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 replacement is a last resort treatment for severely damaged shoulder joint. Physiologically, joint surface is lined with smooth and strong cartilage which allows movements through a wide range of motion. However, due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or severe joint trauma, lining cartilage becomes thin and rough. As a result, it is painful to move and it limits and disturbs daily activities. In such case shoulder replacement is an option. It will not only relieve unwanted symptoms but also will protect from further joint damage.
The joint is composed of two parts – head, upper arm bone and socket which is formed by a part of shoulder blade. Joint surface is covered with articular cartilage and synovial membrane. These structures protect bones from touching each other and enable smooth movements. Stability and support is ensured by structures surrounding joint. It includes firm tendons and muscles.
Although shoulder joint is one of the largest joints in the body, it supports relatively small amount of weight. As a result, shoulder is rarely affected by diseases but if you have a disorder, symptoms may appear just at its final stages.
Shoulder replacement is performed either under general or regional anaesthesia. There are two types of procedure – partial and total shoulder replacement. During total shoulder replacement, the head of joint is replaced with a humeral component. It is composed of rounded and polished part which will serve as a joint head and a stem which is inserted into upper arm bone. The shoulder socket is smoothed and plastic glenoid component is attached. While performing partial shoulder replacement only one part of joint is replaced with prosthesis.
The type of surgery depends on certain situation. The erosion level of lining cartilage, space between bones, activity of inflammation and the origin of joint damage are factors of interest.
Pain management and infection prophylaxis are the main goals during the first days after joint replacement. You will be given some doses of antibiotics and painkillers which will help you feel as comfortable as possible.
Most likely your arm will be placed into a sling for 2-4 weeks. During this time you still have to perform physical therapy. Your doctor will introduce you with exercise plan which will consist of several stages. At first, only no action movements are allowed. It means that you should use your healthy arm in order to move operated one. Later some strengthening movements will be included as well as exercises increasing joint’s range of motion. Special emphasis should be laid on following instructions while any overdo may cause more harm than good.
For 4-6 weeks you will not be allowed to drive a car, lift heavy things, push yourself up and place operated arm in extreme positions. Also it is advised to have assistance while performing daily activities, therefore, it is recommended to make arrangements with a family member or special agency.