Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum Introduces an Alternative Surgery for Arthritis

For a quarter-century, Robert Reed maintained apt physical wellness by playing football, basketball, softball, and karate. Robert developed arthritis rendering him incapable of comfortably partaking in sports.


To alleviate Robert’s problem, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, an orthopedic surgeon, decided to perform partial knee resurfacing. “The knee has three compartments, and when just one part of the knee is diseased, it’s normally replaced. As for me, I perform what is called knee resurfacing,” Dr. Kirschenbaum explained.


What Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum does is to resurface both ends of the diseased bone without interfering or causing trauma to the ligaments, or the remaining compartments. A patient with osteoarthritis feels as if it were their knee.


“In total knee replacement, the entire knee is replaced. If it fails after ten years or so, it has to be replaced entirely again,” continued Dr. Ira.


According to him, knee resurfacing wouldn’t be the best option for patients who have severe arthritis. “A person with only a portion of the knee diseased fits the perfect candidate for a resurfacing procedure. 70% of Americans fall under that bracket.”


About Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum


He is an established orthopedic surgeon with vast experience in the entrepreneurial world, corporate and non-profit in leadership operations re-engineering processes, technology as well as innovative design.


Ira has the knack of impacting wherever he is involved. He has demonstrated agility in developing and implementing a strategy, synthesizing and translating complicated ideas, information, and concepts affecting his practice. Additionally, he educates and partners with other stakeholders to provide better solutions to arthritis.


Kirschenbaum is a registered member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Orthopedic Research Society.


Kirschenbaum was awarded the coveted James A. Vohs Award for Quality in 1994 while he was the chief of reconstructive surgery at Kaiser Permanente.



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