Knee replacement at Spire Wellesley Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £13,649

At Spire Wellesley Hospital, our consultants use many of the latest knee replacement techniques and innovations for knee replacement, helping to relieve pain and increase your mobility.

For a knee replacement, your consultant will replace worn or damaged parts of your knee with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis) to relieve pain and increase range of movement.

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
    3–5 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 pricing with no hidden charges
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Knee replacement surgery: what to expect at Spire Wellesley

Based a couple of miles from Southend town centre, we provide comprehensive private hospital care, including orthopaedic (bone and muscle) treatments, for our patients across Essex and the South East. Our dedicated team of surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists can offer you a treatment and care plan that’s personal to your needs to help you get the most from your knee replacement surgery.

How much does Knee replacement cost at Spire Wellesley Hospital

A knee replacement operation is available from £13,649.

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 Wellesley 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 knee replacement at Spire Wellesley

At Spire Wellesley, 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. These include:

  • 3D models of your knee created using computer-assisted technology help guide your surgeon during your operation
  • Signature Personalised Patient Care –3D MRI scans and custom made alignment guides help your surgeon align and position your new knee joint

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

Preparing for knee replacement at Spire Wellesley

Getting here

Spire Wellesley Hospital is a couple of miles from Southend town centre, just off the A127. We are a short taxi ride from the train station, which has a fast and regular connection to London Liverpool Street. We have free on-site parking available for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your initial appointment will take place in one of our 16 consultation 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 operation, our ward staff will show you to your own private room.

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our lounge while you have your operation.

Once you’re ready, you’ll prepare for your operation and be given your anaesthetic. You’ll have either:

  • General anaesthetic where you’re unconscious
  • An epidural or spinal anaesthetic where you're numb from the waist down – your anaesthetist may give you a sedative to help you relax

During the operation, your surgeon will make one or more incisions and remove damaged or worn parts of your knee joint. They’ll then insert your new prosthetic joint. The operation should take around two hours. You’ll probably stay with us for three to five days after your operation, until we feel you’re ready to go home and continue your recovery there.

Q & A

Winston Kim, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Talking about knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery: your recovery

Once your consultant has finished the operation, you’ll be taken back to your private room. We have 37 private rooms at Spire Wellesley, all of which have:

  • TV
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Armchair
  • Safe

You may feel some discomfort and swelling in your leg at first, which is completely normal. We’ll give you pain relief to help you and make sure you’re comfortable.

One of our physiotherapists will get you walking again and give you some exercises you should do throughout your recovery to help you get the most from your knee replacement.

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

3–5 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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