Hip Replacement NHS or Private

AndyCampbell Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis

After 2 years with knee and hip OA complicated by other health conditions my NHS hospital have advised me that it could be 2.5 years before I am admitted for a hip replacement. In the meantime, I have serious mobility problems. Tomorrow, I consult my GP to consider my options.


  • CarylW
    CarylW Moderator Posts: 233

    Hello @AndyCampbell

    Welcome to our online forum. We are a friendly group and our members will always try and help with support and information.

    I understand you have osteoarthritis in your knee and hip and you have been advised there is a 2.5 year wait for surgery. This must be a very depressing situation for you as you have mobility problems.

    From the title of your message I assume you are contemplating paying to have the surgery done privately, and I am sure that there will be some responses soon from people who have made this decision. In the meantime I am posting some links to information on our website which you may find useful.

    Do keep in touch and let us know how you are.

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  • jonr
    jonr Member Posts: 356

    Hi @AndyCampbell and welcome to the Community.

    If you live in England, you might have another pathway open to you. I won't go into detail, lest you live elsewhere.



  • RogerBill
    RogerBill Member Posts: 222

    Hi @AndyCampbell Two years ago I was faced with the prospect of a similar wait for an NHS hip replacement. I was incredibly fortunate in being in a position to be able to afford a private operation. I'd previously had prostate cancer but fortunately I had recovered from that operation and the follow-up tests had all been clear and I didn't have any other health issues that could have added unacceptable extra risk to the hip op. These issues are among those to discuss with your GP and, as a precursor to the private hip op, I had an appointment with the surgeon which cost £250 and was incredibly useful in helping me decide to have the op. If you have the option of a hip operation it's then a personal choice of improved mobility and quality of life vs risk and cost of the op.