Thanks to medical advancements, orthopaedic surgeons like Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, are no longer tied to having to replace the entire knee. In traditional knee replacement surgery, the entire knee is cut out. However, as Dr Kirshenbaum explains the knee has 3 separate compartments. When only one part of the knee is diseased, the opportunity arises to just replace that part of the knee. Dr Kirschenbaum notes that he can often just resurface the end of the bone with metal on one side and high-density medical plastic on the other.
Dr Kirschenbaum goes on to explain that there are two major benefits in not replacing the entire knee. One of the benefits is that patients have shorter recovery times. Dr Kirschenbaum further explains that the other major benefit is that total knee replacements will often fail after ten or fifteen years and the patients will then have to undergo another total knee replacement surgery. Unfortunately, partial knee replacement surgery is not an option for severe cases, such as patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr Ira Kirschenbaum is a practicing Orthopedic surgeon in White Plains, New York. He specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, complex revision joint replacement surgery, arthroscopy, and joint reconstruction. He was trained at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr Kirschenbaum is currently an active member of The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. During his career, Dr Kirschenbaum was the Chief of Reconstructive Surgery for Kaiser Permanente in the Northeast. It was there that he was awarded the prestigious James A. Vohs Award for Quality.