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.
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.
Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive joint surgery that is designed to treat ankle pain and improve overall joint function. It is performed through small key-hole size incisions with a special miniature camera (an arthroscope) that visualizes cartilages, ligaments, and bones, inside the joint. An arthroscopic approach is used to diagnose and treat several joint problems:
Ankle arthritis is an inflammatory joint disease that includes more than 200 other joint disorders. It presents with swelling, warmth, decreased range of motion, and pain.
There are many advantages to ankle arthroscopy:
A prospective patient should contact the clinic to schedule the first appointment. During the first consultation, the patient should be prepared to discuss their medical history, allergies, and medication that they are taking at the time. The first appointment is for deciding on the treatment plan and evaluating the patient’s general health status.
It is strongly recommended to cease smoking and alcohol consumption at least 4 weeks before surgery. Tobacco use increases blood clotting and makes blood flow worse, thus, increasing the complication risk.
We recommend that patients make a list of all the medications they are currently taking so that it can be discussed with the consulting doctor. Some medication, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Caumadin, naproxen have to be avoided due to their blood-thinning properties. Certain herbal teas, garlic, and fish oil should also be taken only with the doctor’s consent.
Patients must follow a healthy diet rich with all the vitamins and minerals. Vitamins (A, D, and C,) and minerals (zinc, calcium, and iron) are responsible for proper immune functioning and bone formation.
Once the surgery date is set, it is time to prepare for the post-operative recovery period. The first few weeks after surgery is mainly for resting at home. Thus, it is necessary to rearrange furniture and stock up on easy-to-cook foods.
On the day of surgery, patients should arrive wearing loose-fitting clothes, so that it is easy to fit them over an ankle cast, if it is required. It is best for the patient to not wear any nail polish or make-up and leave valuable jewelry at home. The patients should refrain from eating and drinking anything 8 hours before surgery.
Before the surgery, the patients have to undergo certain lab tests, including a complete blood count and electrocardiogram (ECG). Ankle arthroscopy is performed under general aneasthesia, so a patient is fully asleep and does not feel anything during the surgery.
After surgery, the patients wake up in a recovery room. Feeling tired and dizzy is completely normal and should be expected. The operated leg is put in a brace and kept elevated to prevent it from swelling. For the first few hours, the pain is managed with intravenous medications. Normally, most patients can get up and walk with crutches on the same day. Before being discharged from the clinic, the patients are prescribed painkillers and given information on post-surgical wound care. Sutures are usually removed within 2 weeks after the surgery.
When at home, we recommend patients rest properly and keep the operated leg elevated for as long as possible. One may consider purchasing a foam ramp to keep the leg elevated at night. Many patients can expect to return to work within 1-2 weeks post-op unless otherwise advised by the doctor. It may take at least 4-6 weeks of recovery before one can return to sports, driving, and other strenuous activities.
Taking proper care of the incision sites helps with healing, lowers infection risk, and prevents scarring. Any cut to the skin is an easy access for the germs to enter the body and cause an infection. To prevent the surgical site from getting infected: one should:
Each rehabilitation week has different goals and challenges. Steadily progressing through recovery stages eventually leads to a successful return to everyday activities and professional sports.
Week 1. The first-week post-op involves a lot of rest. The operated leg should be slightly elevated to prevent it from becoming sore and swollen. It is normal to experience mild bruising and moderate pain. Over-the-counter medications, like naproxen or ibuprofen, help to manage the pain. If the surgery was done on the left ankle, a patient can expect to begin driving after the first week
Week 2-3. After 2 weeks post-surgery, patients have a follow-up appointment, during which a healthcare provider checks the operated ankle and, if needed, removes the stitches. The patients are also instructed on rehabilitation exercises which include rotation of the foot (‘drawing’ circles), moving the foot up and down, bringing the knees to the chest, and soft stretching. The exercise routine is to be done three times a day to prevent stiffness of the ankle. The patients can begin walking short distances, but the ankle should still be kept elevated for as long as possible. Some may be able to begin working from home. However, returning to manual and lengthy standing jobs should be postponed for at least 4 weeks.
Week 4. A patient should continue to move regularly and increase the exercising frequency to 6 times a day. Provided that the wounds are completely healed, the patient can progress to exercising in a pool or bike riding.
The ankle can remain slightly swollen for a long as 3 months post-surgery. Returning to professional sports requires gradually increasing activity levels and training difficulty. The time it takes to recover completely is different for every patient.