Knee injuries or even knee deterioration due to arthritis become more common as you get older. Usually, this leads to a complete replacement of your knee, which obviously has its drawbacks. Ira Kirschenbaum specializes in knee replacements and the reconstruction of joints and how to minimize the invasiveness. There is a video online depicting the process of an alternative to a full knee replacement surgery.
In the video, we see a patient talk about how his knee injury formed and what was being done to correct the injury. For the past twenty-five years, Robert has followed an active lifestyle that slowly wore away at his knee over time. Resorting to over the counter medication, such as Advil, Robert realized that even though these pills may help in the short term he still needed to take them constantly throughout the day and it wasn’t a solution.
Typically, knee replacements take quite a bit of time to recover from while causing a lot of trauma to the affected area as well as a lot of time off work. This isn’t ideal and along with the trauma they bring there is a chance of the knee replacement needed to be replaced in the future, adding more trauma to the equation. Dr. Ira Kirshcenbaum is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement and was able to help Robert get the work done he needed.
This is where the alternative procedure would come into play; a partial knee replacement. As the knee has three compartments not all of it needs to be replaced if the injury is only in a particular area of the knee. You can just shave away the affected area and replace and reinforce that section of the knee. This procedure also lessens trauma to the area as you’re only replacing the injured area. Keep in mind that this procedure works best if you suffer from osteoporosis, if you have rheumatoid arthritis in the knee then a full knee replacement is most likely going to be recommended.