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Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
You do not need a GP referral, however we will ask you to send us a GP summary which you can access from the NHS app or ask for an electronic or paper copy from your surgery.
If you had already seen an orthopaedic surgeon we will ask you to send us a copy of their letter as well.
What conditions do you treat?
Currently, we offer hip and knee replacements including partial and custom made knees, cruciate ligament reconstruction and carpal tunnel release. We can arrange other orthopaedic treatments for you including shoulder, elbow and foot surgery so please get in touch and tell us how we can help.
Can I use my private medical insurance?
Currently, we only accept self-pay patients, but your insurance may cover consultation costs. It is worth checking if they can pay for the tests you will need in the UK.
Can you help me organize my trip to Budapest?
We offer all inclusive packages with airport transfer, accommodation and all medical services included. We will be happy to assist you finding a suitable flight too.
How long does a hip or knee replacement last?
We expect modern implants to last for 20 years on average in 80% of patients, eg., for 8 out of 10. There can be a substantial individual difference though. Generally speaking, the younger and more active you are the sooner you may need revision surgery. You can help your joint replacement last longer by adjusting your lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight.
Is flying safe after joint replacement surgery?
Flights shorter than 3 hours such as between Budapest and the UK are safe. There is always a risk of developing clots in the veins and lungs after major surgery and sitting in a relatively confined space increases this risk somewhat. We will give you blood thinners for a few weeks after surgery and will share with you our detailed flight advice to reduce this risk further.
When can I drive after joint replacement surgery?
There is no hard rule or a legal requirement for a doctors's certificate in the UK, but you should be able to perform an emergency brake.
It usually takes 3-6 weeks for most people, but there are significant individual differences. If you have an automatic car and had surgery on the left side, you can drive once you are comfortable getting in and out of the car.
How do you follow my recovery after my return to the UK?
We will follow your progress much closer than any health care provider in the UK. You will have access to the moveUP service on your phone or tablet which provides you with personalized information and advice as well as daily exercises. You can chat with our team and can even send us pictures or videos.
Can I claim back your fees from the NHS?
After Brexit the NHS does not cover planned operations overseas within previously used EU frameworks. Please contact your local commissioning group to see if you can get reimbursement for your surgery with us.