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.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, also known as radial styloid tenosynovitis, is a condition affecting the tendons of the thumb side of the wrist. First identified in 1895 by Swiss surgeon Fritz De Quervain, it affects two tendons that run between the forearm and the thumb. Repetitive hand movement during such activities as writing, gardening, or playing sports, leads to overuse, inflammation, and subsequently, entrapment of these tendons. It is predominantly diagnosed in the 30 to 50 years age range with women being more commonly affected than men.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis treatment focuses on reducing inflammation, preserving movement, and preventing recurrence. Early-stage tenosynovitis can be treated conservatively, whereas progressed conditions require surgical treatment.
Non-invasive treatment methods include immobilization of the thumb and wrist in a splint to help rest the tendons, applying ice packs, and taking anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen or naproxen). Repetitive thumb and wrist movements, like pinching or gripping, should be avoided as much as possible. Patients may also seek advice from a physiotherapist on stress-relieving physical exercises that reduce pain and limits tendon irritation.
The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
After De Quervain’s tenosynovitis release, the operated wrist and thumb are moderately swollen and tender.
It is recommended to keep the operated hand elevated whenever possible and use ice-packs to minimize swelling and pain. An ice pack should be wrapped in a towel and applied every 1 to 2 hours for no longer than 15 minutes at a time.
It is normal to feel numbness or tingling around the incision site. Most patients are discharged a few hours post-surgery, and before leaving, they are prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and given instructions on wound care.
Patients have to wear a hand splint for at least 2 weeks.
After successful De Quervain’s tenosynovitis surgery symptom relief is permanent. However, it is still highly important to avoid activities involving repetitive hand movements and lifting.
Patients may begin moving their fingers and doing some gentle range of motion movements as soon as two days post-op. However, it is recommended to avoid lifting heavy objects for 1 to 2 weeks. Non-absorbable sutures are removed at about 2 weeks post-op. Then, patients are referred to physical therapy to learn stretches and exercises that restore hand dexterity and strength. Mild tenderness and swelling will recede gradually and disappear in a few months’ time.
The patients may drive as soon as they feel comfortable gripping the steering wheel with both hands. Returning to work depends on the type of job. If the occupation does not require repetitive hand movements, it is possible to return to work after 1-2 days. However, it may take 6 to 12 weeks to return to manual labor jobs that involve putting pressure on the hand or lifting things.