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Knee replacement at Spire Manchester Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £13,015

At Spire Manchester 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

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

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?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, inclusive pricing

Knee replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Manchester

Spire Manchester offers a comprehensive range of specialist treatments for orthopaedic (bone and muscle) surgery in purpose-built private hospital facilities in Didsbury. Our knee replacement service is delivered by expert surgeons, physiotherapists and nurses. They’ll tailor a treatment and care plan to meet your needs and help you to get the most from your operation.

How much does Knee replacement cost at Spire Manchester Hospital

A knee replacement operation is available from £13,015.

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 Manchester Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price (1) so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner (2) you can even be considered for interest free finance.
(1) Important: 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) Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance , Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY. 

Procedures offered for knee replacement at Spire Manchester

At Spire Manchester, we have wide 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. This includes Mako and NAVIO robotic assisted technology which provides a personalised surgical plan for joint replacement surgery.

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.

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

Preparing for knee replacement at Spire Manchester

Getting here

The hospital is close to the city centre, with Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria train stations being approximately 20 minutes in a taxi and only 10 minutes from Manchester Airport. We have free parking on-site for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

For your appointments, you’ll meet your consultant in one of our 18 consultation rooms. All of our rooms are accessible, making things easier if you find walking difficult prior to knee replacement.

Our dedicated orthopaedic consultants specialise in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal (bone and muscle) conditions. Here’s what will happen before your treatment:

  • If you haven’t been diagnosed yet, your consultant may recommend our advanced scanning, imaging and diagnostic technologies to look at your knee and help them understand the cause of your pain or mobility problems - scans may be available on the same day
  • Once you’ve been diagnosed or if you have a referral, your consultant will then discuss treatment options with you
  • Before recommending a knee replacement, they may suggest hydrocortisone joint injections or a knee arthroscopy first

Your consultations give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your expectations, needs and desires. Your consultant will then be able to outline a treatment and care plan that’s tailored to you.

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 Manchester Hospital, staying with us for two to five 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 of our rooms have:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Window
  • Armchair
  • Free WiFi

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

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

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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