The Youtube video entitled, “Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum on WPIX-11: The Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery” discussed an alternative method to total knee surgery. In which, anyone with osteoarthritis would be eligible for participating in receiving a partial knee resurfacing surgery. In the video, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, MD, a specialist in partial knee resurfacing surgery, currently practising in White Plains, N.Y, describes the alternative knee replacement surgery as a process that replaces only part of the knee rather than the entire knee. The surgery, replaces the disease affected a portion of the knee with a mental on one side and a high-density medical plastic on the other side. Thus, leaving the rest of the knee intact with all the ligaments and feeling of the knee as if it was there old knee.
Kirschenbaum, states this surgery would not be recommended for anyone with severe arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The video first began describing how for 25 years a man named Robert Reed was proactive in the engagement of various athletic activities some of which included, karate, football, softball, and basketball. However, after developing arthritis in the knee Reed had to retire his hobbies and obtain surgery in order to treat the severe pain he was suffering from. The surgery Reed received was the partial knee resurfacing surgery. Kirschenbaum, thereafter explained how the knee has three separate compartment and how when one part of the knee is affected by disease the partial knee resurfacing surgery offers patients an option to only replace the affected area. As opposed to receiving the total knee surgery, as Kirschenbaum, also goes on to state if the total knee replacement surgery fails can lead to the requirement of further surgery 10-12 years down the road.