Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum: The answer to unnecessary knee replacements?

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is an orthopaedic surgeon out of White Plains, NY. He has helped introduce a new procedure, partial unicompartmental knee replacement, helping those who are ailed by osteoarthritis. He developed tools to assist in the success of the procedure.

In a video, “Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum on WPIX-11: The Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery”, a recipient of this procedure is introduced, and the procedure is explained. The recipient, Robert Reed, is described as always having been active physically in sports such as karate, football, softball, and basketball. Robert shows he is physically active as he does weight conditioning in the gym. He explains how for years he suffered from knee pain and had the surgery done.

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum explains that there are three compartments in the knee and when one is diseased it can be replaced. Not all compartments are replaced, as in most knee surgeries. The process requires resurfacing of the end of the bone, then metal is applied to one side and a high-density plastic is applied to the other side.

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum expresses it allows the remaining knee area to be intact which allows for the ligaments and feelings to not be impacted. He continues to explain there is minimal trauma with the procedure, unlike a whole knee replacement which could fail in 10-12 years causing the patient to have to receive another knee replacement. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum states that this procedure is not good for those that suffer from severe arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis but is better for those that have osteoarthritis restrictive to just one part of the knee. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has over 20 years of experience in the field and is a Chairman of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health System.