Personalised Knee Replacement

Spire Sussex Hospital is pleased to offer the latest personalised knee replacement surgery to patients across Sussex and Kent, including Bexhill, Battle, Hastings, Rye, Cranbrook, Ashford and Tenterden.

Mr Richard Goddard, Mr Adrian Butler-Manuel and Mr Hugh Apthorp Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons at Spire Sussex Hospital, undertake pioneering surgery using the latest technologies to provide patients with tailor made knee replacements.

Mr Goddard was the first surgeon in England and Wales to carry out knee replacement surgery using the Signature Knee technology (provided by Biomet).

Patient shapes differ on the inside as much as they do on the outside. This ground breaking surgery, provides more of a custom fit specifically for you, regardless of age, race, size or gender.

The Signature Knee system uses scans of the knee, which when analysed create a 3D image of the patient’s actual knee. With this information the surgeon can carefully pre-plan the surgery and tailor made instruments (alignment guides) (figs. 1 & 2) for each individual patient are produced.

Mr Goddard states “The Signature technology and custom made alignment guides allow me, the surgeon to accurately recreate the patient’s original limb alignment providing a knee replacement which replicates the patient’s unique anatomy”. By recreating the patient’s individual anatomy the surgeon can provide the optimal post operative result.  


 Fig. 1  Femoral Alignment guide         Fig. 2   Tibial Alignment guide    

Traditional Total knee replacement may use instruments placed inside the thigh or shin bone to assist with alignment and positioning. The Signature alignment guides are placed not within the bone canals but directly on the outside of the bone, potentially allowing a less invasive procedure.

Patients may therefore benefit from reduced blood loss and complications such as fat embolisms minimising their stay in hospital and increasing their rate of recovery.

For more information contact Spire Sussex Hospital today on 01424 757 455 or complete the form on the right-hand side of this page.

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