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Review by Meniscus removed 30 years ago (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): Had my left knee meniscus removed 30 years ago. I was told then "If you don't have it removed you will get arthritis when you are older". Well I have Mild to Moderate arthritis now anyway. Had my first series of injections in May of 2012. After 4 weeks I was 99% pain free for 8 months. Had the second series in March of 2013. Both times the middle shot was painful for a couple of hours. And then sore two days. No issues with the other 4 shots. With the start of snowboard season, I am looking at doing my third series.
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I have had these shots 4 times now. They say the relief lasts about 6 months, but this last time I was able to go 11 months without a shot. I am working out every day and playing tennis again. Love it!
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): 6 months ago a doctor injected Euflexxa. My knee was sore for 4 months. On the fifth month my knee got really bad, pain and swollen. A month later doctor starting injecting Orthovisc, on the first injection in felt like the doctor injected a knee, the inflammation went down and the pain went down 70%. Shot number two hurt and I was swollen and had pain for three days. Third shot didn't hurt and it was like the last piece of a puzzle. My knee feels amazing. Will definitely have these ones again. Let see how long they will last.
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I have had all 3 shots and my knees feel good, NO pain. The shots were spread out 3 weeks in a row, the 2nd week it hurt some but not as bad as the Knee pain I had. I can tell you how nice it is not to have pain.
Review by the plumber (taken for less than 1 month):
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): Have arthritis in my right knee. I kneel a lot so my knee is always hurting, had the shot done today. 5 hours later crazy to say but my knee feels pretty good. 3 more shots to go. Hopefully this works, tired of the pain.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): Received 3 shots in April. Very little relief. Now it's Aug -and I've been in agony since July, so didn't work for me. I'm amazed at the comments about playing tennis, hiking, etc. It's all I can do to walk 3 steps.
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): This is my 3rd time for injections but it has been 7 yrs. since the last one. The shots hurt so much I cried. (I am 66 and need replacement surgery). The doc did the injections with my knees bent, he said, because the cartilage is gone and it creates a bigger space. It's been 5 hrs since the injections. Feels better, icing every hour. Hope next week is better.
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): Dr. gave me a numbing shot first then followed with the injection. I've felt great relief and I have been pain free for a few years. I've had ACL Recon, meniscus, etc., and this was the next step! I'm thankful to have the option as I don't want to just swim, I want to continue with soccer, paintball, etc. If you can afford it and/or have insurance I highly recommend it. Ask for the numbing shot before as my Dr. said most orthopedic Dr's don't do that.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I took my 2nd injection two days ago and for the first time in two years I can bend my left knee to a much greater degree. I feel very optimistic about playing tennis again. I was told that I am on bone and bone and needed a knee replacement. Go try this injection before considering surgery.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I am a72 year old woman previously very active hiking daily, yoga daily. I fell and tore minuscus in three places...4 doctors have told me to do knee replacements...however I have chosen to do Orthovisc 4 shots every 6 months....as long as I do strengthening exercise I am 90% pain free..however cannot hike hills or mountains and yoga is limited...but can swim and bicycle..Since I know so many with complications from knee surgeries....I will continue on this route. Mind you I lead a very full life and on my feet at least 9 hours a day....
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): Had my first injection today. No big deal at all. After reading all kinds of reviews I was anticipating a rough experience. In and out of the office in 20 minutes then off to work.
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Review by Amazedgurl (taken for less than 1 month):
Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I have osteoarthritis in both knees. I had a torn meniscus repaired in my left knee a year ago. My knees were killing me. The surgery provided some relief but they both hurt constantly and going upstairs or an incline was awful! I had my first of 3 injections last week. The shot was uncomfortable but bearable. My knees hurt pretty bad for the first few days after the shot. Now almost a week later my knees feel so much better. It's unbelievable. I had learned to deal with pain when I stood from sitting and pain when I sat down! To not feel the pain when I stand is amazing! I highly recommend the injections!
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): 38 year old male with history of knee pain and troubles. Osgood Schlatters with both knees from age 14. Have had constant aches and pains for the past three years. Aleve no help, Mobic no help. Cortisone shots helped, but I was interested in something that would help without accelerating the damage. I've been through my three shots of Orthovisc in each knee, last one a week ago. The difference is night and day. No constant ache, no warm knees. Things are great so far.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I'm 50 years old and overweight. I had a torn meniscus repair (R) in July 2011. I have osteoarthritis in both my knees. I had a cortizone injection in my (R) knee and felt okay for a week, still taking medicines, still in pain. Had the 3 shots of Orthovisc in November and never received any relief. Changed medication (meloxicam) and was given pain medicines. Pain medicines work if I take two, but it really upsets my stomach.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): It's 9 days before Iron man Louisville and I just had my second shot. I'm 33, and ran 10 marathons last year and this year I'm feeling it. I have received the steroid shots in the past but two weeks ago got the first Orthovisc shot. That was on a Friday and I swam 2.4 miles and biked 70 with no pain. This week I've run over 20 miles, one 13 mile run, and am still feeling good. The shot was no big deal - I just put ice on my knee the hour before I went in and right after and this helped. I didn't need any assistance walking after - it just feels a little swollen. Oh well - time to go run!
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): Be positive. If you're in your forties when your pain starts you are very very lucky, I'm 24. So far I have had one shot in each knee. They were both painful, but nothing I can't handle because let's face it, we're getting these painful shots because we have a yet more painful condition. In the end, mine were fine, but my doctor DID use Lidocaine which he injected first. I have already had the cortisone injections and trust me, these Orthovisc ones start working a lot faster (but you REALLY get out your cane the first two days after the shot I warn you).
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I was diagnosed with lupus 4 years ago and have been living in constant pain. My knees have been the worst especially my right knee. I was offered the Orthovisc injections for the first time in May 2011. I just received my 3rd injection and I could tell immediately after the first one my knee was 95% better. I cannot express how good it feels to walk pain free for the first time in 4 years. I was near using a wheelchair every time I had to leave the house. I am so happy looking forward to seeing how long it lasts. My back quit hurting as well due to knee pain changing my gait caused back pain! I wish I had known about this sooner! I would recommend this to anyone. I'm so thrilled to feel like I use to and to be able to function.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I am 48 years old with osteoarthritis in both knees. Had my first injection of a series of 4 weekly, then will go to twice a year. I can already tell a tremendous difference. Was able to do over 30 minutes on the elipitical machine and recumbant bike each for the past week with no pain. Amazing. The injections pinch a little bit, but probably won't this week as the doctor advised me to not over do it the day before. If you are considering this treatment plan, I think you will be happy with the results. I am.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I have a meniscus tear in my left knee which hasn't bothered me much till this year due to all the shoveling I had to do. My knee was aching with sharp pain for weeks which led me to my Doctor. He gave me a shot of cortisone which didn't do much. He spoke to me about Orthovisc which is a series of 3 shots within 3 weeks consecutively. I had the 1st shot last week which wasn't too bad. After the shot I had pain for a couple of days, it really didn't feel like I was getting any relief. I went back for the 2nd shot 2 days ago. I had pain for the day and now today 2 days later I have no pain at all. Nothing. My pain is gone. This medication is definitely working for me. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND these shots for everyone with knee pain.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I'm a 41 year old male, been playing volleyball for many years, and had a minor knee injury and went to the orthopedist to get it checked out. He said I had moderate osteoarthritis in both knees and gave me Orthovisc. One injection per week for 3 weeks, not too bad. A little pinch during the injections but no pain afterward. After a few weeks, I noticed a lot less crunching in the knees, and can squat normally again. I believe it has helped a lot, and I hope it continues! I also started taking cod liver oil (with meals) as I read this helps with joint repair and function. They're pretty cheap at any vitamin store. Good luck and I hope this helps someone.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I had Supartz shots two years ago with great success. I just had two of three of Orthovisc and so far my knees feel great. I hope Orthvisc lasts as long as Supartz. I would highly recommend both products
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I've been using Orthovisc for 3 years. The pain during injection was minimal, no biggie. For my last set of shots I used another doctor. (Both doctors are rheumatologists.) The shots were very painful. Needless to say that next time I am going back to the first doctor for my next series. I know knee replacement is in the future for me (both knees) but so far I am having very good success with the Orthovisc though I must admit that each time I do it it’s not as successful as the last. Well I guess that only stands to reason but let's face it, with therapy and Orthocisc I've been able to postpone surgery for 3 years and still counting.
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I just had my second injection on 12/2--one more on 12/9. The first injection was very painful and my knee was sore for two days. The second injection did not hurt at all and my knee was fine immediately after. This knee pain has been going on for two years and I finally have relief. I'm just hoping it lasts longer than 6-months. I would definitely advise anybody who has this problem to at least try it. It is working for me!
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Orthovisc (hyaluronan): I completed the third shot in the series on Thursday before Thanksgiving. After the first and second shots I experienced about a 90% reduction in pain and did not need to take any pain medication at all. After the third shot I started experiencing more pain again and needed to start using pain medication again. I am hoping it goes back to the 90% with no pain medication.
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