Having a jacked up knee sucks.
I have Osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, Joint effusion, Marrow edema and Lateral petellar subluxation all in one small knee cap.
I had an MRI the end of May 2018 it showed my osteonecrosis has not progressed and even looks better than it did 2 years ago!! That’s A Win I will take
So I discussed other options with the ortho and I have decided to get Euflexxa injections.
WHAT DOES HYALURONIC ACID (HA) DO INSIDE YOUR KNEE AND WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE REPLACED?
When EUFLEXXA is injected into the knee, it replenishes the HA you have lost, helping provide pain relief. Clinical studies have shown that EUFLEXXA may help provide pain relief for up to 6 months.
HA contains a natural substance that is found in the human body as well as in animals and bacteria. In the human knee, HA is a thick, slippery fluid that helps cushion, lubricate, and protect the bones and joint tissue. In patients with OA of the knee, the HA gets thinner over time and becomes less able to provide protection.
EUFLEXXA is used to relieve OA knee pain in people who do not get enough relief from simple pain medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen or from exercise and physical therapy.
Your treatment with EUFLEXXA
Sometimes osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain gets worse even when you do everything you’re supposed to do to help control your OA. Following all the tips for controlling your OA, such as eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, staying active, and taking your over-the-counter (OTC) and/or prescription pain relievers still may not relieve your pain well enough.1 Only your doctor can tell you what type of treatment is right for you, and only your doctor can prescribe EUFLEXXA. This is why it’s so important to talk with him or her about your OA knee pain and ask whether EUFLEXXA is the right next therapy to help relieve your pain.
EUFLEXXA is a prescription-only therapy that is given by a doctor or other healthcare professional as a course of 3 injections— 1 injection a week for 3 weeks.2CAN EUFLEXXA RELIEVE YOUR OA KNEE PAIN?
EUFLEXXA was studied in several clinical trials to determine how much it helps people like you who are experiencing pain, stiffness, or other symptoms caused by OA of the knee who had not received pain relief from other medications.
RESULTS FROM THE 12-WEEK STUDY SHOWED2,3,*
- Comparing patients’ overall knee pain before treatment with overall knee pain after 12 weeks, both EUFLEXXA and another HA provided similar improvement in pain reduction:
- With EUFLEXXA, overall knee pain improved by an average of 62%
- With the other HA, overall knee pain improved by an average of 55%
- Patients who received EUFLEXXA saw their pain score go from 49.2 before their injections down to 18.7 twelve weeks after the first injection
- Patients who received another HA saw their pain score go from 51.9 before the injections down to 23.2 twelve weeks after the first injection
The most common adverse events related to EUFLEXXA injections were joint pain, back pain, limb pain, muscle pain, and joint swelling
In the 12-week study, side effects caused by EUFLEXXA were joint pain (11/160), increase in blood pressure (3/160), joint swelling (3/160), feeling of sickness (3/160), tingling (2/160), back pain (1/160), nausea (1/160), skin irritation (1/160), and tenderness in study knee (1/160).
ONLY YOUR DOCTOR CAN TELL YOU WHAT TYPE OF TREATMENT
IS RIGHT FOR YOU, AND ONLY YOUR DOCTOR CAN PRESCRIBE EUFLEXXA.
- With EUFLEXXA, MORE patients said they were VERY satisfied
THE PRIMARY ENDPOINT FROM THE 26-WEEK STUDY SHOWED EUFLEXXA WAS ABLE TO
- Help people with knee pain get lasting pain relief for up to 6 months2,4,*EUFLEXXA provided up to 6 months of pain relief for people with OA of the knee and provided noticeably better relief compared with salt water injections2,4,* A CONTINUATION OF THE STUDY SHOWED THAT A REPEAT TREATMENT WITH EUFLEXXA WAS SAFE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 26 WEEKS2,4,5,*,† —With an additional 3-injection course of EUFLEXXA given after 6 months, no patients experienced severe swelling caused by fluid buildup in the joint during the 1 year studied
*Individual results may vary.
†All 516 patients who completed the 26-week FLEXX Trial were offered treatment with EUFLEXXA 26 weeks after their first treatment. For those patients who received a series of 3 salt water injections in the FLEXX Trial, this was their first 3-injection treatment with EUFLEXXA. For those who had previously received EUFLEXXA in the FLEXX Trial, this was a repeated series of 3 injections.5WHAT MAKES EUFLEXXA DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER PAIN RELIEVERS YOU MAY HAVE STARTED WITH?
- EUFLEXXA is injected into your knee to treat OA knee pain right at the source.1 It is different from oral medication, which circulates throughout your body
- EUFLEXXA is made from a natural, nonbird-derived source. This means that EUFLEXXA can be used in people who are allergic to poultry products1EUFLEXXA is not processed with formaldehyde, vinyl sulfone, or cinnamic acid additives1,2,5EUFLEXXA MAY NOT BE AN OPTION FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE1A known allergy to hyaluronate products
- A knee joint infection
- An infection or skin disease around the area where EUFLEXXA would be administered
Know how you’re doing and let your doctor know, too
During the time you are receiving therapy with EUFLEXXA and during the months afterward, you should keep track of any improvement or other changes in your pain and stiffness. Take special care to track your progress for activities that matter most to you.
We encourage you to track how you’re doing with your therapy and to track all the things you are doing to get and stay healthy. It is important for you to recognize what works and what doesn’t. This will allow you and your doctor to make informed decisions about your treatment and help you adjust your treatment plan, if necessary. Plus, it will provide motivation for you to stick with your healthy habits by eating right, exercising to build strength, and shedding unhealthy pounds (if weight loss is in your plan).
Another good reason to keep track of how you are doing is that it will help you and your doctor determine whether, after a first course of EUFLEXXA, a re-treatment course of EUFLEXXA will be right for you 6 months later.
What is EUFLEXXA?
EUFLEXXA (1% sodium hyaluronate) is a hyaluronic acid (HA) product that is manufactured through a precise, multistep cleansing and filtering process that creates a highly purified, gel-like HA fluid. Unlike other HAs, EUFLEXXA is not derived from birds and is instead naturally created in a controlled environment. EUFLEXXA is designed for injection into the knee to help replace your knees own HA.1,2WHEN EUFLEXXA IS INJECTED INTO THE KNEE, IT REPLENISHES
THE HA YOU’VE LOST, HELPING PROVIDE PAIN RELIEF.
WHAT DOES HYALURONIC ACID (HA) DO INSIDE YOUR KNEE AND WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE REPLACED?
HA is a natural substance that is found in the human body as well as in animals and bacteria. In the human knee, HA is a thick, slippery fluid that helps cushion, lubricate, and protect the bones and joint tissue. In patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, the HA gets thinner over time and becomes less able to provide protection.3EUFLEXXA is used to relieve OA knee pain in people who do not get enough relief from simple pain medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen or from exercise and physical therapy.2When EUFLEXXA is injected into the knee, it temporarily replenishes the HA you have lost while stimulating the knee to produce its own healthy HA.4,5Clinical studies have shown that EUFLEXXA may help provide pain relief for up to 6 months.1-3,6-8EUFLEXXA is not an oral medication. It is injected directly into the knee
by a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. It works right at
the source of pain.
HOW IS EUFLEXXA GIVEN, AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM TREATMENT?
EUFLEXXA is injected into the space in your knee joint. Treatment consists of 3 injections— 1 injection per week for 3 weeks.2The approved dosing regimen for EUFLEXXA is 3 injections. Some people experience moderate pain relief after the first or second injection of EUFLEXXA, with most people experiencing significant relief after the third (last) injection. Even if you experience pain relief after your first or second injection of EUFLEXXA, be sure to still get all 3 injections for maximum benefit.2,5HOW LONG DOES EUFLEXXA LAST?
When it comes to the length of pain relief, every person is different. In general, 1 course of EUFLEXXA injections may give you months of pain relief. In clinical studies, EUFLEXXA gave most people relief lasting up to 6 months.2,5,6WHAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT EUFLEXXA?
Do not get an injection of EUFLEXXA if you have had any previous allergic reaction to EUFLEXXA or other hyaluronan products. Do not get a EUFLEXXA injection into the knee if you have a knee joint infection or skin diseases or infections around the injection site.2EUFLEXXA is only for injection into the knee and should be performed by a qualified healthcare professional. Try to avoid activities such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting, or standing on your feet for a long time (more than 1 hour) for 2 days after receiving an injection.2The safety and effectiveness of EUFLEXXA have not been established in pregnant women.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS ARE SEEN WITH EUFLEXXA?
In clinical trials, the most common side effects were joint pain, back pain, limb pain, muscle pain, and joint swelling in the knee or at the injection site and stiffness, swelling, or warmth in or around the knee.
So in a few weeks I will start to post on each injection I get and the outcome .
I have read good and bad stuff about it ………………….. I am still researching while I wait on my appointment…..
My appointment for injection one is now pending for July 23,2018
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