Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum, Chairman Of Orthopaedics at Bronxcare Health System, is a specialist in joint replacement and reconstruction orthopaedics. He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kirschenbaum is recognized for his design of major joint replacement systems, and he has lectured and published to bring awareness of orthopaedic subjects to the public.
Looking back through history one can see that, even in ancient times, peoples’ bones and joints were somehow set when broken. Orthopaedic medicine has been focused on correcting deformities of bones, muscles and joints. The history of joint replacement can be traced back to the 1890’s when hip joint replacements were offered. In England in the 1960s, the modern technique for total hip replacement was developed, and in the 1970s knee replacement procedures became popular.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum recently explained developments in joint replacement and pointed out that the average age of people wanting such surgery has decreased somewhat to an average of 65 years. This may point to obesity as a factor, as well as people wanting to stay more active as they age. Joint replacement surgeries are less risky today. People can often go home the same day. But because replacements don’t last forever and revision surgeries are often needed and more complex, great precision is required, and results are not as successful as the original replacement.
After joint replacement surgery, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is very proactive with his patients, advising them to live healthier lives and emphasizing the dangers of obesity.
More than 50% of patients requiring hip replacements are obese, and this percentage is even higher for those needing knee replacements. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum emphasizes how important it is to avoid revision surgery when possible.
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