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A radical new approach to knee surgery is now available at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, part of the Spire Healthcare group of private hospitals.

Computer assisted knee surgery uses 3D imaging and real time monitoring in the planning and execution of surgical procedures in trauma and orthopaedics.

Orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Ashvin Pimpalnerkar, who is leading the development of the new service, said: “Computer aided surgery has distinct advantages over conventional techniques, providing the surgeon with greater visualisation, improved accuracy and precision of surgical procedures and for the patient, reduced post operative pain and hospital stay.”

The technique is currently being used for total knee replacement, ligament reconstruction, cartilage injury mapping and grafting.

Fran Bowdler, aged 67, from Little Aston had a total left knee replacement on 29 December 2007 at Spire Little Aston Hospital, under the care of Mr Pimpalnerkar using the computer assisted technique and was impressed with the service. She had a right knee replacement in May 2007, using the conventional technique but says the new computer aided surgery was much better.

“The conventional approach to total knee replacement left my leg rather bruised, very painful and recovery did take a while. I needed a lot of rest following the operation and several sessions of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to regain strength. Computer assisted surgery was quite the opposite, it was a matter of days after the operation that I could bend my knee, I had no pain, no bruising and minimum swelling. I returned home after just three days in hospital,” she said.

Currently, five other Spire Healthcare hospitals in the UK also provide this service: Spire Alexandra Hospital in Chatham, Kent; Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands; Spire Cardiff Hospital; Spire Sussex Hospital at Hastings and Spire Harpenden Hospital in Hertfordshire.

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For more information please contact:

Spire Little Aston Hospital
Katrina Sheridan
Tel: 0121 580 7259

Notes to editors:

Spire Healthcare is one of the leading independent hospital providers in the UK, with a 25 year heritage of customer service and clinical excellence. It was formed in 2007 from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to leading private equity company Cinven.

Spire Healthcare has 26 hospitals across the UK, providing services for private and insured patients as well as NHS funded patients under the government’s Choose and Book scheme. It also offers cosmetic and weight-loss surgery.

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