John McKellar

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.

Brian Herring

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

Andy Kay

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

Jacqui Gill

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

Andrew Thomas

I am extremely happy with my recent knee surgery (knee arthroscopy) by Professor Jari at the Alexandra Hospital. After having the same procedure 20 years ago on my left knee and knowing what was coming with the recovery involved and the hard work ahead, I was a little apprehensive over having my right knee done! I was in a lot of discomfort, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had struggled for almost 12 months waiting for my operation. The operation has been such a huge success and I have been amazed at the speed of my recover. I’ve had honest explanations from Professor Jari of what to expect over what my capabilities will be in the future and advice of how to get the best out of knees that have needed operations. I am already back in the gym, under strict guidelines, not pushing too hard too quickly and I am enjoying being active again with no pain, and with no need to stop. I have a good understanding of my limitations.

I can’t thank Professor Jari enough, and the Alexandra Hospital as a whole during these difficult times. My stay was such a positive experience, not a usual response for a hospital stay, and given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d let to say a big thank you to you both, Professor Jari and the Alexandra Hospital.

Andrew Thomas, Cheshire

Geoff Taylor

1 year following the n-STRIDE APS injection in March 2021

In brief, the treatment has been an outstanding success.

Whilst I recognise the need to be sensible and not put my knee under any undue stress, I can walk normally, climb stairs without pain and kneel whilst gardening and doing household chores.

I exercise with care and do a few Pilates warm-ups most mornings and can then move quite normally throughout the day.

Many thanks to Professor Jari for suggesting this treatment.

Geoff Taylor, Chester

J. Barnes

Total Knee Replacement at The Spire Hospital Manchester April 2021

Pre-op diagnosis and care:
Reassuring and informative regarding management of a severely arthritic knee. Professor Jari and his team gave excellent personal, specific instructions and advice about expectations of surgery and preparations during the pandemic.

Covid secure procedure on admittance made me feel comfortable and confident. Extremely attentive staff in all aspects before, during and after surgery.

Due to a pre-existing medical condition, the anaesthetic used was tailored specifically and administered by a highly professional team, totally considerate and reassuring throughout.

Hospital post-op care:
Thoroughly professional and pre-emptive social, medical and physio care.

After a 2-night stay, I left the ward having seen a physio 3 times and was provided with a list of the exercises to do at home.

Onward care:
Fortnightly physio and home-based exercises helped the knee go from strength to strength. After 12 weeks, a few holes on the golf course were possible. As I’d been using a buggy until surgery, it was a thrill to walk the course and win a competition after a few more weeks.

A big thanks to Professor Jari and his highly professional team at The Spire Manchester. A drink is waiting for you all at the 19th hole!

J. Barnes, Manchester

Geoff Taylor

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 ongoing 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

Kim Rothwell

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

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