Ankle Replacement Abroad: Lithuania
|GBP:||3.010 £||from 1.850 £|
|USD:||4.660 $||from 2.900 $|
|EUR:||3.750 €||from 2.300 €|
*According to Lithuanian law regulations a patient pays an additional 16% VAT on the implant. The tax paid is returned to the patient upon coming back to the home country.
TO COMPARE: Average ankle replacement price in the UK 9.500 £; price in Ireland 15.900 €; price in the USA from 24.000 $ - 42.000 $
The price includes:
The price includes Zimmer, Biomet, DePuy and other highest quality implants. The type of implants depends on each individual case.
After being discharged from the clinic it is highly recommended to go through the physiotherapy course in one of the best rehabilitation centres in Lithuania. The centre is located in the seaside resort called Palanga. The rehabilitation centre has more than 20 years of experience working with people after various surgeries and injuries. The staff in the rehabilitation centre speaks Russian and English.
- personalized rehabilitation course
- room with TV and private bathroom
- three meals a day
- all medication needed
- transportation to/from the rehabilitation centre
- More than 10 years working experience
- 500 surgeries per year
- Fluent in English
- UK General Medical Council certificate
- Training abroad: the USA, Hungary, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Germany
- Read more about the surgeon
- Experienced surgeons
- Our clinic works with highly professional and educated surgeons. They have 10-20 years of experience in the field of orthopaedic surgery. They each perform 500 surgeries per year. Our surgeons are board-certified in the UK. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Find more information about our surgeons here.
- Modern clinic
- The clinic is equipped with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities, all analogous to those in Western European clinics. You will be looked after by professional English speaking staff.
The wards are fully furnished and equipped with TV, WC and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available while staying in the clinic.
- One of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltics
- Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
Without any additional fees patients are tended in the clinic as long as they need. We only discharge our patients from the clinic when they are in a good health state and ready to leave.
- Half the price
- All inclusive price, which is twice lower than in Western European clinics.
Our clinic works with medical professionals of highest education and experience level and uses the same materials as the clinics in Western Europe. More often than not, the quality of our clinic‘s facilities exceed the ones in Western European clinics.
The price difference is only due to considerably lower average salaries and taxes - which is the main reason for medical travel everywhere around the world.
- 24/7 personal assistance
- During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.
- Flexible date-wise
- Our clinic is flexible date-wise and can usually arrange your surgery on the date convenient for you.
- All English speaking staff
- Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.
- We speak in 8 languages
- Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 8 languages, among which English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, and Lithuanian.
- Testimonials from former patients
- We can give you lots of testimonials from our previous patients that had orthopaedic surgery in our clinic. They can tell you their stories and help you make a decision.
- Direct flights
- 2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
- Credibility of country
- Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.
Usually ankle replacement is recommended for patients complaining about permanent joint pain and decreased mobility. Such symptoms appear if chronic inflammatory joint disease is present (for example, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis) or a joint is damaged due to bone fraction or infection. However, it is important for a doctor to suggest this procedure in early stages of disease while the joint function might still be preserved.
In some cases the surgeon may recommend ankle fusion instead of ankle replacement. Ankle fusion is the surgery performed in order to alleviate the pain which occurs when ankle joint wears off. During the procedure the articular cartilage of the ankle joint is removed and tibia grows together with talus bone.
The ankle joint works like a hinge allowing feet to perform flexion and extension. It is composed of three bones – two thigh bones, tibia and fibula and the talus. Joint stability is secured with medial and lateral collateral ligaments and tendons.
Ankle replacement surgery is performed under general or spinal anaesthesia. Although a doctor will advise which type is better, you will make the final decision. The incision will be placed in front of the ankle. The procedure will start by removing damaged cartilage and reshaping bone surfaces. Smooth and firm surface will serve as a better platform for prosthesis. The next step is to place an artificial joint.
There are three types of ankle prostheses:
- Scandinavian total ankle replacement – the structure of this prosthesis is the closest to normal ankle joint, therefore joint mobility is expected to be the greatest. However, in order to place the prosthesis it is essential to reshape all ankle forming bones. In some cases it is undesirable or even impossible.
- InBone ankle replacement – this type of prosthesis consists of two parts. One part is deeply inserted into the thigh bone, the other forms a surface for the talus bone. This type of prosthesis is well known for high improvement in function and longevity.
- Salto talaris ankle replacement – ankle prosthesis with the lowest profile, therefore reshaping is performed on relatively small level, leaving damaged tissues untouched. In the future it might cause inflammation and conversional surgery might be required.
After the procedure your ankle will be placed in a splint or a cast. These means will protect the prosthesis from moving out of the place and ensure that the fusion between bones is forming.
You should walk using a walker or crutches for 10-12 weeks. They will help to move around without placing weight on the operated feet. During night time or when lying in bed the feet should be kept raised in order to decrease swelling and pain. You might use pillows or scrolled towel.
The most important part of recovery period is physical therapy. At first, gentle massages or heat applications should be helpful. It activates blood flow in the ankle area, decreases swelling and pain. The following step is physical activity. You will receive a specialized programme with various exercises that strengthen and increase the range of motion. They should be performed several times a day. However, you will not be allowed to exercise forcefully. All movement will be included one by one, putting as less stress on ankle as possible.