Have you been putting off your knee surgery because you are afraid of spending days in the hospital and weeks or months in recovery? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans need knee surgery every year and procrastinate about getting it done, just like you. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, specializes in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and alternatives to full knee replacement surgery. Single-incision knee surgery is possible using Dr. Kirschenbaum’s techniques.
Your knee is divided into three compartments and when only one part of the knee is diseased, Dr. Kirschenbaum has the opportunity to just replace that part of the knee. This greatly speeds up recovery time because Dr. Kirschenbaum leaves the rest of the knee intact, avoiding damage and trauma to the ligaments and person’s feeling of their old knee. With total knee replacement surgery, the whole knee is removed and replaced with a new knee, which isn’t guaranteed to last forever. In fact, most people need another total knee replacement within 10 to 12 years.
Dr. Kirshenbaum, who trained in hip and knee replacement and reconstructive surgery at The Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, says that selective knee replacement surgery is not an effective treatment option for people suffering from severe arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. The good news is that if your arthritis is restricted to just one part of the joint, which is the case in 70% of people suffering from knee arthritis, you are an excellent candidate for partial knee replacement surgery.