Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is currently conducting innovative new procedures on arthritic knees that require far less invasive practices than traditional knee replacements. He is currently practicing in New York where he performs a partial knee resurfacing for qualifying patients.
A total knee reconstruction would consist of removing the knee and replacing it while the partial knee is a less involved procedure where the edge of the bone is resurfaced with a plate that is plastic on one side and metal on the other. Partial knee resurfacing allows the ligaments to remain intact and is a far less traumatic surgery overall for the patient. Less trauma during surgery means a better projection for recovery with less time spent in physical therapy.
Good candidates for the partial knee resurfacing include an estimated 70% of former total knee replacement candidates. If there arthritis with damage concentrated in one portion of the knee, there is a good chance that this individual would be a solid candidate for the partial knee resurfacing option. Currently, those with extremely severe arthritis or those struggling with rheumatoid arthritis are not being considered for the procedure.
Dr. Kirschenbaum received his education from Brown University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as furthering his medical studies at The Rothman Institute, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University located in Philadelphia. He is a respected member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum currently serves as Chairman of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health Systems. Former distinctions include Dr. Kirschenbaum serving as Chief of Adult Reconstructive Surgery for the Kaiser Permanente System and being a member of a solo joint replacement service which completed approximately 500 surgeries on an annual basis.
You can learn more about the surgery here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OumPq03BHug