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Old 05-19-2012, 12:31 PM   #21
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I'm going to suggest to her to see if her doctor will prescribe pre-surgery therapy to evaluate her changes.

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:45 PM   #22
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Hi Zero,

I am 55 and started Synvisc shots in 2002, and switched about 4 years ago to Euflexxa. (Started having an inflammatory reaction from Synvisc, that does not occur with Euflexxa).

I have ostearthritis but still have cartilage left. So the injections work well for me, and last from 7-12 months, depending on how much activity I have. When I am working out regularly, they wear off in about 7 months. I do not mind getting them at all, they really make a difference, and I don't want surgery if I don't need it.

My understanding is that if there is no cartilage left, these shots don't do much, so the important thing to understand is what is left there. If there is only bone on bone, the shots may not help at all.

I cannot give any advice on the safety/recovery of this operation for someone over 90, but I have 2 lady friends in their 50s who had knee replacements in the past 3 years. The recovery is slow and painful, lots of PT is needed and you need someone to help you for quite a bit.

Hope this is helpful to you.

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Old 05-21-2012, 10:10 AM   #23
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2moreyears, thanks very much for the feedback, very helpful to have firsthand experience.

I suspect she has bone on bone because this is something she's had for a long time. It's painful to see her walk.

I will mention Euflexxa to her so that she can discuss that with her doctor.

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