Guide

How to choose and book knee replacement surgery

Do you need knee replacement surgery? Making the right choices when it comes to selecting your healthcare provider can make a big difference when it comes to your surgical experience.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of choosing and booking your knee replacement surgery, to make sure that you have all the necessary information for a smooth and successful procedure.

Couple booking knee replacement surgery

Step 1: Understanding knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a procedure that aims to alleviate pain and restore function for those with severe knee conditions. It involves replacing the damaged joint with an artificial implant, either partially or completely. Common reasons for undergoing knee replacement surgery include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and injury.

It’s important to understand the purpose, types, benefits, and potential risks associated with knee replacement surgery before kick-starting the booking process.

Doing your own research is a great way of understanding what to expect from the procedure. Our Knowledge hub is packed with useful information to help reassure and educate. You should also talk to your GP if there’s anything you’re not sure about.

Step 2: Choosing your hospital or clinic

Choosing the right healthcare provider for you is crucial to your experience. You need to choose a provider that can deliver a high level of care and comfort.

Consider factors such as hospital accreditation, infection control measures, and the availability of specialised equipment. Look for hospitals that offer comprehensive preoperative assessments and post-operative care services. A well-equipped and reputable hospital will improve your chances of a successful knee replacement recovery.

At Practice Plus Group, we have a 100% clean record for hospital acquired infections and are consistently rated outstanding or good by the CQC. With over 700,000 procedures carried out last year, we have the knowledge and experience to deliver excellent outcomes.

Patient choice

It’s important to remember that NHS patients also have the right to choose where they get treated. You may want to switch to one of our treatment centres and hospitals in England to reduce waiting times for your knee surgery.

Step 3: Choosing your knee consultant

Next, it’s time to select a qualified and experienced surgeon who specialises in knee replacements. During your research, you should check surgeons’ credentials while reviewing patient testimonials.

When evaluating a surgeon, look beyond their qualifications. Assess their experience in performing knee replacement surgeries and their success rates. A consultant surgeon who specialises in knee replacements will have the necessary expertise to address your specific needs. Pay attention to their communication skills. A surgeon who can effectively address your concerns and provide clear explanations is essential for a positive healthcare experience.

Step 4: Consider costs

Understanding the costs associated with knee replacement surgery is vital for financial planning. If you have health insurance, check with your provider to understand the extent of coverage for knee replacement surgery. After getting your treatment approved by your GP, you can call your insurance provider to discuss the details before arranging a consultation with us.

The following list of healthcare insurance providers are approved by Practice Plus Group:

  • Aviva
  • AXA Health
  • The Exeter
  • Freedom Health Insurance
  • General & Medical Healthcare
  • Healix Health Services
  • VitalityHealth
  • WPA

If you are paying for yourself, payment needs to be made seven days prior to the start of your treatment. This can be made via credit or debit card, BACS, or through our finance partner Chrysalis.

Our knee replacement costs are as follows:

  • £95 for the initial consultation
  • £11,200 for the knee replacement surgery.

The quote we give you is all-inclusive with no hidden costs. It covers prescriptions, aftercare, equipment used, and any extra complications that may arise.

Step 5: How to book an appointment for a knee replacement

So, you’ve done your research and chosen a healthcare provider. Now it’s now time to book an initial consultation with one of our knee specialists.

To book a consultation with a Practice Plus Group surgeon, you can:

During the consultation, the surgeon will assess your symptoms and review your medical history. He or she will also explain the procedure, potential risks, and benefits specific to you. This initial consultation provides a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have before your knee replacement surgery.

An initial appointment with us costs £95. This price covers all the necessary tests (for example X-rays and blood tests) so there are no hidden costs.

NHS referral

If you have been given a referral to treatment by your GP, we’ll be in touch with you to arrange your outpatient assessment. During this time, you’ll meet the consultant who will perform your surgery and perform any necessary pre-treatment tests.

Step 6: Schedule your knee replacement

Once you are happy with your choice of surgeon and the procedure offered, the next step is to schedule the date and time of your knee surgery. You’ll be able to do this at a time that’s convenient for you.

At Practice Plus Group, you can have your surgery around four to six weeks after your initial consultation.

Our healthcare and administration teams will guide you through this process.

Step 7: Preparing for knee surgery

Before proceeding with knee replacement surgery, you will need to undergo a pre-operative assessment and evaluation. This assessment may include tests, imaging scans, and a medication review to ensure you are in optimal health for the surgery.

To prepare for your upcoming operation, be sure to follow pre-operative instructions. These may include medication adjustments, fasting, and lifestyle modifications (i.e. losing weight or stopping smoking). You may also need to make arrangements for post-operative care. You should ensure you have a support system in place for your recovery at home.

Choose and book a private hospital for your knee replacement

We hope this guide provides some reassurance and prepares you to begin the booking process. Remember, it’s always best to consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice and recommendations.

Take the first step towards a pain-free and active life by booking your private knee replacement.

Karen Hardy knee replacement patient
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