When arthritis makes your knees painful, it’s a good idea to know if you need surgery. If you do, it is good to see whether you need a complete knee replacement or a partial knee replacement.
The ability to participate in a variety of sports, though a healthy choice, takes a toll on the human body. Robert Reed enjoyed many years of an active lifestyle which came to a halt due to a tremendously aching knee. Fortunately, by having a partial knee resurfacing, his pain was relieved.
One orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, explains that the knee “separates into three compartments,” thus allowing him to resurface one end of the bone, placing “metal on one side and a high-density medical plastic on the other side.” So, the rest of the knee stays intact, thus minimizing trauma to the healthy parts of the knee. The surgeon takes out only the damaged part, allowing the natural feeling of the knee after the procedure.
If total knee surgery is performed instead, the whole natural knee is removed. Since the replacement will fail in roughly 10-years, the whole process is done again, so this surgery is not necessary for everyone who has arthritic knees. Likewise, this resurfacing process is not meant for “those suffering severe arthritis…[or] those battling rheumatoid arthritis.” Thus, the perfect candidate for the partial knee resurfacing is one of the “70% who suffers osteoarthritis in one of the knee’s compartments.