Questions to Ask Knee Dr - 80 yr old has severe osteoarthritis in left knee

Mary_Jane Member Posts: 4
edited 5. Aug 2022, 15:09 in Living with arthritis


I am helping family member. Hope we can all help each other

80-yr old with severe osteoarthritis in left knee cannot get total knee replacement till he gets TAVR to fix severe aortic stenosis.

Current Knee Dr ordered Orthovisc 4 injections, one week apart.

Patient read lot of user reviews on Internet. Lot of them were about how

  1. It didn't work
  2. Made the situation worse
  3. Wished they had total knee replacement at the start

Of course, Patient needs to fix heart before he does any type of surgery.

Below are questions he wants to ask Doctor. What other questions should Patient ask Doctor?

  1. Since osteoarthritis in left knee is so severe, what are the chances that the injection will be successful?
  2. Why not have a single injection, such as Synvisc-One?
  3. Will you, the Doctor personally perform the injection into the joint? How will you guide the needle, will you use ultrasound?
  4. Will you be easily accessible for those weeks after the shot, in case of adverse reaction?


  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 27,670

    Well @Mary_Jane

    You've done a great list already!

    What about asking whether the procedure could be safely done via epidural to save having a general anaesthetic?

    What can your family member do to prepare for the knee surgery in the longer term?

    How lovely that you are supporting a family member too. Can nothing be done to speed up the TAVR surgery??? How awful to be waiting in pain like this.

    As far as whether it will work we are all so different and often, of course what you see online is the bad stuff the ones who had a good result and probably off getting on with their lives.

    Hope I've helped even a tiny bit and please do let us know how he/she gets on.

    Toni x

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