Sharron Ford

Firstly, I cannot begin to explain what a difference having both knees replaced has done to me personally and am writing this testimonial to highly recommend Prof Sanjiv Jari whom specialises in Orthopaedics at Spire Manchester Hospital.

I have recently had 2 Mako Robotic Assisted Total Knee Replacements with Prof Jari, my left was done on 26th August 2022 (I’m nearly 6 months post-op) and more recently my right was done on 6th January 2023 (6 weeks post-op) and it is time for an amazing update on my progress!

Before having my first knee replacement I felt very apprehensive and worried about the whole procedure, this soon changed once meeting Prof Jari. He gave me his time and listened to how everything was affecting me and having an impact on my day-to-day living. After deciding that this was the correct procedure to have and that it was deemed appropriate, he reassured me massively and explained the whole procedure at great lengths and in great detail, making sure I fully understood everything (do’s, don’ts, benefits etc).

On the day I was admitted for my first knee replacement surgery, I was so nervous, but Prof Jari came to see me before going for surgery and again we spoke about what was going to happen during the procedure and answered any questions that I had, which again, made me feel so much more at ease. During my 2-night stay at the Spire Manchester Hospital, Prof Jari came to see me during both days. Prof Jari also recommends his patients use a CPM Machine (continuous passive motion) after surgery, and I can safely say the advantages I felt using this post-op is that it helped improve my range of motion and helped decrease pain and prevented me from stiffening up.

I was so surprised at the result of my surgery and how it made me feel, I couldn’t believe how quickly I was back on my feet and able to do my daily routines again. I even went back to work 4 weeks after having surgery. During this time and after speaking with Prof Jari previously, I knew that my other knee also needed to be replaced and again, due to my successful progression after my first knee replacement, Prof Jari advised me to get booked in for my 2nd surgery.

I was admitted for this on 6th January 2023 (4 months after 1st knee replacement), Prof Jari never ceased to amaze me. Although I had recently had my first operation, he again dedicated his time in coming to see me before surgery, explaining the procedure and again answering any questions that I had. This was another success, I was up and about even quicker after this surgery, doing my day-to-day tasks/routine and on this occasion, returned back to work after 3 weeks. On both occasions I was able to drive myself after 4 weeks of having each one done (this will of course be different for everyone).

Before having surgery and from the time I got out of bed, I was in constant pain that had to be managed with prescribed medication. My daily tasks and routines became less and less due to the restrictions I was experiencing. My hobbies and interests had become non-existent due to having so much trouble in walking and standing for long periods at a time and this is why I’m so excited and delighted to share my experience with everyone as I can’t believe how far I have come in 6 months.

I want to say a HUGE thanks to Prof Jari and all his team in theatres and also not forgetting his secretary Stephanie Snowball, the relationship I have experienced with both throughout my whole experience has been amazing, warm, friendly and very professional.

Prof Jari’s manner post-op and aftercare is second to none, it is very apparent that he is a very caring person towards his patients and passionate in what he does and the results he achieves are unbelievable and amazing and that is why I am wanting to share my successful story with everyone.

“Prof Jari you have helped me get my quality of life back again, which at one point I couldn’t see beyond the pain, limping, and hobbling around, and this was really getting me down, but now I am where I thought I would never be again. It is a pleasure to get up in the morning, being completely pain free and I’m so very grateful and thankful to you for making this big difference in my life, this really does mean so much to me as I am only 52 and want to also say thank you for all your support that you have given me”.

Sharron Ford, Manchester.

February 2023

Pamela Hallworth

After many years of severe knee pain and unsuccessful physio treatments, in 2018 I was referred to Professor Jari for knee replacement surgery. At this point in time, I had great difficulty walking and felt like my independence was diminishing. On my first visit to see Professor Jari, he took great care in explaining my diagnosis, proposed surgery, and treatment plan. I immediately felt at ease and confident to proceed.

My surgery was scheduled at the Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle, where the support team organising the pre and post-operative appointments and admission provided me excellent support in completing documentation and answering my questions.

The transformative surgery from Professor Jari allowed me to regain my mobility and confidence. In 2022, I required another knee replacement and based on my previous positive experience, the only option was to engage Professor Jari. Once again, I had a very successful experience.

Pamela Hallworth, Stockport.

February 2023

Susan Butterworth

From my first consultation with Professor Jari, I was immediately put at ease. My treatment options and possible outcomes were fully explained. It was decided that the best course of treatment was to undergo MAKO robotic total knee replacement surgery. On the day of my operation, Professor Jari and the staff at the Alexandra hospital provided great assurance and helped to calm my nerves.

After surgery, my knee was on a machine that gently moved my knee to minimise the risk of my knee becoming seized. I was informed that only Professor Jari used this machine. Within a day of surgery, I was able to walk to the bathroom, surprising myself and the nurses. I was discharged after two days and the degree of bend in my knee was superior to when I was admitted. Within four weeks, I was back in the gym doing my classes whilst following the recommended exercise programme.

Follow-up appointments with Professor Jari were reassuring and any concerns I had were addressed in an easy to understand manner. I would not hesitate to recommend Professor Jari and would recommend the MAKO robotic total knee replacement surgery.

Susan Butterworth, Manchester.

February 2023

Leslie Parish

In March this year I had a full knee replacement with Professor Jari, and I cannot praise or thank the man enough. The results have far outweighed my expectations and I am now pain free have full movement and have been able to resume all activities (cycling, hiking and weight training) I participated in prior to the surgery. I can thoroughly recommend Professor Jari, his explanation of the procedure is concise, his direction for the post operation recovery is clear and to the point and any questions are answered in a pragmatic fashion.

Leslie Parish, Tyne and Wear

December 2022

Hazel Spring

Dear Professor Jari,

Thank you so much for your help on Thursday. I am eternally grateful. The steroid injection was a game changer for me. I have been able to sleep the last few nights without the excruciating "chain saw drilling my patella". I am now able to walk without a knee bandage and today managed to walk from halfway down School Lane up to Didsbury Village at a cracking pace! I am grateful for the respite, however long it lasts, and almost feel human (and awake!) again.

Many thanks to you and your team.

Hazel Spring, Surrey

August 2022

Carolyn Barker

Carolyn Barker, Derbyshire, April 2022

Fallon Kelly

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

Doug Dryden

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 

Peter Gregory

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

Stephen Ward

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

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