS redone could not save allograft plug
12/2006 2007 and 2008 scop

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Re: 2nd round of Supartz not working???
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2006, 09:20:45 PM »
Hi Paulette,

I'm sorry these are not working this time round.  But I'm jealous, at least they worked the first time for you.  I received Orthovisc injections which I think are basically the same.  I got no relief and for a while was in worse pain - which thankfully went back to my pre-injection level after a couple weeks.  I have seen posts where people have gotten relief with Synvisc and others.  Just did not work for me.  Good luck and I hope these kick in and start working.  Have a good New Year.  Deborah

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Re: 2nd round of Supartz not working???
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007, 06:06:17 AM »
Hi Paulette,

I went through the 5 week injections this past fall.  I was miserable the entire time with an upper respiratory infection, a side affect the OS and PA forgot to mention. The first 2 weeks were bearable for a couple of days, then nothing.  I mentioned to the PA, who was the only 1 I saw for the 5 weeks and he kept insisting some people don't get result for 6 weeks after the last injection.  A long story short, I am seeing a new OS and he went ahead did an MRI which has mixed results so I had an exploratory scope on the 28th of December.  He went in with the thoughts of a biopsy for an ACI, I had a microfracture last March and found damage in 4 sections of the knee, but the area we were trying to fix with the supartz was the only good part in knee.  There is so much damage to the knee cap that I am getting pinching to the cartalidge.  This might be something you can bring up, there are so many possibilities.

I wish you the best of luck.

Tena
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12/28/2006 RK Scope

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Re: 2nd round of Supartz not working???
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2007, 03:59:12 PM »
Tena,

I know I have severe damage to the cartilage on the medial and lateral femoral chondyles and also the trochlear groove. I have had several surgeries to try and repair the damage (caused by a bad impact injury). The supartz did give me some relief the first time around but this time there is nothing. There are other surgical options for me such as ACI or try another round with the OBI plugs but I am trying to avoid surgery right now because I am in my final year of Nursing School.

Deborah,
Hopefullly one day there will be a miracle gel or something that will cusion the joint and relieve pain

Heres to hoping!!!

Paulette

4/04 microfracture
5/04 debris removal
8/04 OATS with synthetic plugs
11/04 OATS traditional autograft medial femoral chondyle
05/05 debris removal and OATS assessment
6/05 Cadaver Allograft OATS lateral femoral chondyle
9/05 OATS redone could not save allograft plug
12/2006 2007 and 2008 scop















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