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.
Dupuytren’s contracture is also known as palmar fascial fibromatosis, contracture of the palmar fascia, or simply Dupuytren’s disease. It affects the ring and little fingers on one or both hands, making the fingers stiff and difficult to straighten. Dupuytren’s contracture is caused by the thickening of the connective tissue that lies deep under the skin of the palms. The damaged fingers cannot be straightened completely which causes discomfort and complicates everyday tasks as simple as shaking hands or putting on gloves.
There are several treatment options for Dupuytren’s contracture. A treatment plan is developed based on the patient’s age, overall health, and severity of the contracture. The most common treatments are:
After surgery, it is normal to experience hand swelling and discomfort. The operated hand is placed in a bulky bandage with a plaster splint. In the clinic, pain is controlled with intravenous medications.
When leaving the clinic, patients are prescribed pain medicines to take at home. The operated hand should be kept slightly elevated for as much as possible to reduce pain. After 3-5 days post-surgery, the patients have a consultation with a rehabilitation therapist who educates on the recovery exercises which help to regain motion control and reduce swelling.
The stitches are taken out after about 2 weeks post-op. During the day, the patients can use their hands for all activities as long as no discomfort or pain is felt. To prevent flexing contractures, a custom extension splint has to be worn at night for 3-4 months.
The severity of the condition is very different for each patient. Some people have only a moderate Dupuytren’s contracture, while others experience severe damage and functional disability. There is approximately a 10-34 % chance for Dupuytren’s contracture to recur. Avoiding risk factors, such as smoking and exposure to vibration, lowers the chances of relapse.
Recovery is just as important as the surgery, so it is essential to take time and relax at least during the first weeks of rehabilitation. How soon the patient can return to work depends on the type of job. If one can work without using the operated hand, it is possible to return to work in 1-2 weeks. But if the job involves lots of repeated finger movements, it may take 6-12 weeks until one has fully recovered. A doctor will help to decide how much time off is actually needed for a successful recovery. Driving is permitted as soon as the patient stops taking painkillers and can grip the wheel with both hands. Most patients have a good grip within 1-month post-op.