Knee Replacement (Total)

More of us are living an active and healthier lifestyle than ever before, keeping us young and fit for longer. But, over time we start to feel aches and pains in our knees we never used to. Usually it won’t stop us from doing the things we love but sometimes it becomes too much. 

Pain in our knees can be caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or a sport injury. Usually the pain comes from the bones, which form the joint, rubbing together because the lining between them that allows smooth movement has been damaged.

Whatever the reason, our team of specialists are here to help you get back to doing the things you love, and will support you every step of the way.

The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our specialists.

Book your appointment here or call us on 01622 914 906


What to expect from Knee Replacement Surgery

  • What is a knee replacement?

    A knee replacement is a common type of surgery that replaces a damaged knee joint with an artificial one, often referred to as a prosthesis.

    Your knee joint consists of two bones surrounded by cartilage tissue that helps to allow smooth movement of the leg preventing the two bones from rubbing together.

    Over time the joint becomes damaged from the wear and tear of everyday activities causing pain and may need to be replaced. 

  • What does the surgery involve?

    Surgery is usually carried out under spinal anaesthetic with sedation. During surgery, the parts of your bones that are rubbing together will be removed and replaced with a prosthesis made from artificial materials such as metal, ceramic or plastic.

    Your surgeon will be able to discuss all these details with you during your initial consultation and our Joint School is designed to help answer any questions you might have about surgery, your prosthesis and recovery ahead of your operation. 

  • How much does knee replacement surgery cost?
    At KIMS Hospital we offer a guide price of £10,200.

    The guide price is based on the usual clinical needs of patients having this procedure and standard prosthesis costs. The price will only change if your pre-admission assessment identifies any additional clinical needs such as; extra nursing care due to pre-existing conditions, special equipment or non-standard prosthesis.

    Following your pre-admission assessment, your final quoted cost is part of our fixed price package that includes the consultant’s fee for performing the procedure, anaesthetic fees, follow-up consultations and all hospital costs including the prosthesis, theatre time, nursing care and length of stay.

    Once you have made the decision to go ahead with surgery, payment will be taken upfront. Our fixed price guarantee means there are no hidden costs and you can have peace of mind this is taken care of ahead of your surgery so you can concentrate on your treatment and recovery.

    Not everyone will have the funds to be able to pay for their surgery upfront. We offer 0% finance options which can help you spread the cost of your surgery over time.

    It is important to note that your initial consultation with your surgeon is not included within the package price. Your surgeon will invoice you separately for this.

  • How long will I stay in Hospital?
    You will usually be in hospital between 2-3 days. This is dependent on the progress you make following your procedure. Your surgeon will be able to discuss this with you prior to your procedure and you will learn about rehabilitation in hospital and discharge criteria during Joint School.
  • How long does it take to recover after surgery and will I be in pain?

    Recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but you should be able to stop using walking aids and resume day to day activities by your six weeks review with your surgeon. Pain should ease shortly after the surgery with the help of pain relief given during your stay. At our Joint School we will be able to give you more information about pain control and your surgeon will be able to discuss with you during your consultation.

  • What is the best preparation for aiding recovery?

    It is important that you give yourself the time to heal properly and complete your physiotherapy programme following surgery.  But before your operation it is always best to be well informed about your procedure. Ask your surgeon any questions you may have and attend our Joint School to learn about all aspects of your treatment as this will really help in your recovery.

  • When can I drive again?

    This will vary from patient to patient and it may be between four to six weeks after your procedure before you can drive.  However, your surgeon or GP will be able to advise you at your review appointment.

  • When can I go back to work?

    This will vary from patient to patient and from job to job but it may be between six to twelve weeks after your procedure before you can return to work.  However, your surgeon or GP will be able to advise you at your review appointment.

  • What is the best way to look after my new knee?

    Our Joint School will be the perfect source of information to help you look after your new knee. However, an essential part of your recovery and ongoing progress will be to continue the exercises you are given by your physiotherapist to help prevent stiffness and better the outcome of your replacement.  Your surgeon will also be able to give you advice on looking after your new knee.