The Orthovisc should be in this week & the doc's office will call to set-up injection appointments. But next week I'm leaving town for 3 weeks & won't be able to return for my second shot until 4 weeks after the first one. Or I can wait until October & have them three weeks in a row. Does anyone know if waiting several weeks between shots diminishes the effect? Thanks!
Personally I would wait until October and be able to take the injections in the three consecutive weeks. The injections are given a week apart to give them the chance to disperse around the joint since it's a fairly thick gel-like substance. I think that waiting 3 weeks between the first and second injection may not give you as beneficial coverage. You're attempting to build layers of protection in your joint and I feel that waiting so long between the first and second injections may not give you the desired thickness of protection. Obviously, I'm just answering under the benefit of my experiences with these injections, I'm not a Dr. So perhaps your Dr could feel completely different. I think I would just want to start out with the highest possible chance of experiencing the best pain relief possible from the get go. I hope this helps!
I was faced with the same situation 6 mo ago.
I had my first round 2 years ago. I also had physical therapy with them which I think made them so successful.
I felt like I had knees of a 18 year old for 2 years!
It started to come back after I had side effects from Cipro which caused tendinitis.
I was going on vacation. I decided to postpone in order to put all my effort into doing it right.
The problem is...
I still haven't gotten them! Lol...
I don't know if you know BUT...
Holding off as long as you can keeps them working well. It's like building up a tolerance.
I'm going to schedule mine right now!
Thank you !
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