Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, a highly respected surgeon and Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronxcare Health System, recently was featured on a news segment. One of Dr. Kirschenbaum’s patients, a man who had developed arthritis in his knees as a result of years of athletic activity, explained how Dr. Kirshcenbaum helped him. The doctor himself also spoke about the medical work he had done in this case.
In brief, the patient was in terrible pain and using Advil like candy, and Dr. Kirschenbaum intervened in the least invasive way possible by doing a partial knee resurfacing. Because the knee has three compartments, when only one is diseased it can be replaced alone, and that is what Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum did with this patient. In an act of precision surgery, he was able to resurface only the affected portion of the bone with high-density plastic and metal and leave the functional parts of the knee intact.
The benefits of this particular operation over a traditional total knee replacement surgery are numerous. For starters, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum was able to leave all the ligaments in the area intact, resulting in the patient retaining the sense that he was using still his own knee in its entirety. As Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum explains, in a traditional knee replacement surgery the entire knee is removed, causing trauma to the areas of the knee that are still healthy, and the replacement itself may need replacing in a decade or so.
About Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum
Dr. Kirschenbaum was trained in surgical techniques at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, and now works out of White Plains, New York. In addition to doing surgeries, he is a medical innovator and inventor and has created a cement-less hip replacement system.