Carolyn Barker, Derbyshire, April 2022
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.
4 months following a MAKO robotic-assisted total knee replacement in September 2021 I had reached the stage during Summer 2021 when I was in considerable pain with my knees, and I could only walk a very short distance. Having put surgery off over some years and after having had various minimal relief knee injections, I set about researching the medical options. The objective to find an experienced, well-recommended surgeon. During my research, the name that kept appearing consistently was that of Professor Sanjiv Jari. It also became very apparent that a knee surgeon assisted by robotics achieved much better results. Mako robotics is of course Professor Jari’s speciality. Then one of my friends got in touch to say he had heard I was looking for a knee surgeon and he had no hesitation in recommending a Professor Jari who had replaced his knee some time ago with excellent results. The decision was made.
After my first consultation with Professor Jari, I felt immediately relaxed and confident. It was very obvious that a great deal of skill, experience, and care was available for what is after all a major procedure. Comprehensive examinations and scans followed, which again fully demonstrated the absolute professionalism and attention to detail demanded by Professor Jari to ensure entirely positive outcomes. The hospital where my procedure was carried out was The Spire Manchester. The staff was all very efficient – helpful – and caring. It was also very apparent that without exception everyone had the greatest respect and admiration for Professor Jari and his skills as a surgeon. As a result of first-class surgery and robotic assistance, my recovery has been extremely rapid. Within a few weeks, my new knee works virtually as if it was a normal healthy knee.
Doug Dryden, Cheshire
Following several other consultations re problems relating to my left knee following a fall, I was eventually referred to Prof Jari by a friend. He recommended an n-STRIDE (stem cell) injection, rather than a replacement knee in the first instance. This was carried out at Wilmslow hospital and took less than two hours to complete. The whole process was conducted in a professional and friendly manner and to date, the results have been encouraging.
I have no hesitation in recommending Prof Jari for this type of procedure and am grateful for his recommendation as an alternative to knee replacement at this time.
Peter Gregory, Ormskirk
2 months following a MAKO robotic assisted total knee replacement I have been struggling with Osteoarthritis in my left knee for many years and finally decided to see a consultant to organise a knee replacement. Over the years I have had various injections to relieve the pain, but after a certain length of time, they no longer gave me the relief and therefore, the only option was to have knee surgery. I did quite a bit of research to find a top consultant and following this research, I decided to book an appointment with Professor Jari.
I arranged my appointment through Professor Jari’s secretary, Stephanie Snowball, who very kindly organised my appointment within a few days at the Alexandra Hospital consultancy Suite. Professor Jari arranged a CT scan whilst I was at the hospital and within few days, I had another appointment and the result was clear, I needed a full knee replacement operation. Professor Jari went through all my options and gave me all the information I needed to make a decision about all the different types of knee replacements available. Having considered all my options, I decided to go for what appears to be the best option available, which is the MAKO robotic assisted total Knee replacement. I was advised that this option is the most accurate, less intrusive, and potentially a quicker recovery time. The operation was carried out at the Spire Hospital in Manchester where they specialise in the MAKO Robotic Assisted Surgery.
On the day of my surgery, I checked into my room and before too long I was back from theatre and within a short recovery time was up and about walking with the aid of crutches. The following day, I was well enough to go home and therefore, only spent two days in hospital. I was told that most people can spend between 5-10 days in hospital following a standard knee replacement surgery. After four weeks I was driving as normal and no longer needed painkillers to relieve the pain. I have to be honest, the first four weeks can be difficult with managing your pain levels, especially at night when you are trying to get comfortable, but the time soon passes and I’m close to normal activity after just six weeks with just stiffness, rather than the pain I experienced during the first four weeks.
I have attended Spire for physiotherapy, which is an amazing set up with all the latest equipment to aid in your recovery. The physiotherapist performed various exercises on my knee, and one is to measure how far you can bend the knee. I was told that if I could bend my knee to 90 degrees after four weeks, that would be exceptional. My measurement was 105 degrees and after six weeks, it was 120 degrees. Therefore, I can say from experience, that the MAKO Robotic Assisted Surgery is certainly more accurate and less intrusive and does help with a quicker recovery time, I am delighted so far with my progress and can only speak highly of the manner in which Professor Jari set out the options and performed the surgery. I would also like to pay tribute to Stephanie, Professor Jari’s secretary who arranged my appointment and went through all the cost implications, along with booking me in to the hospital within a matter of a few weeks. Stephanie was a delight to deal with. In fact, all the nursing staff at the Spire Hospital, along with the physiotherapist, have been brilliant to deal with; I cannot speak highly enough about their care and attention.
If you are in need of a knee replacement, I would seriously consider the new MAKO Robotic Assisted Surgery performed by Professor Jari, and in my opinion, it is by far the best option when considering knee replacement surgery. I am delighted with my progress and especially the fact that the knee surgery has straightened my left leg, and I no longer have a bow leg in my left leg.
Stephen Ward, Lancashire
7 months following a total knee replacement I came to Professor Jari’s clinic with an arthritic knee having had the other knee replaced a year before. I was hoping to avoid a TKR, but following that consultation, it was obvious a full TKR was required. I appreciated the help, guidance, and clear explanation which I received (I’m a scientist, so I wanted to know a lot).
Knowing what’s involved is scary; but the professionalism of all the hospital staff from when I was admitted until I was out of the theatre meant I’d no particular concerns and the day went quickly.
Recovery is a long hard road, but from early on I realised there was no arthritic pain – just the new pain from the operation (which I knew would soon go away).
Post-op, I had some extra difficulties which might have been an infection or a clot – such things happen and there’s little way of telling who’ll get them. This meant that my first few weeks in recovery were very uncomfortable, but I never felt abandoned. I visited my local A&E department for a couple of ultrasounds and checks on my scar – in the end there was nothing terrible and the knee eventually decided to settle down. As the knee repairs, we feel all sorts of different transient pains – hot, sharp, tingling – but the good news is they represent healing and soon disappear.
Follow-up appointments have been short and reassuring and, in my case, full of success. I’m very pleased with both my new knees – the big difference is standing and walking, both key to a good quality of life. I’m back in the gym and building up strength and mobility.
Then if proof was needed of the success – I went to Scotland, Mull of Kintyre, to seek out family tree information and got lost along an overgrown path through ferns for about 100m and went scrambling across rocks at the seaside, remarkably all done without any problems from the knee.
John McKellar, Macclesfield.
My experience of the Manchester Spire Hospital and speaking to other friends of mine who have recently had knee replacements, mine was far superior from entering to leaving the hospital.
I must say, on arriving at Manchester Spire Hospital that Friday morning 7.00am, I was feeling a little nervous, and upon meeting Professor Jari, he immediately put my mind to rest and made me feel very comfortable about the operation. I never felt a thing or heard anything.
The next morning, Professor Jari came see me and explained that the operation was very successful and that he had done his work and the rest was up to me, which made feel very comfortable about the whole situation.
All the staff at the hospital from entering, having the operation and to leaving, the hospital was excellent.
Two weeks after leaving the hospital, I went for physio treatment for several weeks in which they me gave cards showing diagrams of exercises to practice, and eventually when they satisfied with my progress, they discharged me.
I am now carrying on with my exercises and using an exercise bike, and I am now a stage where I can walk about three miles at a time, not every day.
At times I feel I am not progressing fast enough, perhaps I am being too hard on myself.
Seeing Professor Jari on my last visit to the hospital in October, he was very satisfied with my progress and discharged me and if I have any problems, to get in touch with him.
I must point out that I am dinghy racing sailor in two types of sailing dinghies i.e a single hander dinghy and a two-handed dinghy. I find that I am very unsteady on my feet in my two-handed dinghy when weather gets a bit too windy, but I will get there eventually.
In the photos below, you can find me sailing on the National 12 dinghy called “Bakewell Tart”.
Brian Herring, Cheshire
I cannot thank and recommend Prof Jari enough! Having suffered chronic knee pain for over 2 years and spending most of this time under another consultant who was unsure and unable to diagnose the exact nature and cause of the complaint, I was relieved and equally amazed to be pain free within 5 months of my first visit to see Professor Jari. In fact, it took only 2 consultations (plus scans) to identify that I had a patella tendon problem, put in place the treatment plan, and have the procedure that has improved my life dramatically. As a father of 2 young and active daughters, I’m not the only one pleased that I am once again able to go about life completely pain free. If you have a knee problem then don’t hesitate, from my personal experience, you will not regret seeking help from Professor Jari.
Andy Kay, Rochdale
Kristin Wika Paulsen
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
I had severe knee pain for over 4 years before I saw Professor Jari. Whilst I had seen others in the past each time, I had been told to lose weight before any treatment would be considered. I was recommended Professor Jari by my mother after her knee replacement surgery had been carried out by him.
As soon as the first consultation started, I knew that this time was different. Here was a surgeon who treated each patient as a whole person and not just another case. He listened carefully, acknowledging both my pain and its impact on my life, but also the difficulty this created for me losing weight.
Since that first consultation, Professor Jari has guided me through successive treatments, all giving me extra pain-free months before finally suggesting a total knee replacement using the Mako Robot.
This procedure was undertaken in February this year and considering the trying circumstances and the loneliness of being in hospital with no visitors (due to covid restrictions), the care and support provided by Professor Jari and his team were second to none. Everything was explained to me carefully, from the pre-op tests through to the post-op support and regime. I knew what was happening when and why and any fears were allayed by the care given.
I am now 3 months post-surgery, and everyone can see the difference in me. My leg is now straight for the first time in years, I am free from both pain and medication all thanks to one person willing to listen.
Professor Jari is not only an excellent surgeon, but he is also a remarkable person who listens and provides you with confidence when you are stepping onto your agreed treatment path. I would recommend him to anyone who has knee problems, especially those who may be worried about any potential treatment. He will listen and guide you with care and skill.
Jacqui Gill, Bolton