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Offline enuff81020

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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2002, 04:40:28 AM »
Hi!

I'm glad to hear that this round went better.  i hope you get the really positive outcome from this that some people get.  Good luck!   Sylvia
Both kneesOA.
Scope on rt knee,9/00;2/01
scope w/ LR and debridement rt knee 2/02
left knee same5/02
Patellar problems
LeftTKR12/16/02
Right TKR7/14/03
Complications MUA 8/14/03
R TKR revisio

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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2002, 06:16:43 PM »
I've had 3 injections both knees now, they do seem some better not perfect though, just a little better. I had the last one in the left last Tuesday and the right one the Tuesday before. All in all the shots were not too bad. I started taking the day after the shot off and that seemed to help. I milk cows for a job, 360 of them to be exact, very demanding on sore knees.
LR-Right 5/3/2002, LR-Left 7/12/2002 Synvisc both Sept 2002, LR, MR, Meniscectomy, Chondroplasty Right  5/16/2003, Right TKR 12/19/03 Cellulitis, 12/27/03, MUA 1/23/04,  RSD 2/12/04, MUA 4/6/04

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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2002, 03:21:21 PM »
I had synvisc 3 injections at 62  a year ago. I have sever osteoarthritis in both knees. 7 years ago I had arthroscpy on one knee  and pictures showed blood on both the knee bones. I did not think the injections made any difference to me. Though HMO paid $1500 + drs. fees [cost me $120 in copay] it was worth the try. Atleast now I do not feel I did not try. I still think Cortisone shots I took 7 years ago lasted longer [4-6 months].  Good luck to all of you who are tsking it and please keep posting results regularly.
65, M, bad OS both knees for 15 yrs. barely. Try walk a mile. Row  30 mts  OR  Rally tennis 60 mts. if pain and weather permits. Absolutely no  chasing balls. If fallen  TKR not good to get up????????

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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2003, 05:22:32 PM »
Thought I would report on the Synvisc, I hate to say it but it didn't work either knee. Right knee which is the worst lasted about 2 weeks, left knee maybe a month. Not worth the $3,000 or the pain of the injection. I wonder why some people it works others it doesn't. My right knee is getting worse every passing day. The doc is getting approval from comp to scope it again, he's not sure what he will do in there maybe another LR with MR. I've made it very clear he's not to remove the knee cap. The lack of extension in that knee is really a big issue, nobody has really said why it's that way. It was much worse in May after the LR, took alot of work now it's about -10 on extension maybe +100 unassisted, so the ROM really stinks.
Sheila
LR-Right 5/3/2002, LR-Left 7/12/2002 Synvisc both Sept 2002, LR, MR, Meniscectomy, Chondroplasty Right  5/16/2003, Right TKR 12/19/03 Cellulitis, 12/27/03, MUA 1/23/04,  RSD 2/12/04, MUA 4/6/04

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2003, 09:50:00 PM »
I think that treating knee problems is a lot like teaching reading--the doc, like the teacher needs a big tool kit of possibilities because no two people are the same and have different needs.  As a reading teacher, I've heard all of the phonics vs, text arguments and I believe a good teacher has all approaches at his/her disposal.

With knees, the docs try to go from least invasive to most invasive kinds of things as well knowing that there can be significant things happen as a result of their efforts--positive or negative.  I have an uncle who has had knee problems since his early 20's as a result of his high school football career.  He has had great results form SynVisc--and has repeated the procedure as well.  He is now moving into his 60's and is starting to consider TKR's.  SynVisc has saved him a lot of grief.

I'm sorry that it didn't work for you--I think it bought me a little time.  Funny thing for me was that the SynVisc hurt far less than the cortisone hurts me.  We all bring into this our own unique issues...

Treating knees is an art with a science basis, I guess...Sylvia
Both kneesOA.
Scope on rt knee,9/00;2/01
scope w/ LR and debridement rt knee 2/02
left knee same5/02
Patellar problems
LeftTKR12/16/02
Right TKR7/14/03
Complications MUA 8/14/03
R TKR revisio

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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2003, 07:47:39 AM »
Dear Kneeguru,

Nice that we have these threads. May be one should be a technical. This should describe only at length different procedures and updates on new trials. Also many use abbreviations on threads and for me many are unfamiliar. A list of them would be a big plus. If you do start the new thread or have one please email me. Thanks. It is also hard to go thro' so many threads. Can we merge some?   Thanks   anil ::)
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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2003, 07:49:45 AM »
One good solution will be having one thread which just also lists by date all the posts made on the other threads together.
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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2003, 07:16:00 PM »
Hi Anil

there is a section of knee terminology, which i believe it lists abbreviations.  I understand what you are saying though.  when I first came on board i didn't know what alot of them meant.  you can always post a ? to the person if you don't know what the abbreviation is.  I can help you out a little with the obvious ones.  

tkr:  total knee replacement
pkr: partial knee replacement
lr:    lateral release
rsd: reflex sympethitic dystrophy
mr:  medial reefing
ttt:  tibia tuberosity transfer (?) osteotomy

I cant think of anymore right now the pain meds are kicking in.

have a good day and I hope your knee(s) are doing ok.

Ellen
GOLDWIATH1980. LR1992. MENISCUS TEAR 1992 1999 2003. SYNVISC INJ 2001, FULKERSON 2002 W/ PATELLA CHONDROPLSTY SYNoVCTMY & LR SCAR TISSUE REMOVAL4/03 STAPH INF4/03 BONE INFECTION 4/03 TKR 3/04 meniscus tear 7/04 LOA 9/04 RSD 9/04 LOA 1/05, and LOA in May, told by OS will need loa every 3 mos. ENUFF!!

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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2003, 12:17:34 PM »
Hello Ellen,

Thanks for the info. Hope you are doing great. keep in touch. My knees are same. No courage yet  to do anything.

anil
65, M, bad OS both knees for 15 yrs. barely. Try walk a mile. Row  30 mts  OR  Rally tennis 60 mts. if pain and weather permits. Absolutely no  chasing balls. If fallen  TKR not good to get up????????

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« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2003, 05:16:30 PM »
I had the Synvisc injections in July of last year.  I found if my knee was swelled the injections hurt a great deal.  So I made sure the day before my injection, I didn't do anything to cause swelling and iced the knee.  My next injection was almost painless.

I didn't think the injections helped.  But during the last month my knee is much worse.  Did the injections help?   Or is it just worse?  I guess I will never know.


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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2003, 05:49:00 PM »
The Synvisc didn't work a bit on the right knee and a little relief on the left. I'm waiting for comp to approve a repeat LR with medial reefing on the right. Mostly the shots weren't all that painful, again the right knee complained more than the left. It's just a whinner!!
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« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2003, 02:24:51 PM »
My general practitioner told me some time ago that he thought  it a waste of time to try Synvisc as 'the specialists using synvisc weren't releasing any statistics.'

Despite this advice I eventually went ahead anyway (out of desperation).

My experience was that I thought that I noticed some improvements during the week following the first injection.

By the time I had all my injections (now some 12 months ago)
there wasn't any benefit at all.

In my personal view the whole thing is a hoax.
 
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2003, 04:28:00 PM »
A very expensive one I might add (hoax that is) over $500 a shot, 3 shots x 2 knees = no pain reduction.. Back to square one!!!
LR-Right 5/3/2002, LR-Left 7/12/2002 Synvisc both Sept 2002, LR, MR, Meniscectomy, Chondroplasty Right  5/16/2003, Right TKR 12/19/03 Cellulitis, 12/27/03, MUA 1/23/04,  RSD 2/12/04, MUA 4/6/04

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« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2003, 05:13:41 PM »
I did have relief from them--but it wasn't permanent...

I think they are now advertising it as temporary relief--6 months.

For me, the SynVisc was a lot less painful than cortisone has been.  I guess we are all different and that is why there are many different possibilities for treating this...

Sylvia
Both kneesOA.
Scope on rt knee,9/00;2/01
scope w/ LR and debridement rt knee 2/02
left knee same5/02
Patellar problems
LeftTKR12/16/02
Right TKR7/14/03
Complications MUA 8/14/03
R TKR revisio

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Re: SYNVISC
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2003, 04:20:46 AM »
I had 3 Synvisc injections (last one about 10 days ago) in my R knee, where I have chondromalacia and a torn meniscus and a lot of pain.  The only relief I got was during the first 24-48 hrs.   :P  Interestingly I had the same experience as someone else (above) with regard to the painfulness of the injections  The first one was so painless I didn't think he'd actually stuck the needle in.  The second one hurt more & resulted, 5 days later, in a lot of pain in the insertion tendon of the vastus lateralis (I mentioned this to the doc & he passed it off as normal, but personally I think he stuck the tendon on the way in).  The third one didn't hurt the tendon but hurt more than the first.  Of course, all this is just normal injection stuff and not relevant to the question of results.  I'd have to say my results were pretty disappointing.  The doc did say that some people have such good results they just come in once a year & get "booster shots".  So it depends on what's wrong inside the knee, I guess.

Ann
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