Private hip surgery - costs and treatment

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Cost of hip surgery by location

Hip surgery waiting times

At Practice Plus Group, the average waiting time for private hip surgery is 4-6 weeks.

What is hip surgery?

When we talk about hip surgery, we mean any surgical procedure that’s performed on the hip joint to either relieve pain, improve mobility or both. Hip surgeries are usually performed to address a condition or correct an injury.

Who is it for?

Hip surgery is usually recommended for those who are experiencing significant hip pain, stiffness and reduced mobility due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hip dysplasia, hip fractures, or other injuries to the hip joint. Most hip surgery patients are around 60-80 years old.

When to seek treatment

If conservative treatments such as medication, physiotherapy, and lifestyle modifications haven’t worked, and your condition is significantly impacting your life, hip surgery may be recommended.

Signs you need surgery could include:

  • persistent pain
  • reduced mobility
  • difficulty performing everyday tasks
  • poor quality of life
  • joint damage shown on scans.

Types of hip surgery and treatments

There are many different hip surgery types, ranging from minimally invasive procedures to major operations. To understand which solution is best for you, it's a good idea to talk to your GP or consultant. Discover all the different types of surgery and hip treatments available at Practice Plus Group.

Total hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery is a common orthopaedic procedure in the UK. During this procedure, the surgeon replaces a painful arthritic hip with an artificial implant to relieve discomfort and improve function. It can be performed as a total hip replacement or a half (partial) replacement.

Hip revision surgery

A hip revision or repeat hip replacement operation is a type of hip replacement that involves replacing a patient’s artificial hip joint if it has become loose, infected, or worn out over time.

Arthritis hip pain treatment

Arthritis is a term used by doctors to describe inflammation within a joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. The surfaces within your joints become damaged so the joint doesn’t move as smoothly as it should. It causes joint pain and stiffness.

Treatment ranges from conservative means such as lifestyle changes to fusion, excision or replacement. During hip or knee replacement surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon replaces the damaged joint surfaces with artificial parts. It can reduce pain and improve your mobility.

Hip arthroplasty surgery

This is the surgical reconstruction or replacement of an arthritic joint. Hip and knee replacements are the most common major orthopaedic procedures. The goals are to restore function and relieve knee or hip pain.

Injections for hip pain relief

Hip injections are occasionally offered to either help with diagnosis or put off the need for surgery. Steroid injections can ease inflammation, and Hyaluronate helps the damaged hip joint to move more smoothly.

The trochanteric bursa is a sack of fluid sitting between the prominent bone of the outer side of the hip and the skin. A trochanteric bursa injection is performed with x-ray or ultrasound guidance.

Pain in your hip?

If you’re experiencing hip pain, try our hip surgery suitability quiz. It will give you an idea of whether you’d benefit from booking a consultation with one of our hip specialists.

Benefits of having a hip operation or treatment

How quickly you return to your normal activities will vary from person-to-person, but with good physiotherapy and a planned approach to recovery, you should quite quickly notice that everyday tasks become much easier.

The benefits of hip replacement surgery include:

  • pain relief
  • high success rate
  • improved strength and mobility
  • results lasting up to 20 years
  • better quality of life.

Whilst quality of life may have dipped pre-surgery, tasks like tying shoe laces, getting in and out of the car or bath, walking or standing, will improve. Most people find that they can resume hobbies that they previously enjoyed, such as golf or gardening after a hip replacement.

Patient testimonial

"“It was the easiest operation and recovery I’ve had…it’s been massive for my mindset and mental health. I feel like my life is a whole new ballgame now.”

Stuart Slater, ex-West Ham footballer and Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford hip replacement patient

Hip surgery complications

Like any surgical procedure, there is a small risk of complications such as nerve damage, blood clots and infection. Only 5% experience a complication of some sort*.

If you notice any worrying signs or symptoms after surgery, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider straight away.

Hear from our expert:
"Hip replacement surgery will help a wide range of people, from professional tennis players to elderly patients who simply want to walk pain-free."

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Kenan Dehne
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

How hip surgery works

If you see signs that you need a hip replacement, you can go to your GP who may refer you to an orthopaedic consultant for an initial consultation. Consultation and pre-operative screening will involve a review of your medical history to ensure the treatment is safe, along with any necessary tests or scans.

Next, you will be set a date to come into hospital as an inpatient for hip replacement surgery.

Preparing for hip surgery

While you are waiting for your treatment, you can prepare for hip replacement surgery by doing gentle exercise in the run-up. Walking and swimming will help to strengthen the muscles around the hip, helping to speed up the recovery process.

Making travel arrangements, packing the things you’ll need and informing family members will ensure any last minute hiccups on the day are avoided.

During the procedure

The operation replaces worn or damaged sections of the hip with an artificial hip joint. The surgery will be carried out either under general anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will make an incision on the side of your hip, remove the damaged hip joint and replace it with an artificial one.

How long does hip surgery take?

Hip procedures typically take around two hours. However, this can vary from patient-to-patient and depends on the surgical technique used.

Aftercare and recovery from hip surgery

At Practice Plus Group we practise the Enhanced Recovery Pathway (ERP) which is a modern, evidence-based approach that helps shorten recovery time after hip surgery. Length of stay in hospital can be significantly shorter as a result of ERP, with patients able to return home any time from the day of surgery to two to three days post operatively.

Our physiotherapists begin working closely with patients within hours of joint replacement surgery, getting them up on their feet and growing their confidence. This early mobilisation and a return home reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis and infections, as well as making patients feel more comfortable.

Physiotherapy and exercise

Your physiotherapist will give you exercises and instructions on how to use mobility aids such as crutches and sticks. For the first four-to-six weeks, you will need crutches or sticks to get around and you will need to do your exercises to ensure your new hip joint gives you the best results.

Most people are back to normal within two-to-three months, but it can take up to a year before you fully benefit from your new hip. It is up to individuals to do the physiotherapy to make sure that the hip gets strong and has a full range of movement.
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Private hip operation costs

At Practice Plus Group, our hip operation private costs are completely transparent. Aside from the £95 consultation fee, everything is included in the quoted price.

How much does hip surgery cost?

The cost of hip surgery varies according to the type of procedure.

At Practice Plus Group, our prices are:

  • Hip replacement surgery - £11299
  • Hip revision surgery - £19249
  • Surgical pin removal - £2999
  • Injection in theatre - £2049
  • Injection in clinic - £210

What is the average private cost of hip replacement in the UK?

The cost of private surgery for hip replacements in the UK varies, depending on the provider. Prices start at around £10,000 but other providers can charge as high as £15,000 depending on the area of the UK you live in. Prices also vary by provider and what’s included.

Healthcare providerConsultation feePrice of hip surgeryTotal
Practice Plus Group£95£11,299£11,394
Circle Health Groupfrom £200from £16,550£16,750
Nuffield Healthfrom £220£17,960£18,180
Spire Healthcare£220£14,590£14,810

What’s included in the cost of hip surgery?

Our costs for private hip surgery include:

  • high-quality care
  • pre operative nurse review
  • prescriptions, dressings and equipment
  • anaesthetic
  • any overnight stay required
  • physiotherapy, pathology and histology needed whilst admitted
  • any post operative appointments required
  • a named consultant from start to finish.

Is hip surgery covered by health insurance?

Whether you have health insurance through an employer or your own private medical insurance, you can get referred for hip surgery at Practice Plus Group. Simply contact your insurance provider and ask them to pre-authorise your treatment.

Ways to pay

There are 3 ways to access hip surgery at Practice Plus Group:

  1. Self-pay private healthcare
  2. Private health insurance
  3. NHS referral

Pay for yourself hip replacement surgery cost

If you choose to pay for yourself you can book an initial appointment for £95 by calling us or completing our self-pay enquiry form. The initial appointment includes X-rays and blood tests, so you won’t find any hidden costs. You can have your initial consultation within 2-3 weeks, and surgery around 4-6 weeks later. For more information, you can view our national private hospital price list or download our Private Patient Terms and Conditions.

Private insurance hip operation costs

To find out more about having hip surgery using your private insurance, you can call your provider and ask them to pre-authorise your care. Each provider will have its own approach, you can find a list of providers with contact information on our insured patients webpage.

NHS referral

If you have talked to your GP and have decided that you need hip surgery, you are able to choose where you have that NHS treatment. We can accept referrals from any eligible patient* in need of the treatments we offer, regardless of where you live in the UK, even if you have an existing health condition as long as it’s safe for us to treat you.

Talk to your GP about the options, and do some research to help you make the right choice for your needs. Consider things like how long you will have to wait for hip replacement or treatment at each hospital, what their clinical outcomes and infection rates are like and how the Care Quality Commission has rated the service.

If you have already been referred somewhere, but change your mind about where you’d like to go, you can still exercise your right to choose. Just tell your GP that you would like a new referral to another hospital.

*Patients must meet Practice Plus Group eligibility criteria and be ordinarily resident in the UK. Eligibility is checked by your GP.

Meet our hip surgeons

At Practice Plus Group, you can choose an experienced consultant to support you throughout your time with us, ensuring you receive first-class, high quality care.

You can search for hip consultants on our website.

Why choose Practice Plus Group?

At Practice Plus Group Hospitals we’re passionate about giving patients a positive experience and excellent clinical outcomes, with personalised care every step of the way. Whether you’re paying for yourself or using private medical insurance, with our short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and high levels of cleanliness and infection control, we’ll make sure you’re looked after. In fact, we were the first provider to have all services rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

Find private hip surgery near you

Are you ready to get back to the things you love?

With excellent hospitals all around the UK and high patient satisfaction, we’re ready to help you say goodbye to hip pain.

Talk to our team today or fill in the form below to book a consultation at a time that suits you.

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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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Hip surgery Q&A with Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kenan Dehne

What are the benefits of hip replacement surgery?

What are the benefits of hip replacement surgery?

What approach do you use for hip surgery, and why?

What approach do you use for hip surgery, and why?

How soon can I have my hip surgery?

How soon can I have my hip surgery?

How should I prepare for my hip surgery?

How should I prepare for my hip surgery?

How long will my hip surgery take?

How long will my hip surgery take?

What happens after my surgery?

What happens after my surgery?

How long after hip surgery will I be able to drive again?

How long after hip surgery will I be able to drive again?

How long will my new hip last?

How long will my new hip last?

What are the possible complications of hip surgery?

What are the possible complications of hip surgery?

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Hip surgery FAQs

Not yet found the details you're looking for? Our dedicated hip surgery FAQs might be able to help!

Is hip surgery major surgery?

Yes, hip surgery is considered major surgery.

How soon can you drive after hip surgery?

This varies from patient-to-patient and depends on the speed of recovery. Hip patients can get back behind the wheel when they can perform an emergency stop without discomfort.

How long after hip surgery can you walk?

Getting back on your feet as soon as possible is encouraged. At Practice Plus Group, if you're ready, your consultant and nursing team will help you to get moving again within hours of your operation.

How soon can you fly after hip surgery?

This depends on the type of hip surgery you had and the surgical technique used. You should consult your doctor for more information.

How long does pain last after hip surgery?

This varies from patient-to-patient but typically the pain should considerably subside between one and six weeks after your surgery.

Where is the best private hospital for hip surgery?

This depends entirely on your specific needs and circumstances. Where you're situated in the UK also plays a big role with regards to pricing and hospital availability. At Practice Plus Group, we have 10 locations across the UK and patients will have their hip surgery within four-to-six weeks of their initial consultation.


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Hip surgery, Shepton Mallet – we have saved £6,500

My wife had a total hip replacement yesterday at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Shepton Mallet. They were absolutely brilliant and if like me you maybe needing surgery but on a long waiting list and considering going private, they are definitely worth getting a quote from. We have saved £6,500 by going to them and not another private hospital. Her consultation was 27th May, operation 13th June, home on 14th.
by Mr Antoniou,

Above and beyond

Big shout out to Practice Plus Group Plymouth who went above and beyond to make my day case visit today as comfortable as possible, from the day case nurses to all the theatre staff. Special mention to Carly, Cathy, Amy and Elaine(?) nothing was too much trouble!

by Sue Bentley, Twitter

Hip surgery – best experience ever for my hip replacement

I had the best experience ever for my hip replacement. Would highly recommend, thank you to all the staff involved throughout

by Franca

Hip surgery, Plymouth – at long last I am out of pain

Thank you very much for my TWO successful hip operations at long last I am out of pain and recovering well. Many thanks to you and all your staff. Best wishes.

by Brenda Sutton, Thank you card

Devizes – very pleasant experience

Lovely people, kind and considerate to old fools such as myself (85). Very pleasant experience, considering l was petrified.

by Peter Dixon, Google


I can not speak more highly of the staff here. Everybody I dealt with and saw with others were incredible, be it the surgeon or bed chaperones.

by Chris Turner, Google

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