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.
Hallux rigidus, also known as a stiff toe, is a degenerative condition that damages cartilage and leads to stiffness of the big toe. The symptoms, like pain and soreness, usually worsen during active toe movement (squatting or running). If hallux rigidus is left untreated, it progressively worsens to an inflexible first toe and pain even at rest. As a response to constant inflammation bony lumps form in the joint and further restricts the toe joint. In severe cases, gait changes lead to knee and hip joint wear. Hallux rigidus should not be confused with hallux valgus (a bunion), even though they affect the same joint.
Initial treatment is focused on relieving the painful symptoms. The goals include providing enough space for the increased joint size, limiting joint motion, and reducing inflammation.
Hallux rigidus surgery does not require overnight hospitalization, although sometimes patients may stay in the clinic overnight for close monitoring. The surgery takes approximately 1 hour to complete. It is carried out under general anaesthesia along with a local anaesthetic injection in the ankle so that the operated foot is pain-free during the first few hours of recovery. A 5 centimeter incision is made on the top of the toe or the joint is accessed arthroscopically through a key-hole incision. Once the surgeon gains access to the toe joint is, he performs one of the following surgical procedures:
During cheilectomy, the surgeon resurfaces the cartilage and removes the bony lumps. A cheilectomy is usually performed for patients in the earlier stages of hallux rigidus. It is a joint motion-preserving surgery and is considered to be the first-line surgical choice.
During arthroplasty, the surgeon removes the surface of the damaged toe joint and replaces it with an artificial implant which is made of Silastic, metal, polyethylene, or ceramics.
During arthrodesis, the big toe joint is immobilized with screws, wires, or dorsal plates. This type of surgery is a golden standard in the treatment of severe hallux rigidus. Even though the fixated joint remains immobile for the rest of life, for advanced hallux rigidus patients it is the only treatment option.
The risk associated with hallux rigidus surgery is low and the staff do everything to deliver the highest quality treatment and care. Some of the possible complications include pain in the ball of the foot, surgical site infection, deep vein thrombosis, stiff toe, and others.
Although hallux rigidus is a progressive degenerative disease it is very treatable. Non-surgical treatment can slow progression and provide pain relief. The surgical treatment delivers excellent results, effectively reduces pain, and restores patients’ functional abilities. One is unlikely to have further problems for many years, although severe osteoarthritis patients have a higher risk of developing stiffness in other joints.
It is technically possible to perform hallux rigidus surgery on both feet, however the recovery becomes extremely challenging. The risk of post-surgical complications and infection becomes higher, and so, we recommend patients have each of their foot operated separately.