Private hip replacement surgery accounts for around a third of all
arthroplasty operations carried out each year in the UK.
for example, 25,444 of a total of 86,488 were carried out in independent
hospitals. (National Joint Registry Report 2013) This
is a remarkable statistic, considering the fact that a private hip replacement
can cost between £7,500 and £15,000 (Private Healthcare UK Self-Pay Market
Study 2013) if you don’t have private medical insurance. Clearly there are
significant benefits to ‘going private’.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of private
hip replacement is not having to wait as long for your operation. While waiting
times in the NHS have improved significantly, there are still 3 million people
on NHS waiting lists (NHS England 2014). What’s more, you will have a
restricted choice about when you have your surgery, which can be inconvenient,
given the lengthy recovery period. With a private hip replacement, you can
usually have your operation within weeks, at a time that suits your schedule,
and in the private hospital of your choice.
Private hip replacement means better facilities
Hip replacement is a major operation and
involves a lengthy stay in hospital – from five days. Many people choose
private hip replacement in order to get better facilities during their stay,
including a private room, en suite bathroom, open visiting and higher quality
food. With less pressure on beds, many people also feel private hospitals give
them more time to recover before they are discharged.
Other advantages of private hip replacement
There are also many other benefits to having a private hip replacement, rather than the same operation on the NHS. These include:
- Private hip replacement patients have the
reassurance of seeing the same surgeon and/or consultant throughout your
treatment. In some cases, this will be the same surgeon you initially saw under
- You can choose your surgeon based on their
success rates and experience. You might not get the same choice with the NHS.
- Private hip replacement patients often get a
wider choice of implants.
There are over 60 types of implant available but NHS patients may be offered a limited
depending on cost.
- You may benefit from more personal, one to
one treatment, from nursing care through to individual physiotherapy sessions
after your arthroplasty.
Choosing private hip replacement
Most people will not consider a hip replacement operation until their pain becomes intolerable and begins to have a serious impact on their daily lives. To discover at this point that you may have to wait for surgery and suffer for many more months of pain can be devastating. Private hip replacement offers a swift solution, with comfortable facilities, experienced surgeons and personalised treatment. For many people, this means that private hip replacement represents excellent value for money.