The Bluespot Knee Clinic is a specialised private care clinic established in 2005 by Mr Shameem Sampath. Mr Sampath is a highly skilled Orthopaedic Surgeon with a reputation for exceptional patient care, who has worked in Blackpool and the North West since 1995. He established Bluespot because he wanted to offer his knee patients access to more advanced surgical procedures and improved after care. This surgical expertise includes:

  • Computer Aided Surgery (also known as Computer Assisted Surgery)
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacements
  • Sports Injury clinic, particularly skiing and football injuries
  • Knee Arthroscopy & Meniscal Surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

The Bluespot Knee Clinic is one of a few centres for Computer Aided Surgery in the United Kingdom and quickly became an internationally recognized centre for this technique receiving patients from all over the world. Mr Sampath is invited to speak at international meetings, and to teach other surgeons how to carry out Computer Aided Surgery. His surgical team at Bluespot consists of highly qualified and enthusiastic theatre staff who support Mr Sampath during operations. This is complimented by excellent aftercare including physiotherapy which encourages patients to get back on their feet as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Why does the Bluespot Knee Clinic advocate Computer Aided Surgery?

Mr Sampath constantly strives to improve his technique in order to offer his patents the highest level of orthopaedic excellence and care. His enthusiasm for Computer Aided Surgery stems from its potential to improve both surgical technique and patient experience. It increases the accuracy and precision of surgery. This is in sharp contrast to knee replacement surgery done without the aid of computer navigation.

Why is Accuracy so important in Orthopaedic Surgery?

The knee is a complicated joint and knee replacement surgery is a challenging and difficult procedure. Standard knee replacement surgery relies on judgement rather than precision, and the resulting knee replacement joint may be up to 10 degrees out of alignment. Poor alignment may be painful and cause complications because it puts pressure on the joint, which can loosen the knee implant.

The accuracy associated with Computer Aided Surgery, allows knees to be corrected to within 1 degree. This is ably demonstrated by Mr Sampath’s excellent alignment results at the Bluespot Knee Clinic. Recent scientific work suggests that patients who have had a computer aided knee replacement rehabilitate faster than those who have had a standard knee replacement. The improvement in alignment suggests that a Computer Aided Knee replacement may last longer than a conventional knee.

Knee replacement operations are increasingly common in English hospitals, with twice as many performed in 2000 compared with 1991. Shockingly a 300% increase in patients had to undergo further knee operations to rectify complications with the original procedure, or natural wear and tear following it.

Do you need an experienced Surgeon with computer Aided Surgery?

Yes! It is the surgeon who carries out the operation, not the computer! The computer helps the surgeon and compliments their expertise, skills and knowledge of each procedure. Computer Aided Surgery is based upon a similar technology to satellite navigation, and is based upon a mathematical concept called triangulation. The computer screen displays real-time displays throughout the operation, and enables the surgeon to measure and check each part of this complicated procedure, before going onto the next. This is very important because the ligament balance of a knee can alter during an operation, and the real-time display shows these changes and helps a surgeon to adjust where the cuts should be made during the procedure.

Along side his surgical expertise, Mr Sampath is also known for the care shown to his patient’s. He always explains to each patient what is the best course of treatment open to them, even when this means that surgery is NOT the answer in their case. His patients’ appreciate his honesty and kindness and this is reflected in their praise for his care. View patient feedback.

How Does Computer Aided Surgery Affect Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally Invasive Surgery is an advanced technique practised by highly skilled surgeons such as Mr Sampath. As the name suggests the technique aims to reduce the amount of trauma and damage to soft tissues during a major operation such as a knee replacement. Therefore Minimal Invasive Surgery patients can expect to heal more quickly, with less pain and a shorter to stay in hospital and reduced rehabilitation period. This enables patients to return to work and their normal lives far as quickly as possible.

The combination of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Computer Aided Surgery allows patients at the Bluespot Knee clinic to benefit from both a rapid recovery and an increased accuracy which reduces the likelihood of the need for further surgery.

Is Computer Aided Surgery Only for Knees?

No, Computer Aided Surgery has been developed for other joints, including hips. However, at the Bluespot Knee Clinic we are currently offering a bespoke service for knees alone.

Who Can Benefit from Computer Aided Surgery?

Patients suffering from knee pain resulting from injuries and or degenerative bone disease would benefit from this technique. The accuracy of Computer Aided Surgery is therefore quite suitable for reconstructing Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACLs) injuries typical of sports men and women. Partial or Total Knee replacement can vastly improve mobility for patients with degenerative arthritis.

Where Can My Patients Find Out More?

The Bluespot Knee clinic has a freephone number for queries and information about booking an appointment

Telephone 0800 121 8008.

Bluespot is run by Orthopaedic consultant Mr Sampath and holds clinics in Lytham, St Annes and Manchester, with surgical services at the Oaklands Hospital, Manchester.

Does having Computer Aided Surgery mean that revision surgery will not be required?

No. Total knee replacements are only artificial joints. Like any other man made moving bit of machinery they will wear out eventually. The purpose of computer aided surgery is to help the surgeon to implant the knee accurately in the first case.

What can go wrong after a total knee replacement?

The majority of patients (95 %) have no problems after a knee replacement. Every effort is made to ensure that patients are fit for surgery. Some patients will have higher risks if they have previous diseases. For example

  • Major cardiac disease
  • severe chest conditions
  • Diabetes
  • psoriasis
  • Previous Stroke
  • deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Previous joint surgery

The risks to any joint replacement are approximately:

  • DVT (blood clots): 2-3%
  • PE (the clot goes to the lungs): 0.2%
  • Infection of joint (may require removal of the new joint): 1%

The risks to knee replacements specifically may include:

  • Pain (5%) Fortunately this is usually less than the pain suffered before surgery.
  • Stiffness (2%)
  • Nerve and blood vessel damage (less than 0.2%)

If you have any concerns please feel free to have a chat with Mr Sampath and he will be happy to talk to you.

The combination of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Computer Aided Surgery allows patients at the Bluespot Knee clinic to benefit from both a rapid recovery and an increased accuracy which reduces the likelihood of the need for further surgery.

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