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.
One of the most important factors for a quick and full recovery after surgery is proper rehabilitation. Rehabilitation helps recover after surgery as well as prevents formation of blood clots and helps avoid most of the postoperative complications and side effects. We offer two different rehabilitation packages:
Outpatient rehabilitation in Kaunas with a physiotherapist. The rehabilitation clinic is equipped with modern facilities. Individual rehabilitation programs are prepared by a kinesiologist with over 20 years of experience, Prof. Laimonas Siupsinskas. This type of rehabilitation is best suited for people who are physically active, athletes and those wishing to return to sports as soon as possible.
Rehabilitation in Kaunas – € 100 / £ 86 for one 1 h physiotherapy session 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.
Being a true member of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries, Lithuania is one of the leaders in low joint replacement revision rates, as only 9% of surgeries in Lithuania require revision in 10 years after surgery. Moreover, with the implants used at our clinic, only 4-6% of surgeries require revision in 10 years after surgery, while revision rates in some other Western countries, for example, USA, is as high as 17% in 10 years after surgery. The implants used at our clinic have been evaluated by other countries’ registries as those ensuring longest implant life, as compared to products of other manufacturers. Read more 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.
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.
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.
Our patient Simon was diagnosed with hip impingement, hip labrum tears and grade I-II hip arthritic changes. Given the case where conservative treatments were ineffective and the patient’s hip condition was in a good enough state, it was decided to perform hip arthroscopy. Read more