I have a meniscus tear..is Synvisc likely to help? My ortho gives it relatively low marks and wants to do surgery. Doesn't seem like there's much risk to trying though.
In this particular situation, I'm afraid your Dr is right in giving synvisc a pass. Synvisc is designed to replace thinning, or missing, cartilage. It acts as a cushion between your kneecap and the bone under it. I can't see it helping in your situation. Plus there's a good chance that it wouldn't be approved by your insurance company as a recommended treatment for your problem. Having arthroscopic surgery could help repair the tear, allowing your Dr to smooth rough edges and clean up the area of injury which would go far in alleviating much of your pain. In my opinion it would be a far better option for you than the synvisc. I hope this helps and you feel better soon.
I agree with Lisa.
I had the injections for osteoarthritis because it replaces the synovial fluid to keep the bones from rubbing against each other.
If anyone wants to know... I had almost 2 years of having 18 year old knees again and mine are bone on bone.
Tears in the miniscus will not be fixed with these injections.
My husband had that surgery and it wasn't bad at all. You need someone to help you post-op.
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