Dr. Ika Kirschenbaum’s strategy for improving damaged knees seems to make quite a bit of sense. He says that when only one of the three components of a knee is damaged they are presented with the opportunity to repair that one issue instead of performing a full knee replacement surgery. The process of a typical knee surgery requires the whole knee to be replaced. Using the latest medical technology he has developed a surgery that leaves the ligaments and the unaffected part of the knee alone.
This lowers the trauma of the surgery improving recovery time and the patient is left with their original knee. This can prove to be more comfortable for the patient in the long term. If further surgery is required years down the road, having most of the original knee intact leaves the patient with many more options, than a traditional knee transplant, which would require that the whole knee be replaced again.
The surgery is not appropriate for every patient, issues like serve arthritis still require a full replacement surgery, but Dr. Kirschenbaum says that it is an effective surgery for those suffering from arthritis restricted to only one part of the knee, which is about 70% of people with arthritis in the knee.Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronx Health System, and has numerous accolades including the James A. Vohs Award for quality while he was Chief of Reconstructed Surgery for Kaiser Permanente. He specializes in minimally invasive surgeries on the hips and knees, and joint reconstruction. He serves as the Chairman of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health System.