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Surgery for chronic knee pain at The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester

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If you need knee surgery and are looking for a private hospital near you, The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester has a network of talented orthopaedic consultants who specialise in treatment for knee pain.

Living with knee pain can make simple, everyday tasks challenging. When your knee joint is healthy and working properly, moving it is easy, smooth, and painless. Damage to your knee can change things significantly. Movement can become difficult and painful, and everyday tasks like walking up and down stairs or going to the shops can become a genuine challenge.

Surgery to treat knee pain is typically recommended when non-invasive treatment options such as physiotherapy and steroid injection therapy have not resolved your issue. Whatever your personal circumstances, our specialists will build a tailored treatment plan around your needs. We offer fast access to appointments with a specialist of your choice, with consultations usually available within 48 hours.

To find out more, call us on 0141 300 5009 or book an appointment with a specialist today.

  • Meniscus surgery starting from £4,512*
  • Ligament repair or reconstruction surgery starting from £4,546*
  • Knee osteotomy starting from £6,459*
  • Patella realignment starting from £5,907*
  • Total knee replacement surgery starting from £13,089*
  • Partial knee replacement surgery starting £12,322*
  • Knee replacement revision surgery starting from £20,900*
  • Knee arthroscopy starting from £2,436*

Our fixed-price packages include the cost of your surgery and all appropriate aftercare appointments. However, any pre-surgery diagnostic tests and your consultant's outpatient appointment consultation fees are charged separately.

Our flexible payment options help you spread the cost of your payment across a time period that suits you. We offer fixed-term monthly payment plans over one to five years with no deposit required. If you decide to pay over 10 months, you will pay interest-free. If you are paying for a longer period, you will pay 14.9% APR.

If you have private health insurance, knee replacement surgery will usually be covered by your provider. Speak to your insurer directly to find out.

*These prices are just a guide for patients who are paying for their own treatment. The actual cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.

Damage to your knee joint and limited mobility can be caused by many conditions, and it can also happen as the result of a traumatic injury, such as a rugby tackle or a bad fall on the football pitch. Some of the reasons why you might need knee surgery include:


This type of arthritis causes chronic pain and stiffness, which in turn has a negative impact on your overall mobility. This is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, occurring when the smooth cartilage which protects and cushions your joints becomes worn down over time. It tends to happen as we get older. Symptoms differ from person to person with osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

(RA) is an inflammatory joint condition caused by an autoimmune process, which occurs when your body mistakenly attacks its healthy cells. This often causes severe pain, swelling, inflammation and limited mobility.

A fracture

Fractures are usually caused by a traumatic injury such as a contact sports injury, but they can sometimes be caused by a condition that weakens your knee bone, such as osteoporosis. A knee fracture can be painful and require immediate medical attention.

Knee bursitis

Bursitis happens when the fluid filled sacs (known as bursa) that cushion and protect your joints become inflamed. This can result in pain and swelling in your joints. Usually it presents as a dull, aching pain that can persist even when you take traditional painkillers or try gentle stretching.

Whatever the cause of your knee pain, our consultants at The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester can help by providing a range of surgical treatment options.

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We offer a variety of surgical treatment options for knee pain, including:

Knee arthroscopy

An arthroscopy can help diagnose and treat a range of problems in your knee. It is a keyhole operation, which means it's performed using a few small cuts. Your surgeon will use specially designed surgical tools to access your knee joint through a few small cuts. One of these tools will be a camera (known as an arthroscope), allowing them to see inside your knee and perform surgery.

Knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery involves removing bits of your knee joint that have become damaged and replacing them with artificial elements, also known as implants or a prosthesis. This should remove the source of your pain, helping you to walk more easily and letting you get back to living life as normal.

ACL reconstruction surgery

ACL reconstruction surgery is a type of knee surgery that involves repairing or reconstructing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This can be done using several different methods.

Knee osteotomy

An osteotomy is an operation to shorten, lengthen, or change the alignment of your bone. It is often performed to straighten a bone that has healed crookedly following a fracture.

Meniscus repair surgery

Meniscus repair keyhole surgery involves repairing your torn meniscus (passing sutures or special fixation devices into your knee through small cuts.

No matter the surgery you have at The Alexandra, your treatment will be tailored to your exact needs and performed by a multidisciplinary team of dedicated healthcare professionals.

You can usually see an orthopaedic specialist for your initial consultation within 48 hours of booking your appointment with us.

During this initial appointment, your consultant will ask about your general health and medical history. They will want to know about any existing medical conditions, as well as the current symptoms you are experiencing.

In order to assess your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis of your pain, your consultant will next carry out a gentle physical examination of your knee. In some cases, they might also send you to get an X-ray, which will be done onsite by one of our radiologists. All of this helps your consultant to make a diagnosis of the cause of your knee pain.

Once they have identified what's causing your knee problems, they will share more information about surgery and whether it could be the right treatment for you.

The time you'll wait between your initial consultation and having surgery (or any other treatment you're recommended) will differ from person to person. For example, someone who has suffered a traumatic injury may need to be seen very quickly. Your consultant will provide you with a fixed timeline for treatment.

At The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester, we offer private treatment to people in Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire, and even further afield, including internationally. If you are looking for an experienced knee surgeon in Manchester, get in touch today.

We provide a variety of services, such as orthopaedic surgery, spinal surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology, and cancer care, as well as a private walk-in centre and a private GP service. Our GP service helps you access a GP quickly for expert, tailored advice, and we also have an intensive care unit to provide treatment for more serious, life-threatening conditions.

Our facilities: what you can expect

The Alexandra Hospital sits in beautiful, leafy grounds just a short walk from the centre of Cheadle (within the historic county of Cheshire). Having opened in 1981, we've provided healthcare to the local community for over 40 years. More than 600 consultants practice in our hospital, many of whom hold teaching responsibilities and are internationally renowned for their experience in their field.

We continually invest millions in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include MRI and sophisticated scanning units, a brand-new hybrid cardiac theatre which can be used for interventional diagnostics or as a traditional operating theatre, and a range of new equipment for our seven operating theatres. We also have a fully refurbished reception and outpatient areas for your comfort and convenience. We have a restaurant open daily with a wide selection of hot and cold foods, catering to all dietary needs.

Your private room: what you can expect

Your private room with an ensuite room will be complete with temperature control, as well as a television and telephone. We also have wet rooms with an accessible toilet and shower to help you use the bathroom safely. Your healthcare team will be on hand to get you whatever you need to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay with us.

Consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Mr Bilal Barkatali shares why you should choose the Alexandra Hospital for your knee surgery. He says:

"The Alexandra Hospital has excellent clinic facilities allowing for assessing my patients comfortably and effectively. The radiology department has the best diagnostic equipment available with expert radiologists who can provide accurate reports and opinions.

"If surgery is needed, we will discuss it with you in detail, plan it appropriately, and deliver it quickly at your convenience. We will carry out your pre-operative assessment to ensure you are fit enough for surgery and whether any precautions need to be taken to ensure your safety.

"One huge advantage of performing surgery at the Alexandra Hospital is the higher care facilities available. Sometimes, patients with complex medical needs require one-to-one monitoring until they are safe. The well-equipped and staffed intensive care unit (ICU) at the Alex allows more complex patients to have private surgery.

"Once the surgery is complete and you have recovered, the excellent physiotherapy and rehab teams take over and ensure optimal recovery. I feel this is an excellent environment for success."

We offer robotics-assisted knee surgery at The Alexandra Hospital

We offer robotics-assisted surgery at The Alexandra private hospital in Manchester.

This is an advanced surgical system that allows your consultant to perform knee surgery with greater accuracy and precision than is possible with traditional techniques.

It is a handheld system that moves as your surgeon moves, combining innovative technology with the skills and expertise of your consultant. The system also uses bone-surface mapping to collect tailored information about your knee, which helps build a customised 3D digital model of your knee to determine the right size of implant for you.

Many of our orthopaedic surgeons in Manchester use the surgical system because it offers patients a faster recovery time from knee replacement surgery, as well as long lasting results.

We answer your frequently asked questions about our hospital.

How do I get to The Alexandra Hospital?

This depends on where you're travelling from, but the nearest train station to us is Stockport. We are based around five miles from Manchester airport and very close to the Manchester circular M60 motorway, accessible via junction two or junction three. We are also a short walk away from Cheadle Village, which offers plenty of local bars, restaurants, and scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

Is there parking at The Alexandra Hospital?

Yes, The Alexandra Hospital has 440 parking spaces, including disabled spaces. We also have seven electric charging points.

Does The Alexandra offer treatment for children?

We see children from zero to 18 years through our outpatient services, and from three to 18 years for day-case and inpatient procedures.

Does The Alexandra Hospital offer robotic surgery?

Yes, we offer robotics-assisted surgery, helping your consultant perform your surgery with greater precision and accuracy. Traditional surgery is highly effective, but robotics-assisted surgery has a range of benefits that might appeal to you, including a faster recovery time.

How long do I have to stay in hospital after knee surgery?

This depends on the type of surgery you have, as well as your individual circumstances. We will advise when it is safe for you to leave, and ensure you have all the information and equipment you need to continue your recovery at home.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times to fit your schedule
  • The freedom to choose which consultant you see
  • Bespoke, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Private ensuite rooms as standard
  • Tasty and nutritious meals cooked onsite to your dietary requirements
  • Support from the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to help spread the cost of your care

If you want to know more about knee surgery at The Alexandra Hospital, find out if it's the right treatment for you, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in January 2023. Next review due January 2026.

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