Need a private knee arthroscopy?
On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 106 private orthopaedic surgeons and 244 private hospitals offering knee arthroscopy surgery and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £1,871 and £7,325. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.
- Should I go private?
- Find a doctor
- Find a hospital/clinic
- What does it cost?
- Am I covered by insurance?
- Do I need a GP referral?
What is knee arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and treat pain in the knee joint. A camera, or arthroscope, is inserted through a small incision to view inside the knee. During knee arthroscopy, additional instruments may be inserted to remove damaged cartilage or to take a tissue biopsy for signs of infection. Arthroscopic knee surgery takes around one hour and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic as a day-case. Knee arthroscopy recovery time is dependent on the treatment performed during the surgery and varies from two to six weeks. Most patients will be able to walk on the same day after the operation. Return to light work duties takes about one week but patients may not be insured to drive until receiving consent from their surgeon. Returning to sporting activities could be as long as six months but knee strengthening exercises such as squats and hamstrings can help improve recovery times.
Should I go private?
Choosing to go private for knee arthroscopy surgery offers the following benefits:
- Gain access to fast treatment
- Beat the knee arthroscopy NHS waiting times
- A choice of when you want to be treated
- A choice of where to be treated
- A choice of the consultant or private surgeon
- Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS such as regional anasthetic
Private Orthopaedic Surgeons in the UK
The following orthopaedic surgeons perform private knee arthroscopy procedures in the UK.
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How do I choose a private knee arthroscopy surgeon?
We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:
- Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
- When and where did you receive training in orthopaedic surgery?
- What is your position and role within the NHS?
- How many knee arthroscopy procedures do you undertake each year?
- Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
- How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
- Do you recommend a general or regional anaesthetic for my surgery?
How much does a knee arthroscopy cost?
If you're paying for yourself, the knee arthroscopy procedure typically costs. £3,680. (between £1,871 and £7,325) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.
What is included in the price?
In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:
- All medical and nursing care during your procedure
- Hospital fees
- Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
- Surgeon or consultant fees
The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.
Is my private knee arthroscopy covered by insurance?
If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for arthroscopic knee surgery. However, you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many private orthopaedic surgeons are reluctant to see a patient unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.
The practicalities of going private
Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.
Didn't find what you're looking for?
If you haven't found an orthopaedic specialist or hospital near you, you might consider widening your search to further afield. Alternatively, you can take the hassle out of searching by using our fast track enquiry service - get personalised advice from three of the leading private hospitals/clinics near you for free and get on the fast track to treatment.
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Authors and sources
- Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
- Medical information reviewed by:
- Samantha Tross, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Reviewed on 24-07-2019; next review scheduled for 24-07-2022
- Price range calculated using costs sourced from: