Robert thought he was taking care of his body. After all, regular exercise is what every health and medical professional says we should do. But as Robert got older, the strain of athletic living began to catch up with him. Regular activities like karate, basketball and softball became arduous. Pain developed in his knees and he couldn’t move like he once could. Robert had to face the facts. He had arthritis.
“The knee pain was tremendous, and you always have that constant ache… that throbbing.” Robert explained that at times the discomfort was so bad he was “popping Advil like M&Ms.”
It was clear that Robert was going to need surgery. He thought he was going to need a total knee replacement. But to his surprise, the doctors advised a new procedure that was minimally invasive: partial knee resurfacing.
Unlike a total knee replacement, partial knee resurfacing only treats the part of the knee that is diseased. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum explained that a knee basically has three parts. If only one part needs treatment, the other two can be left alone in order to help the patient recover more quickly.
He does this by resurfacing the end of the bone. By adding a couple of implants into the knee, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is able to restore the knee to working order without pulling anything out. Healthy bone and ligaments remain unaffected. Essentially nothing is really “replaced” in this procedure. It is only treated. By working the knee this way, doctors can now help overzealous athletes get better faster