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Meet patients who fought back against osteoarthritis knee pain.

Ed B, 71, Florida

“The gym that I go to has two huge sets of stairs, and I kind of had to pull myself up the rail. There’s an elevator, but I hate to go to the gym and take the elevator.”

Golfer’s knee

Ed likes his knees, “They are my only pair.” So when one of them really started to bother him five years ago, he persevered until he found the relief he needed.

Ed had some knee pain for a while, and his physician had been managing it with cortisone shots. “Then about five years ago, I noticed a specific instance when I was playing golf. I was working on a new turn and — whatever happened, it hurt.”

What a pain

Though Ed never gave up on the active things he enjoys, the pain did start to slow him down. “The gym that I go to has two huge sets of stairs, and I kind of had to pull myself up the rail. There’s an elevator, but I hate to go to the gym and take the elevator.”

Ed went to his orthopaedic surgeon to find out why he was in so much pain. Turns out, he has osteoarthritis of the knee. So his doctor suggested a higher dose of over-the-counter pain medication. “I got relief from some pain but not all.”

Eventually, his doctor prescribed a knee brace. “It's a nuisance if you have to wear it all the time. It seemed to provide some relief and give me more stability, but I can’t imagine having to wear a brace forever.” Ed had to find another solution.

Better shape

Being a naturally curious person, Ed started looking into other options. “I read a fair amount about Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20).” So Ed mentioned it to his doctor. The doctor thought he would be a good candidate for Synvisc-One, and Ed was happy to have a say in his own care. “I feel like I’m participating, and I like that my input is worth something.”

After the injection, Ed liked the results. “My knee feels better. And I feel like I’m in better shape now — I can go up those gym steps without the rail or the elevator.”

Committed to success

Ed is happy to have his knee back, and he’s advocating for other osteoarthritis knee pain sufferers to keep at it, find the right doctor and get relief. “I like my doctor. But I’ve discovered doctors sometimes forget to tell you all your options. So you have to explore what’s available. If you don't look out for yourself, nobody else is going to do it.”

“Whether it's walking, vacationing, playing golf or going to the gym, I can do it without the constant osteoarthritis knee pain. ”

PLEASE NOTE: This article is a testimonial of one patient’s story and his experience with
Synvisc-One. Individual results may vary.

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Indication

Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) is indicated for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, e.g., acetaminophen.

Important Safety Information for Synvisc-One

Before trying Synvisc-One, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to SYNVISC or any hyaluronan-based products. Allergic reactions, some which can be potentially severe, have been reported during the use of Synvisc-One. Should not be used in patients with an infected knee joint, skin disease or infection around the area where the injection will be given, and should be used with caution when there is swelling of the legs due to problems with venous stasis or lymphatic drainage.

Synvisc-One is only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. Synvisc-One has not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds – such as feathers, eggs or poultry – or if your leg is swollen or infected.

Synvisc-One has not been tested in children (≤21years old), pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child.

Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment.

The side effects sometimes seen after Synvisc-One include (<2% each): pain, swelling, heat, redness, and/or fluid build-up in or around the knee. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects after treatment with Synvisc-One.

 

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Indication

SYNVISC® (hylan G-F 20) is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). It is for patients who do not get enough relief from simple painkillers such as acetaminophen, or from exercise and physical therapy.

Important Safety Information for SYNVISC

Before trying SYNVISC, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to SYNVISC or any hyaluronan-based products. Serious allergic reactions have been reported. Should not be used in patients with an infected knee joint, skin disease or infection around the area where the injection will be given, or circulatory problems in the legs.

SYNVISC is only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. SYNVISC has not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds — such as feathers, eggs or poultry — or if your leg is swollen or infected.

SYNVISC has not been tested in children (≤ 21 years old), pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child.

Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment.

The most commonly occurring side effects reported after SYNVISC include join pain, swelling, stiffness, heat, redness, and/or fluid build-up in or around the knee. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects after treatment with Synvisc.

View the Complete Prescribing Information for SYNVISC

Important Safety Information: SYNVISC and Synvisc-One are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to hyaluronan products or patients with infections in or around the target knee.