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Meet patients who fought back against osteoarthritis knee pain.

Ellen E, 62, New York

Synvisc-One Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Story - Ellen E
“I’d try the stairs when I took the subway, and sometimes I had to go down them sideways. It was just so painful.”

Pain in the city

Before retiring this year, Ellen worked in The City that Never Sleeps: New York, New York. But it was knee pain, not taxis and tourists that started to slow her down. “I’d try the stairs when I took the subway, and sometimes I had to go down them sideways. It was just so painful.”

It was tough for Ellen to even get to work and back, never mind enjoying all that the city had to offer. “I’d always be thinking there were this many more steps before I got to the office or that many before I got home. The pain just consumes you.”

Doctor’s orders

She talked to her doctor, and he recommended exercise to help relieve her osteoarthritis knee pain. “I was told that you have to strengthen the muscles that hold the knee joint.” But it’s hard to exercise when you’re in pain. “Going to the gym — that was definitely when my knee hurt. You just don't want to do these activities, and you don't really keep it up.”

She took anti-inflammatory medication but didn’t like the side effects. “It's not my thing, having to pop a pill in the morning, a pill at night because of osteoarthritis knee pain.”

Standing up

So Ellen took matters into her own hands and went to an orthopaedic surgeon. “He said he could see I had osteoarthritis, and that was really the pain I was experiencing.”

But when the doctor suggested knee replacement surgery, Ellen said she didn’t want to do that, “I said that maybe eventually I’ll need it. But I'm 62 years old now. I think I'm a little too young and would rather exhaust my other options first.”

So Ellen went online to find a solution. “I was actually the one that brought up trying Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) to my doctor.” And her doctor agreed to give it a try.

Staying strong

Ellen had her injection and was thrilled to finally find osteoarthritis knee pain relief. "It was just amazing. With less knee pain I’m now back to going to the gym three times a week.  I’m so happy to not have to plan around my osteoarthritis knee pain anymore. I go to the gym three times a week; I take classes; I ride the bike. I don’t have to plan around my osteoarthritis knee pain anymore.”

She also has some advice for other osteoarthritis knee pain sufferers: “Just get as much information as you can and don't assume your doctor will tell you about every treatment option. You really have to educate yourself and be your own advocate.”

PLEASE NOTE: This article is a testimonial of one patient’s story and her 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 (≤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 include pain, swelling, heat, redness, and/or fluid buildup in or around the knee. These reactions were generally mild and did not last long, but in rare occasions these side effects were more severe. The most commonly occurring adverse events outside of the injected knee were rash, fever, nausea, and headache.

View the Complete Prescribing Information for SYNVISC

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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.