Knee replacement also termed arthroplasty is a surgical procedure performed to resurface the damaged knee joint, which is associated with severe progressive pain and impaired function. The damaged portion of the knee joint is replaced with ceramic, plastic, or metal parts known as implants. This surgical procedure is mostly recommended for people who are suffering from severe arthritis or had a severe knee injury.

Knee replacement surgery in Spain

With the booming medical tourism industry, Spain has become one of the most preferred medical tourism destinations. People from across the globe come to Spain because of the world-class facilities available in the hospitals including the latest machines, some of the most skilled surgeons, and the stringent government policies concerning patient care. The key reason why Spain has become one of the most searched out destinations is that of the precise blend of quality and cost. Apart from this, the other imperative factor is the presence of an interdisciplinary team of doctors and advanced rehabilitation centers that provide personalized care to each patient.

Cost Comparison

The cost of knee replacement in Spain and the quality of treatment provided are at par with some of the most popular medical tourism destinations like Germany, Singapore, Turkey, and Hungary. Knee replacement surgery cost in Spain including travel, accommodation, and sight-seeing comes to even less than one-third when compared with the treatment cost in the US or UK.

Treatment and Cost

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  • The knee plays an important role in mobility. However, this joint may get damaged or diseased over a period of time because of an injury or conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and so on.
  • The damage to the knee joint may lead to terrible pain and immobility. A knee replacement surgery is advised when the pain and mobility are not improved despite continuous use of medications and physical exercises.
  • A bilateral knee replacement surgery is performed when both the knees are damaged to diseased. If only one knee is affected, then the knee replacement surgeon recommends the patient to undergo replacement of just one knee, a procedure known as unilateral knee replacement surgery.
  • Osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, knee deformity, vascular necrosis, and swelling and inflammation of the cartilage surrounding the knee are some of the indications for unilateral and bilateral knee replacement surgery.
  • A knee replacement surgeon may decide to conduct a total knee replacement surgery or a partial knee replacement surgery, depending on the extent of damage. A minimally invasive surgery can also be conducted with the help of an arthroscope. This type of surgery allows for minimal healing time, quick knee replacement recovery time, and fewer complications.
  • Surgical Process of Knee Replacement:

    A bilateral knee replacement surgery is sometimes performed on both the knees in a single surgery or the surgeon may decide to operate on them individually in separate surgeries. The former case is preferred when the patient is young and the overall health is normal and maintained. In the latter case, there could be a gap of a few hours or a few days between the two surgeries.

  • Anaesthesia Administration:


    During bilateral knee replacement surgery, you will be given general or spinal anesthesia to make you unconscious or induce numbness. The knee is cut open (in case of open surgery) and a small incision is made in case of minimally invasive surgery.

  • Type of Knee Implants

    The surgeon removes the kneecap and then the damaged or diseased parts of the knee are removed. These are replaced with a metal, plastic, or ceramic implants (as chosen by the surgeon, depending on the requirement). The implants are fixed using cemented or cementless fixation. The incision is closed with the help of stitches.

  • Duration of the Surgery

    Bilateral knee replacement surgery lasts anywhere between one to three hours (is a single knee is replaced) or four to five hours (if both are replaced during the same surgery). Once the surgery is over, you are transferred to the recovery room for a few hours.

Bilateral knee replacement surgery is a major procedure and therefore, recovery may take time. You are likely to experience pain for the initial few weeks. However, it goes away gradually as you start performing physical exercises recommended by the doctor.

You should keep your wound dry and clean to prevent infection after the surgery. In addition, you should elevate your leg often for reduced pain. Talk to your surgeon if you experience redness, swelling, or inflammation around the knee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Knee replacement is usually done to relieve any disturbance or pain in the weight-bearing joints, that is, the knee. It can involve minimally invasive surgical procedures and go up to total knee replacement. Therefore, the cost varies between 6000 USD to 20000 USD for a knee replacement in Spain. The highest this can go is to 55000 USD.

  1. Knee Replacement - Minimally Invasive Surgery can cost around 6000 USD to 8000 USD.

  2. Knee Replacement - Revision Surgery can cost around 11500 USD to 14500 USD.

  3. Knee Replacement (Total Knee Replacement) Surgery can cost around 13000 USD to 19500 USD.

Like any other surgical treatment, the cost depends on presurgical requirements, operation costs, and post-surgical requirements. Presurgical costs include pathological tests, radiological investigations, and any additional assessment prescribed by your doctor. Surgical costs include the instruments required for the surgery, implant cost, hospital cost, and the cost based on the consultants involved in the case. Post-surgical costs include medical bills for the drugs, follow-up consultations, and the cost of any supportive equipment or medical gear.

The knee replacement procedure is also known as arthroplasty. It involves the process of exchanging a damaged and weakened knee joint with an artificial one. It is performed for various arthritic knee diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis mostly brought upon by old age. Other causes include ligament tears, joint dislocation, meniscal tears & cartilage damage. 

Following are some of the most common types of Knee Replacement available in Spain  -

  1. Partial Knee Replacement - It is done when only part of the knee is damaged or has any defect. Any damaged tissue structures or bony particles are removed while the rest of the knee is preserved and protected. The average cost of partial knee replacement in Spain is USD 6,000. 

  2. Total Knee Replacement - The knee joint is a typical hinge joint and joins the thigh to the lower portion of the leg. The lower portion of the thigh and upper portion of the lower leg constitute the knee joint. In a total knee replacement, the damaged portion of the joint is replaced with artificial material such as a biocompatible implant or polyethylene post. It is usually recommended in cases of severe arthritis. The average cost of Total Knee Replacement in Spain is USD 13,000.

  3. Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement - This method uses modern equipment that is usually smaller in size when compared to other orthopedic instruments. Smaller incisions are made to access the knee joint and treat the damaged or affected portion of the knee joint. This surgery is usually done by experienced surgeons and shows better results in terms of avoiding capsular damage. It is also less painful post-surgery and recovery time is shorter. This type of surgery costs around USD 8,000 in Spain.

  4. Revision Knee Replacement Surgery - After a total knee replacement, a revision surgery might be needed for cases where the implant gets infected or becomes loose. Since the knee joint is frequently used, the implant might also incur wear and tear due to the friction. A part or total prosthesis or implant might have to be modified during this surgical process. The type of arthroplasty undertaken depends on the degree of damage to the knee joint. Revision Knee Replacement costs around USD 12,000 in Spain.

Some of the top hospitals for knee replacement in Spain are : 

  • Madrid Quironsalud University Hospital 
  • Hospital Quironsalud Barcelona 
  • Centro Médico Teknon
  • Clinica Universidad de Navarra 
  • Hospital Quironsalud Torrevieja
  • Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital 
  • Quironsalud Marbella Hospital 
  • Ruber Internacional Hospital 
  • University General Hospital of Catalonia 
  • IMED Levante Hospital 
  • Clinica Santa Elena

Some of the top orthopedic surgeons performing knee replacement surgery in Spain are -

  1. Dr. Oscar Ubaldo Penalba Suarez

  2. Dr. Alvaro Saez-Arenillas Martin

  3. Dr. Ramon Cugat

  4. Dr. Lluis Orozco

  5. Dr. Robert Soler

  6. Dr. Enric Caceres

  7. Dr. Xavier Mir

  8. Dr. Mariano de Prado

The success rate of knee replacement in Spain is very high. It can go up to 85% - 90% with most patients living a comfortable life for over 10-15 years without major risks or complications post-surgery. Regular exercise and follow up is to be done post-surgery.

Spain has a uni payer healthcare system. This means that there is universal coverage for most of the expenses (excluding prescription drugs). One might have to wait for quite some time to avail of elective procedure treatment in Spain. Non-European travelers must have valid health insurance coverage to benefit from the hospitals in Spain. One can also avail of it on a residency visa. The private insurance system helps you to avail the benefits at monthly costs. The taxes in Spain are comparatively lower than those of other European countries. Hence, one can surely opt for this country for medical treatment.
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Spain :
  • Vithas Xanit International Hospital
  • Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud
  • Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon
  • Hospital General de Catalunya
  • Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO Barcelona)
  • Sanitas Hospitales
  • Guttmann Institute
  • Instituto Balear de Oftalmología (IBO)
The hospitals in Spain are based on “el sistema national de salud” which provides high-quality care and medical centres, that is, “centros de salud”. This system has public and private healthcare systems, often within the same level. Since many countries send ex-pats here, one can even find an English speaking doctor very easily. Most doctors are adequately skilled and can handle the cases.
One has to apply for a Schengen Visa to gain entry into Spain for a medical purpose. The required documents when applying for a Schengen Visa for Medical Treatment are as follows:
  1. Visa application form.
  2. Two photos.
  3. Valid travel document/passport.
  4. A copy of your passport's data page.
  5. Roundtrip flight reservation.
  6. Travel Medical Insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation
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  • Insurance query related guidance
  • In-detail guidance till completion of the medical tour
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free airport to hospital transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
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  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Spain has many cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Pamplona that have some of the best hospitals in Spain. Madrid has good hospitals for general and reproductive health facilities. Barcelona has hospitals specializing in child healthcare.

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