A 49-year-old member asked:
Is it worthwhile to delay knee replacement surgery to have a synvisc (hylan g-f 20) injection?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mikhail Lyubichanswered
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: Try all options before you get your knee replaced.
6.1k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Dr. Andrew DeGruccioanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) is effective for early to moderate osteoarthritis. 80% report decreased knee pain. 2% risk of synovitis reaction, that resembles infection. Advanced osteoarthritis has never even been adequately studied with product, but results are expected to be less predictable. Knee replacement results are good to excellent for 95% of patients lasting 20-30 years. Replace if advanced.
6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Dr. Romanth Waghmaraeanswered
Pain Management 41 years experience
Synvisc (hylan g-f 20): Really it depends on how bad the knee is - both on exam and on imaging. Its always worth trying synvisc (hylan g-f 20) before surgery. These days insurance companies have been denying many injections - healthcare reform.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Nov 30, 2016
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