Mr Ganapathi is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon based in North Wales. He completed his higher specialist training in orthopaedics in Wales and did a arthroplasty fellowship in Cardiff. He subsequently completed an advanced lower limb fellowship in Montreal, Canada and visited centres in Canada and U.S. before starting as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Bangor, North Wales. Although he undertakes general trauma work, his elective practice in both the NHS and the private sector is almost exclusively related to adult hip and knee problems.
During his higher specialist training and subsequent fellowships, Mr Ganapathi has gained experience in various aspects of hip and knee related problems including primary and revision hip replacement, hip resurfacing, primary and revision knee replacement, partial knee replacement as well as hip arthroscopy and knee arthroscopy.
Mr Ganapathi is also trained in computer guided joint replacements and routinely uses computer guidance while doing knee replacements and hip resurfacing. Computer guidance allows the surgeon to be very precise during joint replacements thus decreasing the chance of outliers (beyond the tolerance of the joint replacements) and decreases the chances of early joint replacement failure. In simple terms, computer guided surgery is similar to that of satellite navigation (GPS) used in cars. In GPS technology, the location of the car is identified by the signal received from the different GPS satellites by the GPS receiver in the car. Similarly, in computer guided joint replacements, special trackers which emit infrared signals are fixed to the bones and they act like satellites. Read more about computer guided hip and knee surgery.
During his fellowship in Canada, he also gained experience in managing hip impingement (which is increasingly considered to be a cause of hip pain in young adults often leading to hip arthritis at a younger age) using both arthroscopic and open surgery and he is one of the few surgeons offering this type of surgery in Wales. Read more about hip impingement.
Mr Ganapathi firmly believes in rapid recovery (accelerated rehabilitation) after both hip and knee replacements which can lead to early functional recovery and improved patient satisfaction. He employs various techniques including multi-modal pain control and minimally invasive and muscle sparing approach.
Mr. Ganapathi also offers Patient Specific Knee Replacement (Signature Knee, PSI Knee) at Spire Yale Hospital, Wrexham. This is a very recent technological advancement to improve the accuracy and match of the knee replacement to the individual patient's knee. Read more about Personalised Knee Replacement.
Complex revision surgery (of both hip and knee replacements) is also becoming an increasing part of his practice and employs up-to-date techniques in improving the outcomes for these difficult problems.
Mr Ganapathi has also been involved in a number of research projects which he has published and presented in a number of scientific journals and meetings. He has also won various awards for his research work. He keeps himself updated on recent advances by attending various CME sessions. He is also keen in teaching the next generation of surgeons as well as allied health professionals.
PSI / Signature Knee Intraoperative Demonstration by Mr Ganapathi:
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