Private knee replacement Cambridgeshire

An artificial knee joint is used to replace the damaged joint.

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At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, we use many of the latest knee replacement techniques and innovations and personalised aftercare to help you get the most from your knee replacement.

During a knee replacement operation, your consultant will remove damaged parts of your knee and replace them with an artificial joint to relieve pain and stiffness.

Sometimes also called

  • Patellofemoral replacement
  • Partial knee replacement (PKR)
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement (TKR)
  • Unicompartmental knee replacement

The procedure(s) listed above are examples only and may not be available at all Spire hospitals.

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    2–5 days

  • Procedure duration
    1–2 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal or epidural

  • Available to self-pay?

  • Covered by health insurance?

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2023

Knee replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

We offer private knee replacement surgery to patients in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. When you choose Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, you can expect a dedicated team, high-quality facilities, and a comfortable private environment.

Our team of surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists will tailor a knee replacement treatment and expert aftercare plan to meet your needs, so you can get the most from your operation.

How to book

To book a knee replacement, complete the enquiry form or call 01223 266900.

Choose Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital if you live in Cambridgeshire or East Anglia, including Cambridge and Braintree.

How much does Knee replacement cost at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

 It’s a common operation to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Knee replacement
Initial consultation We can't display the initial consultation fee just now. Call us for a quote.
Treatment price £15,885
Aftercare Included
From price From £15,885
Monthly treatment price

(Loan applicable to the treatment cost and excludes the initial consultation)

Representative example
Loan amount £14,635
Deposit £1,250
Loan period 48 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £17,616

The price shown is the ‘from price’ (ie the minimum cost of the procedure). Please note that for some procedures the actual price you are quoted may vary significantly and can increase depending on your choice of Consultant (who is an independent practitioner and not an employee of Spire). The fees charged by Consultants and Anaesthetists are set independently and are outside the control of Spire. The price may also vary depending on the type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and your medical history.

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price for your procedure so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Procedures offered for knee replacement at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, we have vast experience performing knee replacement surgery in our high-quality facilities. We offer some of the latest surgical techniques, which may be beneficial to some patients. These include:

  • Minimally invasive knee replacement – intended to improve recovery time and reduce scarring
  • Computer-assisted technology to create a 3D model of your knee joint to assist your surgeon during the operation
  • ConforMis Personalised prosthetic joints, which are custom-made for your knee for the best possible fit – your consultant will discuss the different prosthesis options with you
  • MAKO robotic arm assisted surgery – a robotic arm enables a high degree of accuracy and precision when placing implants

We also have three laminar flow operating theatres which regulate air flow to minimise the risk of infection.

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Precision surgery at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital offering Mako® assisted knee surgery.

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Preparing for knee replacement at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

Getting here

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital is just three miles from Cambridge city centre. We’re 15 minutes from Cambridge train station, with direct links from London King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Free on-site parking is available to all patients and visitors.

Your consultations

Before your treatment, you’ll meet your consultant in one of our 22 consultation rooms. All our rooms are accessible, so there’s no need to worry if walking is difficult for you. They’ll ask about your health, symptoms and answer any questions you may have.

If you haven’t been diagnosed yet, they may recommend our diagnostic tests and scans to help them assess your knee in more detail. Both your initial consultation and tests at this stage are charged separately to the cost of any treatment needed.

If you decide to go ahead with treatment, your consultant will advise you about:

  • What your personalised treatment and care plan will involve
  • Different types of prosthetic joints available
  • Anaesthetic options
  • Potential risks and complications
  • Things you can do to help your recovery

Full knee replacement surgery

Watch how a knee replacement surgery takes place

Knee replacement: your procedure

When you come in for your operation, you’ll be with us for two to five days. You’ll stay in one of our large, bright, private en-suite rooms which has a locked space for your things and entertainment to keep you occupied as you start your recovery.

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait while you have your operation.

Anaesthetic options

On the day of your surgery, your consultant and surgical team will prepare you with the anaesthetic that you’ve agreed on.

This will be either:

  • General anaesthetic, where you’re unconscious
  • Epidural (spinal anaesthetic), where you’re numb from the waist down

Visit our knee replacement surgery page for more detailed information.

During your operation

After you are given your anaesthetic you’ll be taken into theatre, where your expert consultant will fit your artificial knee joint. The operation should take around two hours.

Q & A

Winston Kim, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Knee replacement surgery: your recovery

After your surgery, you’ll begin your recovery in one of our 44 comfortable private rooms. Your room will have:

  • Chair
  • En-suite
  • Free WiFi
  • Nurse call
  • TV

Our nursing team will ensure you’re as comfortable as possible while you recover, with pain relief to manage discomfort and anything else you need.

Although everybody’s different and you should always follow your consultant’s advice, here’s a typical recovery timeline for knee replacement surgery:

Day 1

Stand using a walking aid

2–5 days

Leave hospital

1 week

Walk with a walking aid

4–6 weeks

May be able to drive

6 weeks

Walk without crutches

3 months - 1 year

No more pain and swelling

2 Years

Full recovery

  • Day 1

    Stand using a walking aid

  • 2–5 days

    Leave hospital

  • 1 week

    Walk with a walking aid

  • 4–6 weeks

    May be able to drive

  • 6 weeks

    Walk without crutches

  • 3 months - 1 year

    No more pain and swelling

  • 2 Years

    Full recovery

Areas served

At Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, we provide some of the latest surgical techniques for patients in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, including Suffolk.

Choose your Cambridgeshire-based consultant to arrange your first appointment today.

You can learn more about the knee replacement procedure on our main knee replacement page.

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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30 New Road
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