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    Rooster Comb Injections
    06deluxerider posted:
    Has anyone ever had these for knee pain, and if they hurt? Dr. suggested I might do these to help relieve some knee pain....

    OldPhart11 responded:
    Sorry it took so long.
    The Hyalgan that was injected into my right knee did no good, what so ever, where the Synvisc injected into my left knee, which was worse than my right, helped immensely.
    I am having both knees replaced next mongh, but I suggest everyone wanting knee pain relief to demand that ONLY Synvisc be used.
    sheraldf responded:
    I had terrible pain in my right knee. I had the cartilage removed after a sporting accident several (many) years ago. It was determined after x-ray that I was bone on bone in that knee. It was suggested that I have total knee replacement. After looking at all options we decided on the Rooster Comb Injections. My knee is certainly not back to perfect, but as close as it can be. I do all my walks again (every other day - 4 miles in 52 minutes). I can go up and down stairs without pain. My doctor says it should last as long as I will need it to (I am 65 years old). If I were to suggest this remedy, it would be to persons mostly not over weight. The did not even feel the injections. The result was absolutely marvelous for me.
    POTSman replied to _swank_'s response:
    I had the 3 rooster-comb injections in my right knee, bone-on-bone wearing surface, where a total replacement was recommended in 2008. I'd read back then where the Zimmer and DuPey knee appliances were being recalled faster than a Yugo.
    I'm still not convinced to have replacement surgery as the appliance manufacturers are still recalling their products, and lawsuits are still being filed. Zimmer has two units, one that takes glue and one that does not, to attach to the femur. Which would YOU want? And if your doctor does a competent job, what if it makes the repaired leg longer than the "good" leg? What then? Do they give you thicker shoes, or just say, oh sorry about that?
    POTSman replied to mind_situation's response:
    Yes the Hyalgan worked great for me, except for the horse needle the doc used injecting it. LOL. I walked 14 miles the first week. Never thought I'd ever walk 140 yards/day much less 14 miles that week, but that sealed the deal for me after the first injection. I only received 3 inj. but my brother-in-law had 5. He says they wore off after six months and had hardly any effect on him.
    I wouldn't mind having the injections again if it means no knee replacement. A friend has had two knees replaced, and she's had lots of trouble with the second appliance popping as she walks. It's a DuPey/Johnson&Johnson and she thinks it's been recalled for defects. It was installed in June/2010.
    My inj. really helped quite a lot. I hope yours do if you decide to have them. good luck
    gaillittle1200 replied to sheraldf's response:
    If you are in North Carolina, what doctor does the Rooster Comb Injections? My mom needs one in her knee. thanks,
    _swank_ replied to gaillittle1200's response:
    WebMD does not allow doctor recommendations so you will not get your answer here. Just call area doctors and ask. Synvisc/Hyalgan injections don't work for everyone so your efforts might be moot anyway.
    fernando_rom responded:
    Hi ,
    I feel your pain , no really . About 1 month ago i got a hydrocortizone shot on my knee. I have a medial lateral problem, last week i got the first shot of Hyaglan although they say it takes about 3 weeks to notice any benefit , I noticed almost immediatly . Before starting with the shots i could not make it in a grocery store for any amount of time . I am now able to walk about 1.5 miles with NO pain.i have 1 more shot to go. I think you should speak with your doctor about these shots.
    Good luck
    vspady replied to gaillittle1200's response:
    I'm in NC... near Charlotte.
    I believe that most orthopedic surgeons will do these injections if there is no longer relief from other methods. I've had cortisone shots every other month for 3 years along with taking anti-inflammatory meds. They have quit working. I'm scheduled to have my first 'rooster comb' injection next week. If your mother is not already seeing an orthopedic specialist, Have her medical doctor recommend one.
    FYI... if her insurance doesn't cover the cost. It is an expensive treatment. I'm having the 'one dose' injection. My insurance didn't cover it so the injection alone cost me $850.
    _swank_ replied to vspady's response:
    Personally, I wouldn't pay $850 for the injection. Half the time they don't work and when they do, the effects will only be temporary. For people that don't have money to burn it's a big expense.
    betweir replied to OldPhart11's response:
    I have had RA in my both knees for several years, started with the cortizone shots they were OK at first, but now I have a repaired torn meniscus in my right knee, and a damaged kneecap and a torn meniscus in my left knee, 7 months ago I got the first series of the cock comb in both knees, each one got worse, but a few weeks later I was so glad I got them, my knees were almost pain free, being that I can't have surgery for at least a year from now, and the pain is getting pretty bad again, I'm starting the shots again on Tues. and looking forward to them, it hurts getting up from a chair. I hope they keep working until I can have the surgery. I had spinal surgery last year and there were complaction, and the doctors a afraid to put me under again so soon, I'm afraid also, so I'll take these shots anytime, I was able to do stairs, go shopping, etc. It was well worth the few weeks of pain to be able to be live a normal life for 7 months. I hope this helps you. Everyone reacts different to them, but I was one of the lucky ones. Good Luck.
    Jshutrbug28 responded:
    I had one done today and YESSSS it did hurt really bad but only for about 30 seconds. Once the needle was in place I didn't feel anything but don't let anyone tell you it doesn't hurt. I just hope it helps.
    Jshutrbug28 replied to bobbiegirl1's response:
    wish they had numbed mine some maybe it would not have hurt so bad. Had mine done at Orthopedic office as well.
    lukesnana9 responded:
    Yes, they seem to be working I have one left to go, didn't knotice any relief after the first one you have to do all 3.
    Yes they are painful first is a shocker but then you know what
    to expect and are ok.
    arbob5 replied to lukesnana9's response:
    Is Synvisc used for hip pain as well as knee pain? I don't see anyone here with hip problems.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to arbob5's response:
    Hi Arbob and welcome to WebMD,

    You happen to be responding on a very old discussion and I'm not sure anyone else is still looking in.

    I encourage you to start a new discussion on the board with your question. To do that, hold your cursor over the orange Post Now button and choose 'Discussion' from the drop down menu which appears. Fill in the subject line and body of the message (you can ignore the poll part if you want) and Submit.
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