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Cynthia A. Kahlenberg, MD, MPH

Hip and Knee Replacement

About Dr. Kahlenberg

Dr. Cynthia Kahlenberg is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction, including primary hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and complex revision hip and knee replacement. She performs both anterior and posterior hip replacement. Dr. Kahlenberg uses computer navigation and minimally invasive techniques to achieve individualized patient treatment goals while utilizing the latest surgical techniques, technology, and research to provide the best possible care and outcomes for her patients. 

As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Dr. Kahlenberg was a member of the National Ski Patrol, which sparked her interest in orthopedics. She obtained her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University.  Dr. Kahlenberg completed her orthopedic surgical residency at HSS and then completed an additional year of specialized training at HSS focusing on robotic and computer navigated joint replacement, minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement, and complex revision surgery of the hip and knee. She served as Chief Fellow during this time.  

Dr. Kahlenberg is actively engaged in research focused on increasing patient satisfaction with primary total hip and knee replacement and partial knee replacement. As a resident, she was awarded the Lewis Clark Wagner MD Chief Resident Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Clinical/Translational Research. Her research has been presented at orthopedic surgery meetings worldwide. She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

Departments

Specialized Centers

Complex Joint Reconstruction Center

Special Expertise

Anterior approach/Direct anterior hip replacement
Hip and knee replacement
Minimally invasive hip replacement
Partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement
Robotic and computer navigation surgery
Revision hip and knee replacement
Total knee replacement
Treatment of hip and knee arthritis

Procedures

Hip:

Anterior approach total hip replacement
Computer-assisted total hip replacement
Hip fracture surgery
Minimally invasive total hip replacement
Robotic total hip replacement
Revision hip replacement

Knee:

Computer-assisted total knee replacement
Revision knee replacement
Robotic partial knee replacement (MAKOplasty)
Robotic total knee replacement
Total knee replacement

Patient Stories

Insurance

Please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out of network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)

Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, Board Eligible

Awards

Lewis Clark Wagner MD Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Clinical/Translational Research, 2021
AOA Emerging Leaders Program, 2021
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Founders' Award, 2019
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program, 2019
Current Concepts Foundation Resident Scholarship, 2019
Hospital for Special Surgery Surgeon-in-Chief Research Grant Award, 2017
Insall Scott Kelly Abstract Award of Excellence, 2012

Education

Dartmouth College, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship

Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Residency

Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement

State Licensure

Languages

English

For My Patients

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Surgical Locations

Dr. Kahlenberg performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Kahlenberg

Patient Education

Selected Books/Chapters

Kahlenberg CA, Ast MP. "Technology & TKA: Accelerometers." In Essentials of Cemented Knee Arthroplasty. KlausDieter Kuhn and Erik Hansen, eds. Springer: Berlin, 2022.

Premkumar A, Kahlenberg CA, Morse K, Wang VX, Cross MB. "Triflange Cup and 3-D Printing in THA." In Advances in Specialist Hip Surgery. Drescher WR, Koo KH, Windsor RE, eds. Springer: Switzerland, 2021.

Selected Journal Articles

Kahlenberg CA, Gibbons JAB, Mehta BY, Antao VC, Lai EY, Do HT, Russell LA, Sculco PK, Figgie MP, Goodman SM. Satisfaction With the Process vs Outcome of Care in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2022 Mar;37(3):419-424.e2.

Kahlenberg CA, Gibbons JAB, Jannat-Khah DP, Goodman SM, Mandl LA, Sculco PK, Goodman SB, Figgie MP, Mehta BY. Use of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under 21 Years Old: A US Population Analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2021 Dec;36(12):3928-3933.e1.

Kahlenberg CA, Garvey MD, Blevins JL, Sculco TP, Sculco PK, Figgie MP. High Satisfaction and Activity Levels After Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under Age 21. J Arthroplasty. 2021 Oct;36(10):3485-3489.

Kahlenberg CA, Krell EC, Sculco TP, Katz JN, Nguyen JT, Figgie MP, Sculco PK. Differences in time to return to work among patients undergoing simultaneous versus staged bilateral total knee arthroplasty. Bone Joint J. 2021 Jun;103-B(6 Supple A):108-112.

Kahlenberg CA, Baral EC, Lieberman LW, Huang RC, Wright TM, Padgett DE. Retrieval Analysis of Polyethylene Components in Rotating Hinge Knee Arthroplasty Implants. J Arthroplasty. 2021 Aug;36(8):2998-3003.

Kahlenberg CA, Chalmers B, Sun HJ, Mayman DJ, Westrich GH, Haas SB, Sculco PK. Polyethylene Components in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Comprehensive Overview of Fixed Bearing Design Options. J Knee Surg. 2021 Feb 22.

Goodman SM, Mehta BY, Kahlenberg CA, Krell EC, Nguyen J, Finik J, Figgie MP, Parks ML, Padgett DE, Antao VC, Yates AJ, Springer BD, Lyman SL, Singh JA. Assessment of a Satisfaction Measure for Use After Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2020 Jul;35(7):1792-1799.e4.

Kahlenberg CA, Richardson SS, Gruskay JA, Cross MB. Trends in Utilization of Total and Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty in the United States. J Knee Surg. 2021 Aug;34(10):1138-1141.

Kahlenberg CA, Lyman S, Joseph AD, Chiu YF, Padgett DE. Comparison of patient-reported outcomes based on implant brand in total knee arthroplasty: a prospective cohort study. Bone Joint J. 2019 Jul;101-B(7_Supple_C):48-54.

Kahlenberg CA, Swarup I, Krell EC, Heinz N, Figgie MP. Causes of Revision in Young Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2019 Jul;34(7):1435-1440.

Kahlenberg CA, Elmasry S, Mayman DJ, Cross MB, Wright TM, Westrich GH, Sculco PK. Posterior condylar bone resection and femoral implant thickness vary by up to 3 mm across implant systems: implications for flexion gap balancing. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2019 Jul;27(7):2140-2144.

Kahlenberg CA, Richardson SS, Schairer WW, Sculco PK. Type of Anticoagulant Used After Total Knee Arthroplasty Affects the Rate of Knee Manipulation for Postoperative Stiffness. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Aug 15;100(16):1366-1372.

Kahlenberg CA, Nwachukwu BU, McLawhorn AS, Cross MB, Cornell CN, Padgett DE. Patient Satisfaction After Total Knee Replacement: A Systematic Review. HSS J. 2018 Jul;14(2):192-201. doi: 10.1007/s11420-018-9614-8.

Kahlenberg CA, Nwachukwu BU, Schairer WW, Steinhaus ME, Cross MB. Patient Satisfaction Reporting After Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review. Orthopedics. 2017 May 1;40(3):e400-e404.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Glenday J, Vigdorchik J, Lipman J, Sculco P, Kahlenberg CA, Mayman D, Wright T, Quevedo Gonzalez F. The initial fixation of cementless TKA is associated with the AP translation during gait: a computational study. Podium presentation at 2022 AAOS Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. March 22-26, 2022.

Kahlenberg CA, Gibbons JA, Mehta B, Antao V, Lai Y, Do H, Russell L, Sculco PK, Figgie MP, Goodman SM. Satisfaction with Process versus Outcome of Care in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Poster presentation at 2022 AAOS Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. March 22-26, 2022.

Chalmers BP, Elmasry S, Mayman DJ, Sculco PK, Kahlenberg CA, Wright TM, Westrich GH, Imhauser C, Cross MB. "A Constrained Insert Reduces Midflexion Laxity after Joint Line Elevation." Poster presentation at the 2021 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. November 11-14, 2021.

Driscoll DA, Moore HG, Kahlenberg CA, Figgie MP, Sculco PK. "Complications Associated with Simultaneous versus Staged Bilateral Total Hip Arthroplasty." Poster presentation at the 2021 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. November 11-14, 2021.

Gibbons JA, Kahlenberg CA, Jannat-Khah D, Goodman SM, Mandl LA, Sculco PK, Goodman SB, Figgie MP, Mehta B. Use of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under 21 Years Old: A U.S. Population Analysis. Poster presentation at the ACR Convergence 2021. Virtual conference. November 5-9, 2021.

Gibbons JA, Kahlenberg CA, Mehta B, Antao V, Lai Y, Do H, Russell L, Sculco PK, Figgie MP, Goodman SM. Satisfaction with Process versus Outcome of Care in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Poster presentation at the ACR Convergence 2021. Virtual conference. November 5-9, 2021.

Wei C, Gu A, Fassihi SC, Quan T, Kahlenberg CA, Thakkar SC, Della Valle AG, Sculco PK. " Neural Network Prediction of Same-Day Discharge Following Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Based on Pre-Inclusion Variables." Poster presentation at The American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Diego, California. August 31- September 3, 2021.

Elmasry S, Kahlenberg CA, Gandhi S, Sculco P, Xiang W, Wright T, Pearle A, Cross M, Mayman D, Westrich G, Imhauser C. Quantifying Intraoperative Decision-making of Knee Balance in Total Knee Arthroplasty. Poster presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2021 Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California. February 13-16, 2021.

Elmasry S, Chalmers B, Kahlenberg CA, Sculco P, Westrich G, Mayman D, Wright T, Cross M, Imhauser C. Additional Distal Femoral Resection Increases Mid-Flexion Laxity in a Computational Model of Posterior Stabilized TKA with Flexion Contracture. Poster presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2021 Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California. February 13-16, 2021.

Kahlenberg CA, Garvey M, Blevins JL, Sculco PK, Figgie MP. High Satisfaction and Activity Levels for Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under 21. Poster presentation at the HSS 32nd Annual Holiday Hip and Knee Course. Virtual Event. December 3-5, 2020.

Research

Dr. Kahlenberg's research focuses on optimizing patient outcomes and satisfaction with primary total hip and knee replacement as well as partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement. She is active in both clinical and biomechanical research in these areas, with the ultimate mission of making advances to achieve the best possible outcomes with these procedures.

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of July 14, 2022, Dr. Kahlenberg reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.