Hip replacement surgery at Spire Harpenden Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £15,050

At Spire Harpenden Hospital, we use many of the latest surgical techniques to replace painful and damaged hips and help you get back to your everyday activities.

A hip replacement is a common operation to remove worn or damaged parts of your hip joint and replace them with an artificial joint, to help you move more easily and to reduce pain.

Sometimes also called

  • Hip arthroplasty

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    3-5 days

  • Procedure duration
    60-90 minutes

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal or epidural

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

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

Hip replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Harpenden

At Spire Harpenden, our team of orthopaedic (bone and muscle) surgeons can offer you a treatment and care plan that’s 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.

How much does Hip replacement surgery cost at Spire Harpenden Hospital

A hip replacement procedure is available from £15,050.

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.

You can trust Spire Harpenden Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: 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. 2 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for hip replacement at Spire Harpenden

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

Preparing for hip replacement at Spire Harpenden

Getting here

We have excellent road links to the M1 and A1(M) and are five minutes from Harpenden train station. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

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

On the day of your procedure, our ward staff will show you to your room and get you settled in. You’ll have all the comforts and conveniences you’d expect to find in your own home, including:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • Bathroom
  • Table over bed
  • Side table
  • Telephone

You should be with us for around three to five days.

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. The operation should take between an hour and an hour and a half.

Q & A

Alun Wall, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery: your recovery

After your operation, you’ll start your recovery back in your private room.

One of our physiotherapists will want to get you up and about as soon as you feel ready. They’ll also give you advice on how to boost your recovery using special exercises after hip replacement.

Our nursing team will give you pain relief to help you deal with any pain after your hip replacement surgery. 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 hip replacement surgery:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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1-2 days

Walk with help from a physiotherapist

3-5 days

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

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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