Triathlete back on the road to fitness
A fitness fanatic who was left barely able to walk due to a hip condition completed an ironman triathlon just 14 months after pioneering key-hole surgery. Jon Stead, 37, from Llandudno, suffered severe hip pain that prevented him doing any exercise whatsoever until he was treated by consultant hip and knee surgeon Mr Muthu Ganapathi at Spire Hospital in Wrexham.
The Ironman Wales triathlon involved a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26 mile 385 yard marathon – a challenge Jonathan completed in 11 hours 52 minutes after just eight months of training.
Retired marine has pioneering knee surgery
A retired marine academic is back being a hockey umpire and skiing, after a pioneering “made-to-measure” knee operation using 3D moulds. Peter Grove was suffering increasing pain from a knee injury 40 years ago and been forced to give up playing most sports before the operation which has changed his life.
Orthopaedics specialist Muthu Ganapathi is leading the way with a personalised knee replacement technique at Wrexham’s Spire Yale Hospital. He he first carries out a virtual operation on a computer, to help create the shape for the replacement, with a mould made-to-measure in Belgium.
Knee Joints Created on 3D Printer
An 85-year-old from Conwy is enjoying a new lease of life after a top surgeon replaced both her knee joints using models created on a 3D printer. The cutting-edge technology at the Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham has allowed Irena Griffiths to walk unaided for the first time in five years and improved her quality of life.
She has described her operation and its results as a miracle and says she will be eternally grateful to consultant hip and knee surgeon Muthu Ganapathi who carried out the procedure. Irena said: “Mr Ganapathi and his team were brilliant. I am really indebted to them. I have absolutely no pain and I feel like a new woman – and that’s me at 85!”