Dr. Kirschenbaum – Innovating Knee Replacement

Dr Ira Kirschenbaum specializes in minimizing invasive joint and knee replacement and joint reconstruction. Currently, Dr Kirschenbaum resides in New York and trained in his specialization at The Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. Dr Kirschenbaum was given the James A. Vohs Award for Quality in 1994 during a time that he was chief of Kaiser Permanante’s chief of reconstructive surgery. Dr Kirschenbaum works to innovate joint and knee replacement surgery. Recently, a short video explains one of Dr Kirschenbaum’s procedures; the partial knee replacement.


This video depicts a young man; Robert, getting knee replacement surgery. Due to Robert living an active lifestyle for twenty-five years the strain took a toll on his knew to require surgery. The pain in Robert’s knees led to him using over the counter pain medication; Advil, “like M&M’s”. Not an ideal situation in any light. Fortunately, Robert has some options available.


Traditionally, Knee replacements can be traumatic and typically lead to the whole knee being replaced rather than just the injured area. Unfortunately, this may need to be replaced a decade or two down the line, leading to more trauma in an area that is already injured.

In the video, rather than taking the traditional route to knee replacement surgery the option of a partial knee replacement surgery was available. The knee has three separate compartments, and a partial knee replacement works to mend only the injured part of the knee, leaving the knee feeling like your knee instead of something foreign. This procedure also lessens trauma to the area. However, while this procedure can make knee replacement more manageable, if you have severe arthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis this procedure wouldn’t completely solve the medical problems you experience in your knee. It’s estimated that 70% of knee arthritis is from osteoporosis suffers which should benefit from this procedure.