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.
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.
Being a true member of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries, Lithuania is one of the leaders in low joint replacement revision rates, as only 9% of surgeries in Lithuania require revision in 10 years after surgery. Moreover, with the implants used at our clinic, only 4-6% of surgeries require revision in 10 years after surgery, while revision rates in some other Western countries, for example, USA, is as high as 17% in 10 years after surgery. The implants used at our clinic have been evaluated by other countries’ registries as those ensuring longest implant life, as compared to products of other manufacturers. Read more here.
Shoulder arthroscopy (translated from Greek, arthros – a joint and skopein – to look) literally means “looking within a joint“. It is a so-called minimally invasive surgery enabling doctors to see the joint from the inside. It is called minimally invasive because no big incisions or opening of the joint are necessary with this technique. This reduces the risk of infections and bleeding. Shoulder arthroscopy is performed with the help of an arthroscope – a narrow tube that has a camera and a light at the end. This procedure is very beneficial in diagnosing and managing various joint disorders including damaged cartilage, torn ligaments and tendons, arthritis, shoulder impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tear.
Even though minimally invasive, arthroscopy is still a surgical procedure, therefore anaesthesia is required. Possibly, but not necessarily, general anaesthesia will be administered. This means that you will be fully asleep and feel nothing during the whole procedure. Alternatively, you may receive regional anaesthesia. In this case, your arm and shoulder will be numbed to prevent pain and anti-anxiety medications will be given to calm your nerves. In the next step, a surgeon will make several tiny incisions (1-2 cm in length). Then, the joint space will be filled with a sterile saline solution in order to expand it. After that, the arthroscope and thin surgical instruments will be inserted through small incisions. The camera will project the images of the joint on a TV screen and perform the procedure. Depending on the severity of the shoulder damage the whole procedure usually takes 1-3 hours.
Generally, arthroscopy is considered to be a safe procedure and most patients do not experience any complications. However, there still is a small possibility of postarthroscopic chondrolysis (dissolution of the cartilage), nerve damage (0.2-3%), infection (0.16-1.9%) and thromboembolic complications (0.06-0.42%).
Although shoulder arthroscopy does not involve big incisions, the recovery period is quite long and varies from 1 to 6 months depending on what repairs were done. Pain and discomfort of the shoulder may last for several weeks after the procedure. Ice and painkillers will relieve pain and swelling. Also, it is usually recommended to wear a sling right after the procedure to protect your shoulder. Many people may return to light daily activities after a week. However, heavier physical activities may not be safe for several months after arthroscopy.