Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in various hip, knee, and joint replacement, and reconstruction techniques. But he is notable for his alternatives to knee replacement surgery, using a minimally invasive technique, as seen on the WPIX-11 Morning News. Robert Reed was a prime candidate for Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum’s partial knee resurfacing procedure. Robert was an active man for over twenty-five years, taking part in such activities as karate, as well as a wide variety of active sports.
But, unfortunately leading such an active, and physical lifestyle caught up with Robert over time. He developed arthritis in both of his knees and was unable to cope with a regular daily life without pain and constant throbbing in both knees. As it turned out, Robert was in need of knee surgery. His Doctors decided to do a partial knee resurfacing. The knee is made up of three parts. A total knee replacement would replace all parts.
Whereas a partial knee resurfacing allows doctors to simply resurface the end of the diseased bone, with metal on one side and a high-density medical plastic on the other. This leaves the rest of the healthy knee and ligaments intact, minimizing trauma. While it is stated that partial knee resurfacing is not recommended for cases such as severe arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, it is a positive alternative for those suffering from localized osteoarthritis. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum was trained at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, but currently practices in New York.