Orthopaedic surgeon, Mr. Ashvin Pimpalnerkar, who is leading the development of the new service, stated: "Computer-aided surgery has distinct advantages over conventional techniques, providing the surgeon with greater visualisation, improved accuracy and precision of surgical procedures and for the patient, reduced post operative pain and hospital stay."
The technique is currently being used for total knee replacement, ligament reconstruction, cartilage injury mapping and grafting. Fran Bowdler, aged 67, from Little Aston had a total left knee replacement on 29 December 2007 at Spire Little Aston Hospital, under the care of Mr. Pimpalnerkar using the computer-assisted technique and was impressed with the service. She had a right knee replacement in May 2007, using the conventional technique but says the new computer-aided surgery was much better.
"The conventional approach to total knee replacement left my leg rather bruised, very painful and recovery did take a while. I needed a lot of rest following the operation and several sessions of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to regain strength. Computer-assisted surgery was quite the opposite, it was a matter of days after the operation that I could bend my knee, I had no pain, no bruising and minimum swelling. I returned home after just three days in hospital", she stated.
Currently, five other Spire Healthcare hospitals in the United Kingdom also provide this service: Spire Alexandra Hospital in Chatham, Kent; Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands; Spire Cardiff Hospital; Spire Sussex Hospital at Hastings and Spire Harpenden Hospital in Hertfordshire.
Spire Healthcare is one of the independent hospital providers in the United Kingdom, with a 25 year heritage of customer service and clinical excellence. It was formed in 2007 from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to the private equity company Cinven. Spire Healthcare has 26 hospitals across the United Kingdom, providing services for private and insured patients as well as National Health Service (NHS) funded patients under the government's Choose and Book scheme. It also offers cosmetic and weight-loss surgery.