Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum on Partial Knee Resurfacing

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is a prominent orthopedic surgeon who received his training at the prestigious Rothman Institute located in Philadephia. Currently, Dr. Kirschenbaum serves as the Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronxcare Health System in New York. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum specializes in minimally invasive surgeries, and he also performs complete joint replacements.


One of the operations that Dr. Kirschenbaum specializes in is partial knee resurfacing. This is a procedure that is ideal for certain patients who are suffering from the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis. Some with osteoarthritis only have damage in one of the three compartments that make up the knee joint. Dr. Kirschenbaum believes that patients with only partial damage to the knee do not need a total knee replacement. About 70 percent of those with osteoarthritis only have partial knee damage.


In the procedure that Dr. Kirschenbaum performs, the part of the knee that is damaged in resurfacing. Metal is placed on one end of the joint, and medical plastic is placed on the other end. This creates a new surface that leaves the patient without pain. The patient’s ligaments are left in tact, and the part of the knee that is not damaged is not harmed by the procedure.


This procedure performed by Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum works for most osteoarthritis suffers. Those with damage to more than one compartment of the knee will need a different procedure. Those with the debilitation and pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis will also not benefit. However, Dr. Kirschenbaum has experience treating all forms of joint disease, and he can recommend treatments for these conditions.