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.
Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique that allows a surgeon to view the inside of the knee and treat the damaged ligaments of the knee joint.
During knee arthroscopy the surgeon makes a few small incisions in the knee and injects saline. Saline is a salty aqueous solution which expands the knee, and therefore, provides the surgeon with a clear sight of the joint.
Menisci are located between tibia and femur bones. These ligaments are composed of cartilaginous tissue and may resemble rubbery cushions which function as ‘shock absorbers’. Menisci highly contribute to keeping the knee stable and protecting the bones from grinding into each other when moving.
Knee injuries mostly include various manifestations of the meniscal tears. Menisci are often torn because of traumatic events, injury, or degeneration, and anyone at any age can have their meniscus damaged. The injury may be caused by sudden twisting, rotating or squatting movements. Surgeons usually recommend arthroscopic knee surgery for the injuries that remain symptomatic. If a meniscus tear remains untreated, the risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life increases significantly. The choice of surgical method depends on the type of meniscus tear.
A meniscal tear is usually a result of a trauma or degenerative processes, and can be quite painful and debilitating. When the meniscus is damaged one is likely to hear a ‘pop’ sound and feel a ‘tearing’ sensation in the knee. Many people choose to continue walking even when their knee is injured. Unfortunately, the knee slowly swells and after approximately 6-12 hours becomes stiff and painful. A meniscal tear might also result in a free body, which can obstruct full knee flexion leading to a locked flexion.
In this case the patient might not be able to move the knee to its full range of motion. A meniscus tear can be diagnosed if there is tenderness within the joint, the joint is significantly effused, or there is a limited range of motion. There are specific tests which help to determine if the meniscus is torn, however, meniscal tears are best diagnosed through MRI scanning.
In order to experience a stress-free recovery it is necessary to prepare for an upcoming surgery in advance. During a consultation with a surgeon, a patient’s medical history and all the medications in use will be reviewed. The patient is asked about the current health and the previous medical, surgical, and medication history.
Once the patient has recovered from anaesthesia they will find themselves in a recovery room. The knee will be bandaged and elevated. The patient might feel more or less tired which is common after undergoing anaesthesia. Many patients can be discharged from the hospital as soon as 2 hours post-surgery.
Usually, it is possible to return back to a sitting job after approximately a week and other daily activities may be resumed in 3 weeks. Returning to sports takes more time but most people can come back to high intensity activities in a few months.
After the surgery the knee may ache and swell. Recovery time varies depending on many factors. Most patients remain active after the treatment of a torn meniscus, broken cartilage, or Baker’s cyst, and does not even need to use assistive devices. The patients are recommended to wear a hinged knee brace for 4 weeks post-surgery.
The bandages should be kept dry and clean. Patients will be informed about the first time they can have a shower and how to take care of the wound.
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.
The patient is not allowed to drive until the doctor agrees on doing so.
A rehabilitation specialist will provide a recovery program which usually includes an exercise routine and may include other muscle-strengthening activities, such as swimming, interferential current therapy (ICF), or electrical muscles stimulation.
Week 1 to 4
During the first week, the goals are to diminish inflammation and swelling, restore knee extension and flexion (90 º), regain Quad muscle activity, full scar and patellar mobility. Such exercises as ankle pumps, quadriceps and hamstring sets and gluteal sets aid in strengthening the muscles used in knee bending.
Week 4 to 6
This time is dedicated to restoring the active range of motion (AROM) and reestablishing muscle activity. The goal is to move with no painful sensations. Training proprioception is an important part of the recovery too. The patient will do such exercises as heel raises, mini-squats (knees are bent less than 90 º degrees), and may use a stationary bike without resistance.
Week 6 to 12
At this time, the patients are prepared for advanced exercises. A range of motion should be full and pain-free. Patients can now begin to flex the knee beyond 90º. Depending on the individual cases, kinesiotherapist will offer advanced exercises which enhance stability and flexibility of the knee.
People who are looking to return to professional sports should continue to increase muscle strength, power, and endurance. At this time, sport-specific training can be introduced. However, the patients are still recommended to avoid squatting, pivoting or twisting on the knee. One should continue all exercises and may begin light jogging. Plyometrics and swimming are also highly beneficial in recovery.