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Specialist Knee Surgeon in Manchester

Professor Sanjiv Jari is a specialist knee surgeon in Manchester. He is a renowned expert in the treatment of knee joint and muscle problems, with a special emphasis on sports injuries and arthritis. He has been involved in the development and advancement of minimal incision and keyhole surgical and enhanced recovery techniques, all of which potentially allow shorter hospital stays and quicker return to function. This is particularly true for the less invasive complete and partial knee joint replacements that he performs routinely.


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Professor Jari

Manchester based Knee Surgeon – Professor Sanjiv Jari

BSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCS[Eng], FRCS[Tr & Orth]

Professor Sanjiv Jari is a Consultant Knee, Lower Limb & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and at The Manchester Sports Medicine Clinic. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery at the University of Manchester where he is also an examiner for undergraduate medical students. Professor Jari works with many professional and elite sports teams and players to help prevent and treat injuries.


Jamie Goodwin, Territory Manager, TRB Chemedica presenting the OSTENIL Approved Clinic certificate to Professor Sanjiv Jari


Fantastic service from the lovely stephanie who is a credit to prof Jari, nothing is too much trouble, professional service with fantastic patient liaison – if I could give more stars I would to her .

Fallon Kelly

Professor Jari is without a doubt the best knee consultant I have worked with, and I continue to recommend his services to all our patients needing surgical intervention.

Kristin Wika Paulsen, Clinic Director, Bode Clinic


Dear Professor Jari

RE n-STRIDE APS treatment – 27th March 2021

I thought it would be simpler to email you this update on my progress since having the treatment about a month ago.

In brief:

  • I am pleased to report that my knee is no longer as painful as it was before treatment.
  • I have virtually complete articulation – I can now get out of my car without experiencing pain and stiffness and, without, being too trivial, I can now get my socks on without having to bend too much as I can now bend my knee.
  • I can now go up and down stairs normally.

Unfortunately, some of the benefits of the treatment are eclipsed ,on occasions, by sciatic pain that I suffer, and have suffered for some considerable time, down my right leg. My osteopath is providing on-going treatment for this and, thanks to regular visits to his clinic, the issue is far less irritating.

If I had to provide a “Satisfaction Percentage” for the treatment, I would give the overall improvement as 90%.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Taylor

My personal measure of achievement is that – within two or three weeks of the injection – I was again able to walk without a stick.

This testimonial was kindly provided for the n-Stride stem cell treatment received for the treatment of painful Knee arthritis.

Mr S Bracewell, Didsbury


Following my first total knee replacement in 2019 by Professor Jari I was so impressed with the result that I had my other knee joint replaced early in 2020. The improvement in my gait is tremendous.

Just three months on from my last operation the positive effect is profound allowing me to walk pain free and to practice yoga every day.

I have no hesitation in recommending Professor Jari to anyone who is needing a total knee replacement.

All the best

Richard Brimley


On May 28 I had knee arthroscopic surgery at the Alexander hospital in Cheadle, by Professor Jari. When I went for my appointment with him he explained everything to me and what to expect, I found him to be a caring, and understanding person,

And with my physiotherapy following the procedure, I can now do the things I enjoy.

I cannot thank Professor Jari. enough for what he has done. I have no hesitation in recommending Professor Jari. and the healthcare and physiotherapy team at Alexander Hospital.

to anyone who is experiencing problems with their knees and should I ever need knee surgery again he would be the consultant I would want to go to.

Mrs Maggie Conway


I am writing to thank you for the care I received for my knee with regard to my nSTRIDE injection. My final appointment with you was at the end of June 2019. It is now mid-November and I have returned to playing tennis socially, swimming and using the gym. I no longer hobble downstairs and find playing with my grandchildren much more comfortable.

I have the utmost trust in your knowledge and professionalism and would not hesitate to recommend your practice to anyone suffering with a similar condition.

Many thanks for your kind service

Kathryn Sutherland


Wonderful to be playing golf again only four weeks after my arthroscopy. Almost back to normal having followed all the advice regarding physio, exercise, ice etc. I have complete confidence in Professor Jari and the team of professionals looking after me and know I can get support at any stage if I need it.

Mrs Angie Shaw-Davidson

Small words, thank you, big difference to my life and wellbeing, thank you

Elaine Okoro



Professor Jari performed my ACL reconstruction in August of 2017. I am about to begin my 2nd season of rugby since my surgery.

From last October I played 70-80 minutes of nearly every game (other little knocks depending). I worked my way up from 4th XV to 2nd XV by the end of the season. In addition to this I have also climbed Ben Nevis, Helvellyn and walked Hadrian’s Wall.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this message of thanks on to Professor Jari.


I am extremely happy with my recent knee surgery (knee arthroscopy) by Professor Jari at the Alexander Hospital in Cheadle. I was in a lot of discomforts before my operation and amazed at the speed of my recovery. I am already back in the gym, under strict supervision, and enjoying my active life again.

I can’t thank you enough, my stay was such a positive experience, not a usual response to a hospital stay.

Many thanks again

Would I have another knee replacement if one was necessary, in a heartbeat, and I would want Professor Jari to do it.

The thought of a stay in hospital made me a little anxious, but the experience was fine, as I was guided and informed every step of the way, clearly and pleasantly.

when I saw Professor Jari at my final clinic appointment, he asked me how I was feeling, my reply was “fantastic”.

I can’t think him enough for his expertise, he’s a great surgeon.

Thank you so much,

Glenis Dronsfield

After many years of progressive knee pain due to arthritis, I was referred to see Professor Jari. He took the time to fully explain the procedure from start to finish alleviating any worries I had.

My care could not have been better with everything arranged to aid my recovery. The whole team were excellent as was Liz in physiotherapy.

I would like to thank Professor Jari for his skill and professionalism and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing knee surgery.

Special thanks to Claire the practice manager who went above and beyond to help and make sure everything went perfect for me.

I have seen Professor Jari over the years for the management of various knee problems as I have continued to play 11 aside amateur football into my mid 40’s. December 2018 he repaired my cartilage and gave my left knee a ‘clean up’ as this knee had previous ACL reconstruction. 12 weeks post operation I was back in training and played competitively inside 4 months for Styal Football Club in the Mid Cheshire football league. As ever Claire has been supportive and provided impeccable care. I intend to have further injections in my other knee to help mobility there too as part of my build up for a masters football competition in Mexico this summer.

Thank you Professor Jari and team and for anyone looking for a Knee specialist I would highly recommend seeing The Knee Doc!

After many months of physio, I self-referred to the Knee Doctor. An initial appointment was received within weeks and scans & x-rays followed. Once Professor Jari had a plan to put to me. After suffering from knee issues for 25 years post-rugby I opted for surgery. The whole process was very smooth and I was in the Manchester Spire hospital day surgery within weeks.

I am now four weeks post-surgery and nearly mended fully. I am pain-free and back in the gym; something I haven’t done in a while.

I would like to say a huge thanks to Professor Jarfi for his excellent surgical skills, guiding me and making appropriate clinical decisions based on our consultations, his patience and wise words. Also, I would like to say thanks to the surgical team and a special thanks particularly to Claire at Knee Doc who has been amazing, so helpful and makes so much happen. I would also like to say a special thanks to Ste at Wolves Physio, for sharing his clinical skills and expertise.

Once again, I would like to say thank you and would have no hesitation in recommending Professor Jari and his team.

T Gandy

Six months ago I underwent a Total Knee Replacement under the care of Professor Jari. I have to admit to some trepidation at major surgery as I am 81 years old, but the care I received was second to none. From first meeting Professor Jari he explained everything to me in detail as what to expect and what I had to do so I was completely prepared as far as I could be. The whole experience went as smoothly as possible and following all the advice I was given I soon began to gain control of my life again. I can not thank Professor Jari enough for what he has done and consider myself very lucky.
Very pleased with full replacement right knee .Now able to walk and play golf without the severe pain and stiffness .My quality of life is so much improved thanks to the excellent care and attention provided by professor Jari’s whole team. I would not hesitate to recommend Professor Jari and the Spire Hospital.

Sue Taylor

My first meeting with Professor Jari was very clinical and at times I thought he was trying to talk me out of the procedure. In fact he was going through, in some detail, all the aspects that need to be considered before committing to surgery, which I really appreciated. I needed a total knee replacement and once I decided to go ahead the whole process was very easy and when I had some admin issues with my insurer, Claire Lawrence was on hand to smooth out the problem and keep the process flowing. Claire was also very helpful in managing the appointments with the various hospital departments.

It’s been eight weeks since the operation now and my knee is getting stronger and more flexible every day, ably assisted by a really good physio which Claire recommended. I did a 4 mile walk yesterday and attend the gym regularly and can see the difference because I have, for the first time in a very long time, had no pain.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Professor Jari and his team who certainly provided me with a first class, five star service.

In August 2018 I had a total knee replacement performed by Professor Sanjiv Jari at the Alexandra hospital. Six months on I have excellent movement in my replaced left knee and I am able to walk a couple of miles with no problem.

I would like to thank Professor Jari and his team for a very successful operation.

Doreen McGowan

18 months after surgery I am about to finish another skiing holiday. I am about to complete my 32 days of skiing for this season. Please express my great thanks for my improvement in quality of life as a result of the more than successful operation.
One year on from ACL surgery we would like to thank Professor Jari and his team for the ACL surgery he performed on our daughter Hannah. Hannah sustained a knee injury at the end of her first year of a dance degree and as you can imagine she was extremely concerned that it would affect her future career path but with the expert ACL surgery performed by Professor Jari along with the rehabilitation programme Hannah has been able to continue with her dancing and is now in her final year. We would also like to thank Claire the Practice Manager for all her support and reassurance throughout. Hannah and ourselves would not hesitate to recommend Professor Jari and his team

Parents of Hannah Greenwood

I decided to go for a knee replacement with Professor Jari in February 2018, as I’m only 60 this was a big decision to make. I had a full knee and patella replacement and a lateral release of the ligaments to hopefully stop the new patella being pulled out of place, the knee operation all went very well. Professor Jari was excellent both with the operation and throughout my post op recovery period. He saw me regularly, arranged extra physio and advised me how to continue on the road to recovery. Then after about 6 months everything took an amazing turn for the better. My new knee is now fantastic and as a result of being so much stronger has also taken pressure off my left knee so that is also now much improved. I am back to mountaineering, cycling and swimming and I’m stronger and fitter than I’ve been for years.Prof Jari and all his team was excellent and it has been very, very well worth undergoing this knee replacement.
I found his advice invaluable at the time and despite putting off surgery the advice he gave was useful but more importantly, it was the personal touch that left its mark on me. Mr. Jari discussed at length my options, he gave me his advice and views on how he saw my predicament but even more importantly he listened in full to my own views about how I saw my knee problems. I realised just what a quality person he really is when I arrived at hospital, each and every member of staff was great, friendly, supportive and couldn’t do enough especially when it came to soothing the nerves pre-op. In theater, the staff were brilliant keeping you talking, involved and supporting you. The immediate aftercare was superb, coffee and toast, everyone helpful in fact they couldn’t do enough for me. At my follow up appointment, Mr. Jari was again brilliant. His observations and advice were taken on board and yet again his sole focus was the patient, me, which I found unreal. I am pain-free and I know that at some point in the future I will require a knee replacement and as long as he is still around he is the person who I know I can trust to do it right. So, many, many, thanks you are a gentleman and your staff are a credit. I hope that I don’t see you again but if I do I know that my knee will be safe in your hands.

Mr Warren Gibson

Amazing! Incredulous! Miraculous! These are just a few of my friends and family comments following the n-STRIDE procedure on my knee. Thank-you so much for changing my life and for doing it with such efficiency and care. It is hard to believe that just 4 weeks ago I could hardly walk at all and that each step I took was with maximum pain. Almost immediately I got some benefit but it wasn’t until 3 1/2 weeks post, what I have to say is an amazingly simple procedure, did I notice just how much a difference it made when I realised I had just gone downstairs in a normal fashion, not the previous stilted version, and felt no pain at all.

Now 4 weeks on I feel I have a ‘normal’ knee. No pain and a full range of pain-free movement. So even though words could never be enough to tell you how grateful I am and how wonderful the n-STRIDE procedure is. THANK YOU.

Carey Weinberg

My initial consultation with Professor Jari was at the Alexandra Hospital in August of 2016 for a full replacement knee.  He explained the procedure to me from start to finish and from this point, I had my full trust and confidence in him. I am 74 years old and I have diabetes, which led to several delays and cancellations however the operation was done in August of 2018. I went in on a Friday morning and I was back home again the following Monday. There were no problems and everything went smoothly. The standard of care shown by all the staff at the Alexandra Hospital was excellent and I continue to have physiotherapy there. I was able to walk without crutches at 9 weeks, there is still some slight swelling and restricted movement within the knee, but I expect this to go soon. I would, without hesitation, recommend Professor Jari to anyone who is considering a knee operation.  I would also like to specially thank the physiotherapy team at the Alexandra Hospital and thank you to Claire, the practice manager, for all her help

Mr Brian Hudson





I have no hesitation in recommending Professor Jari and the healthcare and physiotherapy team at Spire Manchester Hospital. Professor Jari performed a signature knee replacement on my left knee in February 2018. The operation was very successful and my recovery has been incredible. As an added bonus, Professor Jari re-aligned my lower left leg during the operation which had been at an angle of 22 degrees. I have gained 2cm and now walk tall and straight! As Professor jari will tell you, it is extremely important that you don’t destroy all his good work and that you must follow the physiotherapy recommended by the staff there. I can honestly say that I did this and the results were incredible. The best compliment I can give is that after months and years of pain and walking strangely I am now pain free and have even taken up golf which I am enjoying tremendously. To say that Professor Jari changed my life is an understatement. I felt so emotional meeting him at the 6 weeks review and thanking him for everything that he had done for me. Even then he was modest enough to say that I played my part but without him there would have been no part to play. I have just had my 6 month review with Professor Jari and we are both very impressed with the progress so he has now signed me off. If I ever need my right knee replaced, I will have no hesitation in returning to the care of Professor Jari. He is easy to communicate with, very professional and clearly a dedicated and skilful surgeon.

Mr TJ – Warrington


To Professor Jari and all your team in theatre, with grateful thanks for all your kindness shown to me during my recent knee operation.

Pamela Hallworth


You may not remember me, but about 6 years ago you performed an ACL reconstruction of my left knee when I was based in Manchester.

Anyway, I am in Guildford now and thought you might like to know that I am training for the London Marathon this year raising money for Christian Aid – in case it is of interest, I am running a blog and have given you a credit this week on account of it being the 6 year anniversary of the surgery.

I trust that all continues to go well for you – thank you again for your part in making this possible

Richard Flenley

I recently had a Knee Arthroscopy performed by Prof. Jari. I have had 2 of these operations before, but this one was by far less painful, even though I left with crutches and painkillers the next day I did not need them. I was able to walk a couple of miles after 4 days, even the Physio commented how advanced I was. I can only complement Prof. Jari on his work.

I was referred to Professor Jari, unable to walk far due to constant pain.  After knee replacement surgery on both knees, I am able to enjoy walking again pain-free.

I’d like to thank you for a successful treatment of my knee injury. I have now completely recovered and right now enjoying skiing again in Portillo, Chile (couldn’t wait till next winter…)

Having returned recently from my holiday I wanted to thank you for your skills and consideration.Thanks to the injection you administered during my appointment on 7 June I was able to enjoy walking again. The relief from the Baker’s cyst seemed miraculous, in fact the only pain I still experience in my knee is arthritic. I can only say you made an immeasurable difference to the enjoyment of my holiday.

I would like to thank Mr Jari for my knee operation before my operation my quality life was severely affected as I could not work very far as the pain was excruciating.  Since the operation was such a success I am now able to move with ease & carry on with my life as normal & I feel I have lost 20 years.

I was first referred to Prof. Jari by my health insurer (Bupa) with osteoarthritis in my big toe. As I am in my early 30’s, he recommended a course of treatment that he thought would benefit me most, allowing me to continue to be active, without going down the route of surgery.

My health insurer became very awkward at that point and said that as there was no plan to go down the route of having surgery, they would not cover me, as they saw it as a short-term fix. This annoyed me massively as I really don’t think they should be encouraging surgery when there are other, safer treatments. Prof. Jari wrote to Bupa on my behalf explain the reasons for his recommended treatment, but yet they refused to cover me. To cut a long story short, I brought Prof. Jari’s recommended treatment to my doctor, who agreed it was the best course of action, and referred me to Prof. Jari on the NHS.

I was seen by Prof. Jari in the weeks after this and had the treatment on my toe and I feel much better and am back to being just as active as I was previous to having the issue with my toe, which was the plan from the start, and all of this without having to have surgery. Throughout the whole process Prof. Jari, Claire and the team were extremely professional, friendly and welcoming. More importantly, they were knowledgeable and represented my impeccably when I was been asked medical questions by either my Doctor or my health insurer. I would most definitely return for further treatment if the need arose, and recommend them to friends or family. RG

I was introduced to Professor Jari via a friend who has had previous knee surgery carried out by Professor Jari. Professor Jari was extremely professional and reassuring during Consultations – detailing options available to me, i.e. injections, procedures, physiotherapy following procedure, together with anticipated recovery periods. Everything explained to me in great detail – that I could understand!

I would recommend Professor Jari to anyone who is experiencing problems with their knees – a caring, calming and understanding Consultant.

Debra Nickson

After having two knee replacements over a period of two years (both knees) I can’t praise Professor Jari enough. After five years of walking with pain, I am now pain-free and enjoying life to the full again. His help and advice before and after the operations made the recovery period much easier. He has a very nice manner which puts you at ease on your first consultation. I now walk everywhere and play four rounds of golf every week. Thank you, Professor Jari, for giving me my life back.

Terence Ryan

1 year ago you replaced my knee. It is wonderful to be able to tell you how good it is. Walking, kneeling with care with no pain. Thank you so much for giving me my freedom of movement back.

Sandra Gill

Dateline Friday 9th December 2016, The Spire Hospital, Manchester, under the care of Professor Jari and his staff. In for 7 am out at 2 pm Sunday 11th December 2016.

During my stay, my right knee was replaced as agreed. After the operation, I came round to the care of the wonderful staff who medicated me as instructed. I had a knee bending machine (probably got a proper name) in the bed, pressure cuffs on my calves and a routine of exercises as provided by attentive physio staff. The same day I was up on my leg on a frame and the following day, tackled the stairs on crutches.

Prof. Jari came to see me to assure that all had gone as intended. Nursing staff were excellent in manner and care and during my stay, I elicited from them that Prof. Jari’s patients usually recovered more quickly and exited hospital more quickly than others. I know that Prof. Jari is an expert, this is the second time for me in his care.

He is straightforward in his manner, explaining things in detail and in my case patiently answering questions, he is realistic and obviously very experienced but moreover, he is a really nice bloke. I will not hesitate to recommend him to others. Only eight weeks on and back at the gym and in the pool getting stronger.

Thanks, I mean it,

Bob Berrington, 61 yrs

I would like to inform you that I have recently had two knee replacements performed by Professor Jari. After many years of living in pain, I am delighted to report that I am now pain-free and totally satisfied with the fantastic treatment I receive.

Professor Jari was superb in his treatment and I would highly recommend him to anybody suffering from pain in their knee.

Mr I Modlin


I attended the Spire Manchester on Friday the 9th March for a total knee replacement procedure by Prof’ Jari.  I arrived at 7am and left on Monday afternoon the 12th March.

From start to finish I can’t speak highly enough of all the staff involved from, reception, to admission on the ward / room.  The catering staff, cleaners, nurses, physio’s etc were all very kind, pleasant and accommodating.  The physio’s and nursing staff were excellent, very professional and efficient.

Prof Jari performed a sterling job on my knee as well.  I am just nine weeks into recovery and all is going really well.  After just two weeks my physio said the knee mobility was far better than she would expect.  I was off the stronger pain relief within two weeks, without the relief the pain was minimal, I’d say there was more discomfort than pain. The   range of movement continued to improve and I was able to drive again after just 3 weeks.  After eight weeks I was able to start using a static bike and do some swimming.  I could walk unaided at eight weeks although with a bit of a limp as the minimal swelling still causes discomfort and restricts the full movement.

The scaring is very neat and hardly visible.  I am now at 9 weeks and delighted with my progress.


Just over 9 weeks ago I had a Mako Total Knee replacement performed by Professor Jari and I cannot thank him enough for making a major procedure a positive experience.  After suffering problems for over 7 years, I am now walking with a normal gait and am mainly pain free, just the odd niggle as part of the rehab process.  I am walking 2 miles without any aids, cycling for 25 minutes on the indoor bike, and returned to Pilates 2 weeks ago (via zoom in the current lockdown), although avoiding kneeling exercises that take the weight on the operated knee.  Professor Jari explained thoroughly about the operation, post-op care, rehab and answered all my queries clearly during the consultation process.  The operation went smoothly, and I was home after 2 nights, moving around on crutches, with minimal pain. As I continue my rehab, with physio help, I am confident that I will be back cycling outdoors, walking in the Lake District, and playing walking rugby before too long.  I would not hesitate to recommend Professor Jari for a Mako Total Knee replacement or any other knee surgery, having had minor procedures performed by him in the past.  A thank you to Jen also for her help and cheery phone calls. Thank you also to all staff at the Spire Hospital Manchester.

Once again thank you and if you need a Knee specialist, I would recommend Professor Jari for first class care and expertise.

Kim Rothwell

Jan 2021


Professor Jari fitted me with a new knee in early April this year.

The Hospital I opted for was the Alexandre at Cheadle and I have nothing but praise for the standard of care shown by all the team there. They were so caring and understanding, so much so that I wrote to the Hospital’s Director singing their praises generally and highlighting 4 members of staff who were “stars amongst stars”

Equally, I have nothing but praise for Professor Jari. I have total respect and appreciation for the professional way he has handled everything from the original consultation all the way through to the post-operative consultations.

At 4 weeks I was able to cope with 1 crutch rather than 2 and at the same time to start walking around my home without any crutch at all.

At the 6 week stage I was able to pick up static cycling and using the cross-trainer in the gym at pre-operation intensity.

I am now at the 8 week stage and am starting to get out in the open air without any crutches and gradually extending the distance walked.

My knee is settling down well and the post-operative pain and swelling I expected was I believe kept to a minimum because of how professionally the operation was carried out.

Professor Jari was objective in his opinions and gave me all the information I needed to reach a decision that I felt was right for me.

To summarise, based on my experience I have zero hesitation in recommending Professor Jari to anyone who is considering a new knee. He is excellent.



I had a knee replacement carried out by Professor Jari in November last year. Previously I had been in crippling pain even though I had had an arthroscopy which proved to be unsuccessful. It was decided that he best solution would be a knee replacement. The result has been life changing. During my initial appointment , Professor Jari fully explained the process and sequence of events. The treatment and care provided at the Spire was excellent.

Professor Jari was reassuring throughout and filled me with confidence that I could progress by following his advice on exercise and rehabilitation .I am now fully active and have resumed work and am looking forward to the future.

Thanks to Professor Jari and all the staff at the Spire



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Conditions and Injuries of the Knee

The knee can be affected by various conditions and can suffer many different injuries to its contents and surrounding structures. Most of the injuries sustained to the knee joint occur as a result of sports, but it can also suffer from non-traumatic conditions such as arthritis.


Investigations and Diagnosis of the Knee

Investigations of the knee can be used by a surgeon as an aid for diagnosis and used to monitor preparation for surgery as well as post-operative rehabilitation, providing data for readiness to return to function, activity, and sports.


Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Knee

Conditions and injuries are often treated with surgeries such as ACL reconstruction surgery or knee replacement surgery. Find out about the different ways these procedures can be performed.