One of the most experienced orthopaedic surgeons in Europe. More than 3.500 joint replacement surgeries were performed by our surgeon to this date – a figure that no other surgeon or clinic in the region can match.
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.
Hip impingement, also called femoroacetabular impingement, is a structural disorder of the hip. In a healthy joint, the ball of the femur fits perfectly into the acetabulum and glides smoothly during hip movements. However, in hip impingement, bone spurs or a structural joint abnormality prevent the painless and free movement of the ball-and-socket joint.
Patients report feeling pain in the groin after sitting, walking, flexing, or rotating the hip. The symptoms also include altered walking and hip stiffness. Over time, hip impingement can cause joint cartilage injury, strain on other parts of the body, and an increased risk of osteoarthritis.
There are generally two types of hip impingement:
There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing hip impingement. In general, the risk factors include childhood orthopedic conditions (e.g. hip dysplasia), heavy labour, trauma to the hip, repetitive flexion, inflammatory arthritis, muscle imbalance, poor biomechanics, instability of the hip, obesity, male gender, and others.
A good hip impingement surgery candidate is someone who complains about pain in the groin during flexion, walking, sitting, or squatting. A candidate should have completed physical therapy sessions without any signs of improvement and be in generally good health. Hip impingement surgery cannot be performed for someone with active infectious processes, osteoarthritis, severe obesity, or osteoporotic bones (loss of bone density).
Hip impingement can be corrected arthroscopically or with open surgery. An arthroscopic approach is a more common option since it only requires a few small incisions to access and operate on the hip joint. Arthroscopy has many advantages, such as less tissue damage, less postoperative pain, and a faster recovery. Open surgery allows the surgeons to address a variety of hip pathologies with direct observation.
Pincer impingement, in which the acetabulum is too deep, is corrected with periacetabular osteotomy (Ganz osteotomy). It is a technically challenging surgery to reshape the hip joint for people with hip dysplasia. The surgery is performed under fluoroscopy to provide the surgeon with continuous x-ray guidance. It is an open surgery that takes 2-3 hours to complete and is performed under general anaesthesia. A surgeon makes an incision over the hip joint. Then he cuts the acetabulum from the pelvic bone and repositions it with screws to ensure a better fit for the ball-shaped femoral head. The procedure reduces pain, restores function, and prevents further deterioration.
Even though surgery for hip impingement is relatively safe, every surgical intervention comes with a certain level of risk. Complications can occur and may include wound infection, blood clots, nerve damage, and lack of healing of the involved bones. Every precaution is taken to ensure the highest quality care, safety, and the best surgical outcomes for the patient.
After surgery, patients remain in the hospital for 3 to 4 days. While in the clinic, pain is managed intravenously to ensure a comfortable recovery. Most patients can walk immediately after the surgery and crutches should be used for the first 6 weeks. After 2-3 days, X-rays are performed to evaluate the hip joint. A follow-up appointment to remove stitches is scheduled 2 weeks after surgery. It is advisable to take at least 2 weeks off work as most patients can return to sedentary jobs in about 2 weeks. Patients are allowed to drive after reaching almost full weight-bearing.
Physiotherapy plays a very important role in rehabilitation. Within the first week, patients have their first appointment with a physical therapist to assess the range of motion and plan the upcoming rehabilitation.
The goals of the first 2 weeks are to protect the surgical repair, minimize post-operative pain and swelling, and improve the range of motion. Patients are recommended to take pain medication and use ice packs for 15-25 minutes at a time.
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