Ira Kirschenbaum, MD, is Chairman of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health System and is a specialist in an alternate way to approach mainstream total knee replacement. Instead of removing and replacing the whole knee joint, he opts instead to resurface only the damaged area of the knee. With upwards of 70 percent of patients with Osteoarthritis that have only partial knee joint damage, Dr. Kirschenbaum can alleviate the cause of pain in a much less invasive manner, getting his patients back to their feet with a more natural feeling in the knee joint.
Mastering the techniques used in partial knee resurfacing, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum does not remove the knee joint, but resurfaces the ends of the damaged area. Using metal on one side and a high-density medical grade plastic on the other, leaving the rest of the knee structures like ligaments intact. By minimizing the damage to healthy bone and tissue less overall trauma occurs, leading to faster recovery. Undergoing total knee replacement causes extensive trauma to surrounding bone and tissue requiring patients to suffer through lengthy physical therapy with no promise that in ten or twelve years they won’t have to have the knee replaced again when it wears down.
For patients dealing with severe arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, partial knee resurfacing is not for you since so many components of the knee joint are usually affected. But patients with single areas of damage to the knee joint can be helped with this alternate method of surgery. The key to this procedure is nothing in the knee is being replaced, with damaged areas only being resurfaced.
Ira Kirschenbaum, MD, specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement. He is a member of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.