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Orthopaedic knee surgery


If you have knee problems, you may be referred for knee surgery – one of our most commonly performed procedures. Most operations will involve either repair to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – a tough band of tissue that supports your knee joint and joins the thighbone to the shinbone at the knee – or a total knee replacement.

A torn ACL is reconstructed by grafting on new tendon tissue taken from elsewhere in the body, using arthroscopy (keyhole surgery). Your operation is performed under general anaesthetic, takes up to one and a half hours and sometimes requires you to stay in hospital overnight.

When your knee joint has become stiff, painful and significantly damaged by arthritis, leading to increased pain and a loss of mobility and function, a total knee replacement may be recommended for you. This procedure comes in different forms, but the overall design is similar. Using a plate in the shinbone and a carved sleeve of metal over the lower end of the thighbone, the aim is to re-line the damaged surface of the joint. After the procedure, which typically takes one to two hours, you’ll require 24 hours of rest before commencing post-operative exercises.

You don’t need medical insurance to receive treatment at one of our hospitals. Treatment from a leading specialist using the very latest technologies is more affordable than you may have thought, and our prices are very competitive.

When you have orthopaedic knee surgery at one of our hospitals, you will benefit from:

  • the most minimally invasive surgery available, thanks to advances in telescope technology
  • treatment by consultant orthopaedic surgeons experienced in the field of knee surgery, in a highly specialised knee surgery unit
  • cutting-edge technologies for knee assessment and rehabilitation, including the Cybex 6000 computerised knee rehabilitation system

In terms of value for your money, we cannot be beaten. With us you can be sure you are getting the best available treatment. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:

You’ll have access to the finest consultants in the country, working with the latest treatments and groundbreaking technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match. 

You don’t need medical insurance to receive treatment at one of our hospitals. Treatment from a leading specialist using the very latest technologies is more affordable than you may have thought, and our prices are very competitive. As a guide, an initial consultation to clarify your condition and discuss the best course of action could be approximately £250.

You’ll be treated by London’s number 1 private hospital group. We treat over 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience and means we are able to invest in the latest treatments and medication – £500 million in the past ten years – many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals. 

You can be confident that we can handle all of your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.

You won't have to wait. Your care will start as soon as you're ready, and often we have same day or next day appointments available.

Your safety is protected. Not all private hospitals are the same. Some private hospitals don’t have any on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency. Our consultants have access to more critical care beds 24/7 than any other private healthcare group in the UK. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it instantly – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our MRSA infection rates are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.

What to do next

Once you have decided that you want to go ahead with your treatment, or would like further information, here's what to do next:

Self-pay two-step process to treatment

1. Contact us to discuss your needs, including HCA payment options for HCA private hospital treatments and surgery. We can help you choose the best consultant or specialist for your condition.

2. You can then book an initial consultation directly with us at a time and hospital that suits your needs – this could cost approximately £250. We can also give you a competitive guide price at the time of booking for any follow-up treatments that may be needed. Same day and next day appointments are available.

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