Knee Replacement Surgery

What is knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is a very common procedure these days because many people suffer from degenerative knee conditions such as arthritis but knowing when to seek help or advice on surgery can sometimes feel quite confusing.

So we know you've probably got questions on this surgery and we're here to help and provide you with the essential information and facts about knee replacement surgery.

Knee replacement surgery is a procedure that is often carried out when the management of pain can no longer be controlled by non-surgical methods such as the use of pain killers, your consultant surgeon will advise you at which point a procedure is best for you. This type of surgery will entail your consultant surgeon removing the damaged surface and replacing it with a plastic or metal.

Successful surgery should result in walking becoming easier and you should experience less pain in this area of the body.

What does knee replacement surgery involve?

The surgery is carried under general anaesthetic or epidural, when you are anaesthetised from the waist down only.

Knee replacement surgery

The surgeon will make an incision on the front of the knee and remove the damaged bone surfaces and replace them with the artificial knee joint.  The prosthesis can be made of metal, plastic, ceramic or a combination of these materials, and is bond directly to the bone with acrylic cement or special coating.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Knee pain can be managed by taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicine. Also certain dietary supplements can relieve the symptoms. Also, a steroid injection in the knee joint may help reduce pain and stiffness.

Other invasive techniques are:

  • cleaning the knee joint can give some temporary relief, due to the progress of arthritis.
  • Osteotomy: the surgeon will make an incision to realign the bones so that the weight is no longer put on the damaged part of the knee.

What complications can happen?

Any intervention presents a risk of general complications such as pain, bleeding, infection of the surgical wound and scarring. Specific complications of a knee replacement surgery are:

  • Damage to nerves
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Infection in the knee
  • Severe pain, stiffness and loss of use of the knee (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Loosening
  • Rejection of the artificial knee

All risks will be discussed in full with the consultant surgeon.

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home after four to seven days. You will need to use crutches or walking sticks for a few weeks. Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities following surgery as soon as possible.

Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for recovery advice. They will be able to advise you the best exercises to try as well as sports that may help you in your recovery. Your GP should also be able to provide you with tips on how to tackle any pain you feel as you recover.

Even though an artificial knee will not feel the same as a normal knee, you will still move around better and experience less pain. Avoid kneeling down as it might be uncomfortable and put pressure on your knee replacement.

Paying for your operation

Total knee replacement surgery costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

*Revised and updated November 2016

Pricing

Knee replacement (prosthesis band 1)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £10,805 Included £10,805
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £11,005
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £10,805
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £11,005

Knee replacement (prosthesis band 2)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £11,835 Included £11,835
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £12,035
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £11,835
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £12,035

Knee replacement (prosthesis band 3)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £13,420 Included £13,420
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £13,620
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £13,420
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £13,620

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

For more information please refer to our terms and conditions (large print version).

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