I know that the series can be repeated periodically, but wonder if the shots cause any long term damage to the joint (similar to long term use of cortizone shots). I know I will eventually have to have a knee replacement, but would like to delay as long as possible. I have osteoarthritis in all three capsules of my left knee with bone-on-bone issues and pain.
No - Orthovisc does not not have the same problems as cortisone injections.
Orthovisc contains hyaluronic acid and this is the same thick fluid that is normally found in healthy joints. Injecting it into damaged ones may ease pain and provide lubrication. Experts aren't quite sure how hyaluronic acid works, but it may reduce inflammation. Relief from a series of shots may last as long as six months to a year and may delay the need for surgery.
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