If you’re looking at having a private hip replacement in the Birmingham area, you can find all you need to know here.
Hip replacement is one of the most common private procedures in the UK. More than a third of hip replacements in England were done under private care last year . Although you can have the surgery on the NHS, it can involve a long waiting time. There are several options for having a private hip replacement in and around Birmingham. Here we take a closer look at the hospitals and consultants offering this procedure.
Hip replacement options in and around Birmingham
According to our data, thirteen hospitals offer private hip replacements within 25 miles of Birmingham. Three of these are actually NHS hospitals with a Private Patient Unit on site. A number of hospitals are located within a few miles of Birmingham city centre, including private hospitals The BMI The Priory Hospital and BMI The Edgbaston Hospital. Others are situated near Wolverhampton, Worcester, Coventry, Leamington Spa and Stafford. All are within an hour’s drive of Birmingham.
BMI The Priory and Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital carried out the most private hip replacements in the Birmingham area last year. These hospitals have patient satisfaction scores of 99% and 96% respectively.
We have data for 45 consultant surgeons performing private hip replacement in the Birmingham area. You would usually expect to have several surgeons to choose from at each hospital. Our data shows BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital and Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital currently have the broadest choice of consultants available. For those consultants with data available, Mr Ronan Treacy performed the greatest number of hip replacements in this area last year.
You can find details of each consultant, including the services they offer, special interests, patient feedback scores and fees on our website.
Cost of your initial consultation
You’ll need to have an initial consultation with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon to discuss whether hip replacement would be beneficial for you. According to our data, the average initial consultation fee for hip replacement in the Birmingham area is £196. This varies from £140 to £350, depending on your consultant and other factors. If you have private health insurance, this initial fee may be covered, so be sure to check. You can check fees for individual surgeons on the consultants’ profiles.
Self-funding hip replacement
Currently, the most common way of paying for private hip replacement is to self-fund your treatment – although it may not always be the case. If you’re self-funding treatment, hospitals may charge for this in two different ways.
- A ‘fee-per-service’ arrangement. This is the traditional way of paying for treatment. It means you’ll receive separate invoices from the surgeon, the anaesthetist and the hospital. You often won’t know the full costs until you receive the invoices – it can be difficult to get an exact price beforehand.
- An all-inclusive ‘package price’. With this option, you’ll be given a full guide price including all the fees, before undergoing treatment. Not all consultants and hospitals offer this.
The average guide package price for private hip replacement surgery in the Birmingham area was £12,915 at the time of writing. Guide prices are approximations only. The price depends on many factors, including the type of operation you’re having, any special care that you need and your consultant’s fees. The hospital should confirm a final price with you after your consultation. It’s important to check what your package price covers, including the initial consultation fee, any tests you may need and any aftercare.
Hospitals often offer finance options to spread the cost of your treatment over a period of time. Ask your hospital whether this is available.
For more information about self-funding treatment, see our guide to self-pay.
Paying through insurance
The other way of paying for private treatment is through private medical insurance, or PMI. If you have PMI, check whether it covers the cost of hip replacement. Most insurance policies do, unless you need a hip replacement for a pre-existing condition. But it’s important to find out whether you’ll need to pay any excess. Read our guide on paying for treatment through insurance for more information.
The information in this article is based on hospitals within 25 miles of the centre of Birmingham, and the consultants that treat private patients at each hospital. This is available to search through PHIN’s website. If a hospital or consultant is not searchable on our website, this may be because they are in breach of legal duties set out by the Competition and Markets Authority.
The data is based on PHIN’s data on patient admissions that took place between 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021. The costs of initial consultant fees were provided directly by consultants to PHIN. Information on guide package prices was collected through an internet search of local hospitals.
This article was last updated on 17 June 2022, and some details may have changed since.