Knee surgery in East London – a patient guide

Knee surgery can be a scary and stressful prospect, but if you live in the East London area, you needn’t worry. With the abundance of options for knee surgery in East London, you can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands. Our dedicated patient guide aims to help you find all the information you need.

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Which is the best hospital for knee surgery in East London?

The East London area boasts a range of medical options. The area is served by a number of NHS hospitals including East London Foundation NHS Trust and Mile End Hospital. With regards to private options, both Circle and Spire also have facilities in East London.

However, we can’t answer that question without providing a hint of bias. Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford (formerly known as North East London NHS Treatment Centre) will be able to accommodate your needs. We offer a range of treatment options including knee surgery. If you choose Practice Plus Group, our team of highly qualified consultants and nurses will be with you on every step of your healthcare journey.

Knee surgery success rates and statistics in East London

Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford carries out around 400 knee replacements every year. We’re proud to report that 85% of our knee replacement patients experience a good to excellent outcome following their procedure.

East London knee surgery procedures

The following knee surgery procedures are available at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford:

For more information on the treatments available, please visit our knee surgery page.

How knee surgery works at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford

The signs you need knee surgery may not be entirely obvious, so it’s a good idea to identify the reasons behind your knee pain before enquiring about surgery. Once you’ve done some research and believe you need knee surgery, a GP referral is also required to get the ball rolling. Once you have this, you’ll be able to book an initial consultation. During this session, your symptoms and potential treatment options will be discussed at length. If surgery is the right option for you, a date for the procedure will be set at a time convenient to you.

How much is knee surgery in East London?

At Practice Plus Group, the cost of our knee surgery procedures vary depending on the type of treatment required.

A full breakdown of Ilford Hospital treatment prices is available on our website.

East London NHS knee surgery

Patients wishing to pursue knee surgery through the NHS can be accommodated at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford. Please note NHS patients will need a referral from their GP.

Private knee operations at Ilford

Private knee operations are available at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford. It’s worth bearing in mind that choosing private treatment provides you with two options: you can choose to pay for yourself in one lump sum or through our finance options.

You can also cover the cost of your treatment through health insurance. If you have health cover, check with your insurance provider to see whether knee surgery is included in your policy.

How long is the waiting list for knee surgery in East London?

The current waiting time for orthopaedic treatment in the local NHS trust is over six months. The average waiting time for private knee surgery at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford is just four weeks. This is in line with our Four Week Pledge initiative in which we aim to deliver surgery within four weeks of a patient’s initial appointment.

Knee surgeons in East London

Our orthopaedic consultants at Practice Plus Group, Ilford are among the best in the UK. This means that regardless of the type of treatment you need, you’ll be in very safe and experienced hands. For more information about the qualifications and experience of our surgeons, take a look at our Ilford consultants page.

Researching consultant orthopaedic surgeons in East London

East London boasts a wealth of top surgical talent, so it’s likely you’ll be in safe hands for your procedure. With that said, it’s still important to do your research. When researching consultants, you should check he or she meets the following criteria:

  • their qualifications and experience
  • their surgical specialisms (i.e. can they perform the procedure you need)
  • their location and availability
  • number of procedures they carry out each year.

Importance of choosing a qualified orthopaedic surgeon

Knee surgery is considered a major procedure, so it’s important to choose the right surgeon for the job. He or she should be able to meet your specific surgical needs and have the necessary experience and qualifications.

Top knee surgeons at Practice Plus Group, Ilford

At Practice Plus Group, Ilford, all our surgeons boast a wealth of experience and qualifications to meet the needs of their patients. Whether you’re starting your research or just want to double check, our Ilford consultants page provides more information.

Reviews and testimonials for knee surgery in Ilford

At Practice Plus Group, we’re committed to providing all our patients with successful surgical outcomes. But don’t just take our word for it! The patient testimonials below will give you an idea of the standards we uphold at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford.

Patient testimonial

“I had a knee operation on the 3rd May, at the Kingfisher Ward. The nurses and all staff and first class surgeon were all great, they made me feel very relaxed and I didn’t have to ask for anything. They were all spot on.

This has to be one of the best hospitals I have been to, and the food was great. Thank you once again.”

Mark, knee replacement patient, Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford

Life as a patient at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford

So, you’ve had your initial appointment and the date for your private knee surgery in East London is on the calendar. You might be asking yourself what comes next? In the time between now and your treatment, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

Preparing for surgery

Your surgical team will call you a few days before your surgery. This is to check you are happy and well enough for the surgery to go ahead. They will also answer any remaining questions or concerns you may have. During this call, you’ll also be advised when to stop eating and drinking prior to your surgery. You’ll also be given your surgery admission time.

About your hospital stay at Ilford hospital

During your stay at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford, you’ll be put on a shared ward. This normally comprises a four person, single-sex bays. The knee replacement surgery itself takes around two hours to complete.

Recovery, rehabilitation, and knee surgery aftercare at Ilford

Once surgery is completed, you’ll be encouraged to get back on your feet as soon as possible – usually within hours of the surgery. In some cases, you may be able to return home on the same day as your knee surgery, but it’s likely you’ll be free to go home the day after your surgery. During your recovery, you’ll be supported by regular physiotherapy classes provided by Practice Plus Group. You should make every effort to attend these sessions to help ensure a swift and full recovery.

Visiting information

There is ample parking on-site. Please note that you will have to pay for your parking.
We have free Wi-Fi access for patients and visitors. Visiting hours on the inpatient ward are between 2pm-5pm every day (limited to two visitors per patient, per day). Please note: children are not permitted on the ward.

East London orthopaedic knee surgery FAQs

Not quite found what you’re looking for? Our East London knee surgery FAQs can help!

The cost of knee replacement surgery in East London will typically range between £12,000 – £16,000. At Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford, knee replacement surgery costs £11,799. This means we’re less expensive than the local average cost.

Insurance coverage depends entirely on the healthcare insurance provider. Check your policy to see whether knee replacement surgery is included.

The key to this is being willing to travel for your treatment. Every patient has the right to choose which hospital they receive their treatment and it’s not always the case that the closest one to you has the shortest waiting times. To get knee surgery sooner on the NHS, you should be prepared to travel for your treatment.

Without a consultant’s opinion, it’s difficult to know whether you need a knee replacement. If you’ve been experiencing knee pain for a while and it’s affecting your everyday life, you should seek help and advice from an orthopaedic consultant.

During your initial appointment, your consultant will carry out a clinical assessment of your issue. He or she will ask you about your medical history and your general health.

You can attempt to manage Knee pain through use of over-the-counter pain medication. Physiotherapy can also help, along with specific exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around the affected area.

At Practice Plus Group, physiotherapy is included in the price of your treatment. You will be given a time and date for your first session which will be at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford. We all run physio sessions at the Loxford Clinic.

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This article was completed with the help of Mr Nurul Ahad, Medical Director and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Practice Plus Group. Mr Ahad graduated from Barts and the London School of Medicine before being appointed Trauma Consultant at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals in 2010. His expertise has led to several publications and international presentations. With over 15 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery, he has a proven track record of delivering an excellent quality of service. Over the last few years Practice Plus Group has grown its Marketing Team to include art workers, campaign and social media managers, content editors, and digital analysts. Together, they provide a responsive and comprehensive service, ensuring all content is on-brand and in-line with relevant medical guidelines.
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