Changing How We View Knee Replacement Surgery – Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, is the Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronxcare Health System. He focuses on hip and knee replacements and specializes in the minimally invasive approach. Dr. Kirschenbaum is also trained in different types of knee surgeries like complex revision joint replacement surgery, for example. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum completed his surgical training in knee and hip replacement and reconstructive surgery at the Rothman Institute in Pennsylvania.


Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has been interview on several different news reports, including one for WPIX-11. During this interview, the patient, Robert Reed, discussed how he developed arthritis in his knee was in so much pain that he was taking Advil pain relievers like they were a candy. He needed a partial knee resurfacing surgery. Dr. Kirschenbaum uses this technique to save the knee in the long run. Since there are three different parts of the knee, if only one portion of the knee is damaged, then he can resurface the bone and the end. With metal on one side of the bone and high density plastic on the other side, this way keeps the rest of the knee intact as opposed to completely replacing the entire knee. If you have to have an entire knee replacement, then in a few years if that knee replacement fails, you will most likely have to have another one.


Whereas with the resurfacing, you can still give your joint a chance at feeling just like it normally felt. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum then explained that this would not be a good option for those patients with severe or rheumatoid arthritis, but those with osteoarthritis that is strictly situated in one joint is an excellent candidate for the resurfacing surgery. Dr. Kirschenbaum says that this type of arthritis is about 70 percent of all knee arthritis problems.


Dr. Kirschenbaum has a membership within many different Orthopedic Surgery Boards, including The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. He was on the Board of the Arthritis Foundation in the Hudson Valley Region. Dr. Kirschenbaum was also given the prestigious James A. Vohs Award for Quality in 1994, while he was the Chief of Reconstructive Surgery for Kaiser Permanente in the Northeast