Bespoke knee replacement comes to Brentwood

May 2012

Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood is now able to offer cutting-edge personalised knee replacements. The Signature™ Knee procedure, available at Spire Hartswood Hospital, is quicker, more precise, and may reduce the need for surgery again in the future.

The tailor-made procedure involves taking an MRI scan before surgery to provide the surgeon with detailed images of the patient’s knee anatomy. An exact 3D model of the knee is then created to help decide the size of implant needed and the positioning of the implant. A customised guide, known as a ‘jig’, is made to support implant positioning during the operation.

With this information, consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Iain Lennox can carefully pre-plan the surgery and provide more of a custom fit specifically for the patient, regardless of their size, shape or gender. In the past, surgeon planning has typically been based off two-dimensional X-rays. “The extra precision that we can now obtain using MRI scan data to guide the placement of the implant should help to ensure that the patient gets an excellent result every time,” says Iain Lennox.

Grandfather Brian Smith, age 61, of Rainham, underwent surgery at the private Spire Hartswood Hospital. He says, “Before my operation, my knee had been very painful and I was having pain injections to help me cope with day-to-day activities. The day after my knee replacement operation, the pain in my knee had vanished. It was miraculous that I could be pain-free overnight.”

The operation requires smaller incisions than traditional knee replacement surgery and patients should expect to be walking on the day after surgery and be home two to three days later.

By recreating the patient’s individual anatomy the surgeon can provide the optimal post operative result.

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