Robert Reed kept active as an athlete for 25 years. Robert needed surgery because over time he developed arthritis in his knees. He found relief in a surgical technique called partial knee surfacing. The doctor that he turned to the perform the surgery, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, explains why partial knee surfacing would be be a great choice for some patients, why it would not be a good choice for others, and how it’s done.
This award winning, experienced, orthopedic surgeon has developed instruments for knee replacements. According to LinkedIn, not only does he have a sense of humor, but in my opinion, he is also to be taken seriously. As an expert, he has produced a DVD regarding knee replacement techniques for The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. I don’t why Robert chose him to perform his surgery, but with his amazing background, what’s not to consider?
Dr. Kirschenbaum comments, “A knee has three separate compartments, and if only one part of the knee is diseased, we have the opportunity to just replace that part of the knee. Instead of fully replacing it, I am able to simply resurface the end of the bone with metal on one side, and a high-density medical plastic on the other side and leave the rest of the knee completely intact and leave all the ligaments and all the rest of the person’s feeling in their knee as if it was their old knee.”
In others words, only the damaged part is replaced, not the whole knee as with traditional replacement surgery. Dr. Kirschenbaum recommends that this surgery would not be a good fit for patients who suffer from severe arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Patients that have osteoarthritis restricted to one area of the knee tend to be great candidates.
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