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Knee replacement at Spire Cardiff Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £13,110

At Spire Cardiff Hospital, we use trusted and clinically proven techniques and expert aftercare to help you get the most from your knee replacement.

A knee replacement is a common operation to remove worn or damaged parts of your knee joint and replace them with an artificial joint, making movement easy and free from pain again.

Sometimes also called

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

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    3 days

  • Procedure duration
    1–2 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal or epidural

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Specialist in a wide range of treatments
  • Clear pricing with no hidden charges

Knee replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Cardiff

At Spire Cardiff, we're a Centre of Excellence for orthopaedics. This means our highly-skilled orthopaedic (bone and muscle) teams meet stringent standards to provide complete orthopaedic care you can trust. Our consultants and multi-disciplinary teams are dedicated to providing top quality treatment and care that’s personalised to you.

We offer fast access to diagnostic tests and scans, so you don’t have to wait long to find out if treatment is right for you. We expect it to take three to four weeks from your initial appointment to having your knee replacement surgery.

How much does Knee replacement cost at Spire Cardiff 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 Fees
Initial consultation £150
Treatment £12,960
Aftercare Included
Guide price £13,110
Monthly treatment price

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

£300
Representative example
Loan amount £11,960
Deposit £1,000
Loan period 48 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £14,400

Spire Cardiff Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price 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 Cardiff

At Spire Cardiff, we have wide experience of performing knee replacement surgery in our high-quality facilities, including two operating theatres with laminar flow. These theatres regulate air flow to reduce the risk of infection.

We also offer some of the latest surgical techniques, which may be beneficial to some patients. This includes Signature Personalised Patient Care – 3D MRI scans and custom made alignment guides help your surgeon align and position your new knee joint

We’re proud to offer ConforMis custom implants which are manufactured using your exact knee measurements for a better fit and alignment after surgery. Your consultant will explain the different prostheses available to you in your consultations.

Preparing for knee replacement at Spire Cardiff

Getting here

Spire Cardiff Hospital is located a short distance from Junction 30 of the M4 and is well signposted, with free parking available. Public transport options are also available.

Your consultations

Your initial consultation will take place in one of our 21 accessible consulting rooms, so don’t worry if you have difficulty walking. During your consultations, we'll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Say whether you need an X-ray, and/or an MRI or CT scan so your consultant can examine your knee in more detail
  • Tell you about the different types of artificial knee joints – also called a prosthesis – as well as surgical methods
  • Explain about the different anaesthetic options, and help you choose the best one for you
  • Give you a chance to ask any questions you have about your surgery

Once you and your consultant have decided to go ahead with knee surgery, your physiotherapist will explain your recovery plan.

Full knee replacement surgery

Watch how a knee replacement surgery takes place

Knee replacement: your procedure

On the day of your procedure, our ward staff will show you to your room and get you settled in. If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our lounge or restaurant while you have your operation.

Your consultant and surgical team will prepare you for your operation.

Anaesthetic options

You’ll probably have a general anaesthetic, so you’ll be completely asleep. However, sometimes it’s preferable or necessary to have an epidural (spinal) anaesthetic, where you’re numb from the waist down. If so, your anaesthetist can give you sedatives to help you relax during the operation.

During your operation

Your consultant will make the necessary incisions and begin to remove worn or damaged areas of your knee joint. They’ll then fit your new knee and close your incisions.

The operation should take no more than a couple of hours. You’ll start your recovery at Spire Cardiff, staying with us for three days.

Q & A

Winston Kim, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery: your recovery

After surgery, you can begin your knee surgery recovery in one of our private rooms. All our rooms have:

  • TV
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • En-suite

Our nursing team will give you pain relief to help you deal with any pain from the surgery. Everyone experiences pain differently and they’ll make sure you’re comfortable and have everything 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:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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Day 1

Stand using a walking aid

Day 2

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

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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