Prevented Knee Surgery for Osteoarthritis
VISCOSUPPLEMENTATION (HYALURONIC ACID: GEL) INJECTIONS HAVE GREAT OUTCOMES. AS A FORMER SURGEON, DR. ANKAMAH WANTS YOU TO AVOID SURGERY UNTIL AS A LAST RESORT.
According to CDC, about 27 million Americans have Osteoarthritis (OA) of either the knee or hip. CDC further states that about 1 in 2 Americans may develop knee osteoarthritis of the knees by the age of 85. 2 in 3 people who are obese are certain to develop knee osteoarthritis. For every pound of weight gain, the amount of pressure you place on your joints is 4-fold.
If left untreated, it can be very debilitating and can seriously affect one’s ability to walk safely if at all. The life span of a knee replacement prosthesis is about 10-14 years. With Americans living longer, that means there is a very high likelihood if surgery is done too early in your life, you are certain to go under the knife again for knee revisions every 10-14 years thereafter. Complications of such revisions may include infections and chronic pain.
Dr. Ankamah is an expert in performing these Gel injections and in good hands, patients are getting about 6 months to 1 year of pain relief and great quality of life. The injection in the majority of patients is repeated on average about every 6-9 months. Patients are able to walk more, engage in physical activities pain-free. Most patients tell me doctor “I am able to do more at home”.