The story of Robert Reed is unfortunately very typical. Passionate about sports, his hobbies included karate, football, softball, and basketball. He thought these activities were keeping him healthy. He was wrong.
Like so many athletes, Robert put too much stress on his body. His joints eventually started to give out to the constant impacts these sports naturally inflicted. As a result Robert developed arthritis in his knees. The situation got so bad, he ended up needing surgery.
“The pain was tremendous,” Robert joked. “It got to the point I was probably popping Advil like M&Ms.”
Robert was unsure about the surgery. He didn’t want to go through a grueling rehabilitation process that would leave him unable to go back to his favorite sports. But Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum reassured him that his condition was not as bad as it seemed.
“The knees has three separate compartments,” he explained. “And when only one part of the knee is diseased, we have the opportunity to just replace that part of the knee.”
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum performed a procedure called “partial knee resurfacing.” As oppose to knee replacement, knee resurfacing treats just that part of the knee that is diseased. This leaves the rest of the knee intact. By doing this, it fosters a faster recovery time and helps eliminate complications down the road.
This option is not ideal for everyone. Patients who suffer from severe arthritis in the knee are not good candidates for this procedure. But according to Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, those patients only make up a small portion of those suffering from knee problems. In his view, about 70% of patients suffering from arthritis can be treated with partial knee resurfacing.