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Dr. James Flanagan
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Can I have an orthovisc shot two months after getting the synvisc shot?

Can I have an orthovisc shot two months after getting the synvisc shot?

Orthovisc: If you don't get at least 6 months relief from synvisc injection, it is highly unlikely you would get much benefit from orthovisc injections. And unlikely your insurance would cover the expense that early after injection. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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What is the difference between orthovisc and synvisc?

Not much: Not a lot. Studies have suggested they are equally effective. Synvisc is available as a single shot while orthovisc requires 3 weekly injections. Synvisc is more viscous. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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What is the difference between synvisc and orthovisc?

not really: They are differences in the fluids such as viscosity but the benefits are comparable. Synvisc is available as a single injection white orthovisc requires 3 separate injections. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
13 years in practice
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Clarke Holmes
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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Had orthovisc last round and worked great. Doc said to switch to synvisc and just had first injection and feel burning and sharp pain 3 days after. Should i go back to orthovisc? What's wrong?

Reaction to synvisc: Synvisc has the highest adverse effect rate. One in particular is a pseudosepsis reaction which mimics an infection. If one product works well, then there's no reason to switch- go back to orthovisc. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Board Certified, Rheumatology
31 years in practice
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If I had 4 injections of Hyalgan and it didn't help the knee pain would Synvisc, Eufflexa, Supartz or Orthovisc help the pain?

If I had 4 injections of Hyalgan and it didn't help the knee pain would Synvisc, Eufflexa, Supartz or Orthovisc help the pain?

Unlikely: These are all similar treatments. If you failed one the others are unlikely to work. 4 injections of Hyalgan is an unusual number. Did you complete the recommended treatment? ...Read more

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Dr. John McDonald
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How does hyalgan compare to synvisc med?

How does hyalgan compare to synvisc med?

Similar: The two medicines are both considered viscosupplementation. They are injected for mild-moderate arthritis to improve the lubrication of the joint, more normally recreate the viscosity of knee joint fluid, and hydrate the remaining cartilage. Synvisc can be given in a one time dose or 3 doses separated by a week each. Hyalgan, euflexxa, orthovisc, supartz are given in multiple doses (3-5). ...Read more

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Dr. David Trettin
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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Is an MRI of the knees required before Orthovisc? Is this type of injection unbearably painful? Can anaesthetics be used?

Is an MRI of the knees required before Orthovisc? Is this type of injection unbearably painful? Can anaesthetics be used?

No: Viscosupplementation( orthovisc, synvisc, etc.)may require approval from your insurance carrier(usually documentation that other treatments such as NSAIDs,PT haven't helped) but generally not an MRI.Most injections are done in the office w/local anesthetics( lidocaine) and/ or ' cold spray' and are easily tolerated.best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
21 years in practice
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What are the side effects of having a orthovisc injection? Does osetoarthritis cause the knee joint to lock and clunk? I am at a loss of what do next

What are the side effects of having a orthovisc injection? Does osetoarthritis cause the knee joint to lock and clunk? I am at a loss of what do next

No real side: Effects you can get a flare and some soreness from the injection some people can be allergic to the non-synthetic versions such as synvisc. They do help and do better in people with mild moderate arthritis. It doesn't reverse DJD but it does prevent it from accelerating. Arthritis can cause a clunk. I would see an ortho doc and have them go through your options. ...Read more

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