Private knee replacement Edinburgh

Inclusive treatment and care from £14,100

At Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, we use several of the latest knee replacement techniques with expert aftercare to help you live life to the fullest.

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

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

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    2–3 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?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Knee replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Edinburgh

Our orthopaedic (bone and muscle) teams are highly skilled and dedicated to providing top quality treatment and care that’s personalised to you. They’ll tailor a treatment and care plan to meet your needs and help you get the most from your operation.

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 Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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 £200
Treatment £13,900
Aftercare Included
Guide price £14,100
Monthly treatment price

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

£314
Representative example
Loan amount £12,400
Deposit £1,500
Loan period 48 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £15,072

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park 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 Edinburgh

At Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, we have vast experience of performing knee replacement surgery in our high-quality facilities.

We also offer some of the latest surgical techniques, which may be beneficial to some patients.

If your consultant thinks it’s right for you, they may perform a minimally invasive knee replacement. This usually means a faster recovery time and less scarring, while still achieving the same outcomes.

Your consultant may also use 3D models of your knee which are created using computer-assisted technology. These help guide your consultant when fitting your new knee.

We also use MAKO Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery for partial knee replacement. The robotic arm enables a high degree of accuracy and precision when placing implants

Preparing for knee replacement at Spire Edinburgh

Getting here

We're an approximate 20 minute drive east from Edinburgh Airport or 10 minutes west from Haymarket train station. We also have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your initial consultation will take place in one of our consultation rooms. During your consultation, your consultant will:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Assess whether you need an X-ray, and/or an MRI or CT scan so your consultant can examine your knee in more detail
  • Discuss 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 consultant will explain the next steps.

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 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 hours. You’ll start your recovery at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals for two to 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 recovery in your private room.

You’ll probably have pumps and drainage tubes attached to your knee for a day or so after surgery and may be in some discomfort, so to make your recovery easier, you’ll be given:

  • Medications to help you manage discomfort, prevent infection and reduce the risk of clotting
  • Sessions with your physiotherapist, who will give you an exercise plan to help you get active again, plus a guide to how long your recovery will take

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

2–3 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

  • 2–3 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

How to get to us

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park,

Spire Murrayfield Hospital
122 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh
EH12 6UD

Main SwitchBoard:  0131 334 0363

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0131 316 2507

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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