Mr Muthu Ganapathi

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MSc (Ortho), FRCS, MSc (Ortho Engineering), FRCS (Ortho)

Specialises in

  • Hip and knee surgery
  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Hip resurfacing

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I completed my higher specialist training in orthopaedics in Wales and undertook a arthroplasty fellowship in Cardiff. I subsequently completed an advanced lower limb fellowship in Montreal, Canada and visited centres in Canada and US before starting as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Bangor, North Wales.

Although I undertake general trauma work, my elective practice in both the NHS and the private sector is almost exclusively related to adult hip and knee problems. During my higher specialist training and subsequent fellowships I 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.

I am also trained in computer guided joint replacements and routinely use computer guidance while doing knee replacements. 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.

During my fellowship in Canada I 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. I am one of the few surgeons offering this type of surgery in Wales.

I firmly believes in rapid recovery (accelerated rehabilitation) after both hip and knee replacements which can lead to early functional recovery and improved patient satisfaction. I employs various techniques including multi-modal pain control and minimally invasive and muscle sparing approach. I 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. Complex revision surgery (of both hip and knee replacements) is also becoming an increasing part of my practice and I employ up-to-date techniques which improve the outcomes for these difficult problems.


General Medical Council Number: C4557489

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Muthu Ganapathi at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Computer guided total knee replacement
  • Hip impingement surgery
  • Large diameter head hip replacement
  • Minimally invasive knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement (uni-compartmental and patello-femoral knee replacement)
  • Patient specific knee replacement (Signature Knee, PSI Knee)
  • Rapid recovery (accelerated rehabilitation)
  • Revision hip replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Young adult hip arthritis

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Additional information

Hip surgery
Hip revision surgery
Knee surgery
Hip resurfacing

I have been involved in a number of research projects which have been published and I have presented in a number of scientific journals and meetings. I have won various awards for my research work. I keep myself updated on recent advances by attending various CME sessions. I am also keen on teaching the next generation of surgeons as well as allied health professionals.

Media Coverage

PSI / Signature Knee Intraoperative Demonstration by Mr Ganapathi

Surgeon gives Conwy pensioner new lease of life by replacing knee joints with models created on 3D printer

Retired marine from North Wales undergoes pioneering knee surgery

Ironman Jon back in running after pioneering hip surgery

Consultant's pioneering surgery helps Ironman triathlete back on the road to fitness

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Ysbyty Gwynedd, North Wales

I am a keen painter and I enjoy indoor sports (although I live in North Wales!).

Telephone 01978 880 282
Private secretary Natalie
Private secretary telephone 01978 268039
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