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Need hip or knee surgery? Here’s how you can be on the road to recovery in just four weeks

If you’re in need of hip or knee surgery, then you’ll know only too well how problems with your joints can seriously affect your quality of life.

While these types of surgeries are commonly associated with the elderly, joint problems can affect people at any age – whether as a result of osteoarthritis, injury, or bone disorders like dysplasia.

The number of NHS-funded hip and knee operations is rising year on year. The sad truth is that while our NHS is incredible, it is also stretched; with patients requiring ‘non-urgent’ surgery now facing waits of up to 24 weeks in some hospitals.

Faced with growing waiting lists, the NHS has strict eligibility criteria for hip and knee replacements. You’re only likely to be offered the surgery if the pain is severe, all other treatment options have failed. Your age, or your BMI may also preclude you from treatment.

If you discover that you aren’t eligible for surgery – or you face several months’ wait to be treated – then it could be time to consider other options.

Introducing Self Pay from Care UK

If you are considering paying for your own treatment, and don’t have private medical insurance, there could be another way that costs less than you think.

Traditionally, private healthcare was only accessible for those with expensive medical insurance – or a very high income.

Self Pay from Care UK is different.

With prices up to 30% less than other private hospitals, it’s a flexible option that allows patients to access high quality, consultant-delivered surgery medical treatment.

You can spread the cost of your treatment using interest free and low APR finance solutions, which can be arranged in advance.

Finance is available over 36, 48, and 60 months at 9.9% APR, all with the option to settle interest free within the first 12 months, if you choose.

The Care UK Four Week Guarantee

Care UK have recently inteoduced the Four Week Guarantee exclusively to Self Pay hip and knee patients.

The Four Week Guarantee is just that – you will be treated and on the road to recovery within four weeks.

Care UK guarantee that if you choose to pay for hip or knee replacement surgery at Barlbourough Treatment Centre , you will be treated within four weeks of attending your pre-operative assessment.

If they are unable to treat you within four weeks, you will receive a 10% discount on the cost of your treatment – subject to terms and conditions.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of surgery depends on which procedure you are having.

A price list can be found here.

Because Care UK offers high quality care from its established treatment centre, without the costly extras you might associate with private hospital treatment, they can offer more affordable prices.

The final cost of your treatment will be determined following your initial consultation and will be unique to your individual needs.

Do I need a GP referral?

Yes, you need to ask your GP for an ‘ open referral ’ before attending your consultation. Open referrals can also from other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, optometrists or dentists.

To learn more about Self Pay and the Care UK Four Week Guarantee, call the Care UK dedicated Self Pay Advisors on

Telephone number for self pay

0333 321 1947