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
An individual rehabilitation program is prepared for each patient depending on the type of surgery, general patient‘s well-being, health status and other factors.
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.
Nucleoplasty is a modern back treatment technique used to alleviate pain caused by herniated spinal disc. This procedure involves removal of the inner part of the disc and the use of radio frequency energy to shrink the residual part of it. Nucleoplasty is minimally invasive which means that it does not require any incisions and the entire procedure is performed through a small tube.
A patient with contained disc herniation that causes severe back pain radiating (but not necessarily) to the leg or arm is considered to be a candidate for this procedure. Contained disc herniation refers to the condition in which the outer layer covering the disc herniation (annulus fibrosus) remains intact. Nucleoplasty is recommended in the cases when conservative herniation treatment (medications, physical therapy and epidural injections) is futile.
Nucleoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure which means that you will be able to go home the same day after the procedure. Local anaesthetics (numbing medications) and sedatives (medications relieving anxiety) will be administered before nucleoplasty. These medications will ease the pain and make you feel calm but you will still be awake during the whole procedure. You will be asked to lie face down. Then a doctor will insert a very thin catheter (tube) into your back and position it into the jelly-like central part of the damaged spinal disc (nucleus pulposus). Positioning of the catheter is performed under the guidance of fluoroscope (x-ray imaging). Once the catheter will be in a proper position, the doctor will insert a special transmitter through the catheter into the nucleus of the disc. This transmitter emits radio-waves that break up molecular bonds and cause shrinkage of the nucleus pulposus. As a result the disc bulge will decrease and it will not irritate the adjacent nerve anymore. Finally, the doctor will remove the transmitter and catheter. A sterile bandage will be placed to cover the insertion point. The entire procedure of nucleoplasty usually takes less than an hour.
According to various data sources, about 80% of patients that underwent nucleoplasty report significant reduction in pain. Naturally, the results of the procedure depend on the size of disc herniation and experience of a doctor who performs.
Generally, nucleoplasty is considered to be simple and safe procedure. However, every procedure is associated with some possible risks. Infection in the spinal disc is one of the possible complications of nucleoplasty as well as bleeding and nerve damage. Additionally, these complications are extremely rare.