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.
Limb lengthening surgery makes it possible to increase one’s height from 5 to 15 cm. Such results are achieved through distraction osteogenesis, a technique that utilizes the body’s capacity to grow new bone and other supportive tissues. This modern surgical procedure aims to lengthen the limbs (usually the legs), improve the stature, and increase functionality. In addition, limb lengthening surgery is relevant for those seeking to correct congenital bone conditions, like limb length discrepancy.
There are two main techniques used in limb lengthening: one uses external fixators and the other one uses internal fixators.
External fixation involves attaching the bones to a special stabilizing structure, consisting of the apparatus and its control software, enabling various limb corrections to be made. It slowly pulls apart the bones, making them increase in length. This method is preferable while lengthening a shorter bone or performing more than one correction at a time. However, this fixation system looks aesthetically unappealing and has a higher risk of infection due to its external mechanism.
The length of the limb lengthening surgery is about 2 hours. The patient is released from the hospital after 1-3 days.
The bone distraction (lengthening) process starts 5-7 days after the operation. The fixators lengthen the bones approximately 1 mm every day, making it possible to gain up to 2.5 cm of height per month. During this stage a patient must adjust the settings of fixation apparatus according to a schedule given by a surgeon after the operation.
The duration of the limb lengthening depends on the desired goals. However, the recommended duration is about 2-6 months. This way a patient can gain up to 15 centimeters of height.
The next stage of limb lengthening is bone consolidation during which the bone starts hardening and healing.
The internal fixation system is removed after 1-2 years after the surgery. The external system must be removed only after the bones are fully healed.
Limb lengthening is more popular with people from particular professional areas (business, military, or modelling). However, the surgery can also be designed to correct hereditary bone conditions (a short femur, proximal femoral focal deficiency, fibular hemimelia, posteromedial bow of the tibia, and others).
Limb lengthening treatment consists of a few phases: preparation, surgery, latency, distraction, and consolidation. The entire process can take 1-2 years, however, the exact timing varies from patient to patient.
During surgery, the thighbones and/or calf bones are lengthened through the process of distraction osteogenesis.
While recovering, the patients must avoid nicotine and eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein. While the bones are growing, it is crucial to regularly attend physical therapy (3-5 times a week) and see the doctor several times a month for quick check-ups. In case of internal stretching the device is removed after 1-2 years and after the bones have fully consolidated in case of external method. The removal is a short surgical procedure, performed in an outpatient setting which means that the patient does not need to stay in the hospital overnight.