Knee Replacement in Spain

Chronic knee pain is hard to bear. Unfortunately, treatment can be pricey if you lack health insurance. In this bind, getting a knee replacement in Spain can help.

This article will tell you all you need to know about taking that medical trip to Spain. Discover if it is for you and how you need to plan.

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Why Choose Spain for Your Knee Replacement Surgery?

You may be wondering: Why Spain? There are several reasons.

For one thing, healthcare in Spain is relatively affordable.[1]HousingAnywhere
Healthcare and Health Insurance in Spain for Expats
“Spain is known for its inexpensive and high-quality healthcare.”
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Going to Spain for your knee replacement can save a fair amount of money despite travel expenses. We’ll show you how much you can expect to save in the following section.

Are you worried that lower prices might indicate an inferior care? Don’t be.

Spain has one of the finest healthcare systems in the world. The World Health Organization ranks it seventh in overall efficiency, ahead of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.[2]WHO
Measuring Overall Health System Performance for 191 Countries
“Overall efficiency in all WHO member states Spain- Rank 7.”
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Spain’s excellence in healthcare is borne out by the good health of the Spanish people. Indeed, it is estimated that they will have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040.[3]The Guardian
Spain to beat Japan in world life expectancy league table for 2040
“People in Spain are predicted to have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040.”
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When it comes to orthopedic surgery, Spain has numerous world-class clinics and hospitals. Their surgeons apply innovative technology to deliver exceptional care. We’ll take a look at specific hospitals and doctors later on.

Last but not least, Spain is a prime travel destination. Tourists from all corners of the globe visit Spain to explore its celebrated culture, unique cuisine, and historic cities. Not to mention its breathtaking Mediterranean coastline.

Coastline Spain | Medical Tourism in Spain

Spain Coastline

Cave Cliff | Mediterranean Sea, Spain

Cliff with a Cave – Mediterranean Spain Sea

Due to these factors, Spain has a robust medical tourism industry. It generated more than $695 million of revenue in 2018 and is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years.[4]Fitur News
Health tourism will reach 200,000 visitors in 2020, says the president of SpainCares, in FITUR.
“Health tourism is a segment that has been growing considerably in recent years and which, in the specific case of Spain and according to our 2018 estimates, already generates revenues in excess of €600 million.”
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TKR Cost Comparison — Spain vs. US, UK & Germany

The cost of healthcare varies widely from country to country. Relative to other Western nations, a total knee replacement in Spain is reasonable. See the table below for price comparisons.

Cost Comparison of Knee Replacement in Different Countries

Country Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Cost in USD
USA $50,000 – $70,000
UK $15,300 – $16,800
Germany $18,000 – $27,000
Spain $13,500 – $22,500
*Prices are subject to change. Fill our online quote form for the latest prices and specials.

Knee replacement is costly in the United States. According to the AARP, American hospitals charge an average of $50,000 for a total knee replacement.[5]AARP
When to Have Knee-Replacement Surgery — And What to Expect
“Hospitals charge almost $50,000 on average, though Medicare and private insurance generally cover most of that.”
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Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield reports that knee surgery can cost up to $70,000 in New York.[6]Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Study Reveals Extreme Cost Variations for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries
“However, it could cost as little as $11,317 in Montgomery, Alabama, and as much as $69,654 in New York, New York.”
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In Spain the same operation costs $13,500 – $22,500. The material used for the implant is titanium, and the implant brand is Smith & Nephew.

On average, US patients can expect to save around 70% by having their knee replacement done in Spain. Depending on the clinic, the savings could reach 80%.

Assuming you’re self-paying for your knee surgery, the money you’ll save by going to Spain for the operation exceeds the associated travel costs. Prices are typically all-inclusive, meaning they cover your:

✅ Consultation
✅ X-rays & Lab work
✅ Hospital stay
Hospital fees
✅ Anesthesia
✅ Implants

Best Orthopedic Hospitals in Spain

You can find top-notch orthopedic clinics throughout Spain. Many of them belong to the Quironsalud healthcare network, which comprises:

☆ 54 hospitals

☆ Over 7,900 beds

☆ 465 operating rooms

☆ 780 intensive care units

Quironsalud is the largest hospital group in Spain. Its ultramodern facilities are equipped with cutting-edge technology and surgical equipment.

Patients here receive high-level, personalized care from experienced doctors and medical staff. Many Quironsalud hospitals cater to international patients. Below are three of them.

Teknon Medical Center

Teknon Medical Center is one of Spain’s most esteemed private hospitals. Located in Barcelona, it offers first-rate patient care in a quiet, elegant setting that appeals to international travelers.

Teknon is accredited by Joint Commission International and is home to over 400 specialist doctors. It is about a 15-minute drive from Barcelona Airport (BCN).

Teknon has an international program for medical tourists. Services include:

  • Travel assistance
  • Translated medical reports
  • A case manager who speaks your language
  • Access to a private office before and after your operation
  • Agreements with international health insurance providers
  • International television channels, free WiFi
Teknon Medical Center | Orthopedic Hospital in Spain

Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor 

Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor is another state-of-the-art facility in Barcelona. Its team of 1,100 professionals performs about 25,000 surgical operations each year.

It also serves as a distinguished teaching hospital, with accreditation from the University of Barcelona and the Spanish Ministry of Health.

Features of Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor include:

  • 323 beds
  • 10 intensive care units
  • 13 major surgery operating rooms
  • Multilingual staff
  • International patient program
  • 20 minutes from Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) by car
Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor | Orthopedic Hospital in Spain

Ruber International Hospital (Madrid)

Ruber International Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Spain’s capital city of Madrid. It has certifications from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for overall quality, environmental performance, and energy management.

Key features of Ruber International:

  • 15 suites
  • 3 Royal suites
  • 108 single rooms
  • 10 operating theaters
  • 90 consultation rooms
  • Multilingual staff
  • A 15-minute drive from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Ruber International | Orthopedic Hospital in Spain

Top Knee Surgeons in Spain

The knee surgeons listed in this section are among the best in their field.

Dr. Aamer Malik

Dr. Aamer Malik is an expert in knee and hip reconstructive surgery. He is internationally trained with over 15 years of professional experience.

In addition to his work as an orthopedic surgeon, he teaches medicine at Sagrat Cor University Hospital. He speaks Spanish, English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Swahili.

Dr. Malik has memberships in the following organizations:

  • Spanish Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society (SECOT)
  • Catalan Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society (SCCT)
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Kenyan Orthopaedic Association (KOA)
  • College of Surgeons of East, Central and South Africa (COSECSA)

Dr. Aamer Malik | Knee Surgeon in Spain

Dr. Aamer Malik

Dr. Ramon Cugat

Dr. Ramon Cugat is co-director of Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma Medicine at Quironsalud Barcelona Hospital. A specialist in knee surgery, he worked as a trauma medicine doctor at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Below are Dr. Cugat’s credentials:

  • Founder of the Arthroscopy G.C. Centre at Quironsalud Barcelona Hospital
  • Member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands
  • Member of the European Association of Football Doctors
  • Founding Partner of the Spanish Arthroscopy Association
  • Member of the Spanish Knee Association

Dr. Ramon Cugat | Knee Surgeon in Spain

Dr. Ramon Cugat

Dr. Pedro Luis Ripoll

Dr. Pedro Luis Ripoll is a highly regarded specialist in orthopedic surgery & trauma medicine. He is the head doctor of Trauma Medicine at Ruber International Hospital.

Dr. Ripoll has also been Director of Orthopedic Surgery & Trauma Medicine at Quirónsalud Murcia Hospital since 1982. Other credentials include:

  • Director of Ripoll y de Prado Sports Clinic
  • Founding Member of the Spanish Society of Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Founder and President of the AMICAL Foundation

Dr. Pedro Luis Ripoll | Knee Surgeon in Spain

Dr. Pedro Luis Ripoll

Planning Your Knee Replacement in Spain

Most knee replacements are inpatient procedures. You will likely have to spend several nights in the hospital, as well as a few nights in a hotel. All things considered, you should plan to be in Spain for at least one week.

Below is a typical itinerary; however, keep in mind that timelines vary according to individual circumstances.

Knee Replacement in Spain - Treatment Itinerary
Hospital staff will help you plan your trip and book suitable accommodation. They will also arrange for your transport to and from the hospital. Be sure to share any questions or concerns with your doctor before your operation.

Knee Replacement in Spain — Patient Reviews

For Teknon Medical Center

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 Stars (Google Reviews)

“Absolutely stunning hospital inside and out, with friendly and caring staff and excellent medical treatment.”

-Jessica Diamond

For Ruber International Hospital (Madrid)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 Stars (Google Reviews)

“One of the best hospitals in Spain, without a doubt. Wonderful treatment and patient care. Lovely and super professional staff.”

-Olivia Ramos

For Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 Stars (Google Reviews)

“Everything went well for me. I have already had several experiences in the hospital. In the emergency room, operating room, and consultations.

Kind and very professional treatment and excellent resolution of all my problems. Friends of mine have been operators there too. I recommend this hospital to all my friends and family.”

-Alex Aisenstadt

Medical Tourism in Spain

Spain attracts tourists — medical or otherwise — from all over the world. While you won’t be hiking up a mountain or swimming in the ocean after your knee surgery, you can still take in the picturesque landscapes and balmy Mediterranean weather.

In terms of medical tourism, the most popular destinations within Spain are Madrid and Barcelona. We’ve already covered their leading hospitals, so let’s take a quick look at what else these cities have to offer.


Madrid is Spain’s capital & largest city, with nearly 3.5 million population. Located in the central region, its climate is characterized by hot summers & cool winters.

Madrid | Spain Capital City

Madrid is an art lover’s paradise, containing some of the most admired museums in all of Europe. Other points of interest include its architecture, sports, food, and nightlife, to name a few. The airport is Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD).

Hotels in Madrid

  • The Principal Madrid Hotel
  • Hotel Wellington
  • Hotel Santo Mauro
  • Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid


This coastal city serves as the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain.

Barcelona boasts a stunning array of architecture, much of it dating back to medieval times. Its golden beaches provide a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Barcelona Sea

More than 9 million tourists visited Barcelona in 2019, making it the 17th most visited city globally.[7]Business Insider
The 19 most visited cities around the world in 2019
“Here are the 19 most visited cities around the world in 2019. Barcelona, Spain — 9.09 million.”
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The airport is Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN).

Hotels in Barcelona

  • Almanac Barcelona
  • Cotton House Hotel
  • Monument Hotel
  • Hotel Brummell

FAQs About Knee Replacement in Spain

Q: How much does a knee replacement cost in Spain?

A: In Spain, a total knee replacement (TKR) costs $13,500 – $22,500 without insurance. According to AARP, hospitals in the United States charge an average of $50,000 for the same surgery.

Americans who lack insurance can save over 70% by going to Spain for their knee replacement.

Q: How long should I plan to stay in Spain for my TKR?

A: Generally speaking, you should plan to stay in Spain for one week.

Knee replacement surgery is usually an inpatient procedure. Most people spend 2-3 nights in the hospital following the operation. You will also spend a few nights in a hotel.

Q: What is the best knee replacement hospital in Spain?

A: The Quironsalud healthcare network comprises dozens of first-rate hospitals throughout Spain. The best hospitals for knee replacement surgery are located in major cities.

Examples include Teknon Medical Center (Barcelona) and Ruber International Hospital (Madrid).


Medical tourism to Spain is growing in popularity thanks to the excellence and affordability of Spanish healthcare. It presents an attractive option for those who suffer from chronic knee pain but can’t afford the price of surgery in their home country. You can contact us to get a free quote.


1. HousingAnywhere: Healthcare & Health Insurance in Spain for Expats
2. WHO: Measuring Overall Health System Performance for 191 Countries
3. The Guardian: Spain to beat Japan in world life expectancy league table for 2040
4. Fitur News: Health tourism will reach 200,000 visitors in 2020
5. AARP: When to Have Knee-Replacement Surgery — And What to Expect
6. BCBS: Extreme Cost Variations for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries
7. Business Insider: The 19 most visited cities around the world in 2019