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knee scope

Posted by @anniebrook, Sat, Feb 16 3:00pm

I am a 65yr old female with osteoarthritis almost everywhere. I just had my right knee scoped for the 2nd time .The surgeon found a bone spur which he removed but found I have part damage under my patella with no membrane ( his words ) to one side. I have to go back in May,it's now Feb, to talk about Hyaluronic injection. I have just read that it's a course of 4 over 4 weeks.has anyone had this done and how what are the results ? Thank you

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@anniebrook Hi Annie. I have had hyaluronic injections, both Synvisc and another brand. I have had them done by two different doctors and both did three injections. I just saw on google that they sometimes give four injections but I have never known anyone who had four.
I found they helped a lot. After the injection I was able to do a lot more than I had been able to do. I started exercising quite a bit and the exercise really helped with the pain too because it strengthened the muscles around my knee. I believe that many insurance policies will pay for the injections every six months. As that six month mark approached I generally was beginning to feel some discomfort again.
One time when I got a shot it was done by a PA and he must have hit a nerve or something because I had to wait about 10 minutes before I could stand without pain. Other than that one time though, I had no problem at all, and that pain did not last long so if that should happen to you don’t worry. I had at least four courses of synvisc — a total of 12 shots — or maybe even more. When they stop helping it’s time to have the TKR.
If you are in pain, could you get it done sooner than May? If you can, I would get it done as soon as possible.
JK

Yes, had the series of 5 injections done April/May of 2018, after arthroscopic knee surgery in October of 2017. In my case it did not make a noticeable difference in pain management. Perhaps temporary 10% improvement, but I ended up opting for TKR in September of 2018. Now 5 months after the 2nd surgery I am 95% pain free and able to do 85% of what I did before either surgeries.

@ellerbracke

Yes, had the series of 5 injections done April/May of 2018, after arthroscopic knee surgery in October of 2017. In my case it did not make a noticeable difference in pain management. Perhaps temporary 10% improvement, but I ended up opting for TKR in September of 2018. Now 5 months after the 2nd surgery I am 95% pain free and able to do 85% of what I did before either surgeries.

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Just saw the reply by JK…. the brand name of my injections was Supartz, and yes, there were 5 shots spaced 7 to 10 days apart. 1st one super painful, next 3 easy, last one hurt again.

@ellerbracke

Just saw the reply by JK…. the brand name of my injections was Supartz, and yes, there were 5 shots spaced 7 to 10 days apart. 1st one super painful, next 3 easy, last one hurt again.

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@ellerbracke I have not heard of Supartz or of any that required 5 shots. I think they may be a be a tad more painful than some other shots because the needle must be a bit bigger since it's injecting a gel. That's just my own thought. My first was painful, but I never minded any after that, and as I said, I had quite a few over a number of years since a TKR could not be done for a while.
JK

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Good Morning,
I've gone through a couple of series of injections in my knees. I've had it done after a scope and without a scope.
Without the scope, the shots had NO impact. With the scope, the relief was VERY minimal.
The shots hurt more than they were worth. However, they were worth the try. Anything was!!!!
FYI….I found that when the doctor sprayed the numbing spray WHILE giving me the injections helped with the pain ALOT!!
Good luck!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@anniebrook Hi Annie. I have had hyaluronic injections, both Synvisc and another brand. I have had them done by two different doctors and both did three injections. I just saw on google that they sometimes give four injections but I have never known anyone who had four.
I found they helped a lot. After the injection I was able to do a lot more than I had been able to do. I started exercising quite a bit and the exercise really helped with the pain too because it strengthened the muscles around my knee. I believe that many insurance policies will pay for the injections every six months. As that six month mark approached I generally was beginning to feel some discomfort again.
One time when I got a shot it was done by a PA and he must have hit a nerve or something because I had to wait about 10 minutes before I could stand without pain. Other than that one time though, I had no problem at all, and that pain did not last long so if that should happen to you don’t worry. I had at least four courses of synvisc — a total of 12 shots — or maybe even more. When they stop helping it’s time to have the TKR.
If you are in pain, could you get it done sooner than May? If you can, I would get it done as soon as possible.
JK

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Hi JK, Thank you for that info. You gave me the answers I was looking for.

@ellerbracke

Just saw the reply by JK…. the brand name of my injections was Supartz, and yes, there were 5 shots spaced 7 to 10 days apart. 1st one super painful, next 3 easy, last one hurt again.

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Thank you.

@grandmar

Good Morning,
I've gone through a couple of series of injections in my knees. I've had it done after a scope and without a scope.
Without the scope, the shots had NO impact. With the scope, the relief was VERY minimal.
The shots hurt more than they were worth. However, they were worth the try. Anything was!!!!
FYI….I found that when the doctor sprayed the numbing spray WHILE giving me the injections helped with the pain ALOT!!
Good luck!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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O'h dear I'm sorry they didn't work for you.I suppose I should go in expecting the worse hoping for the best.

@ellerbracke

Yes, had the series of 5 injections done April/May of 2018, after arthroscopic knee surgery in October of 2017. In my case it did not make a noticeable difference in pain management. Perhaps temporary 10% improvement, but I ended up opting for TKR in September of 2018. Now 5 months after the 2nd surgery I am 95% pain free and able to do 85% of what I did before either surgeries.

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it's good to read about a TKR that someone is happy about and that turned out successful as all I read here is about the ones that went totally wrong so it makes me dread that time coming.I wish I could read more successful ones on this forum.

@anniebrook : glad to oblige. On one hand I wish I had tumbled onto this website before my TKr, and would have asked soooooo many more questions (perhaps to major annoyance of my Orthopedic surgeon), on the other hand – being blissfully unaware – I simply expected a decent outcome, and dealt with the usual issues of pain and lots of PT as they came along. But with all the success I will frankly tell everyone, the best artificial knee is never going to be as good as your own, as long as that can be kept working good enough 🙂.

Both of my knees are bad. I had one shot of SynviscOne at 6 month intervals. Worked for about 2 years. Now I switched doctors and he recommended Hymovis – two shots per knee at one week intervals. It seems to be working much better. Insurance/Medicare will cover the shots every 6 months. I am not in much pain and hope to put off any knee replacement surgery as long as I can walk. I'm 69 and average size and very active.

We are lucky in Canada as these shots will be free.

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