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, 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
|Highly skilled surgeons: have 20 years of experience in knee, hip, shoulder, foot and ankle surgeries. Each surgeon performs over 250 surgeries per year.|
|UK certified surgeons: all our surgeons have the United Kingdom Certificate of specialist in orthopaedic surgery|
|Half the price of Western clinics while equal medical materials and facilities are used in Lithuania and qualifications of medical personnel in most cases are even higher than in the UK or the USA. The price difference is only based on significantly lower average salary and taxes in Lithuania.|
|Modern clinic: our clinic is equipped with up-to-date medical facilities. As we are a private clinic we are eager to provide you with the highest quality service. Contrary to some public hospitals we offer the most experienced surgeons and up-to-date materials and equipment.|
|All English speaking personnel: from the customer service desk to nurses, assistants and surgeons. All medical and assisting staff speaks fluent English. In most cases it is a great surprise to all our foreign clients.|
|24/7 assistance: is provided during your entire stay abroad in Lithuania. We will take care of transportation, nursing and guidance in and outside the clinic.|
|Easy to reach: we are 2-3 hours away if you take a regular flight from all main UK & Ireland airports: Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool and Dublin.|
|All inclusive ankle replacement price: the package price for the surgery includes all necessary medications, consultations, ankle surgery, hospitalisation and transfers to/from clinic/hotel/airport.|
|Credibility of country: Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO for already 8 years. Lithuania is one of the fastest growing countries in the whole region. It already has the second fastest internet speed in the World. Lithuania is also well known in medical field since it has trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many hospitals aboard including the UK and other countries.|
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.