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ok I can speak to my experiences and I have been through most procedures short of double knee relacement.
- both knees have been "scoped" and torn cartilage cut away. The heal time for me was at least 6 months each time. There was some relief but eventually the osteoarthritis came back.
- just completed in July the Synvisc injections in both knees (series of injections over 3 weeks). Too early to really tell but I still have unacceptable knee pain.
- I take a lot of inflamatory meds (OTC and Rx) to help control
- however the biggest and nearly immediate relief are cortisone injections (just got both knees again shot up yesterday). There is a big debate on how often you can take these. My Ortho surgeon will limit me to about every 2-3 months. Some will say only 3 per year or some especially treating sports people will give them weekly (I am told - but not good for you because the tissue will eventually start to break down).
So, if I can stay away from knee replacement by popping pills and shooting up my knees periodically I will take that route.