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.
A bunion, in medical terminology also known as hallux valgus (in Latin: Hallux – a big toe; Valgus – bending of the joint to an abnormal position). When the big toe starts pointing inwards, it causes the bones of the foot to realign in a new position. The soft tissue and the bones then form a prominence on the medial, or inner side of the foot. In some cases, bunions can also form on the lateral, or external side of the foot too. This happens when the bones of the fifth toe are dislocated. Hallux valgus deformity does not appear out of nowhere. It actually takes a while for the bones and soft tissue to relocate, and thus, form a bunion.
Untreated hallux valgus causes inflammation, pain, and misalignment of the toes. The symptoms often worsen when wearing uncomfortable shoes. Since the structure of the bones and soft tissue changes, bunions may also be responsible for a decreased sensation around the bunion. Fortunately, it is possible to treat hallux valgus through surgery, and thus, regain pain-free and aesthetic feet. The surgery helps to straighten the big toe, correct claw toes, and remove the ball of the foot (if one is present).
First of all, a prospective patient should contact the clinic and schedule the first appointment. A surgeon will assess the symptoms one has and other particular information that may be important for the treatment. There are more than 100 different techniques to remove hallux valgus, therefore, the type of surgery depends on the individual case. The severity of the misalignment usually determines in what way the bunion will be removed.
Hallux valgus surgeries are performed under spinal anaesthesia and deep sedation, meaning that the patient is asleep during surgery. After the foot is bandaged, the patient can be taken down to the recovery room. The heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored while waiting for the anaesthesia to wear off. Hallux valgus surgery is an inpatient procedure and the patient is discharged the following day. In more difficult cases, hospitalization may take up to 2 days.
Recovery is a crucially important part of the whole treatment. The foot is not immobilized following the surgery, thus, post-operative care includes regular changes of the dressings, wearing a night splint, and elevating the operated leg. The earliest flight home can be scheduled 5 days after the surgery.
After leaving the hospital, initial rehabilitation will take about 2 weeks. When recovering, the operated leg should be kept elevated for as much time as possible.
For pain control the doctor may recommend taking anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol. It is recommended to have someone to check on the patient for the first 24 hours after the surgery. The patient’s knee should be elevated for the first few days to reduce swelling. It is advised to apply ice compresses which helps to alleviate pain and promote healing.
It is recommended to avoid wetting the bandages for about 12 days. Sutures are also removed in 12-14 days.
For 4 to 6 weeks post-surgery patients have to wear forefoot decompression shoes to aid in walking. In 5 weeks patients can wear wide, soft, comfortable shoes again.
Depending on their line of work, with a doctor’s consent patients can return to a sedentary job as soon as 2 weeks after the surgery. Patients are allowed to drive from week 4. If possible, patients are advised to take one month off work to fully rest and recover.
The patients are provided with an essential exercise routine which strengthens the muscles and stabilizes the foot.
It is recommended to have hallux valgus surgery on one foot at a time. If surgery has to be performed on both legs, it is recommended to wait at least 3 months to continue with the second foot. Having surgery on both feet at the same time will make the recovery and rehabilitation extremely difficult with a bigger risk of not regaining full function.