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.
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:
After the procedure your ankle will be placed in a splint or a cast for approximately 4 weeks. 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 7-8 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 rolled towel.