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Newcastle have been urged to use computer-aided surgery to maximise the chances of Michael Owen's full recovery from his knee injury.


Owen faces an operation to repair the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament which ended his World Cup and left him facing at least a six-month lay-off.


But a top knee expert last night insisted that the England star's rehabilitation would be safeguarded by the use of new, cutting edge techniques.


Mr Shameem Sampath has pioneered a method which maximises the accuracy of ligament surgery at his Bluespot Clinic, near Blackpool.


Using a system akin to satellite navigation, Sampath attaches infra red probes to a patient's leg to produce computer readings that help him make incisions in precisely the right place to suit each individual case.


The computer then produces a real-time image of the patient's knee, allowing the surgeon to see how tissue composition alters during the operation.


Such accuracy can make the difference between a successful operation and a failure that will later require revision surgery.


Mr Sampath, speaking from an international orthopaedic conference in Montreal, Canada, said: "Michael Owen's doctors should review the success rates of traditional hand- held surgery vis a vis those of computer-aided surgery, and attempt to place him with a surgeon skilled in this precise type of knee surgery.


"At our clinic, where we have championed this type of surgery in Britain, we have the motto of `accuracy is our goal'.


"This is an apt statement in relation to such a key sportsman as Michael Owen and I hope that his advisers will recognise the benefits of computer-aided surgery, and not take unnecessary risks with his career."

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To be fair its seems Dr. Nick was hired for Owen's last operation as who else in the medical profession would have put the wrong fecking screw in his foot!

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shearer gets fixed in colorado, owen gets sent to blackpool  :blink:



Owen is off to see Steadman in Colorado.

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