“I have been playing sports all my life. I played football when I was younger and I still try to play a lot of basketball. But my knee recently started to hurt quite a bit. The pain just hasn’t stopped.
It’s been getting more and more difficult to walk around, so I finally saw my doctor. After some X-rays, he told me that my knee was shot. Arthritis had taken over and a knee replacement surgery was in my future.
I started to watch videos about knee replacements. They look rather painful. The whole knee is removed. All the tendons and ligaments have to come out, too. The artificial knee is literally hammered into place. Then, get this, the knee only lasts for a few years. I’m told they last 10 years at best. This requires a whole new replacement.
I’m glad I caught an interview with Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum. The doctor has received his education in hip, knee and joint replacement surgeries at the Rothman Institute. He’s also been innovating new ways to make joint repair less painful, and he even narrated an instructional video for doctors performing surgeries.
Anyways, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is saying that 70 percent of those who think they need a knee replacement could simply get a knee resurfacing. There are a few requirements. First, arthritis can’t be too advanced. Second, only one of the three knee capsules can be affected. Third, you can’t be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
The doctor explains that the arthritic capsule is shaved and resurfaced with metal and plastic. You get to keep all of your own ligaments, nerves and tendons, too. I’m definitely going to seek out this surgery. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum now practices in White Plains, New York, just north of the New York City area.”
One of our readers from New York.