Have you ever seen a video of an orthopedic surgeon replacing a joint? The thought of a knee replacement absolutely terrifies me. They use saws and hammers to remove the entire knee along with all of the ligaments and tissue around it. The new artificial knee is then hammered into place. It seems like nothing but pain.
The worst part about an artificial knee is the expiration date. The best artificial knees last a little more than a decade before needing to be replaced again. This puts the patient under the knife for another painful procedure.
Fortunately, there are doctors like Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum innovating new ways to help those with arthritic knees. In a recent interview, the doctor explains a brand-new procedure that has him resurfacing the interior of the knee to remove any painful arthritis. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum uses strong metal on one side of the chamber and high-grade plastic on the other side to make a durable buffer.
The doctor then goes on to illustrate how this is a superior choice for many suffering from painful knees. He says that more than 70 percent of arthritic knee patience could benefit from the procedure over an all-out replacement. He also says that the unlucky 30 percent have advanced arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
This is welcome news for those who have participated in sports for their entire lives. Many will feel the aches and pains in their knees get greater with age. Eventually, arthritis breaks out and it becomes difficult to walk. That’s when patients tend to turn to knee replacement surgeries.
Hopefully, more and more people turn to knee resurfacing rather than a replacement. It seems much less painful while offering better long-term results. Plus, you get to keep all of your own ligaments and surrounding tissue in the knee.