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User Reviews for Monovisc to treat Osteoarthritis

Monovisc has an average rating of 5.6 out of 10 from a total of 35 ratings for the treatment of Osteoarthritis. 49% of those users who reviewed Monovisc reported a positive effect, while 40% reported a negative effect.

Monovisc Rating Summary

5.6/10 average rating

35 ratings from 35 user reviews.

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Reviews for Monovisc

Trudy · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 13, 2021

“Tore first meniscus in 2011--dog knocked me down. First orthopedist offered nothing - she likes surgery. Second offered cortisone--no help. Third offered orthovisc and I had a great experience for 8 years. Tore my good knee (meniscus and muscles) when Medicare would not let me get injection a month early. Treated the injured knee immediately with Orthovisc and it helped a lot. Makes a big difference in how the provider administers the injection. Lost my best injection giver and went to her boss (ortho surg) who did awesome and talked me into Monovisc. Relief is slower than with the 3 shots -- it has been 3 weeks but I am still hopeful. Vastly better than cortisone, nothing, or Synvisc (which did nothing). Have seen too many patients suffering after knee surgery--I will stick with Mono or Orthovisc.”

8 / 10
Burk March 7, 2021

“I had a monovisc injvection almost 3 years ago after being told by my first doctor I needed knee replacement. I went for a second opinion from a very highly rated specialist. He ask me what made me think I would be better off with a knee replacement. Then he suggested I take the full dose of monovisc not smaller ones. He also explained that this only helps 50-60% of the people who take it. I am happy to say it has helped me.”

10 / 10
Bel · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 5, 2021

“When I first started with debilitating arthritis in my right knee my Orthopedic doctor tried a cortisone injection, it was useless. I went back and he did a Monovisc Injection, what a life saver, I got relief immediately that was in 2019. I only have to go once a year for injections as the benefit of being pain free lasts that long. As of now getting injections on both my knees, I have done these injections for three years now. As long as I can continue getting Monovisc my preferred remedy I will, as knee surgery is out of the question for me. Love Monovisc!”

10 / 10
Catch · Taken for less than 1 month October 25, 2019

“The injection itself is painful, for sure, and I had my doubts the first few days afterwards when my knee pain was not improved, and seemed to be occurring in different areas than before, like back of the knee. But now I am 10 days post-injection and am in so much less pain, and able to walk, stand and even sit more comfortably. Hoping it lasts a decent amount of time! Cortisone only worked for 10 days for me.”

9 / 10
Sue · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 27, 2019

“This can take up to 12 weeks to work which is the case with me. It gets worse before it starts to feel better. Your joint will be inflamed and I ain't going to lie, relief is NOT immediate. My doctor told me it takes up to 6-8 weeks to work but from what I read online it can take 8-12 weeks. I had a bakers cyst behind my knee-I noticed it started to feel better a couple of weeks after the injection. Seriously, a couple of days ago I couldn't move my knee at all but now it moves so easily and practically no pain. It was like a miracle.”

7 / 10
Avoiding bilateral total knee · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 7, 2020

“Started Monovisc about 2 years ago when the bone on bone created spurs that were catching on nerves (Not fun) My ortho doc said bilateral total knee was my only option but, knee appliances don't last forever and I didn't want a revision (take it out insert another) in 20 years. Since I am "only 50" I would need another knee around 70 so I am trying to get as much time as I can. I switched docs. My new doc agreed I was young for TKR and put me on monovisc. AMAZING! I have had zero knee problems with monovisc. Beware ins companies switching you off monovisc to duralane instead. its HORRIBLE and has me bed bound right now in excruciating pain. If you are on monovisc fight to stay on it.”

10 / 10
Grt8woman · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 6, 2020

“I had my first Monovisc injection September 2019, my second was due in March 2020, then COVID hit. Finally able to have injections the second time in May 2020. These injections have been great for both knees. I am bone on bone in right knee. I went to two different Orthopedic Surgeons before having the injections. Both recommended getting them and I am so happy I did. No pain, no issues with the injections and they help! I will continue with the Monovisc injections until I can't have them or they don't work. Both surgeons said I can continue these until they don't work, some patients continue and never need knee replacement. Wouldn't that be great. It's a big yes vote from me.”

10 / 10
Sherry · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 29, 2020

“I wrote on here about the Monovisc shots in November. Yesterday I saw a top Orthopedic Surgeon, who is a knee specialist. First thing after looking at me with all of the empathy and sympathy I have ever had a doctor look at me.... He said, "Whatever you do, NEVER let anyone give you a shot like this ever again! You can have cortisone shots.... that is it!" I have gone through raving nightmares with my knees and the after effects with Monovisc!!! Then the problems went into my back. OMG! I hope that no one ever has to go through this ever again. I feel like suing the makers of Monovisc and the sports medicine doctor who gave them to me.... who refused to see me after I called about having been rendered unable to walk at all during some of the toughest times I have ever had in my life!!!! Please heed this warning of the specialist I saw!!! I was scared as I could barely take care of myself!!!!”

1 / 10
Laurie · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 20, 2020

“I received Monovisc three weeks ago. The injecton itself did not hurt. It was administered by an orthopedic surgeon. For the first week I did not notice any difference in the pain. Trying to be patient. On the second week the back of my knee began swelling and was feeling stiff. By third week I am almost crippled. I can not bend my knee it is very swollen and I am in excruciating pain. Calling the doctor tomorrow. After reading so many reviews I really regret my decision to try Monovisc”

1 / 10
Ellie · Taken for less than 1 month November 27, 2019

“I have a history of knee injuries when I was younger and now in my late 30's I have the beginning stages of arthritis. It was suggested I get the Monovisc injections to help relieve pain and to prevent further damage. The actual shot did not hurt! My MD did it without any sonogram guidance and only used the cold spray to numb the skin. All I felt was a pinch and then pressure of the Monovisc being injected. A slight soreness where the injection was done and that's it. No discomfort walking and no need to ice or rest right after. I was told it will take a few weeks to feel the effects.”

8 / 10
Playful fox · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 13, 2020

“In 2016 I was in quite a bit of pain in my knees (both of them have severe osteoarthritis). I was heading towards knee surgery but got a shot of Monovisc as an alternative. Though the shot was painful, I am amazed at the relief that has lasted these last four years. I’m trying to find a doctor to administer a second shot due to the excellent experience from the first injection.”

9 / 10
Candy · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 13, 2018

“I have been getting knee shots for years, Monovisc for the last few. I am 70, no athlete, just want to walk for extended periods. I get Monovisc 2 times a year, a cortisone shot halfway betwern the Monovisc shots. Both wear off a bit before the next shot, but not so I am in a horrible way. My doctor is highly skilled, and have minimal discomfort during injection. Knees ache a lot for 6 to 8 hours, then fine next day. Take Tylenol for the first day aches.”

9 / 10
Bj · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 28, 2020

“I received the Monovisc injection on Sept 9 2020 it is now Oct 28th and never have I had so much pain in my 30 years. I can barely get to the bathroom on my own. This injection made my pain so much worse. I'm hanging in praying it gets better. I am so disappointed in the results.”

1 / 10
polomint · Taken for less than 1 month March 31, 2019

“Had bilateral arthroscopies in both knees due to meniscus tear and wear and tear 9 weeks ago. Very slow recovery and to 'speed' things up, consultant suggested gel injections. A week ago he injected one shot in both knees - it was not very painful - but a few hours later, my knees felt like on fire and surrounded by a very tight bandage. My knee pain is much worse now, also experiencing back ache and feel fast heartbeat. I have woken up a few times in the night with extreme pain unable to find a comfortable position for legs and back. I so regret having those injections - never again - and hope that at some stage things will go back to 'normal'. I wish I could turn back the clock.”

1 / 10
Monovisc Pete · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 7, 2020

“Follow up to 2016 post. 1. 70 year old using Monovisc 3-4 times per year since 2015 2. My MRI and X-rays show Arthritis, Old meniscus issues, and bone spurs. X-ray shows improvement after losing 25 lbs. 3. Most people might need to lose weight and exercise vigorously along with Monovisc. Monovisc alone will not cure arthritic knees. 4. My knees feel GREAT, with only occasional bone spur pain, which topical pain killers, Motrin, and ice take care of.”

9 / 10
Pat K September 8, 2020

“I have Chondromalacia and arthritis in my knees with the left being worse. I had steroid injection in the left which didn't seem to help much. Several months later I had the Monovisc injected. There was a lot of pressure at the time of injection. Within a few days it gave a lot of relief for about 6 months. I had a second injection 2 and a half weeks ago. The actual injection was about the same, but as soon as I started walking I had pain and I told the nurse I didn't remember it hurting like this last time. To make a long story short, for a few days after the injection the pain was bad. I had to use a cane to walk, and there was no way I could use stairs. Since then the pain has decreased, but my knee is more painful than before the injection. I sent a message to my provider. He responded that he had a couple of other patients that had the same type of reaction after second injection, and that they had no improvement. Maybe it will improve, but I won’t do this again”

4 / 10
Eats · Taken for less than 1 month August 4, 2019

“It's been three weeks since I had a VERY EXPENSIVE Monovisc injection. And my response so far has response at all. Not even a little. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. A waste of money. A waste of time. A joke!”

1 / 10
Neasie · Taken for less than 1 month May 22, 2019

“I had a Monovisc shot to my knee less than one month ago, I am having knee pain, extreme warmth and joint with back pain. This is my first time getting this shot and not a very good outcome so far. I made an appoint to see me doctor.”

4 / 10
Sherry · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 14, 2019

“I got the first Monovisc shot on Sept. 27th and the second one on October 11. The first shot went well until I got the second one. That shot went into the knee where I had a knee replacement. Whatever happened, I have no idea. I have had both knees in horrible pain, sciatic pain in both cheeks, and unable to walk on November 8. Now on November 13th, I am walking better. Let me say, I go to physical therapy three times a week. I swear I would be bedridden if it hadn't been for physical therapy! My doctor said after I complained a couple of times, that it would be about 6 to 8 more weeks to get better around October 22. If anyone has any idea what is happening, I would love to know! It is frightening to barely be able to take care of myself!!”

1 / 10
Kitty May 10, 2018

“I received the Monovisc shot today 05/09 didn't hurt one bit. 2 1/2 hrs later. I was driving my car my knee started hurting it got worse as 15 minutes went by. Within 45 min. I couldn't walk at all. Called my doctor, he said he might have ruptured a vein with the needle. This started at 2pm this afternoon. It's now 10 pm I have had the leg elevated since 3pm I still can't walk and in extreme pain!! Going back to see Dr. tomorrow. This better get better : (”

DragonCaneLady · Taken for less than 1 month July 3, 2018

“Had my first monovisc shot, which was also my first gel shot ever. It didn’t hurt too much to get. Six hours after I got the shot I was in the ER with feet Mickey Mouse would have envied, having an asthma attack and with my throat partially swollen shut. It was not fun times. Worse, after a week of pain but decidedly less creaking, my knees hurt worse than ever, and now when they buckle the pain is excruciating for hours instead of a few seconds like before. It’s truly miserable. My allergist said there’s no data on allergies to monovisc, but that is all I can think it was since everything started an hour after the shot and deteriorated rapidly.”

1 / 10
Barney · Taken for less than 1 month October 30, 2019

“I did try Monovisc last spring , 2019. At that point in time I would try anything. The pain I felt was raw and very comfortable. Unfortunately for me, the injection did absolutely nothing. Still searching for a magical bullet to ease the discomfort. A knee replacement is coming , but surgeon wants me to try a custom fit brace & another injection. Why am I the only one that understands the party is over. Please , just do the surgery.”

1 / 10
AundreaR · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 24, 2018

“I would not recommend Monovisc. I'm 37 years old with significant OA in my knee, and it started with a bone chip injury when I was 21. The injection itself was painful enough to make me cry, and I'm not a crier. (note to Orthopedics - cold spray before injection does NOTHING!!) I experienced extreme pain in the 2 weeks following the injection. Four and a half months later, my knee is worse than it was before - more acute pain, joint feels weaker, and I need to rest and wear my knee brace more often. I love to be active, and OA hinders this. :-(”

1 / 10
Library Lady · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 8, 2016

“About 11 months ago I received the single dose Monovisc. It was painful to receive the shot and the pressure was great as it was injected. It took about 3 weeks for me to feel better. Before the shot I had a high level of constant pain from bone-on-bone on the outer edge of my knee. A pocket of fluid had formed on the outside for weeks and I had been waking up with knee pain during the night for quite some time. This greatly improved my knee pain. It didn't take me to 0 pain but definitely reduced it. About 5 weeks ago, I felt the pain creeping up, the fluid forming and began to wake up during the night on occasion. I called the doctor and scheduled the next one, which I'll get in a few days. Better than pain or surgery!”

9 / 10
Bennie M January 13, 2018

“Amazing result for my OE knee . I have severe osteoarthritis in my knee do to ACL . I received one full dose of 20 mg injection on January 2nd, 2018 . I went to fracture clinic in hospital to receive injection . Treatment wasn't painful at all . After 2 days of resting and applying ice on my knee , all my old pain and discomfort was gone . I wish that I knew about Monovisc much earlier . It is nice to live without pain again . I just hope that will lost at least six months.”

10 / 10
Bad knee May 30, 2017

“I had been getting Orthovisc for a few years and found it had worked wonderfully to stave off knee deterioration and pain after having two previous surgeries for ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. I then moved to a different state where their preferred drug was Monovisc because it's just the one injection instead of three. It has been almost two months and my knee and now calf, hasn't hurt this bad since my initial inquires: constantly swollen, can only minimally bend it and can't straighten it or put pressure on it to lay on my stomach. I'm not sure why there's such a huge difference, nor does my doctor who now just helps me manage the pain with cortisone, a brace and meds, but I will never have Monovisc again.”

Lynnied · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 2, 2021

“My first injection with monovisc took about three weeks to kick in and then the difference was like night and day. I had another in the other arthritic knee yesterday and the injection pain is horrendous. Anyone know how long that will last? Hopefully eventually it will be as magnificent as the relief from the first one.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 16, 2016

“Monovisc combined with PT has significantly improved my knees after injuring an old torn meniscus. Arthritis was diagnosed as well on the MRI. Dr would not operate! I get injections every 4 months and pain is very needed occasionally. Thinking of using it in my shoulder after RC surgery. Other shoulder has partial tear. Anybody have any ideas on this?”

9 / 10

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