Private Hip Replacement Surgery in the UK

An operation to replace a hip joint with an artificial one. Hip replacement surgery can bring you great relief from chronic hip pain and improve your mobility.

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What is hip replacement surgery?

If you suffer from hip pain that hasn't responded to other types of treatment, such as physiotherapy or steroid injections, your consultant may recommend a hip replacement. It is often the solution when your hip motion has become very limited and pain levels haven’t decreased.

Hip replacement surgery is one of the more common joint replacement surgeries.  Here at HCA UK, we typically perform over 1000 hip replacements a year.  The last figures provided by PHIN (Private Healthcare Information Network) reported HCA UK was the number one in London for private hip replacement surgery.  

During this type of surgery, your hip joint is replaced with an artificial one known as a prosthesis. It may be metal, ceramic or plastic. We are also using robotic technology in the planning of the surgery, to increase accuracy when determining the exact size, placing and positioning of the replacement implant.  

Our orthopaedic consultants have performed over 1000 robotically assisted surgeries to date which is helping to bring patients faster recovery times with less pain, which is helping them to return to an active lifestyle sooner.

Length of stay at one of our hospitals for a hip replacement varies according to your personal health conditions; however, the average stay is approximately 3 days.  

Why would you need hip replacement?

Deciding when it’s time for a hip replacement will be made once you have explored options with your GP or orthopaedic consultant. Typical symptoms present when hip pain keeps you awake at night and your ability to do everyday tasks such as going up stairs or getting out of a chair are slow due to a lack of mobility. Your hip pain may be linked to a specific condition such as hip arthritis or osteoarthritis.  

To help know when it might be time to consider replacement surgery, one of our leading consultants has prepared a guide to the 4 signs you may need a hip replacement.  

Need to know – private hip replacement surgery

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. Your consultant will talk you through your surgery so you understand what's involved.

Before the operation, you can prepare to make your life easier during your recovery. You'll need to use crutches or a walker to move around after the operation. It's a good idea to arrange for a friend or a family member to help you with tasks such as shopping, bathing and laundry during this time. You may also want to consider installing handrails in your bath, shower and staircase at home to help during your recovery.
Hip replacement surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. For some operations it is sometimes carried out after a spinal epidural (an injection to block the pain in your lower half).

During a hip replacement, your surgeon will remove the ball part of your hip joint, along with any damaged cartilage and bone. They'll then replace them with the prosthetic ball and socket. The whole procedure usually takes a few hours.
You will be cared for in hospital for a few days following the operation. After surgery, our physiotherapy team will encourage you to stand up and walk a little with the help of crutches. They'll also give you exercises to practise to help strengthen your hip and legs.

When you go home you’ll need to use crutches, a walker or walking sticks for a few weeks. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Recovery varies from patient to patient, dependent upon various factors that include age, fitness levels regardless of whether you are working or retired and the condition of your joint and surrounding muscles.

Often patients like to know when can they drive again or when can I return to work. Both are possible within or around 6 weeks post operation, depending how your implant incision heals. The incisions for hip replacements are much smaller now and are closed up will be covered with a dressing. To reduce the risk of any infection, avoid swimming and taking baths.

Hip replacement Q&A

To answer many of the questions that patients have about hip replacement surgery, we interviewed various patients at the end of 2022 who were treated across our network. Read about Michael’s and Yvette’s replacement experiences.

At HCA UK we provide extensive orthopaedic care and specific hip and pelvis treatments across our various locations. In 2022, 96% of our patients said they are likely or very likely to recommend us to their family and friends for orthopaedic care. And 97% of our orthopaedic patients rated us very good or excellent (patient satisfaction surveys).

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Michael’s story

Michael realised he had arthritis in his right hip and his mobility was severely affected. A recommendation brought him to The Lister Hospital.

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Yvette's story

Yvette started experiencing pain in her hip 7 years ago. She felt concerned about the growing discomfort impacting her quality of her life.

What are the lifetime precautions after hip replacement surgery?

The lifetime of a hip implant is 20-30 years which has increased as implants have improved over time.  Advice for looking after your new hip will be dependent on lifestyle but taking care in the first three months is key. There are various tips to consider: 

  • Post operation, avoid applying pressure the wound eg avoid lying on the side of the replacement surgery
  • Bending too far, avoiding more than 90 degrees 
  • Resisting the temptation to sit with crossed legs
  • Repetitive and high impact activities that put stress on your hip joint. Those who enjoy fitness activities benefit from swapping out running for cycling

The Cost For Hip Replacement Surgery

Hospital stay and procedure

Prices from


subject to the specifics of your treatment as recommended by your consultant.

Indicative consultant fee from


Expected length of stay

3 nights


Before admission

  • Pre-assessment

During your hospital stay

  • Accommodation in a standard room as quoted above.
  • Routine admission tests
  • Patient meals are included but not transferable.
  • Nursing care and facilities
  • Theatre fees, drugs and dressings
  • Removal of stitches, dressing and plaster as required.
  • Take home medication 


  • Any additional nights in hospital not described in the above.
  • Specialist nursing above and beyond required level of care.
  • Any post-operative treatments/consultations which may be required.
  • Any additional or more complex procedures not included in our initial agreement.
  • Any readmission due to complications will result in additional charges in line with our standard prices.
  • Personal costs including visitors’ meals and drinks as well as newspapers.
  • Any costs not specified as included.

Private Hip Replacement Surgery in the UK Consultants

Mr Giles Stafford

Mr Giles Stafford

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Mazin Ibrahim

Mr Mazin Ibrahim

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Rob Pollock

Mr Rob Pollock

Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor Richard Field

Professor Richard Field

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our locations

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

Patient stories

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.