Private hip replacement Harpenden

The damaged hip joint is replaced with a new, artificial one.

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At Spire Harpenden Hospital, we use many of the latest hip replacement techniques in Bedfordshire. A hip replacement removes damaged parts of the hip and replaces them with artificial joints.

Hip replacement operations at Spire Harpenden Hospital can help relieve pain and improve mobility, so you can get back to your everyday activities. Our clean, modern facilities help make the hip replacement procedure as comfortable as possible.

Sometimes also called

  • Hip arthroplasty

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    1 - 3 days

  • Procedure duration
    60 - 90 minutes

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal or epidural

  • Available to self-pay?

  • Covered by health insurance?

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to diagnostic tests and scans
  • Specialist in a wide range of treatments
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • 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

Hip replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Harpenden Hospital

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, our team of orthopaedic (bone and muscle) surgeons can offer you a treatment and care plan that is personal to you and your needs. Our dedicated nurses and physiotherapists will provide expert aftercare to help you get the most from your operation.

We offer access to tests, scans and treatment without the wait and easy booking with appointment times to suit you.

Our Bedford-based nurses and physiotherapists will be on-hand to help you recover from your hip replacement.

How to book

Complete the enquiry form to book your first consultation at Spire Harpenden Hospital or call 01582 763 191.

We’re based in Bedfordshire, serving areas including Harpenden, St Albans, Aylesbury, Wormley, and Ware.

How much does Hip replacement surgery cost at Spire Harpenden Hospital

Payment plans and inclusive prices make the hip replacement easy and affordable, even for patients without medical insurance.

Hip replacement
Initial consultation We can't display the initial consultation fee just now. Call us for a quote.
Treatment price £15,125
Aftercare Included
From price From £15,125
Monthly treatment price

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

Representative example
Loan amount £13,875
Deposit £1,250
Loan period 48 months
Representative APR 9.9%
Total amount repayable £16,704

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 Harpenden 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 hip replacement surgery at Spire Harpenden Hospital

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, we have wide experience in hip replacement surgery in our clean, modern facilities. Your consultant may recommend:

  • Anterior hip replacement surgery, when incisions are made in the front of the hip, resulting in less pain and faster recovery than with traditional surgery
  • Bilateral hip replacement, when both hips are replaced at the same time

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, we have high-quality facilities, including four laminar flow operating theatres. These theatres regulate air flow to reduce risk of infection.

Enquire now about hip replacement at Spire Harpenden Hospital.



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Preparing for hip replacement at Spire Harpenden Hospital

Getting here

Spire Harpenden Hospital has convenient links to the M1 and A1 (M). Free on-site parking is available for patients and visitors, so arriving by car is comfortable and convenient. The hospital is just five minutes drive from Harpenden train station.

Your consultations

All your consultations will take place in one of our 27 accessible private rooms, so don’t worry if you have pain when walking. During your consultations, we'll:

  • Ask about your medical history
  • Say whether you need blood tests, an X-ray, and/or an MRI or CT scan so they can examine your hip in more detail
  • Tell you about the different types of artificial hip joints – also called prostheses – as well as the surgical methods
  • Explain about the different anaesthetic options
  • Discuss the potential risks and complications and how they may affect you
  • Give you a chance to ask any questions you have about your surgery

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with hip surgery, your consultant and your physiotherapist will explain your recovery plan. Both your initial consultation and tests at this stage are charged separately to the cost of any treatment needed.

Full hip replacement surgery

Watch how a hip replacement surgery takes place

Hip replacement: your procedure

You’ll meet your consultant and surgical team who’ll prepare you for your operation. If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in your room while you have 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 a spinal or epidural anaesthetic, where you’re numb from the waist down. If so, your anaesthetist can also 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 hip joint. They’ll then fit your new hip and close your incisions. 

A hip replacement surgery will usually take between an hour and an hour and a half. For more information about the operation, head to our main hip replacement surgery page.

Q & A

Alun Wall, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery: your recovery

After your operation at Spire Harpenden, you’ll start your recovery back in your private room. Your room will include:

  • Armchair
  • En-suite
  • Lock safe
  • Side table
  • Table over bed
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Wardrobe
  • Window

When you choose Spire Harpenden for your hip replacement, you’ll stay with us for around three to five days. You’ll be given medications to help manage pain, and physiotherapy sessions will begin as soon as your therapist thinks you’re ready. Your physiotherapist will provide exercises to help boost recovery and get you active again.

If you have any queries about your recovery once you’re home, you can call your healthcare team here at Spire Harpenden.

1 - 2 days

Walk with support and help from a physiotherapist or healthcare professional

2 - 3 days

You'll be able to leave hospital

1 - 2 weeks

Walking more using a walking aid

2 - 6 weeks

Gradually able to do more exercises

6 - 8 weeks

Able to drive

12 weeks

Return to work and your usual activities

  • 1 - 2 days

    Walk with support and help from a physiotherapist or healthcare professional

  • 2 - 3 days

    You'll be able to leave hospital

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    Walking more using a walking aid

  • 2 - 6 weeks

    Gradually able to do more exercises

  • 6 - 8 weeks

    Able to drive

  • 12 weeks

    Return to work and your usual activities

Areas served

If you live in Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire, including areas of St Albans and Harpenden, you can have your hip replacement at Spire Harpenden Hospital.

Our hip replacement consultants are committed to excellent healthcare. Just enquire and book your first consultation to start your hip replacement journey today.

Learn more about hip replacement on our main treatment 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.

How to get to us

We have excellent road links to the M1 and A1(M), and are five minutes from Harpenden train station.

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