WHAT IS A KNEE REPLACEMENT?Explore
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A KNEE REPLACEMENT?Explore
ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR DISADVANTAGES WITH KNEE REPLACEMENT OPERATIONS?Explore
IS KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?Explore
WHAT’S THE TYPICAL COST OF KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY?Explore
WHY CHOOSE THE HOSPITAL GROUP FOR YOUR PRIVATE KNEE REPLACEMENT?Explore
Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a procedure that replaces damaged cartilage and bone with an artificial knee joint.
Although it can be performed on adults of all ages, it is more common in people aged between 60 and 80. According to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), 106,334 knee replacements were performed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2017, with the average age of patients being 69.
There are several types of knee replacement, including:
A knee replacement operation offers several benefits, including reduced or eliminated pain, improved movement and increased quality of life. Other conditions affected by poor movement can also see improvements, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Most knee prostheses can be expected to last around 15 years, and with the new joint, you will be able to take part in low impact sports such as swimming, golfing and biking.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks and disadvantages that may occur because of a knee replacement operation.
This includes the natural wearing out of the artificial joints (requiring a treatment known as revision to replace or repair them), infection, deep vein thrombosis, anaesthesia complications, bleeding and nerve damage. In your consultation, our experts will talk you through all the possible risks so you can be comfortable continuing with the procedure.
That said, according to a 2018 review of studies looking into patient satisfaction rates following total knee replacements, most scores were 80-100% satisfied. Revision rates are also very low. A 2011 study found knee replacement revision rates were around 6% after five years and 12% after 10.
As a guide, risks associated with knee replacement surgery include dislocation, fracture, infection, blood clots, scarring, inflammation around the joint, and fluid build-up.
If you are affected by knee pain or movement issues, knee replacement surgery could be beneficial. Our nurses and surgeons will talk you through whether a partial or total knee replacement is the right course of action during your free initial consultation.
You would be an ideal candidate if you’re in good physical health with a healthy BMI. In order to optimise the results, we’d recommend leading a healthy lifestyle following the procedure – with gentle exercise and a healthy diet. As with all surgeries, it’s helpful to have an optimistic outlook and be emotionally ready for the procedure.
As a responsible provider of surgery, The Hospital Group understands that every person is different and so we’ll tailor your procedure to your individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to talk you through the procedure itself, let you know the cost, and talk through the payment plans available.
We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright, to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.
The Hospital Group are experts in helping patients gain mobility and pain relief with private knee replacement surgery.
For over 45 years, our General Medical Council (GMC) registered surgeons have provided leading care, personalised to the specific needs of each patient. It is for that reason you can trust our care – from consultation to operation and recovery.
Our facilities are leading. Our private hospital in Bromsgrove, Burcot Hall, and all our regional clinics, are fully certified by the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Infection Society and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.
Whether you need private total knee replacement surgery, a partial replacement or knee cartilage replacement, we can help. All costs are clear and flexible finance is typically available.
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Your journey step by step
Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, the finance options available to you, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.
If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.
During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.
If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.
You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.
The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.
It’s necessary to spend at least one night in hospital after the surgery.
Your total recovery time will depend on the extent of your procedure and your level of fitness prior to it. When you wake up, you will have a large dressing on your knee to protect your wound, and you might also have drains to prevent blood from collecting inside the wound.
You will be encouraged to get up and go for a short walk as quickly as possible with the help of our care team and a walker or crutches.
At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team when you need them, surgical cover for 2 years – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.
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