Knee Replacement Abroad: in Lithuania
|GBP:||2.770 £||from 1.850 £|
|USD:||4.290 $||from 2.900 $|
|EUR:||3.450 €||from 2.300 €|
*According to Lithuanian law regulations a patient pays an additional 21% VAT on the implant. The tax is returned to the patient upon coming back to the home country.
TO COMPARE: Average knee replacement price in the UK 9.300 €; price in Ireland 17.500 €; price in the USA from 24.000 € - 37.000 €.
The price includes:
The price includes Zimmer, DePuy and other highest quality implants. The type of implants depends on each individual case. Additionally, patients can choose knee replacement with revolutionary Signature™ system which allows a surgeon to perform a surgery using unique instruments made according to your anatomy. Read more here.
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 20 years working experience
- 500 to 600 surgeries per year
- More than 1.000 knee replacement, 5.000 arthroscopic surgeries, 1.000 ligament reconsturction surgeries
- Fluent in English
- The president of Arthroscopy Surgeons Association in Lithuania
- UK General Medical Council certificate
- Training abroad: The USA, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany
- Read more about the surgeon
|Highly skilled knee surgeons: have 20 years of experience in knee, hip, shoulder, foot and ankle surgeries. Each surgeon performs over 250 surgeries per year.|
|UK certified knee 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 knee replacement price: the package price for the surgery includes all necessary medications, consultations, 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.|
Knee replacement surgery is performed in order to repair damaged joint when pain is disabling and patient cannot walk, climb stairs and perform essential every day activities without limitations.
The surgery is recommended when other treatments such as physical therapy, medications or braces do not help.
4 bones compose a knee: the femur (thigh bone) which is connected with ligaments to tibia (shinbone), fibula, a small bone located on the outside of the leg and the fourth bone - patella (a kneecap).
Knee joint has two types of cartilage: articular and meniscal cartilage. Articular cartilage, which is a smooth tissue that decreases the attrition between bones, covers the end of thigh bone, the backside of kneecap and the surface on the top of shinbone. Meniscal cartilage, commonly called meniscus sits right in the middle of the knee. It is a pad of crescent shape that functions as shock absorber and also divides weight equally in the joint. There are two menisci: the medial and lateral, they both sit between the shinbone and thigh bone, the former is on the inner side and the latter on the outer.
Knee bones are connected with 4 major ligaments: medial collateral ligament (MCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).
There is a number of muscles in the knee that supprots the joint. Muscles are jointed with bones by tendons.
Knee replacement may be total or partial. During total knee replacement a surgeon makes incision in the knee to access the knee joint, then cuts and removes the ends of thigh bone and shinbone and a kneecap if it is heavily impaired. The ends are measured in order to fit the implant. The cut femur is substituted with femoral component which is a curved metal piece. The end of the shinbone is replaced with tibial component, a flat plate. If impaired cartilage of kneecap was removed, the patellar component is inserted.
Surgeon also places a plastic piece that functions as cartilage and lessens the friction. All the parts of the implant are secured either with special substance or treated to stimulate the fusion of the bones with the prosthesis. The cut is then stitched.
A surgeon can choose from a variety of joint types and designs regarding patient's age, weight and general health in order to replicate knee's natural ability to spin and glide when it bends.
During a partial knee replacement surgery only a part of the knee joint is replaced and the tissue which is not damaged is retained. On average knee replacement surgery lasts about two hours.
After the surgery rehabilitation follows. A patient works together with physician to regain strength, ability to walk and take on regular activities. Most of the people can walk in 2 – 4 weeks with a walking stick and in 4 – 6 weeks without it. Generally, it takes from 2 – 3 months to recover from knee replacement surgery. However, to achieve full recovery it takes up to 6 months.
After the recovery a patient is able to undertake low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming or biking but activities that involve jumping or that place high pressure on joints such as jogging or skiing should be avoided. Read more
Many thanks to surgeon Juozas who calmed me down before the surgery and explained what's gonna happen. Now after half a year every day feels better and better, I can even ride a bike again.
Anna, Ireland, Knee replacement