Robert, an aging athlete who participated in football and karate for years, was experiencing constant pain in his knee. Before seeking a more permanent solution he, like many others, used over the counter pain medications to continue pursuing his hobbies. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, an orthopaedic surgeon, suggests an alternative solution to a total knee replacement in those who suffer from restrictive osteoarthritis in part of the knee. This condition accounts for 70% of osteoarthritis cases. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum recommends a procedure involving resurfacing part of the knee and using high-density medical plastic and metal on one side. This allows feeling to be retained and leaves the ligaments intact, preventing the need for a second total knee replacement in the event of the first procedure failing. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum asserts that this alternative solution to a total knee replacement provides relief with minimal trauma to the knee. This procedure is not appropriate for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or severe arthritis
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, member of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, attended The Rothman Institute in Philadelphia to specialize in hip and knee replacement surgeries. He has been a member of both The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and The Orthopaedic Research Society, was on the Board of the Arthritis Foundation in the Hudson Valley Region and worked as the chief of reconstructive surgery at Kaiser Permanente whilst being awarded the prestigious James A. Vohs Award for Quality. He has continued to remain active in the development of new instrumentation for replacement and resurfacing procedures and continues to expand and develop methods for improving the quality of life in these patients.