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8/11/12 12:04 P

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The gel injections and cortisone did nothing so I to ended up with a knee replacement and am happy I did it.
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7/11/12 6:36 P

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I had these injections and they did nothing at all for me. The comment was you actually had to have some cartilage left for it to 'stick' to. I too, had an arthroscopy and then a year later had my knee replaced. Cortisone injections were also not effective..
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7/11/12 12:07 P

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Referring to your question of the Gel Shots. I had mine over 3 years ago and have had 10 star success. I haven't had any problems with pain of any kind. One quick tip. Niacin is also good for you. I take 500mg per day. Time release, flush free. Means it won't make your cheeks burn

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7/14/10 12:25 P

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The injections I am receiving are silicone in type to give me cushion in the joint where i am rubbing bone to bone. The medication is called Euflexxa. I get a series of 3 injections in a three week period, one each week. I can't get another series until after a 6 to 8 month period. The series should give you a 6 to 8 month relief period. We'll see, after the first injection I didn't feel any less pain.Here's hoping it works.


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7/12/10 9:42 P

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Do I understand that you are having a SERIES of injections? I only had the one shot in each knee, & the effect was immediate - I walked soundlessly & swinging freely out of the doc's office. But gradually I sank back to the ol' "grind" you can hear as I come in. Now 6 months ago. I'm considering seeking another treatment.

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7/12/10 12:27 P

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Had my first injection but have not felt any better. My doctor said it could take up to 7weeks after my last injection to feel anything. Anyone else have experience with knee get injections?

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6/24/10 7:08 P

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My first injection is July 9th and it is called Effluxa ( i think that is the rt spelling).

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6/12/10 1:04 P

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Insurance finally approved injections so i will more then likely start tham next week. i hope for some relief.

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6/6/10 4:07 P

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It has now been 3 weeks and finally found out that paper work was not even included in my chart, so now I have to wait even longer. i don't know right off hand the name of the injections, I hope to find out soon.

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5/29/10 12:23 A

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Ask your doctor's office to get on to the insurance company ..lean on them ya know! If they were doing this during this week it could be the coming Memorial Day holiday (if you're in the US that is) that put everything a bit behind. People off on vacation ya know! emoticon

Keep us updated! I'm very curious to hear how this works. Is there a particular brand name?

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5/20/10 10:47 A

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Thank you to everyone who contributed. I am still waiting after a week and a half for insurance approval. Go figure!

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5/18/10 10:58 A

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Thanks so much, excellent explanation. Best of luck!

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5/18/10 9:44 A

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cortizone shots numb the pain & reduce the swelling, but do not modify the internal contents of the knee or change how it works. Gel shots replace the natural synovial fluid. Your doc syphons out your own fluid, plus the products of inflammation(blood & pus mixture), and injects the gel back in, which then provides the cushioning & lubrication needed for your knee, until it gradually leaks out &/or is absorbed by the body. Hopefully your body will replace it with adequate amounts of your own synovial fluid. The process feels about the same as a regular shot, is done quickly in the regular office, & is effective immediately, altho my doc wanted me not to exercise heavily for a day or 2, to let the gel settle in, hopefully stay effective longer.

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5/18/10 7:40 A

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I also have had the cortizone shots, etc. but am unfamiliar with "gel" shots. Can you tell us what the difference is please?

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5/17/10 11:02 P

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My friend had the gel shots three times and still ended up having to have her knee scoped. For short term I believe they work but in the long run the surgery may be longer lasting although when the damage is as bad as hers she has also had the same knee scoped twice now.

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5/17/10 7:41 P

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DEPENDS on what you call lasting. I had both knees injected in early January, because both were sticking when I walked, & when I made them bend, anyone could hear the series of clicks from across a room. Pain was instantly gone & stayed gone for several weeks. The pain & sticking have returned gradually over the last 3 months. I've been considering asking for another treatment before my vacation in June, as my doc said I could get them 2 or 3 times a year. They are pricey, around $300 for the pair.

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5/17/10 1:13 P

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I have had cortisone but never gel..I'd be curious as to how it works for you. Best of luck and hope you're feeling better soon!

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5/17/10 10:31 A

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I am waiting for approval of the gel injections for my knee. I was denied the first time and went through 6 weeks of PT were the results didn't make a significant difference. I was just wondering how many of you have gone through the injections and have found lasting, positive affects.

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