Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum Knows Knees

Being athletic and participating in sports is known to be good for your overall health. However, one drawback to a lifetime of intense physical activity is the stress it places on your joints, such as your knees. Arthritis can set up and cause tremendous chronic pain that pain relievers may dull, but really can’t make go away. The pain can be debilitating and greatly interfere with normal activities and quality of life. Often, the only solution is surgery.


In an appearance on WPIX-11 Morning News, Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum discussed a procedure known as partial knee resurfacing. According to Dr. Kirschenbaum, who specializes in minimal invasion techniques, a knee has three separate compartments, and when only one part of the knee is affected by disease, the person is an excellent candidate for partial knee resurfacing. Using a combination of metal and plastic parts, doctors are able to resurface the end of the bone, and leave the healthy parts of the knee in place. This allows all ligaments to stay in place, and is more likely to allow the person to retain the feeling of their old knee.


Partial knee resurfacing is obviously less traumatic to healthy bone and tissue than a total knee replacement in which all parts of the knee are removed and replaced with artificial parts. There is also a high chance for failure in a total replacement, and often in ten or so years, it will have to be replaced again. In cases of severe arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, a total knee replacement is often the only choice as these patients are not good candidates for a partial treatment. Dr. Kirschenbaum states that probably 70% of all knee problems involves only one part of the joint, and can be helped enormously by partial knee resurfacing.


Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum not only performs partial replacements, but has developed surgical instruments for knee and hip operations. He is also involved in active research on knee and hip replacements with a great interest in achieving results in the least invasive manner. Dr. Kirschenbaum is well recognized for his innovative techniques and dedication to his patients.