Decided to undergo hip surgery? This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of booking your hip replacement surgery. From initial consultations to payment processes, understanding the steps involved will help you navigate the journey with confidence and ensure a smooth and successful experience.
Step 1: Research private hospitals and care providers
The first step before booking your hip surgery is to research reputable private healthcare providers. This will help ensure you find the right care provider for you. Look for hospitals and clinics that specialise in orthopaedic surgery. They should have experienced surgeons with expertise in hip replacements operations. Consider factors such as reputation, patient reviews, facilities, and waiting times.
Once you have a shortlist of potential providers, you can start to contact them for more information.
Step 2: Book an initial hip replacement meeting
Once your research is done, it’s time to get in touch. Schedule a meeting with a private orthopaedic consultant to discuss your hip condition and treatment options in more detail.
To book an initial appointment with a Practice Plus Group surgeon, you can:
- call us on 0330 173 6946
- complete and submit an enquiry form.
During the consultation, the surgeon will assess your symptoms, review your medical history, and conduct a physical examination. They will explain the hip replacement procedure along with the potential risks and benefits specific to your case. This provides a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns.
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.
If you have been referred to us by your GP surgery, we’ll be in touch with you to arrange your outpatient assessment. During the assessment, you’ll meet the consultant. He or she will perform your treatment, undergo any pre-treatment tests that may be needed, and prepare you for your upcoming hip surgery.
Step 3: Assess your finance options
It’s important to consider the financial aspects of your hip replacement operation. Be sure to check for any hidden fees and additional charges.
If you have health insurance, check if the provider accepts your insurance plan and whether your policy covers the type of treatment you need. You can receive treatment at any of our Practice Plus Group Hospitals if your insurance is with one of the following insurers:
- AXA Health
- The Exeter
- Freedom Health Insurance
- General & Medical Healthcare
- Healix Health Services
Insured patients can follow these steps:
- get a GP referral to approve your treatment
- call your insurer
- arrange a consultation.
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. Finance is available over 12 months at 0% or longer-term options are available from 36-60 months with 14.9% APR.
We’re committed to honest pricing which means that the quote we give you for treatment is all-inclusive. This includes prescriptions, aftercare, equipment used and any extra complications that may arise.
If you choose self-pay healthcare, follow these steps:
- book an appointment with us
- arrange an initial consultation
- schedule your treatment.
Step 4: Pre-operative assessment and evaluation
Before proceeding with hip replacement surgery, you will need to undergo a pre-operative assessment and evaluation. This assessment may include tests and scans to ensure you are in optimal health for the surgery. The healthcare team will review any medications or supplements you’re currently taking. You may be advised to temporarily discontinue some of them in preparation for the hip replacement.
Step 5: Schedule your hip surgery
The next step is to schedule the date and time of your hip replacement surgery. The hospital administration or booking team will guide you through the process and provide you with a date for your surgery. You will receive instructions on pre-operative preparations, which may include fasting guidelines, medication adjustments and necessary paperwork.
The benefits of private hip surgery mean that you can choose a surgery date that is convenient for you. At Practice Plus Group, you can have your initial consultation within two to three weeks of your enquiry. Your surgery will be scheduled for between four to six weeks later.
The day of your hip replacement
On the day of your hip replacement surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital and undergo necessary pre-operative procedures. These may include additional health checks, administration of medications, and discussions with the surgical team. The surgeon will explain the procedure once again and address any last-minute concerns you may have.
Post-operative care and rehabilitation
Following the surgery, you will be transferred to the recovery area for post-operative care. You will receive medication to manage any discomfort. You’ll also meet your physiotherapist who will provide guidelines on post-operative exercises and movement restrictions. The healthcare team will closely monitor your progress and provide guidance on wound care, mobility aids, and ways to reduce pain.
At Practice Plus Group, we practise the Enhanced Recovery Pathway (ERP). This is a modern, evidence-based approach that helps shorten recovery time after major surgery. Your length of stay in hospital can be significantly shorter as a result, with patients able to return home any time from the day of surgery to two to three days after.
Take the next step – choose and book your hip replacement
Are you ready to reduce hip joint pain and get back to feeling yourself? At Practice Plus Group, we offer a range of consultant-led hip procedures, from total hip replacement surgery to hip resurfacing.
We’re proud to offer short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings, and high levels of cleanliness in all our hospitals.
If you have any more questions about the hip procedure or booking process please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Take the next step to better health.