Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum: An Innovator in Medical Design

The future of arthritis surgery is here. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center offers an alternative to standard knee replacement surgery by a process called selective knee resurfacing. The operation works by replacing specific parts of the knee, rather than the entire knee itself. He claims that the procedure can resurface the bone with metal on one side and a high density medical plastic on the other side. This replaces just the damaged portions and leaves the patient with the feeling of a natural knee.

Dr. Kirschenbaum, who works in the Greater New York City Area, graduated from Brown University and specializes in bone and joint problems, hip, knee, and shoulder replacements. More specifically, he works to find real life solutions to complex clinical problems, simplifying surgeries and replacements to the greatest extent possible. After graduating from Brown Magna Cum Laude, Dr. Kirschenbaum attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then went on to complete multiple residencies and received more education in the field from the Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Kirschenbaum’s background in replacement innovation has prepared him perfectly to be a leader in the field. The selective knee resurfacing provides an alternative to complete replacements which cause severe trauma to the bone and tissue. The new procedure also offers patients more flexibility down the road. While a full replacement has “burned every bridge” in Dr. Kirschenbaum’s words, a partial resurfacing offers patients who suffer from arthritis in isolated portions an excellent alternative. Seventy percent of arthritis victims suffer from restricted location arthritis. This means that Dr. Kirschenbaum’s surgery is groundbreaking for most populations who experience joint pain and arthritis. In addition, he endured having mutiple knee surgeries himself. He shared his experiences in a blog here.