Quote from Audreyfay
I am scheduled to start my synvisc injections in my knees tomorrow. I am going alone and am kind of worried about what it might be like. Unfortunately, I have arthritis genes and have no cartilege left in either of my knees, so it was suggested to start with the synvisc. Any information is appreciated. Thanks! :uhoh21:
I don't want to discourage you, but I live in New York State. I searched for three years to find a Dr that would help me with my "bone on bone" left knee. I went to three different Orthopaedic clinics before I found a Dr. who would even consider doing the knee replacement. So at 45, I was walking with a cane! (from falling so much) I was allergic to the arthritis meds--celebrex, and vioxx. each one of them said the same thing---I was too young, and too heavy!
I thought I'd give it one more try before I considered doing what my Primary Md. was suggesting. A gastric bypass to get rid of the excess weight. I had already started that process (for the bypass) before my first appt. with my last choice.
At first I saw the Orthopaedic Physicians Assistant cause the Dr had a death in the family, and wasn't in that day! she suggested we try the synvisc injections since we'd not done that. It didn't help me one little bit. I had a follow up appointment, and this time I saw the Dr. (this was two weeks AFTER I'd gone through with the gastric bypass. He looked at my x-rays, and said "you are aweful young".... I thought he was going to say no! but to my surprise, he said "you are young, but you clearly need the surgery, so surgery we will do!" It was scheduled two weeks later........ It is the BEST thing I have ever done--------
Had the knee replacement, and the gastric bypass...now 130# ligher, and walking NORMAL!!!!! He said I would have been in a wheelchair if i'd waited too much longer.!!!!!!!!