Need private ACL reconstruction surgery?

On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 106 private orthopaedic surgeons and 173 private hospitals offering ACL reconstruction surgery and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £4,945 and £8,805. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.

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What is ACL reconstruction?

An ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure to repair the ACL knee ligament. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a band of tough tissue that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee joint. Injuries to the ACL are mostly sporting injuries and are caused by impact movements such as sudden changes of direction, landing incorrectly after a jump or stopping too abruptly.
ACL surgery is an outpatient procedure under either a general or regional anaesthetic and uses keyhole surgical techniques. ACL reconstruction surgical time is between one and three hours and involves a graft from a healthy tendon such as the hamstring. Post ACL surgery, crutches should be used for walking for the first two weeks. Pain is managed using paracetamol or ibuprofen plus ice packs to reduce any swelling. It’s possible to return to light work within six weeks although patients will not be allowed to drive without the surgeon’s consent. Full recovery from ACL reconstruction takes about six months and will require physiotherapy.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for ACL reconstruction surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the NHS ACL reconstruction 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

Private Orthopaedic Surgeons in the UK

The following orthopaedic surgeons perform private ACL reconstruction in the UK.

Simon Jennings

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


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Shilpith Shetty

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

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Paul Haslam

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Christopher Rees

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


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Christopher Wilson

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon


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Andy Langdown

Consultant Orthopaedic Hip and Knee Surgeon

Hampshire, West Sussex & Dubai

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How do I choose a private ACL reconstruction 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 ACL reconstruction 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 anasthetic for my surgery?
  • What will me ACL reconstruction rehab involve?

Which hospitals and clinics provide ACL surgery?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private ACL reconstruction procedures in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does ACL surgery cost?

If you're paying for yourself, ACL reconstruction surgery typically costs. £6,649. (between £4,945 and £8,805) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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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 ACL reconstruction covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for an ACL reconstruction procedure – 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 requiring treatment 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.

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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
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.