Patient Story: Signature™ Knee Replacement surgery

In September 2010 I returned to the UK after working on an overseas project for four years. During this time my ability to walk had deteriorated considerably, thus creating severe pain in my knees.

"Mr Pradhan and the team at Spire Cheshire Hospital have given me a new lease of life"
Mr H

Realising that something had to be done as soon as possible, I had a consultation with Mr Nikhil Pradhan Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Cheshire Hospital. He was of the opinion that I required total knee replacement, and recommended that I undergo bilateral Signature™ Knee replacement. X-rays were taken of both knees during the consultation and these confirmed that there was nothing left of the cartilage to the inner face of each knee, which was the cause of the discomfort & pain, plus my awkward posture.

Once it had been decided that I would proceed with the operation, I was requested to have an MRI scan to both legs between the ankles and the waist, which was carried out at the hospital. The results were then sent away to create the personalised positioning guides for the total knee replacement.

During the first two weeks of November I had to go through the pre-admission procedure at the Nurses Clinic at the hospital. This was followed by an introduction to the Physiotherapy Department who were to play a major part in my post operative recovery, and finally I was introduced to the Anaesthetist who would be in attendance during the forthcoming operation.

On the day of the operation I arrived at the hospital early morning, and the operation to both legs was carried out within a few hours. During the time that I was in the operating theatre & the recovery room, my family were allowed to sit in my room where the hospital staff looked after them with coffee, newspapers and television, in order that they could see me as soon as possible after the operation.

On day 3 I took my first steps, with the help of a zimmer frame and plenty of encouragement from both the nursing staff and the physiotherapists. I am the first to admit that this day was the most difficult of the whole procedure, however within a few days I had progressed to crutches and by day 8, I was able to go up and down the hospital staircase using the handrail and one crutch for support. This was the final goal which had to be achieved prior to being discharged, to go home.

I would like to thank Mr. Pradhan, plus everybody employed at Spire Cheshire Hospital, who contributed to the fact that my operation was a totally successful , and that my stay in hospital was as comfortable as possible. The nursing staff were caring and attentive, the physiotherapists were very professional, and the food and beverage staff prepared and delivered enjoyable meals.

After I came out of hospital I attended the physiotherapy department as an outpatient for about 8 weeks, to learn what exercises needed to be carried out to ensure full recovery of the leg muscles etc. I would also like to thank my wife and family who have encouraged me to continue with the exercises at home post operation.

I would certainly recommend Signature™ Total Knee Replacement. Mr Pradhan and the team at Spire Cheshire Hospital have given me a new lease of life, and I hope that it will not be too long before I can travel overseas again to continue with my career.

Mr H, February 2011

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Signature™ alignment guides

Fig 1.
Femoral alignment guide
Fig 2.
Tibial alignment guide

Guides are placed on the femur and tibia, the new knee is then positioned to your anatomy.

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