Visionaire knee replacement

An MRI scan and X-rays are used to produce a computerised 3D model of the knee.

Visionaire allows all the planning of the operation takes place before surgery on a virtual model, reducing the actual operating time.

Why you might need it

In normal knee replacement surgery, the ends of the bones that make up the joint are carefully fashioned so that a prosthesis can be inserted. The way the bone is cut, is determined from the alignment with the thigh and shin bone (femur and tibia). Traditionally this alignment is referenced from a long rod that is temporarily placed down the inside of the bone.

Although this procedure is generally considered safe, it is invasive and causes disruption to the bone marrow and bleeding.

With the Visionaire method, an MRI scan and X-rays are used to produce a computerised 3D model of the knee. The beauty of this procedure is that all the planning of the operation takes place before surgery on a virtual model, reducing the actual operating time.

A custom-made plastic template is then produced that precisely fits the contours of the knee like a made-to-measure mask. The bone cuts are then made without any need to invade the bone marrow.

This may reduce the amount of postoperative pain and allow more rapid rehabilitation. Other benefits include reduced blood loss, swelling and length of stay.

The increased accuracy should also increase how long the knee replacement lasts.

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Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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