Robert Reed had kept active by playing football and playing karate for close to 25 years. He did not just play these two sports but he also played softball and basketball. His love for sports is evident but his passion has had a negative effect on his body. He has developed arthritis in his knees and will need surgery for his to participate in his sports pain-free. To live a pain-free life he would consume plenty of painkillers.
Robert Reed underwent a surgery which is described as partial knee resurfacing. As Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum Ira Kirschenbaum explains a knee has only three compartments. If only one of the three compartments of the knee is ailing, the surgeon can replace just that part. However, instead of fully replacing that part, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum usually resurfaces the end of that bone he then places a metal on one side and on the other the surgeon places a uses a high-density medical plastic. This procedure leaves the rest of the knee completely intact including the ligaments. And since he did not alter the knee the patient still has feelings in the knee.
The patient still maintains feelings in the knee because only the surface of the knee is replaced. Which means that trauma to the bones and tissue is minimized. Partial surgery is preferred over total surgery because in total surgery the entire knee is replaced. And in a decade or two, the patient might have to go under the knife again to get a new knee. However, the partial knee surgery is not an option for all patients who are suffering from severe arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. But those suffering from osteoarthritis that is restricted to one part of the knee is an excellent candidate for the procedure. People suffering from osteoarthritis represent 70% of all those suffering from arthritis.