Get your surgery for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the systems of one of the EU countries and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times.
The rehabilitation centre is located at a SPA resort town called Druskininkai. It is equipped with modern facilities. The professionals there have years of experience working with people after various surgeries and injuries.
Rehabilitation in Lithuania – from € 130 / £ 116 per day
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. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Our joint replacement surgeon S. Tarasevicius is an author of 150 scientific publications in different medical journals. Find more information about our surgeons here.
Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical service.
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.
We have no waiting line so we can schedule your surgery as soon as you are ready to do so.
Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including nurses, assistants and the surgeon.
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.
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. Our clinic works according to the highest standards set to the medical institutions by the European Union.
Ligaments are strong bands that connect bones to each other. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a band of connecting tissue which is located in the knee. Four ligaments in the knee are responsible for its stability, two of which are an anterior cruciate ligament and a posterior cruciate ligament. These two ligaments cross each other connecting the lower end of a femur with the upper part of a tibia. ACL is a key structure in the knee as its main function is to keep the knee stable preventing it from sliding backwards and rotating inwards.
ACL reconstruction surgery typically lasts from 1 to 2 hours and is performed arthroscopically, meaning that only a few incisions are made for an insertion of an arthroscope (a small camera which helps the surgeon to see inside the knee) and other surgical instruments.
When ACL ligament is damaged a person usually has trouble putting pressure on the knee, walking, and playing sports. A slightly torn ACL is likely to heal and regenerate over time, especially after doing physical therapy. Unfortunately, if it is fully ripped it might need to be replaced, particularly if a patient is young and actively participating in sports.
Some of the signs of a torn ACL ligament may include:
Most of the people who experience ACL damage have their ACL replacement surgery scheduled a few weeks after the trauma. It is delayed in order to allow the swelling to go down before the procedure is performed. During the time before surgery, it is essential to prepare for the recovery period.
When you wake up from anaesthesia your knee will be bandaged and you might find a drain tube inserted. It helps to drain excess bleeding and reduce swelling. Hospitalization time depends on each particular case, however, most patients are discharged on the same day after the surgery. You will be given pain-relieving medication if required. You will be able to move the operated knee, however, the patients are encouraged to keep the leg elevated and allow it some time to rest. Before going home you will practice walking with some crutches. Most patients use the crutches only for a few days. Also, your doctor will fit you for a knee brace which helps to protect the graft.
For the first few days after the surgery your knee will be swollen and you might feel numbness around it. Most of the swelling should go down in the first week. You might feel tired for several days which is completely normal. As for all surgeries, allowing oneself to rest during the recovery period is a crucial part of the healing process. Try keeping your leg elevated at all times.
When at home, make sure to change the dressings of your knee regularly.
For pain relief your doctor may recommend you medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.
The recommended time off work depends on your line of work and how much, if any, physical activity it involves. In two weeks most of the patients can start walking without the crutches or a cane.
At home patients are recommended to use either a cold therapy system or to apply ice packs at least every 2 hours. Cryotherapy is proven to contribute to an overall faster recovery in several ways: it will lessen your perception of pain, control swelling, and reduce edema.
Each patient’s response to physical therapy is individual, and the healing rates can differ as well. However, most people can walk within 3 weeks after their ACL surgery. You should be presented with a detailed plan of your physical therapy at the clinic. In general, physical therapy for the knee joint recovery can be divided into four phases.