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.
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. 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.
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.
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive hip joint surgery. The word “arthroscopy” literally means “to look inside the joint”. During arthroscopy, the hip joint is operated through small key-hole like incisions, so there is little to no damage to the surrounding tissues. A special miniature camera is used to examine the bones, cartilages, and ligaments. If necessary, the surgeon uses pencil-sized instruments to repair the damaged structures. The surgery usually takes from 1 to 2 hours.
Hip arthroscopy is performed if the patient has persistent joint pain, joint locking symptoms or pain during hip movement. There is a range of hip problems that can be treated with hip arthroscopy. Depending on the case, the surgeon may repair damaged cartilage, labrum, remove some excessive bone or loose bodies. The most commonly treated hip joint conditions are:
Through hip arthroscopy, a surgeon can treat the hip without having to make a huge incision and fully expose the joint. An arthroscopic approach allows for a shorter operating time, lower risk of infection, and less scarring. It is a favorable choice of many orthopaedic surgeons because it is simply less physically demanding on the patient.
During open hip surgery, the hip joint is exposed by making a long 15-20 centimeter incision. Such incisions take a long time to heal and demand more post-operative care. An arthroscopic surgery, on the other hand, only requires a few 1-centimeter incisions to access and operate on the joint. Post-surgery, these small incisions heal quickly, and so, patients can return to regular activities within a shorter period of time. If open hip surgery is performed with dislocation of the femoral head, there is a risk of aseptic necrosis of the femoral head.
Firstly, a prospective patient should contact the clinic and schedule an initial appointment. During the first consultation, a doctor evaluates their general health state and tailors the treatment plan to the needs of the patient. The patient should be prepared to state any existing allergies and discuss their medical history.
A patient should also prepare a list of all the medication which they regularly take (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements). Medication and supplements with blood-thinning properties (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, etc.) should only be taken with the doctor’s consent because they may increase the risk of bleeding.
It is strongly recommended to cease smoking and alcohol consumption at least a month before the surgery
Before surgery, it is recommended that the patients follow a healthy diet to ensure sufficient consumption of minerals and vitamins. Zinc, calcium, and iron are highly important for bone mineralization and healing processes. Vitamins A, D, and C ensure proper function of the immune system and recovery of the connective tissues.
Many choose to purchase ergonomic crutches, sometimes it is necessary to temporarily move the sleeping area downstairs.
On the day of the surgery, we advise that the patients wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable slip-on shoes. Patients should not eat or drink at least 8 hours before surgery.
Hip arthroscopy is performed under general anaesthesia, meaning that a patient is fully unconscious the whole operating time. Once the patient is in the operating room, the nurses put an intravenous catheter to administer numbing medicines.
The skin of the affected joint is cleaned with antibacterial fluid and the leg is put in retraction (gently pulled to the side and along). Such positioning of the leg allows a surgeon to comfortably access the joint.
The surgeon makes a few 1-centimeter incisions next to the joint, and then, inserts an arthroscope and other fine surgical instruments.
An arthroscope is a miniature camera that is connected to the screen which the surgeon watches closely while operating. Before making any alterations to the bone, cartilages, or ligaments, the joint is filled with sterile fluid which makes all the structures visible with the arthroscope. Then, the surgeon examines the joint and repairs it, if necessary.
After the surgery, the surgeon removes all the instruments, puts in drain and sutures the incisions and covers the joint with sterile dressings.
After hip arthroscopy, a patient is moved to the recovery room where the hospital staff closely monitors the patient’s health status. It is completely normal to experience dizziness and moderate pain post-surgery. The nurses check on the patient frequently and administer pain medication if necessary. The patient usually spends one night at the hospital. Hip arthroscopy patients have to wear a special hip brace for 2 to 4 weeks post-op or as advised by the surgeon. It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to return to regular activities, like driving and bearing full weight on the operated leg.
Physical therapy and active rehabilitation are necessary to achieve fastest recovery. Rehabilitation is usually divided into 3 phases which have different goals and milestones.
Phase 1 (the first month) usually begins on the next day after surgery and takes 4 weeks. The main goals for this phase are to restore joint motion, regain flexibility, and begin building strength. Recovery exercises usually include soft circumduction movements and stretching. Slowly progressing to the next recovery phase is more important than prematurely increasing the intensity and volume of the exercises. At the end of phase 1, patients can walk normally and drive again.
Phase 2 (4 to 8 weeks) takes approximately a month. During this time, patients work on increasing strength. The training routine includes advanced balance exercises, squatting, leg presses, riding a stationary bike, and stretching.
Phase 3 (8 to 12 weeks) is the last part of recovery. During the last phase, the patient continues to work on achieving a full range of motion and further strengthening leg muscles. It is the last stage before returning to sports, so it is crucial to resolve muscle tightness, and eventually, advance to the treadmill. By the end of the third rehabilitation month, most patients feel strong enough to effortlessly perform daily activities or slowly return to professional sports.