What if you needed a knee replacement and only one part of your knee was diseased? You would probably only want the diseased part to be replaced instead of the whole knee. Right?
Well Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center discusses and explains his approach to knee replacements.
He is not calling it a replacement though. He refers to it as a Partial Knee Resurfacing. Since the knee is made up of 3 components, if only one of those components is diseased, Dr. Kirschenbaum can go in and replace that one diseased component and leave the others intact. Even the ligaments will stay intact. He uses metal on one side and a High-Density medical plastic on the other side.
The thing about total knee replacements is that if you have one, they could fail some years down the road and then you would have to have another total knee replacement all over again.
The best candidates for this resurfacing procedure would be those with osteoarthritis. Those with osteoarthritis are about 70% of people.. Unfortunately, people with severe arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis would not be good candidates.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, was trained at Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Besides being trained in knee replacement, he also is trained in hip replacement and reconstructive surgery. He is also a member of The American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons, The Orthopedic Research Society, The American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has had many more achievements throughout his career. He has developed instruments for knee replacements as described above and medical trademarks and medical inventions just to mention a few.
You can see the interview with Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum titled: “Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum on WPIX-11: The Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery” on YouTube here https://youtu.be/OumPq03BHug.