Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Abroad: Lithuania

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Price in EUR
  • Hallux Valgus – 1.400 £
  • consultation with the surgeon
  • necessary health tests
  • surgery
  • implants
  • anaesthesia
  • hospitalisation
  • 24/7 personal assistance during your stay
  • transfers to / from the airport, hotel and clinic
  • all documents translated to English

The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund from NHS & HSE for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the UK and Irish systems and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

Justin, Northern Ireland
Justin, Northern Ireland
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My mother was experiencing problems with some level of pain and a lack of mobility in one hip. Locally she was advised that she could not have the appropriate treatment for 22 months . At eighty years of age that was a poor option. We were advised to contact Nordorthapaedics. The clinic was comparable to any private facility in the UK. Everything about the experience at Nordorthapaedics was positive. Everything from our first contact to our journey home was professionally managed by a team of courteous individuals. I would thoroughly recommend this service.
Annette, Wales
Annette, Wales
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The whole experience was excellent from making travel arrangements, all the pre-operation checks, making the payment. The clinic was so well run beautifully clean and the staff were marvellous. I would highly recommend taking a few days at the rehabilitation center as the post-op treatment received was outstanding and a great aide to recovery. I received every day physio, massage, hot and cold treatment, things that you wouldn’t get on the NHS. I can highly recommend having the operation in Lithuania it truly was a memorable experience.
Ronnie, Northern Ireland
Ronnie, Northern Ireland
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Hi, I'm Ronnie Kelly from Randalstown, Northern Ireland. From my initial inquiry Jurate at Nordorthopaedics was fantastic answering all my question almost immediately. I booked the flights, gave her the dates and the rest was plain sailing. Everything was organised with professional precision. From being met at the airport, to surgery, to recovery at rehabilitation center and back to the airport every detail was covered with constant emails and messages. I couldn't recommend this Clinic and Rehabilitation Centre any higher for its total professionalism and after care.
Karen, Alberta, Canada
Karen, Alberta, Canada
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Th clinic looked almost too good to be true but everything they claim is accurate. The care I received from the physician and nursing staff was very caring and excellent. Also there is the option for aftercare at a rehab facility that I highly recommend. It gives you time to recover from the surgery before the long flight home. The customer service representative Jurate is very efficient and will promptly answer any questions you have. Canada may seem like a long way from Lithuania but I feel it was totally worth the trip and I am planning to go back and have the other hip replaced.
John, Ireland
John, Ireland
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This is very simple because I recommend everything about nordorthopaedics. Firstly the administration staff are very professional and helpful with any problems you may have,and I would especially mention Aurelija along with her colleague Jurate for their attention to detail. Travelling to a different country can be daunting but the trip is carefully planned with collection from airport, transport to hotel and clinics. The clinics and rehabilitation center are of the highest quality and all the staff, nurses and doctors are really caring and helpful.
Julie, Northern Ireland
Julie, Northern Ireland
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Everything from airport to being picked up , hotel , hospital , loved it all it was the best decision I ever made , I tell everyone here in Ireland about it , I had the whole thing organised with Agnes help in four weeks , staff at hospital fabulous , care fabulous , doctor and anethnetist fabulous , honestly have nothing but good to say . If I need another hip I’ll be there in a heartbeat I’d never wait years here at home never . Thank you all
Ray, Spain, UK expat
Ray, Spain, UK expat
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My experience from beginning to end was one of the utmost pleasure. Not just my own surgery, rotator cuff repair but that of a fellow patient who was up and walking within hours after knee surgery. All made possible by the administration staff, nursing staff and the highly qualified surgeons. Nordorthapaedic deserve a gold medal for their obvious high standards. I award them one as such. After searching the web for a suitable clinic it was an obvious choice to select this clinic. And how happy am I that I did. The high standards of cleanliness and professional care shine out.
David, England
David, England
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Having been rejected by the NHS I chose to look abroad for my options. My friends all thought I was mad to consider Lithuania, nothing could be further from the truth. From my initial contact phone call I have experienced the highest standards of professionalism and service throughout . I must declare that I am quite a tough person to satisfy as I have had a career as a Quality Management Consultant and auditing suppliers. The clinic is first class. It is equal to any private hospital in the uk. I would wholeheartedly recommend the clinic to anyone in a similar position.
Michael, West Midlands, UK
Michael, West Midlands, UK
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I recently had a total hip replacement at Nordorthopedics. The whole experience from the initial contact through to the rehabilitation treatment was flawless, Dr Saraunas Tarasevicius and all at the hospital were unbelievably open and efficient, putting any doubts at rest. I was up and walking with crutches the day after surgery. At the rehabilitation centre the aftercare resulted in being able to walk 2 miles with 1 crutch by the time I left for home 9 days after surgery. Jurate deserves a special mention for organising almost every aspect, nothing seemed to be much trouble. I cannot recommend Nordorthopaedics enough.
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Refund from NHS and HSE

The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund from NHS & HSE for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the UK and Irish systems and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

Our surgeon Gintautas Pocius
  • More than 10 years working experience
  • 500 surgeries per year
  • Fluent in English
  • UK General Medical Council certificate
  • Training abroad: the USA, Hungary, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Germany
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Rehabilitation package

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

  • personalized rehabilitation course
  • room with TV and private bathroom
  • three meals a day
  • all medication needed
  • transportation to/from the rehabilitation centre

An individual rehabilitation program is prepared for each patient depending on the type of surgery, general patient‘s well-being, health status and other factors.

Our rehabilitation centre
Our clinic
What sets us apart from other clinics?

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. Our surgeons are board-certified in the UK. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Find more information about our surgeons here.

The clinic is equipped with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities, all analogous to those in Western European clinics. You will be looked after by professional English speaking staff.
The wards are fully furnished and equipped with TV, WC and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available while staying in the clinic.

Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
Without any additional fees patients are tended in the clinic as long as they need. We only discharge our patients from the clinic when they are in a good health state and ready to leave.

All inclusive price, which is twice lower than in Western European clinics.
Our clinic works with medical professionals of highest education and experience level and uses the same materials as the clinics in Western Europe. More often than not, the quality of our clinic‘s facilities exceed the ones in Western European clinics.
The price difference is only due to considerably lower average salaries and taxes – which is the main reason for medical travel everywhere around the world.

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.

Our clinic is flexible date-wise and can usually arrange your surgery on the date convenient for you.

Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.

Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 8 languages, among which English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, and Lithuanian.

We can give you lots of testimonials from our previous patients that had orthopaedic surgery in our clinic. They can tell you their stories and help you make a decision.

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.

COVID-19 situation in Lithuania

Lithuania has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases in Europe. Its rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100.000 residents in the last 14 days is several times lower than UK. You can read the latest COVID-19 updates here.

Direct flights to Lithuania
from UK
from UKin 2 h 30 min
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London (London City, Stansted, Luton), Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Doncaster, Belfast
from Spain
from Spainin 3 h 30 min
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Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante
from Germany
from Germanyin 2 h
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Berlin, Nurnberg, Cologne, Bremen, Dortmund, Munchen, Frankfurt
What is a hallux valgus deformity?

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.

At first, the patient may just notice a small change in the position of the big toe. If nothing is done to prevent hallux valgus, the deformity of the foot will progress further.

At a late stage, hallux valgus leads to pain and impaired movement. It may become difficult to balance on one foot or step on the toes.

What is more, bunions make it extremely difficult to find the right pair of shoes, since the form of the foot changes dramatically.

When does hallux valgus deformity require surgery?

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).

  • For many patients, hallux valgus surgery is mainly a way to achieve cosmetic goals and wear open-toe shoes again.
  • However, bunion treatment is not only about aesthetics, but also about restoring the alignment of the bones and correcting weight distribution on the foot
  • Another reason for undergoing hallux valgus surgery may be pain which does not subside when wearing comfortable shoes, bunion insoles, or after doing foot exercises. It is medically justified to perform hallux valgus surgery when the bunion restricts living actively.
How is the surgery performed?

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.

A patient will have to undergo several medical tests, such as X-rays of the feet and electrocardiogram to check the heart function. In order to see if there are any underlying illnesses, urine and blood works are also performed.

Tobacco and alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited at least a few weeks before and after the surgery.

The patient is required to stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, a few days before the surgery.

Patients are asked not to eat or drink at least 8 hours before the surgery. The doctor will provide a detailed plan to follow in order to avoid any possible complications.

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 after hallux valgus surgery

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.

Can I have hallux valgus surgery on both feet at the same time?

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.

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