Robert Reed kept himself active for the last 25 years by keeping up on his martial arts training as well as playing sports such as basketball and football. But over time this took a toll on Robert’s knees. With constant knee pain and discomfort, Robert was taking over the counter pain medication several times a day and clearly needed a more permanent solution. This is where Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum and his revolutionary knee surgery came into Robert’s life.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, uses a new technique referred to as knee resurfacing. During this procedure the knee is not fully replaced, but instead only the damaged parts are replaced. The material used is metal on the damaged outward facing side, and a strong plastic which feels natural to the patient after replacement.
Not only does this less invasive form of knee surgery feel more natural, but it also leaves more options open for the patient in the future. It is important to Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum to use minimally invasive surgery whenever possible to assist his patients. The knee has three separate sections, as such if only one part of the knee is damaged, only that section needs to be replaced in a traditional knee replacement procedure. The procedure becomes even less invasive if only the damaged area of that section is resurfaced rather than replacing the entire section.
So does the partial knee resurfacing provided by Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum work for all patients? Experts say that this is not the best option for those with severe arthritis, but by Dr. Kirschenbaum estimates it would be an appropriate option to consider for approximately 75 percent of all patients.