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.
The shoulder is a highly mobile joint which makes it highly prone to injury and dislocation. When the upper arm ligaments, muscles, and tendons, fail to provide proper support, the upper arm bone (a humerus) is more likely to slip out of the “socket” part of the joint. Shoulder instability symptoms are pain in the shoulder, numbness in the outer part of the arm, and feeling like the shoulder “gives way”.
The main shoulder instability causes are traumatic falls on a straight arm, direct blow to the shoulder, and holding the arms overhead for prolonged periods of time (e.g., painting the walls). If shoulder instability remains untreated, the person risks developing repeated dislocations, ongoing pain and stiffness, and nerve and blood vessels damage.
Shoulder instability affects 2% of the general population. Physically active males in the third decade of life carry a significantly higher risk for shoulder instability and recurrent dislocation. Dislocations among women become more common with age and often happen due to falling on the outstretched hand.
Shoulder instability is first addressed with non-surgical methods. Conservative treatment involves active modification (avoiding activities that aggravate the symptoms), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. naproxen or ibuprofen), and physical therapy (strengthening the muscles to improve shoulder control). However, surgery is often necessary to repair unstable shoulder joints because of unacceptably high rates of recurrent shoulder instability after conservative treatment alone.
Good shoulder instability surgery candidates are those patients who experience significant pain, chronic dislocations, and have tried to improve their condition with non-surgical measures, like individualized physical therapy.
Shoulder instability surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and takes approximately 1-2 hours. Surgery is minimally invasive since it is performed arthroscopically through a few “key-hole” incisions in the shoulder. There are a few types of surgeries to stabilize the shoulder.
Capsular shift is a surgical technique to tighten the loose joint capsule and ligaments. It is like tucking loose fabric and sewing the overlapping parts together.
Labral repair, also known as Bankart repair, is a procedure that is done to repair the tears in the ridge of the “socket” part of the joint. The surgeon removes the frayed edges and other loose parts that may get in the way of the joint movements.
Latarjet procedure is chosen when there is significant bone loss due to repeated joint dislocations. The surgeon takes a bone graft from another area of the joint and uses screws to place it into the worn-out area of the joint.
Based on the review of the literature, shoulder instability surgery is a safe and effective treatment option. The incidence of complications is quite low and experienced orthopaedic surgeons and staff do everything to provide the highest quality care and the best results for our patients. Some of the postoperative complications may include recurrent joint instability, limited joint motion, deep vein thrombosis, or neurovascular injuries.
Patients should not move the shoulder or arm above the head, across the body, and in the opposite direction as the surgical site.
Return to work is possible in 1 to 2 weeks and manual work can be resumed in 3 to 4 weeks. Driving is allowed in 4 to 6 weeks or once the operated arm is no longer in a brace. At home, pain is controlled with anti-inflammatory drugs, like naproxen or ibuprofen.
The primary goals of the first phase are not to disrupt the surgical repair and begin improving joint range of motion. Patients are recommended to rest properly and focus on protecting the surgical site and healing of the involved tissues. Within 3 to 7 days, patients can use the operated arm to eat or write. Patients also begin guided physical therapy which includes exercises that improve shoulder stability and range of motion.