Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum who is the Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronxcare Health System is having a great deal of success with a procedure called partial knee resurfacing. This procedure is useful for those patients who have only one portion of the knee that has been damaged by osteoarthritis.
Traditionally, a patient has had to undergo a total knee replacement when the knee is degenerated and the pain in the knee is no longer manageable by non-invasive treatment measures. Down the road, if the knee replacement failed, the patient would have to undergo a complete knee replacement again with all that that entails.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum’s procedure does away with the all or nothing approach. If a patient presents with a knee that is only damaged in one portion of the knee, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is able to resurface only the damaged portion of the joint allowing the patient to once again be pain free. The knee’s ligaments are sparred in the surgery, and the patient is able to retain natural feeling in the knee.
Dr. Kirschenbaum’s procedure is useful for about 70 percent of those who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Those with damage throughout the knee are not candidates for the surgery. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are also not candidates for the procedure.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has a distinguished track record as an orthopedic surgeon. He is board certified in his surgical discipline. The doctor has served as Chief of Reconstructive Surgery at Kaiser Permanente in the Northeast, and the doctor is the recipient of the James A. Vohs Award for Quality.