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.
Patients saved this number of years by travelling to our clinic instead of waiting for surgery at home country.
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.
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear is the most commonly injured knee ligament. Its main function is to limit joint mobility. MCL is found on the inside of the knee and it is one of the four main ligaments that ensures the stability of the knee joint. MCL tear usually occurs with a blow to the outside of the knee during sports, like wrestling, hockey, skiing, or martial arts. The severity of the injury can be classified into three grades from the 1st (minimal fiber tearing) to the 3rd (a complete tear, commonly with other ligament injury). The symptoms of the MCL tear are a “pop” sound during the traumatic event, immediate pain, swelling of the joint, locking, or catching in the joint.
To diagnose MCL tears a doctor firstly asks a patient to describe how the knee was injured and whether there were any previous knee injuries. Then the physician performs a physical exam by checking the inside of the injured knee for pain and tenderness. Depending on the level of pain and looseness of the knee, the doctor evaluates the severity of the tear and determines the steps to take in treating the injury. Most of the time, the doctor also orders an x-ray scan to identify bone injuries and an MRI scan to confirm the diagnosis.
MCL tear treatment depends on the severity of the injury. In milder cases, MCL tear responds well to nonsurgical treatment. Patients are recommended to rest the knee, apply ice packs, elevate the injured leg, and take pain medications, like ibuprofen. To prevent the knee from moving, patients are recommended a lightweight cast. In about 3 days, most patients are ready to begin a rehabilitative program that takes about 2 months, depending on the degree of tear. In more difficult cases, MCL tear is treated with surgery to reattach the ligament to the bone with stitches, a metal screw, or a bone staple. Surgery is also indicated for chronic instability after unsuccessful conservative treatment.
Surgery is considered for patients with a complete ligament tear or an avulsion fracture (a fracture near the site where the bone attaches to a tendon or ligament). A good MCL tear surgery candidate is someone with chronic instability after non-surgical treatment.
MCL tear surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 2 hours to complete. A surgeon makes an incision at the torn area and uses suture anchors and/or screws (fixation devices) to secure the ligament to the bone. If the tear requires reconstruction (usually later than 4 weeks after injury), the surgeon uses connective tissue (graft) from the muscle of the leg (e.g. a hamstring).
Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon closes the incision site and places the operated knee in a bulky bandage. The knee hinged brace is recommended after surgery for 6-10 weeks.
After MCL tear treatment, a patient is on limited weight-bearing. While in the clinic, pain is controlled with intravenous medications, and while at home, patients are prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen or naproxen. Patients are recommended to keep the operated leg elevated and use ice packs for 15-20 minutes at least 4-5 times per day to reduce swelling and discomfort. A knee brace is placed on the leg to keep the leg completely straight and prevent side-to-side movement.
In 3 to 6 weeks patients begin wearing a brace locked in 30 degrees. After 6-12 weeks patients are fitted with a functional knee brace with no range of motion limitations. Most patients can return to a desk job in about 1 week. Upon discharge from the hospital, the patient is guided through a rehabilitation program that helps to improve range of motion, strength, and knee function.
The goals of the first recovery phase are to protect the repaired ligament, avoid weight-bearing, decreasing pain and effusion, and gradually improving flexion and extension. Physical therapy includes electrical muscle stimulation to decrease post-operative pain and facilitate muscle contraction. The exercises are focused on soft stretches and ankle pumps to reduce swelling. Patients progress to the second recovery stage when they are able to extend and flex the knee with minimal pain and swelling.