Maree can return to her green-fingered hobbies following life-changing knee replacement surgery


Maree Macey, a wife, and mother of one, was born with a rare condition called Spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia, a genetic disorder of bone growth that results in short stature. Her condition meant that Maree was more prone to injuries throughout her life, and these injuries developed into serious health conditions that caused incredible pain in her joints. So much so, that she was operated on 29 times before the age of 30. 

Maree was desperate for surgery to be out of pain and regain mobility, but she was turned away by surgeons due to the complexities of her condition. She was preparing to be wheelchair-reliant for life until she met with Mr. Veysi T Veysi, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who worked with the DePuy Synthes Make to Order Team at Johnson & Johnson to custom design bespoke implants and instruments for Maree’s surgery. 

The success of the surgery has given Maree a new lease on life; she had a daughter and was able to enjoy motherhood in a way she didn’t think would be possible. She’s grateful to be able to resume her green-fingered activities and spend time in her garden, growing fruits and vegetables to make homemade condiments of her own.