We give an overview of options for private hip replacement in the Manchester area.
Hip replacement is one of the most common private procedures in the UK, with more people than ever looking to go down the private route for this surgery. In the Manchester area alone, there were more than 1,300 private hip replacements last year. If you’re considering a private hip replacement in Manchester or the nearby area, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a wide range of options available. Here we’ll take a closer look at the local hospitals and consultants offering this procedure.
Hip replacement options in and around Manchester
We hold data on 17 hospitals within a 25-mile radius of Manchester that provide private hip replacement operations. This includes NHS hospitals the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Warrington Hospital, Whiston Hospital and Burnley General, all of which have Private Patient Units on site.
Of the privately operated hospitals, you’ll find several within just a few miles of Manchester city centre, including Spire Manchester Hospital, Oaklands, and The Alexandra Hospital. Others are situated in locations such as Rochdale, Bolton, Macclesfield and Warrington, and further afield in St Helens and West Yorkshire. All of these hospitals are less than an hour’s drive from Manchester.
According to our data, the hospital that performed the most private hip replacements in the Manchester area last year was the Spire Manchester hospital, which had over 300 admissions. Both this hospital, and the Spire Cheshire hospital, have outstanding ratings with the Care Quality Commission. Many of the hospitals can also be noted for their extremely high patient satisfaction scores, with The Alexandra Hospital, Fairfield Independent Hospital and BMI The Huddersfield Hospital all scoring 100%.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a consultant for private hip replacement in Manchester. There are over 50 consultant surgeons in the area performing this surgery. At many of the hospitals, you can take your pick from several different surgeons. If you take a look at the consultants’ individual profiles, you can get an idea of their experience and qualifications, special interests, patient feedback scores and fees. You’ll find that some may have experience in particular techniques, such as robotic assisted hip replacement.
Cost of your initial consultation
You’ll need to have an initial consultation with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon before you can go ahead with a hip replacement. Your GP will need to refer you for this. In Manchester, this initial consultation may cost anywhere between £150 and £300, with the average being £218. This will depend on which consultant you’re seeing, alongside other factors. If you have private health insurance, the initial fee may be covered, so be sure to check this.
Self-funding hip replacement
Self-funding is currently the most popular way of paying for private hip replacements. This means you pay for the cost of the procedure yourself. 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.
Guide package prices for hospitals in the Manchester area differ, but the average figure was £12,618 at time of writing. Bear in mind that guide prices are approximations only. The actual price will depend on several things, including the type of operation you’re having, any special care that you may need and your consultant. The hospital will confirm a price with you after your initial consultation. Make sure you’re aware what your package price covers too. For instance, some may include the initial consultation fee and any aftercare, and others may not.
Many hospitals offer finance options to help spread the cost of your procedure over a period of time. If they don’t state whether they offer this, it’s always worth asking.
For more information about self-funding treatment, see our guide to self-pay.
Paying through insurance
The other way that private treatment can be funded is through private medical insurance, or PMI. If you have PMI, it will usually cover hip replacement, as long as you’re not having the operation for a pre-existing condition. Do check your own policy though, and ask your insurance company if you’re not sure. 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 Manchester, 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.