An Orthopedic Expert: Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum Breaks Down Arthroscopic Surgery

Knee and joint problems severely limit mobility and can be incredibly painful. A common surgery for people suffering from arthritis and osteoarthritis is knee replacement surgery via arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, Chairman of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health System, breaks down into simple terms what arthroscopy is comprised of.


In the past, knee surgeries required opening up the knee to view the joint, ligaments, and tendons then make repairs. Now arthroscopy is the preferred method because it has a faster recovery time and is less invasive. Two slips are cut into the skin of the knee. An endoscope, a tool with a camera and light, is inserted into the knee to give the surgeon a complete view of the knee’s interior. The other slit is used for the surgical tools to work and fix the affected areas.


Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum specializes in arthroscopy, joint replacement and reconstruction, knee and hip replacement, and reconstructive surgery. He performs these surgeries as minimally invasive as possible to give his patients the best results and quickest recovery.


Outside of the operating room Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is also the chairman of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health System and is also a member of many professional organizations. He is involved in research to further perfect knee and hip replacement surgeries along with developing specialized surgical instruments used in the orthopedic field. Additionally, he is the original executive director of Medscape Orthopaedics, Stryker Corporation’s orthopedic consultant, and a contributing member of WebMD. Dr. Kirschenbaum is an expert in his field that continues to learn, grow, and adapt to changes in technology to benefit his patients.

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