British skiers are benefiting from the latest technology as computer-aided knee surgery, performed by only a handful of surgeons around the world, is helping to get injured sports enthusiasts back on the slopes.
According to Shameem Sampath, one of the only surgeons in the UK to be trained in the procedure, the Bluespot Knee Clinic uses computer-aided surgery in all of its cruciate ligament replacements and knee replacement surgery because it achieves a high level of accuracy.
"Many of my patients are now travelling from far afield to access our accurate surgery which costs no more than other private knee operations despite the use of this wonderfully accurate technique," Mr Sampath told the specialist ski website ifyouski.com.
"Anyone who wants a right first time approach to knee surgery should consider this option," he said.
The technique uses computer imaging to take accurate measurements of the patient's knee so that incisions can be made at precisely the right location.
As a result, ligaments and knee components can be positioned with a much higher level of precision and skiers can look forward to a rapid recovery.
Former British Alpine skiing champion Lynn Sharp snapped a knee ligament ten months ago and is already in a position to resume racing following knee surgery.
"There are four or five of us in the British team who have had reconstructive knee surgery, so I always felt positive about the future," she told the Times.