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.
Ankle fusion, also known as arthrodesis, is a permanent solution to end-stage arthritis. The surgery is an option when the arthritic joint is so stiff and painful that one can hardly walk. As the name “ankle fusion” suggests, the bones of the lower leg are fused with the bones of the foot. Although it may seem like a drastic choice to make, ankle fusion completely alleviates arthritic pain and allows patients to maintain a normal lifestyle. The surgery can be done arthroscopically through tiny incisions. Various studies have shown that arthroscopic ankle arthrodesis has many benefits, like quicker surgery time, insignificant blood loss, a lower rate of infection, and less soft tissue complications.
Ankle fusion is considered to be the last treatment option for patients who suffer from persistent ankle pain and reduced ability to move. When the ankle joint is severely damaged and the pain remains unrelenting even after getting conservative treatment, it is time to discuss the option of ankle fusion with an orthopedic surgeon. Factors that could cause damage to the ankle joint include osteoarthritis, bone fracture or avascular necrosis, post-traumatic arthritis, deformities, severe infection, and obesity. The best ankle fusion candidates are older patients with generally good health. On the other hand, ankle fusion may not be the best option for some individuals. Highly active patients may have a greater benefit from ankle replacement, and so it needs to be discussed with a surgeon.
First of all, a prospective patient should schedule the first appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon. During an initial consultation, the doctor evaluates the patient’s general health and joint condition. The patient should be prepared to discuss all the medication and natural health products that are being taken at the time.
Right after ankle fusion, the operated ankle is put in a compression dressing and orthosis. It is normal to experience moderate pain and discomfort. The medical staff closely monitors health status and adjusts the pain medications to keep the patient comfortable. Before leaving the clinic, the patient is prescribed pain medications and advised on self-care during recovery.
For the first two weeks, the operated ankle should be kept elevated, since doing so controls swelling and speeds up recovery. The patient must refrain from putting weight on the ankle; however, it is advisable to walk around the house with crutches. Carefully moving around for short periods of time keeps muscles and bones strong. The movement also reduces the risk of thrombosis. At the end of the second week, a healthcare provider has to inspect the wound and change the cast to a full plaster.
For the next month, a patient remains in non-weight-bearing crutches. The post-op pain is much more tolerable at this time, but the operated leg should still be kept elevated to control swelling. At the 6 week mark, the patient has to take an x-ray to confirm good bone fusion. If the bones are healing well, the cast can be changed to a walking boot.
After 3 months, an x-ray is repeated one more time. By this time, the patients can wear their normal footwear and perform most daily activities. A return to sports and high impact activities can be expected from 6 months post-op.
Ankle replacement and ankle fusion have different indications and goals. An orthopaedic surgeon evaluates each case and suggests the most suitable treatment option for the particular case.
During ankle replacement, a damaged joint is replaced with an artificial one. An orthopedic prosthesis is designed to closely mimic the functions of a real joint. A patient has a natural gait and a good range of motion. Thus, this surgery may be more suitable for highly active individuals. On the other hand, ankle replacement is not permanent, because the artificial joint wears out over time and needs to be replaced.
On a good note, ankle fusion relieves arthritic pain, it lasts a lifetime, and the patient can live an active life.