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Knee injection patient stories

Hear from other patients who have successfully taken a similar journey to recover from knee pain and see how knee injections helped them get back to the things they love.

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Rena: I am, I decided, a long time ago, that I am going to age if I continue to live. So what I am trying to do it gracefully and to me that means being physically active and keeping my joints working optimum. Knee pain actually started with my left knee which I received osteopathic surgery for. I was requesting the same type of surgery for my right knee, when I started having pain with it.

Dr. Primus: She initially came to us over two years ago, back in 2014. She had significant knee pain. She had a diagnoses of arthritis and we tried MONOVISC® for her and she is excited about it. Because she had responded pretty well to her prior treatment.

Rena: The wait in the office was longer then the actual procedure. They gave me a shot to numb it a little and then they did the injection, and then they said you can get dressed and go now. One, two, three I was out.

Dr. Primus: We tried to get to viscosupplementation rather quickly because it probably the safest treatment modality that I can give any of my patients that come through that door.

Rena: Well I am back to wearing my heels number one, number two I am back to working out with exercise equipment. I no longer just have to do the videos with the yoga and the stretches. My daughter just started teaching dance at Arthur Murray, and I plan on taking dance at Arthur Murry. I've already warned my husband this is coming, before and I have always liked dancing but I couldn't do it and people tried to get me to join zumba classes and I was like my knees wont let me do it but you know what all beats are off.

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Michael: Three years ago I was working in a warehouse trying to set something up and I was kneeling on the ground. I noticed coming back up was painful and I experienced an extreme sharp pain in the back of my knee and kinda been living with it for three years now. Three active boys. Forget about kicking a soccer ball around I am right legged. You know. For get about punting a football. Forget about getting in a catchers crouch. Any time I would have to bend my knee there would be some pain there and I would avoid activities that would allow me to do that.

Dr. Sterba: Michael is a young man about my age who has had prior problems with his knee dating back in to the mid nineties. He presented to me for a third opinion about 18 months ago he had x rays spurs and some joint space loss, and he had the characteristic signs we would look for with arthritis. For Michael in his situation we've got a young man who's not looking for an other surgery. Often times surgery for arthritic needs is not successful or at least arthroscopic surgery is generally not successful in long term pain relief. So he is looking for an other option, and that’s where I think MONOVISC® offers that bridge in there to alleviate pain. Improve their symptoms and hopefully buy them some time.

Michael: The treatment was really simple. I am not a fan of shots but these people are awesome. They put you up there they kinda did a pre-ice. They cooled down the knee, they gave me a pre-shot to kinda numb the area, and then they gave me the MONOVISC® shot and I was out the door in less then five to ten minutes.

Dr. Sterba: Hopefully in the course of the next three to ten days these patients will start to feel the effects of the MONOVISC® it will start to alleviate the pain that they have got and hopefully they get less swelling and their activities is able to resume to the level they were at prior to having the symptoms that brought them into see me.

Michael: After my MONOVISC® shot after within about three days I noticed my pain receding with in a week it was pretty much gone. Prior to MONOVISC® I saw a future of a lot of pain and limitation poorer health less activity with my son now with the shot it allows me to get out there I can do the things I want to do I don’t have limits on myself I can actually improve my self physically, and be a more active family participant with my sons and my wife.

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Cynthia: My name is Cynthia Marie Elder. I am an active person. I love to run, especially with my friends. I have two children under the age of five and they keep me really active, playing, running, just chasing them keeps me going. They’re the joy of my life. So, I used to run in college, and I really wanted to get back into it. It was something I was very passionate about, I loved doing.

I found that I was having a lot of problems with my knees there was intense crunchiness, climbing stairs, it was very uncomfortable and I was seeking physical therapy and the noise was so bad that the physical therapist literally would go to the other side of the room instead of standing next to me when I was working on my knees. She recommended me to a sports medicine orthopaedist who took x-rays and recommended ORTHOVISC®.

After three shots I had no problems with stairs I had no problems with running and the crunchiness was literally going away. So my knees don’t make any noise any more. It’s great.

Doctor Nagda: So, when I first met Cynthia, she was an active female patient in her late 40’s. She was getting a lot of catching and crackling in her knees and a lot of pain that was limiting her ability to stay active. I diagnosed Cynthia with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of both knees. She was definitely having a lot of trouble with both knees but was not yet ready for knee replacement. We discussed several different options, and really at the top was ORTHOVISC®. So we chose ORTHOVISC® for Cynthia because it increases the cushioning and lubricating properties of the knee. We really felt that would be the best option for her to get her back to her previous active lifestyle.

Cynthia: So, one of the things that ORTHOVISC® really gave me was an opportunity to reinvent my life a little bit and to have this ability to run with my children and to pay with them and to be pain free is a gift and how do you thank somebody for that gift? I mean it’s almost impossible. ORTHOVISC® has helped me to redefine my life.

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Debbie: I work as a personal assistant/nanny. Basically, I run errands during the day while the kids are at school. I work with four kids. So I’m in and out of the car all day, I’m in and out of stores all day, usually in a hurry, and then after that it’s picking up the kids, bringing them home, doing all kinds of activities in the afternoon. Most of it is on my knees.

One day my knees started to really bother me. It slowly got worse during the day and by the next day it was pretty swollen. I tried all kinds of things to help calm it down.

I tried ice, I tried electric stimulation, I tried resting it, I even tried anti-inflammatories. But nothing really helped. And the kids were giving me a hard time because I basically couldn’t pay with them any more. And they were really frustrated with me and asking me when would I be back and, “Are you ever going to be able to do this with us again?” After about a month of just pure pain and frustration, I finally called the doctor.

Dr. Christiano: Debbie came to me about a year or two ago with a complaint of bilateral knee pain, and really it was the left knee that was bothering her, and after working her up appropriately, we came to the diagnosis of moderate knee arthritis.

Debbie: The doctor informed me that I had arthritis, and so he suggested I get these three shots in my knee. He said it was called ORTHOVISC®. So after the 24 first shot, I couldn’t believe it was like 50% less swollen, it was so much better. After the second shot it was basically all better, at least it felt like it was.

Dr. Christiano: Debbie’s done really well from the ORTHOVISC® injection. She’s got excellent relief. She was able to return to her job as a nanny, she was able to get back to exercise, which was an important thing for her, and my hope is that this continues, at a minimum six months, but hopefully longer than that, and that was really what the goal was.

Debbie: the doctor told me, you’re not going to see any results for a couple of months, but I saw results after like two days. It made a huge difference for me. It made my life… I can pretend to be 21 again, and, you know, I can play with the, kids, I can be outside, and do all the things that I want to do and not think about pain

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Lois: So, I’ve been dancing since I was three. Which at this point in my life is 53 years. So, a very long time. And, about ten years ago, I started having terrible pain in my knee which was starting to limit my ability to dance, and it’s ballet which is a discipline, so it’s very regimented what you do, so I like to be able to be technically correct and the pain was not allowing me to do that. So, it being a passion, it was something that I wanted to continue to do, and so that brought me to see Dr. Evans.

Dr. Evans: Lois I’ve known for going on probably 15 years now. She’s a nurse at one of the local hospitals. And she came to me maybe about 4 or 5 years ago now with an ongoing knee condition. At the time her diagnosis was that of knee arthritis, more predominant in the kneecap, but generalized as well.

Lois: He really wanted me to keep dancing because he understood that it was a passion. He’s a passionate person as well. So he said, there’s an option of surgery, but there’s also an option of this injection. It’s called ORTHOVISC®. Why don’t we try that? And so that’s what we did.

Dr. Evans: I chose ORTHOVISC®, as I’ve had very good luck with it. There are a number of different preparations out there today, but I’ve found that the ORTHOVISC® has had very good results in my hands with very little, if any, side effects.

Lois: So, when you get ORTHOVISC®, it’s a series of three injections, approximately a week apart, and it does have a cumulative effect, so you do feel better after the first one, then even better after the second one, after the third one it just is wonderful, so I felt after I first started getting these injections, which was a few years ago, that after the third one I was really able to be technically precise with my dance and enabling me to dance on point with confidence and not having to modify like I’d had to before.

Dr. Evans: She’s avoided surgeries, been able to resume dancing, been able to maintain her activity level as a recovery room nurse, and in her case, it’s been extremely effective.

Lois: Ballet is such a passion for me, so I can plié, jeté, I can pirouette, piqué turns, arabesque. It’s just wonderful. It’s wonderful to be able to do this and I’m hoping that my granddaughter will dance with me. They’re already...Actually, the four-year-old’s favorite term is fondue, and it is a dance move, not just a food, so that’s where we are, dancing and loving it.


DSUS/MTK/1016/0851 11/2016

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High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan is indicated in the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative nonpharmacologic therapy and to simple analgesics, e.g., acetaminophen. In clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events for ORTHOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan were arthralgia, back pain, and headache. Other side effects included local injection site adverse events. In clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events for MONOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan were arthralgia, joint swelling and injection site pain.

ORTHOVISC® and MONOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to hyaluronate formulations or known hypersensitivity (allergy) to gram positive bacterial proteins. ORTHOVISC® and MONOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan should not be injected in patients with infections or skin diseases in the area of the injection site or joint. MONOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan should not be administered to patients with known bleeding disorders. Intra-articular injection of sodium hyaluronate preparations has occasionally been associated with allergic/anaphylactic reactions and transient hypotension, which have generally resolved spontaneously or after conservative treatment.