orthovisc vs synvisc

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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

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
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

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.
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Dr. James Flanagan answered:

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

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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.
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If, I just had a synvisc injection for the next two can, I change to Orthovisc?

Yes

There should not be a problem with this. Talk to your doctor about it.
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Second round of Synvisc One injections produced a prolonged inflammatory reaction. Is it likely that Orthovisc will produce a similar reaction?

No

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Synvisc contains a foreign protein (rooster comb) while Orthovisc does not. Orthovisc will not cause the same reaction.
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Dr. Clarke Holmes answered:

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?

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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.
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How expensive is synvisc?

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It depends if you have insurance. If so then once approved, it is usually a copay amount. If you do not have insurance it can cost about $700 in the US. You can order online from a Canadian pharmacy for about half the price as a backup option
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How much does synvisc cost?

About $650.00

About $650 for the single 6 ml dose.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Do Synvisc injections work for hips ?

Sometimes

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However, it is not approved for use in hips in the U.S. so it is not covered by any medical insurance.
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How does hyalgan compare to synvisc med?

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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).
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