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Dr. James Flanagan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
43 years in practice
127K people helped
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Can I have an orthovisc shot two months after getting the synvisc shot?

Dr. James Flanagan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
43 years in practice
127K people helped
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. Ward Dean
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38 years in practice
809K people helped
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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What is the difference between orthovisc and synvisc?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped

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
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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What is the difference between synvisc and orthovisc?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped

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
14 years in practice
530K people helped
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If, i just had a synvisc injection for the next two can, i change to orthovisc?

Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
14 years in practice
530K people helped

Yes: There should not be a problem with this. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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38 years in practice
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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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?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
Second round of synvisc one injections produced a prolonged inflammatory reaction. Is it likely that orthovisc will produce a similar reaction?

No: Synvisc contains a foreign protein (rooster comb) while orthovisc does not. Orthovisc will not cause the same reaction. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarke Holmes
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
18 years in practice
1M people helped
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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?

Dr. Clarke Holmes
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
18 years in practice
1M people helped

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. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
50 years in practice
15M people helped
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Percentage of patients who get satisfactory results from Orthovisc or Synvisc if used in the hip?

Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
50 years in practice
15M people helped
Percentage of patients who get satisfactory results from Orthovisc or Synvisc if used in the hip?

No data: Would need to look at clinical trials The risk of hip is to need total hip replacement surgery. One study shows that after three years 51% of the patients did not go to surgery. This gives us a guide as to how well this may work ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Board Certified, Rheumatology
32 years in practice
1M people helped
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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?

Dr. Howard Feinberg
Board Certified, Rheumatology
32 years in practice
1M people helped
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
11 years in practice
77K people helped
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How does hyalgan compare to synvisc med?

Dr. John McDonald
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
77K people helped
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, Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
1M people helped
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Is an MRI of the knees required before Orthovisc? Is this type of injection unbearably painful? Can anaesthetics be used?

Dr. David Trettin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
1M people helped
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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