SUPARTZ is indicated for 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, ., acetaminophen. You should not use SUPARTZ if you have infections or skin diseases at the injection site or allergies to poultry products. SUPARTZ is not approved for pregnant or nursing women, or children. Risks can include general knee pain, warmth and redness or pain at the injection site. Full prescribing information can be found here or by contacting customer service at 800-396-4325.
1) Left knee injection under fluoroscopy . It is important to note the “ mustache sign ” in which the contrast spreads to both sides of the joint on the A-P view. Also note the lateral fluoro view that shows contrast spread into the suprapatellar bursa — this is observed in 85% of adults as the septum becomes perforated during the 5th month of development. You will find fluid in the suprapatellar bursa with MRI and ultrasound in patients with knee joint effusion or bursitis. The image of the Baker’s cyst is great in that it shows that they are connected to the knee joint ; they are especially common in patients with meniscal tears in which the knee has an effusion that leaks into the cyst and causes a fullness feeling in the back of the knee.
I had three injections all of which worked for a few days to two weeks then stopped. The excruciating pain returned and only Vicoden 5 mg 3-4 times a day controlled the pain. Vicoden at that dose is the lowest dose prescribed. it worked perfectly for several years and doctors refused to prescribed opioids for fear of losing their license. My sister recently died of throat cancer and she complained constantly of pain. She died with unrelieved pain. As a cancer patient she was prescribed Morphine 2 mg. every 6 hours. That is beyond ridiculous but keeps our doctor’s license safe. Our doctors are violating their Hippocratic oath – Do No Harm. They had added a caveat “except when the government is breathing down your neck. Then the patient be damned. I am glad this helped you Randy. I don’t know your clinical status but I am sure it differs from mine. Do you have severe and crippling arthritis?