Testimonials

Peter, UK

I had been looking up options for surgery on my hip for a long time. I was in exceptional pain and was struggling to perform basic tasks. Throughout the entire process I was treated in a friendly and professional manner. 

This continued when I arrived, the clinic was extremely well equipped and the staff were as good as I've experienced anywhere else. I would like to thank everyone involved in getting my surgery done so smoothly.

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Gerry, N.Ireland

I was on the NHS waiting list for a hip operation for nearly two years and was told I may have to wait for another two, when I decided to look at private surgery. I spoke to a number of people who had used Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania and they confirmed the surgeries professional and caring approach. I have just got a new hip myself with Nordorthopaedics and would recommend the place to anyone. Professional, organised, and helpful, with great caring staff. The operation was great value for money and you would be surprised at how much it costs. Give them a phone and have a chat.

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Owen, Wales

The following information could be helpful for people considering the use of your facilities in Lithuania:

- If you need a replacement hip and do not wish to wait for many months to receive an operation with the NHS in the UK, please consider using an excellent private clinic called Northopaedics in Lithuania which is an EU country.
- You will be invited to make contact with other patients who have used the facilities which was particularly helpful to me in making my decision.
- The surgeon Sarunas Tarasevicius, has completed in excess of 1500 hip operations with great success. He trained in Sweden and uses the latest technology and methods to ensure that the surgery has great results.
- The cost for private hip surgery in the UK is circa £10,000 with no help
- The cost in Lithuania is circa £6000 and a refund of circa £5000 can be obtained from the NHS under the EEA Scheme that is currently in place.
- The Northopaedics team are able to offer a considered choice of the hardware used and a suitable date for the procedure.
- The administration is superb and all travel and accommodation details are looked after in a professional and caring manner.
- The clinic is a modern high quality premises with good accommodation and great staff who provide a high level of care including excellent meals with a wide choice of menu.
- I flew to Lithuania on the 3rd of September 2017, I had my full pre-op checks on the 4th which included a meeting with the surgeon and anaesthetist.
- The operation was carried out on Tuesday the 5th of September.
- I was walking with crutches on Wednesday the 6th of September.
- I flew back to the UK on Sunday the 10th of September without crutches and I am making very good progress   
 
I am very happy with my experience, I will have no hesitation in recommending these facilities to anyone needing hip replacement surgery.

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Shirley, UK

I have no hesitation in recommending your services. From our initial contact with you to your services on our arrival, everything was perfect.

We chose your company because you offered the best and quickest way for me to have surgery rather than wait for 16 weeks for the NHS in England. Your choice of hotels at the beginning before my transfer to the clinic was great. The clinic itself was superbly appointed and the staff and nurses could not have been better. The surgeon was most informative about the procedure and I can say that his work was superb. His aftercare also.

Finally the transfer back to Kaunus and the onward transfer to the airport for our trip home ran very smoothly.

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Kevin, Essex

So I needed a new replacement knee and had done for about 4 years. But i lived on ever stronger pain killers about 2 months before it became impossible to carry on working. It was time to really get something done. My own doctor put me on the waiting list for a consultant appointment but this would be at least a wait of 13 weeks. So i paid privately to get a definitive diagnosis. The consultant told me the knee needed surgery as soon as possible.

My own doctor said yes, but i will probably have to wait anything between 18 months and 2 years. So I got some private quotes from the UK of 9-12000 Pounds, then I stumbled across the Nordorthopaedics Lithuania website and I asked for more information. After many emails discussing my various options from arthroscopy (cleaning up and repairing the knee joint), partial knee replacement, Dr Belickas recommended a complete knee joint replacement as my joint was so badly worn and I was happy to agree. The cost was much more affordable even with 7 days of rehab post op. 

I flew from London to Kaunas airport (2hrs 40mins) and I was met by a lovely lady who took me to the clinic for a pre-op assessment, blood tests, ecg and x rays, and a consultation with Dr Belickas, who answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. Then to my hotel for the night and enough evening time to enjoy being a tourist in Kaunas.

I was collected from my hotel at lunchtime the next day and taken to the clinic to my own private room, very comfortable, TV, wifi. I had my op an hour later and everything went well. 4 more days in the clinic with full nursing and more food than I could wish for. I had taken the option of 7 days rehab at the spa resort, so once again the nice lady driver collected me and took me to the centre. Comfortable room again with TV, Wifi, fridge and ensuite, 3 meals a day (buffet style), 4 physio treatments a day and a most wonderful and calming environment. Everyone was very kind to me and although I was on my own I never really felt lonely. 24/7 nurse on call for a painkiller, a dressing change or a sleeping tablet and doctor if needed.

Once again when my time was finished I was collected and transferred back to Kaunas airport. I got home last night and now I must keep up with my physio regime to regain full movement again.

I had an absolutely positive time in Lithuania. 5 star all the way and without question I recommend this route for anyone who is in need of surgery and find the waiting time in the UK too long. Once again thanks to everyone involved with my procedure.

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Clifford Brown, Wales

I live in North Wales, U.K. and have been on the NHS waiting list for total hip replacement many months.

I looked on the internet for private treatment and found Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania were offering this service.  After reading several testimonials from former patients I decided to go ahead with treatment.

From initial contact to returning home from surgery the whole experience has been nothing but very professional and courteous. If you have any concerns about going to Nordorthopaedics don’t!

The whole procedure was very good value for money, compared to the U.K. and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this service to anyone.

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Patrick, Ireland

I am very pleased to be able to contribute this testimonial in respect of Nordortopaedic Clinic in Lithuania where I had the pleasure of engaging their services recently. I can highly recommend them unequivocally for the stated reasons, especially in the area of hip replacement with Dr Tarasevicius, the consultant and surgeon. All relevant details are on their website which is very informative including an overall introduction by the consultant on hip replacements.

I had a hip replacement in the UK about 18 years ago which proved to be a total success and like a lot of patients this is my second one! I am now living in Ireland and when I first suspected I had the same symptoms about 18 months ago I set about exploring the idea of having the treatment abroad under the EU Cross Border Directive that anyone can research depending on where they live. After being seen by my GP I was put on the waiting list to see an Orthopaedic Consultant and after 2 cancellations I am still waiting 15 months for him to tell me what I already know.

After consultation you could be waiting another 2 years to eventually have the operation. Bear this in mind because it is a long time to be in severe pain. In my case it would also mean being on long term sickness benefit with a huge financial loss.

The HSE procedure in Ireland stipulates I must see a consultant to recommend and satisfy the HSE criteria before I can proceed with the operation of the chosen country. I made preliminary arrangements to have the operation on the basis I had enough time if the scheduled appointment with the consultant took place in Ireland but this was cancelled again thus putting a spanner in the works. However, I cleared it with the National Contact Point to go ahead with the operation under the assurance I would get reimbursed from the HSE. Also, bear in mind this clinic has had many dealings with the HSE as many patients from Ireland will testify.

From the very start I dealt exclusively with Jurate who is the main administrator, mainly dealing with the English speaking countries. Her command of the written English is excellent so there was no problem in communication. I initially asked for information about procedures etc. which was sent to me and when I actually decided to go ahead I found the whole experience most satisfactorily. I had to make some last minute changes because of my cancelled appointment in Ireland. Nothing was too much trouble for Jurate from booking recommended hotels and every advice on the itinerary, including recommended advice on vital aspects such as rehabilitation.

It should be stressed that with all this prior information and knowledge it`s comforting to say the least especially if one is travelling solo. From landing in Kaunas airport to departing 10 days later everything went like clockwork including being transported to hotels/airport, clinic for preoperative tests and rehabilitation centre. I spoke to Dr Tarasevicius prior to the operation and even discussed the state of my previous hip replacement which was reassuring. I might also say that if I have any further problems with this hip replacement I would have no hesitation in dealing with Dr Tarasevicius again. All details of the type of hip replacement was already sent to me before leaving Ireland. I spent 3 days in total in the clinic and Dr Tarasevicius visited me on the Saturday with the postoperative x-ray to say he was satisfied with the operation. All the staff in the clinic were excellent and ensured sufficient pain relief monitoring was carried out. All food was provided by a local top class restaurant so no complaints there! Basic physiotherapy was initially given before going to the rehabilitation centre.

The minimum stay in the rehabilitation centre is 4 days and is strongly recommended. My only concern was the level of English spoken by the various specialists and ancillary staff was not as good as the clinic but sufficient to get by. You take what you can out of it by using as much as the facilities as possible and carrying out the prescribed physiotherapy. There is also enough information provided by the clinic on what to do or NOT what to do on return home, so the emphasis is up to the patient to ensure a good recovery.

I must express my personal gratitude to Jurate for accommodating all my requests and ensuring everything went smoothly. All the English speaking patients I met also echoed the same opinions of her, especially by providing all the necessary final documentation for reimbursement. She is an expert in this field and I cannot overstate the importance of this as it involves a considerable amount of money.

To sum up on hindsight, what could be a daunting experience for the first time in a foreign country seeking medical treatment and bearing in mind most of the patients are elderly, it turned out to be hassle free and almost a pleasureable experience under the circumstances. I have no hesitation in recommending Northopaedics Clinic for any medical procedure and can assure any doubters it is all worth it. And the pain .......................... well - happy days again!!!!!!

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Anthony, UK

I found the Clinic via the Internet, after making no progress in the UK NHS. I was in constant (knee) pain from a skiing injury, and was persuaded by the strong testimonials to make contact and find out more. As I was going Private the prices were important to me as well as the experience of this type of orthopaedic surgery. The responses to all my questions were timely and fully answered by Jurate. In my case the amount of surgery could not be determined until I was on site for assessment, so I did not have an exact cost nor recovery expectations. Potentially I could be walking the next day or on crutches for weeks.

Because I was able to fly directly to Kaunas, it made the process easier and cheaper. I arrived Sunday afternoon and was met at the airport and taken to the hotel in the city centre. I was kept informed, by text, of next steps all the time. On Monday afternoon I was taken to the Clinic for blood tests, Legal paperwork, surgery assessment and surgery itself, all within 2 hours of arrival to operating table. The Clinic has excellent facilities, more like a hotel with a la carte dining. After an overnight stay in a private room I was taken back to my hotel Tuesday afternoon. The Surgeon and Anaesthetist regularly checked my progress and answered my questions. I had a follow up assessment on Thursday with the Surgeon to check progress and taken to the airport Friday.

I am back home recovering now, a week after the surgery, but it will take a few weeks for the bruising and pain to subside, which is normal, but so far the operation looks to be successful, and the Surgeon did not see any reason not make a full recovery.

Accommodation in Kaunas is inexpensive and there are lots of places to visit as well as a variety of restaurants. Lots of Historic sites nearby as well as the Akropolis shopping centre. I stayed at the Kaunas City hotel, which is a great location and is very underrated as a 2* hotel. English is widely spoken.

With hindsight there are a few things I would have perhaps changed. It would have been better to somehow have been assessed before travelling (perhaps they can tie-up with a UK assessment surgeon ?) and also you have to pay before the surgery, when you are on-site. As I have a daily limit on my cards, I had to split the payment across cards, else potentially cancel the surgery.

I think, once travel is booked it would be better to pay in advance if you can, and if more surgery is needed, then adjust the bill accordingly / give a refund. I also thought I could pay in GBP on the day too, to minimise exchange costs, but was told it was in Euros. Perhaps because I paid my deposit in Euros.

I certainly have no hesitation to recommend the Clinic for Orthopaedic Surgery. We all hope we do not need it, but if we do it is a much better option than the time I wasted going through the NHS waiting for appointments ending  10 minute meetings and another appointment.  The Clinic prices were very reasonable and there is no VAT / additional charges to pay for medication / transportation. The price you are quoted seems to be the final price you pay. Just Flight and Hotels on top. 

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Gordon, UK

Already having had a knee replacement in the UK which I feel is not a success I decided to look overseas. I checked a number of countries, clinics, their procedures and aftercare. I inquired to three and found that Nordorthpaedics clinic came up with most inclusive information (a good website).

I made an appointment to go to Lithuania to see them, they pick you up and take you to the clinic and all other places your required to go to, book hotels, etc. 

First I had an xray on my knee then saw the surgeon Dr Belickas who discussed the procedure, any questions I asked, he put me very much at ease.

I decided to go ahead with the operation. The operation went very well, I was put in a private room, the Doctor came to see me every day check my wellbeing. On the fourth day I was transferred to the rehabilitation clinic. I would recommend it.  I went for 14 days and was able to walk without any aid 17 days after my operation.

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Jane, Scotland

From the time a first contact was sent to Jurate at Nordorthopaedics, we were provided with detailed information and courteous, timely assistance. By the time we took the flight out to Lithuania, we had a full itinerary for the whole time from landing in Kaunas until the time of take-off two weeks later for our return to Scotland. We also had full details of all costs to which we were committed. All transfers and stays had been organised for both the patient and her companion. All staff in each establishment were very attentive and caring. Food was delightful and accommodations were excellent.There were no delays - everything taking place as planned. The days spent at the rehabilitation centre after the clinic stay were very well worth-while: beautiful surroundings and accommodations plus three well-focused therapy sessions per day.

Some language difficulties do exist but most staff had some English and some individuals were very fluent in English.

It is worth mentioning that an NHS referral for hip replacement had been made in January of this year and we had recently been informed by the appropriate surgeon that it was unlikely that surgery could be arranged before next year!

The surgery by Dr. Tarasavicius resulted in no infection problems and only very slight bruising.

We would have no reservations about advising others to make use of this excellent service.

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Diane, Spain

I chose Lithuania for three reasons - one I live in Spain and had operation there and the aftercare was appalling, secondly I would have to wait to long for England, thirdly a friend had hip replacement done in Lithuania and spoke very highly of you. After doing my homework on the hospital I chose to have my knee replacement done there I cannot speak highly enough of the surgeon and everybody I dealt with. The treatment and aftercare was excellent, and I highly recommend the rehabilitation centre afterwards. It was like a 5star spa and I had excellent treatment. I am doing great my Dr here in Spain was very impressed with the scar and how it has healed so well.

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Mary Carr, Ireland

In December of 2016 my GP referred me to an orthopaedic consultant with severe hip pain, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and therefore required a full hip replacement, I was placed as an urgent case for which the waiting list was over a year. I then researched overseas treatment on line and found the Nordorthopaedic web site; I read several testimonials from Irish people who had different procedures and it looked very impressive.

I made contact with Jurate from the Nordorthopaedic clinic she was extremely helpful and answered every question. I decided to apply to the HSE for the cross border directive scheme, they sent the forms which were completed and after three weeks I got the go ahead. 

I emailed Jurate and a surgery date was arranged for April 27th   which was to be carried out by a wonderful surgeon Dr.Tarasevicius.

 Arrangements were made to fly on the Monday evening. I was collected from the airport and driven to my hotel; I was collected the next morning to have a consultation with Dr.Tarasevicius and to have an x-ray and blood tests carried out. The morning of the procedure I was collected and brought to the Clinic for my surgery and was met by the medical team, they were wonderful.  After the surgery I woke up and first thing I noticed was there was no more pain.

 The nurses were fantastic and I was extremely well cared for, and It was very obvious that it was just more than a job to them. I was up on my feet on Friday and by Saturday I was walking without any aid, Dr.Tarasevicius checked on me every day while I was at the clinic. 

I was collected on Monday morning the 1st of May and brought to the rehabilitation centre, I was met by the consultant and a program was designed for me. The staff were wonderful they made my stay relaxing and pleasant. I would highly recommend and that anyone going forward for hip replacement should have at least one week rehabilitation. On Monday the 8th of May when I was leaving I was collected and brought to the airport by the staff of Nordorthopaedics.

 I would highly recommend Juarte and the staff of both Nordorthopaedics clinic and the staff of the rehabilitation centre for their professionalism, friendliness and experience that they provide. I would like to thank them all for everything in helping me to get back to my normal life again.

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. 

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.
I hereby wish to give my permission for the clinic to release my telephone number to anyone who requests it.

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Paul, Dublin

I had a rotator cuff injury which required surgery. After speaking to the consultant in Ireland I was told I could be waiting 2 years or pay double the price of Nordorthopaedics. Having researched the clinic online I made contact via email and was very impressed with quick response and the detail contained in the information I was given. I  was collected upon arrival in Kaunas Airport and brought straight to my hotel and told I would be collected for consultation the next morning. After this consultation I was give a time for my surgery that evening and again collected from my hotel. I had a private room and within an hour I was prepped and brought to theatre. The care I was give post op was outstanding. I would highly recommend  Nordorthopaedics. I would like to add that  all of the staff had excellent English making this process that bit easier. Since returning to Ireland the clinic have kept in touch to check on my progress.

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John Ng, Ireland

In November of 2016 I found out that I needed a full hip replacement by my doctor, I requested that he refer me to an orthopedic consultant. When I got a letter from the orthopedic clinic that I would be waiting up to 16 weeks to see him, I went back to my doctor and asked if he could help in speeding things along to get a quicker appointment. I then heard about people going overseas to have hip replacements done I did a lot of research into it, each time I kept getting a recommended clinic of Nordorthopaedics. The website was very handy, easy to understand and direct.

When I rang Jurate she was very helpful and answered any questions that I had. Jurate mentioned had I contacted the HSE about the cross border directive scheme to get reimbursement on the cost for when I decided to go ahead with the procedure.I got a cancellation appointment to see the consultant he told me that it was urgent that I get  the hip replaced. I asked how long will I be on the waiting list I was told anywhere from 6 months to a year,I could not wait that long.

I decided to go to Nordorthopaedic and get my hip replacement. I rang Jurate and told her I would like to have the procedure done in Lithuania. Jurate asked me to send a copy of my x-ray and a letter stating that I was on a waiting list here in Ireland. Once Dr.Tarasevicius had seen the x-ray he arranged for the surgery for the 22nd of March 2017.

Jurate and the team from the clinic kept me updated by email and phone calls, all the details and price of the procedure were broken down which was very helpful.

I made the arrangements to fly on the Monday evening. I was collected from the airport and driven to my hotel, I was collected the next morning to see the doctor had an x-ray and blood test done. The next day I was brought to the Clinic for my surgery and was met the team who were going to do the procedure, they were very friendly. After the surgery was done I woke up and first thing I noticed was there was no more pain in my hip or knee and I was up eating dinner straight after it. The nursing staff were brilliant and caring they made sure I was well looked after, they even found time during their buy schedule to chat to me. I was up and about on the Thursday and by Friday I was on crutches, Dr.Tarasevicius came to see me on Friday afternoon and told me just to use one crutch which I was amazed at but got on with it

I was collected on Saturday morning and brought to the rehabilitation centre to start my rehab, I was met by the consultant and a program was designed to suit my needs. This contained physio, massage and electronic stimulation on my thigh's. Again the staff were brilliant and very friendly they made my stay relaxing and pleasant. I would highly recommend that anyone going forward for hip or knee replacement should have at least one week rehabilitation. On the Friday when I was leaving I was collected and brought to the airport safely by the staff of Nordorthopaedics.

Over all I would highly recommend Jurate and the staff of both Nordorthpaedics clinic and the staff of the rehabilitation centre for their proficiency, friendliness and professional manner and experience that they provide. I would like to thank them all for everything they have done in helping me to get back to my normal life again.

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Darren and Laura, UK

I would like to thank yourself and all the staff at the clinic for their expertise and professionalism, especially as we were very wary about travelling such a distance to carry out the ACL reconstruction but we need not have worried. As soon as we entered the reception we almost forgot we were in a foreign land and could have been inside any private hospital at home, but with more access to the surgeon and nurses if needed. The language was not a problem either as all staff knew enough English to get by and some were fluent.

While under the instruction of the clinic nothing was too much trouble, the girls driving us back and forward to the clinic were superb and when we had a problem with the knee brace after the operation because of swelling of the knee, the clinic had a custom knee brace measured up and fitted by the next morning.

All in all if any of my family needs this type of surgery in the future, or other procedures that you partake in then your clinic will be the first one I look at.

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John Holstead, Ireland

It is now 2 weeks and one day since my hip was replaced and today I returned to my home. 

Some 4 days after the operation, I left the clinic and spent a week at the rehabilitation centre in Druskininkai before flying back to Ireland and spending a couple of days with my daughter. From here on, I’m on my own.

I have just driven my car to my local shop without any problem. Two weeks and a day ago it was agony just getting into the car.

The crutches have been replaced with a single stick. I seem to be getting most of my exercise walking around the house trying to remember where I left the stick. I wonder if Prof. Tarasevicius does memory replacements?

Himself and his wonderful staff certainly know what they are doing when it comes to hips!! My thanks to all.

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Leigh Whiting, UK

I had been waiting five months for an appointment to see a triage nurse who would access how urgent it was for me to see a consultant. The ex rays already showed that my hip had deteriorated and my GP said that I needed a full hip replacement.

I was already on crutches and in constant pain. Every time I moved I felt a sharp knife like pain in my groin. My knee was painful and my leg ached from the knee to my ankle. I saw my G.P again and asked if she could please get me an appointment. She agreed to write again requesting an urgent appointment but suggested that I should try to go privately as I was likely to have to wait a long time.

My toe nails and nails had gone yellow as a result of the anti inflammatories and I was constantly nauseous from the pain killers, despite taking something to protect my stomach.

The cost of a hip replacement was financially out of my reach in England. Consequently, I went online to research other possibilities.

The hospital in Lithuania was by far the cheapest. Approximately three and a half thousand euros plus the price of the implant, which varied.

Fortunately I had a Doctor friend who worked in the private system and I asked him to check out the hospital and the surgeon, Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius. My friend already knew of the hospital and said he wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to me. He then later reported back that the surgeon had an excellent record and was well known in the medical word.

Without hesitation I contacted the hospital and sent off my x-rays.

I was given an operation date within the following two weeks. I spoke to Jurata Seskaite, who answered all of my questions, stayed in touch with me and ensured that I was happy with my procedure and following treatment.

The day before surgery I flew with Wizzair and was met at the airport. I was taken to my hotel and later had new X-rays taken and met Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius, who explained the whole procedure to me and what to expect afterwards. I also met with the anesthetist who explained that although I would sleep and not know anything about the operation, I would be given an epidural and not a general anesthetic, because he considered it a safer procedure.
 
Everything went fantastically. I received continual care and attention from the nursing staff and the surgeon saw me every day. The day following the surgery a physiotherapist came and watched me walk with the crutches, to ensure I used them correctly and gave me exercises to do.

The whole experience was a good one and I must say the quality of the food and the extensive menu was the best I have ever had in hospital. 

I chose to go to on rehabilitation and left the hospital three days later and was driven to Druskininkia, to a purpose built rehabilitation centre.

I felt as though I was on holiday instead of post operative especially as the rehabilitation center was set in the midst of a forest. My room was large and specifically designed to cater for my needs post hip surgery. I saw a doctor and nurse daily and there was twenty four hour nursing available I only had to press a buzzer. One day I missed my physiotherapy because I was feeling tired and immediately a doctor and nurse appeared to check if I was ok.

During my time in rehabilitation I received one to one physiotherapy, cryotherapy treatment and a massage daily. After physiotherapy a nurse would give me ice packs to place on my wound. Also in the morning a nurse would put on my white surgical stockings and remove them at night before bed time.

I simply cannot praise the surgeon and all the staff involved enough as it was a very professional, pleasant experience. Without a doubt I would confidently recommend the surgeon and hospital for a hip replacement.

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Rosemary, Ireland

We got off the plane in Kaunas a lady was waiting to taxi us to our hotel, which was really comfortable & very nice.

Everybody spoke English in the Clinic and all around the hotel, shops etc. 

Before my Shoulder Replacement we spoke at length to the Surgeon about my op & he answered all our questions. All the staff in the clinic from the surgeon to the cleaner couldn't of been nicer or more helpful. The whole clinic was perfectly clean. The food in the clinic was lovely offering a great variety of foods.

Having woke up from my operation to find I was pain free, & still am a month later, after 4 years of constant pain.

We couldn't fault our stay, only wish I had found this clinic much sooner.  Thank you for everything you did for us, you made everything so easy & hassle free, one things for sure we will never be sat on a waiting list again.

I would highly recommend the clinic to anyone.

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Saqib, UK

In the beginning of September 2016, I suffered a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus. I sustained the injury whilst doing my hobby and passion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, of which despite training several years,was my first requiring invasive action. Relying on the NHS and the expected wait was more discomforting than the tear itself. After having a private MRI and report, it was clear i needed an arthroscopy. Having obtained the report, and then pursuing  the NHS the earliest appointment for an assessment, i was offered, was November the 18th. I couldn’t walk properly due to the locking and was constantly limbing. The idea that my much needed arthroscopy would most likely happen in January 2017, was very depressing. Given my lifestyle and work, I’m constantly on my feet and an active person. Therefore I pursued the private route, the cost of which i was willing to bear through loans, if it meant I could get back to normal functionality. On researching this option I came across Nordorthopaedics website. I throughly browsed the website and felt confident from the information offered to call the free 0800 number. 

The voice on the end of the line was more than relieving. As I explained to Jurate my circumstances, I couldn’t believe the efficiency, be that replying to my emails, or answering a phone call or getting back to me, was being done within hours of correspondence. That alone gave me a lot of confidence. When speaking to Jurate, at the end of Sept, I literally had a five day window for everything to be arranged. I would start back at university lecturing within a week, my next break would then be in December. I explained this to Jurate and she spoke with Dr Pocius and who had viewed my MRI’s and said that it can be done over 3 days. I also had a Skype consultation with Dr Pocius before flying out. 

I was given clear explanations of what to expect and felt l could ask anything that concerned me or felt unclear and that they were there to support me as an individual, and not just another patient who had torn his meniscus of whom, they have seen thousands. That for me was most amazing, the level of care by all those at the clinic and Dr Pocius, a consultant knee and foot specialist for his realism, encouragement, and being highly professional. 

It has now been over 2 months since the arthroscopy and my rehab has been great so far, I was back at training after a month, and gradually building it up. The guys at the academy can’t believe how quickly i’m back at training albeit very measured. 

I can’t thank all at Nordorthopaedics enough, especially Jurate and Dr Pocius. An amazing clinic and can only hope they always hold themselves to the standards they have set, and always look to improve. 

Thank you for a great service.

I couldn’t recommend this clinic enough. 

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Thomas Eric, UK

I was at my wits end with lying awake suffering from extreme pain and after being told that my local health service could offer no alternative or no date despite being on a waiting list for months I discovered Nordorthopaedics Clinic through searching the Web.

From my first e mail enquiry I was impressed with the very professional and swift answer to my questions from Jurate who put me very much at ease and also the details of the surgery from my surgeon Professor Tarasevicius and type of implants which he recommends.

My surgery and after care was beyond my expectations and four weeks after my surgery I am walking unaided and pain free with the exception of my other hip which I will have replaced when my body has sufficiently recovered from my first surgery.

I would recommend anyone who is in the same situation that I was in not to hesitate travelling to Nordorthopaedics for their surgery.

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Maureen

Whilst visiting with my daughter and her family in Ireland, I decided to take advantage of her fast internet and google where the best place to do Knee replacement surgery in Europe was. Having been diagnosed with severe arthrosis in both knees over a year ago the pain had become overwhelming, especially in the left knee. Nordorthopaedics was among the many clinics offering less expensive knee replacements. However value for money and the credibility of the surgeon was high on my list of priorities as I live in Libya where war has been raging and the economy has all but collapsed, meaning that access to foreign currency has become very expensive for everyone. Therefore how it is spent matters. After a lot of consideration I decided to go with Nordorthopaedics. From the offset their online representative Jurate was very easy to deal with answering all my questions in a concise and reassuring manner. They are very upfront with the background of their surgeons and it's easy to check. Everything took place just as they had planned. Although I had sent ahead recent X-rays. More were taken in Kaunas before my consultancy. Both the Surgeon Dr  Belikas and the Anesthesiologist  were very reassuring and happy to answer all my queries, the operation went well and the nursing care was second to none! All the clinic staff spoke excellent English which was a tremendous help as I was traveling alone.  From the airport to my hotel, to the clinic, and later to the rehabilitation center which I booked for a week but is two hours drive away and then seeing me off  from the Airport again, a pool of educated young drivers fluent in English, took turns at driving me to each point in my journey. The whole trip was meticulously planned from A-Z. I'm truely grateful to all the people who were a part of my experience in Lithuania which is a Gem hidden in the heart of the Baltics waiting to be discovered. It fact it would be nice to return just for a holiday. Many thanks!

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Sonya, UK

I had been in a lot of pain for 8 months or so when I decided, due to having to wait so long for knee replacement surgery; I would start to explore the idea of having it done overseas. I was very hesitant in making the decision because of a very complicated medical history.  I thought this would exclude me automatically. I'd seen my  Orthopedic consultant and had already 2 steroid injections to help pain - after he refused to do another (and did explain why) I had to go off sick from work which was very frustrating! I read thru lots of clinics in Spain and France even considered India but the best testimonials/ and experience of the Consultant; kept coming up as Nordorthopaedics in Kaunas, Lithuania.  A few enquiries later via email I got very excited and decided this was for me! No waiting 9 months  just a matter of few weeks!! Jurate and her team promised all the ferrying around, booking hotels, English speaking staff- a lovely clinic. And it all went exactly as promised. 

The Surgeon and Anaesthetist asked for plenty of detail before my trip about medical problems which reassured me. I provided test results etc. The dates and flights were booked within 2-3 weeks and I was going to get my new knee. 

I cannot praise ALL the staff enough and Dr Belickas was wonderful. My partner came with me and was so impressed (& needing a new knee also) he wants to have his done there. When I was in pain a nurse was there immediately- my room was big and charming and food very good. The Surgeon often stopped by to chat, checking all was OK. Showed me the xrays of the implant aswell.  After 4 days I was moved to the Rehabilitation centre in Druskninikai, I didn't have to worry about a thing like transport or comfort or anything, and I stayed there a week. I knew I'd made the right decision as soon as the staff explained and answered my  queries. And I asked a lot! 

At the rehab centre I had my timetable of physio Doctor consultations, massage and other treatments which were amazing! The centre was beautifully done set in pine forests, competent staff &  food of a very high standard. I could feel myself getting stronger in such a good environment. It really was an amazing experience added to which Lithuania and it's people are also a delight. 

I highly recommend the whole experience of going to Nordorthopaedics clinic. I'm 3 weeks post op now and taking less painkillers than before, I can walk a couple of kilometres slowly with a sit down also I feel 'well' and rested I can attribute this to doing rehabilitation at the Spa over there. 

I'm happy to speak or email anyone who may be considering surgery overseas.

Please just ask lovely, helpful Jurate for my details!

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John, Ireland

There is no point in me going on about the reason why anyone needs a hip replacement because if you have experienced the pain then you will know. I needed a hip replacement and with the public health service in Ireland I was placed on a waiting list as I didn‘t have health insurance. I phoned the hospital that I was on the waiting list for to be told it could be 24 months before I even got to see a consultant. I started looking on the internet and I found a clinic in Lithuania called Nordorthopaedics. I read some of the testimonials and they were very impressive and like a lot of stuff on the internet this looked too good to be true. Anyway I decided to contact them and got a prompt reply which was a good start. I was applying for the Cross border directive scheme and needed help getting the forms filled out and The Lady I had contacted in the clinic Jurate is her name was very helpful with this. 

When I got confirmation on the 12th of September that my application for the CBD was approved I contacted the clinic right away. They got back to me and asked if I wanted the procedure done soon or if they would look for a later date. I told them that I would like it done as soon as possible and they came back to me with a date for the procedure to be done on the 28th of September. This date was confirmed and I organised flights and accommodation. Because of flight dates I decided to fly out on the 25th of September and come back on the 9th of October. 

Like previous testimonials have said I was picked up from the airport and brought to my accommodation. I was picked up from my apartment on the Monday and brought to the clinic, as I have a stent they did an ECG of my heart and blood tests. They also did x-rays and I was introduced to the surgeon who was a true gentleman and made me feel at ease about what was ahead of me. A time was set for the 28th as arranged previously. 

On the day of the procedure I was picked up from the apartment and brought to the clinic where I was introduced to the anaesthetist and some of the other staff. I had the procedure and was returned to my private room. The surgeon came to see me later that night and the following day the anaesthetist visited to make sure I was okay as he had to give me an epidural. Later that day I was out walking with a frame on the instructions of the physiotherapist who also gave me some exercises to do in the bed. The next day another physiotherapist came and got me walking with two crutches and also gave me some other exercises to do out of the bed. The next day I was out walking up and down the corridor with one crutch. I left the clinic a couple of days later and I am now home and doing very well and have started rehabilitation back home in Ireland. 

I cannot praise and thank everyone enough for all their help from initial contact with Jurate to the surgeon Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius and all the nurses and staff.  Like some of the other testimonials my family and friends were sceptical about me going to Lithuania for this procedure but I can personally verify that there is no need to be concerned about this as this is a truly professional facility and if anyone has to use this route and have any reservations about going ahead with it I have given full permission for the clinic to use my personal phone number to contact me.

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Ian Ewbank, UK

Being incompetent with computers it was pleasing to be able to speak directly to Jurate - language being no barrier - who was able to put all my concerns to rest. The friendly efficiency she showed was reflected throughout the organization. It was particularly re-assuring that the brilliant surgeon, Mr. Sarunas Tarasevicius wanted follow-up X-rays at 3 months, 1 year and 3 years to ensure that the hip replacement operation  was healing satisfactory. I also felt that the 5 days I spent in rehab. was very beneficial towards  the healing process.  I have no hesitation in recommending Nordorthopaedics to fellow sufferers.  

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Mary, Ireland

I was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon by my GP in May 2015 for review of the severe osteoarthritis in both my hips. I was called up by the hospital in May 2016 assuming it was to see the surgeon about a hip replacement. It was a physiotherapist who sent me for further x-rays, which confirmed the chronic state of my hips. She put me on a priority waiting list which has a minimum waiting time of 18 months. I was sent home with 2 crutches feeling very deflated.

It was then in sheer desperation I started looking at treatments abroad on the internet. I came across Nordorthopaedics clinic. I could not believe the differentials in the cost of private treatment in Lithuania compared to private treatment in Ireland. Lithuania is about 60% cheaper. After reading all the testimonials on the website and speaking with a gentleman who had a hip replacement at the clinic I rang the clinic in late July. From that first telephone call with Jurate (Customer service representative) who provided me with all the answers with great efficiency my operation was booked for the 12th September 2016.

I was taken to the clinic early morning to have the usual blood tests and x-rays. My operation was scheduled for 2.00pm. I cannot thank enough Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius , the anaesthetist, all the nurses and the staff who chauffeured us around and of course Jurate who made all the arrangements. I spent 3 nights in the clinic. On Thursday 15th September we were taken to the Rehabilitation Centre in Druskininkai for 10 days rehabilitation. It was a beautiful place beside lakes and pine forests. My partner availed of all the tourist things while I was having physiotherapy, polarized light therapy and topical cryotherapy and electrotherapy and therapeutic massages to help with the healing process. Again all the staff including doctors and nurses and physiotherapists were amazing with their invaluable help in getting me back to full recovery.

I am back home now 3 days and regretting not finding out about treatment in Lithuania much sooner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Nordorthopaedics Clinic and their Rehabilitation centre to anyone considering going to Lithuania for treatment. The EU cross border directive came into force in 2011 which allows for reimbursement for people who have to avail of treatment in another EU country because of long waiting times in their own country. The Nordorthopaedics clinic helped with all the necessary forms required by the Irish Health Service Executive. This clinic is one of the most efficient organisation I have ever had to deal with.

Many thanks to all.

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Gurdip, UK

I had a very bad knee pain and upon private MRI scan it was diagnosed as Medial Meniscus tear and required surgery.As i was in so much pain and could not wait for my turn through NHS i decided to go private,and started searching on line. I came across Nordopaedics clinic in Lithuania.After reading the reviews and getting in touch with one of their clients i decided to go for it.

I got in touch with Jurate who is a customer service representative.Jurate and her team were very informative right the way from start to after surgery. I was picked up from the airport in Vilnius (included in the price even though Kaunas airport is local as the clinic is in Kaunas) on time and taken to the hotel in Kaunas which is one and a half hours drive.

I was picked up the next day for initial consultation,blood tests and surgery.Dr Belickas and his team were exceptional always wearing a smile and very warm. i was kept fully informed about the procedure,anaesthetic and what to expect after i come out of the theatre. The team was by my bedside when i came out of the effect of anaesthetic. I was kept in the hospital for a night with regular blood pressure checks and medication as required.

I was dropped back to the hotel next morning. Two days later the doctor saw me again and informed me all was well as he had expected,and explained the after care. My whole experience about the surgery was way beyond my imagination. The hospital for me was 5 star. The whole team from admin to surgery and after care are an asset to the profession.

Thank you very much to Jurate, Dr Belickas and their teams and all the best for the future. Please do get in touch with me if need be.you can request my telephone number and email address from Jurate.

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Robin, UK

It's now a month since my hip replacement, I have waited until now to give you some feedback so that my experience to date would be more informative.

Firstly my reason for making the decision to come to Nororthopaedics in Lithuania was that after considerable research and feedback from one of your previous patients,  I felt there was no better alternative in all of the other areas in Europe that I had initially considered.

Like I would imagine, so many people in my position, faced with extended delays in treatment and surgery in the UK, enduring pain, lack of mobility and the psychological distress with a almost hopeless feeling of no positive outcome for considerable time without great expense.

I am pleased to say that as I was so desperate I started to research the alternatives and thank heavens I came across Nororthopaedics.

Your service from the start of my initial contact, the quality of your information, the promptness of your reply to all my many questions over the months before my procedure, the detail of your information, was and is outstanding and like my whole experience was to the highest possible standard.

The extremely high standard of service in taking me, a nervous apprehensive candidate, from beginning to end of my experience made me at ease and confident that my decision to go Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania, was a sound and ultimately life changing positive decision.

Your whole team from being greeted on arrival at the airport, to your accommodation arrangements, your receptionists, your nurses, my Anesthetist and Professor Tarasevicius, for whom I have the highest regard, an amazing surgeon performing my Muscle Sparing Minimaly Invasive total hip replacement to the highest possible standard and then my post operative care all of which was first class at an unbelievable value for money cost.

I know from friends who have recently had hip surgery in the UK that their experience did not compare in operation technique, standard or quality of care and recovery time to myself and these friends are ten years younger than myself and are fit active sportsmen.

I will be only too pleased to speak to anyone considering Nordorthopaedics and traveling to Lithuania a hospitable, clean and pleasant country, where English seems to be a second language.

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Sharon Doherty, N.Ireland

I am in my late 40's and was on the waiting list with my local NHS hospital since November 2014 for 2 urgent hip replacements. I had to go off work at the end of June 2015 because of the excruciating pain and the lack of mobility I had.

Having waited with no appointment forthcoming (and none still to date) I found out in November 2015 about the European Directive for cross-border Healthcare – where EU citizens can go to another EU country, if you have been on a waiting list for an inappropriate amount of time, and get your surgery done there.

I found Nordorthopaedics and Jurate contacted me very shortly afterwards. I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with this clinic. I sent my medical details off with an online form and was given a Skype consultation with the surgeon Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius (who has more than 10 years experience in the field of joint replacement surgery) who assured me and answered all my questions in a very professional and caring way.

Every query I had regarding the travel, payments, surgery etc was answered by the very helpful and friendly Jurate and so I booked my second hip replacement with Nordorthopeadics for 1st June 2016.

I was met at the airport and welcomed by the lovely and friendly Victoria who brought me to the Hof hotel where I stayed for the first night.

I was brought to the hospital the following day for all pre-op tests and xrays, and the surgery was the day after. Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius and all staff were all so friendly and helpful so reassuring, the hospital has all the up to date modern facilities of any in the West of Europe.

The hospital room was modern and immaculate, and the food – you could pick from a menu both lunch and dinner times which included fresh sea bass, salads, vegetables, fruits deserts tea and coffee – it was very delicious and nutritious after surgery and most welcome.

Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius came in every day and actually sat down for a chat with me – reassuring and informative. I was up standing the next day and walking with one crutch the day after up and down the hospital corridor.

I then spent a week in the absolutely beautiful rehabilitation facility – which was more like a five star hotel.

The journey took 2 hours but I had pain killers and it was definitely worth it.

The centre is in the South of Lithuania in a beautiful forest by a river and you are met with the doctor who makes out a personalised rehab plan for you. Each floor is staffed by nurses who are on call 24/7 which to me was so reassuring at night time if you are in pain and can't sleep.

The treatments were scheduled all day but with breaks in between: physiotherapy, heat treatment and cryotherapy (cold) treatment for the wound, electro-magnetic therapy to help balance the bodies‘ systems again.

You could also avail of their 'salt room' which was so relaxing for a half hour listening to beautiful sounds of nature.

The food again was amazing. Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the healthiest of fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, salads, roast/steamed veggies, salmon stir-fries, chicken casseroles, fresh fish with delicious sauces, not to mention the delicious fresh croissants for breakfast, fresh coffee and hand made cakes, cheesecakes and mousses every day – all served by the loveliest women who will help you down with your plate if you look like you can't manage it all!

I cannot speak highly enough of the Lithuanian people, soft spoken, caring, helpful, friendly, with integrity and humour.

Within 5 weeks I had stopped using the crutch, was off all the pain medication, and starting to go my walks again.

7 weeks on and I'm swimming every day to build up my fitness to return to work.

Don't hesitate or sit on a waiting list in agony thinking that these countries are of a lower standard of care than ours – it's the opposite they are of a superior standard and less than half the price – one hip surgery alone in our local private hospital costs £10,000, one hip surgery plus the weeks rehabilitation with therapies in Nordorthopaedics cost me £5,737. It's a no brainer.

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Geraldine, Ireland

I made my first contact with Nordorthopaedics Clinic in Lithuania on the 2nd August 2016. Their website jumped out at me late one night after weeks of web research. When I sent my first email I was in near despair with crippling knee pain that was making life hell for me, and my ability to do my job. I had been on a public waiting list and unlikely to see any consultant for another year. I received the first of many positive and informative emails from their customer service representative Jurate and so began a rapid exchange of emails which gave me the courage to travel abroad to have my knee replacement on the 14th September. Nordorthopaedics took care of everything including hotel booking, transport to and from the clinic in Kaunas and the Rehabilitation Centre. The day before the knee operation I was brought to the very stylish clinic at Kaunas, examined, bloods taken, X rays made and had a consultation with Dr Belickas who is charming and the most accessible consultant I ever met. This was done so efficiently that I still had time that afternoon to have a walk around the old town and medieval castle in Kaunas, which is a must see. 

On the day of the operation I was brought to the clinic and given a lovely big room with its own bathroom. The operation was clearly explained to me by the anesthetist and Dr Belickas so I felt reasonably calm about the process. I was then sedated and given a regional anesthetic. Following the operation I received around the clock nursing care with daily visits from Dr Belickas who encouraged me to use my new knee. The food was fabulous and for each meal I was asked to select from a huge menu. When I did start walking around I got a lot of encouragement from the nursing staff whom seemed as happy as I to see me up and about.

I booked five days in rehabilitation centre in Druskininkai and am so delighted that I did this. I would not have felt strong enough to have taken an international flight after the operation and would not have had the confidence to go home and sort out the physio myself. So my advice to anybody thinking about having treatment here, please include some rehabilitation. The rehabilitation Centre is a newly built, four story building with a red brick façade in a pine forest by a lake. It is very impressive with a large foyer tastefully furnished in a Finnish style with modern sofas and armchairs and a reception desk. My large room was bright and airy with views onto the pine forest. We were brought to the in-house doctor when we arrived. After our consultation we were provided with a programme of treatments for the time we were there. These treatments included hot and cold applications, physio, massage, dressings, and relaxation, which kept me very busy for the five days I was there.  We got to know all the wonderful staff, Greta, Tamara, Alma to name just a few. The food was awesome there, everything made with the freshest of ingredients. Everyday there was freshly baked breads, salads, soups, pork or chicken stews, lasagna and fish. For desserts there were a variety of freshly made cakes and buns that were delicious. I really appreciated that the Lithuanians are as mad about potatoes as the Irish.

I am back at home now and can hear Greta’s voice in my head as I work my way through my exercises. I consider myself very blessed to have chosen Nordorthopaedics for my knee replacement. Lithuania is a beautiful country with very caring people. There will always be apart of me now that is Lithuanian. I look forward to returning there as a regular tourist.

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Sevil, Canada

My mother was diagnosed with a severe hip arthritis and was required to have a total hip replacement surgery. After searching through Internet for private orthopedic clinics in the US, Europe and Turkey and contacting some of them I came across Nordorthopaedics website. It almost looked too good to be true. I was impressed with positive testimonials provided and the prices quoted were very reasonable in comparison with the ones provided by other clinics. Also, availability of the rehabilitation centre following surgery was another deciding factor for us as my mother’s physiotherapy choices post-surgery back home would have been limited.

We were provided with impeccable services from the moment I contacted the clinic all the way through planning a surgery up to the surgery itself and spending time in the rehabilitation centre. Without exaggerating we have not had any glitches prior or post-surgery and everything went according to the plan. I cannot say enough about Jurate who was very helpful and efficient in helping us to plan our trip, the surgery itself and time in the rehabilitation centre. My mother had great reservations about surgery and travelling abroad to have a hip replacement surgery. However after the surgery she was thankful that I insisted on having a surgery in the Nordorthopaedics. My mother was very pleased with the treatment provided by Dr Sarunas Tarasevicius and would like to thank him once again for all his help and support before and after the surgery and his professionalism. The Nordorthopaedics staff was also very helpful. My mother was also impressed by the level of service provided in the rehabilitation centre (staff was very nice and attending to my mother needs, the centre itself looked like a brand new one and very clean, the food was very good). It is such a relief for our family to know that our mother is on the way to her recovery and will be able to return to her normal life without pain and regain her previous mobility. Big thanks for that to Nordorthopaedics and in particular Dr Sarunas Tarasevicius. I would highly recommend Nordorthopaedics if you are looking for a hip replacement surgery.

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Mike, Ireland

The waiting time for a hip replacement in Ireland can be as long as 12 months and may be as long as 14 months.

Having been told about the Cross Border Directive I started to look around on the internet for alternatives, and came across Nordorthopaedics' website in Lithuania.

An initial inquiry was immediately replied to by Jurate, who requested that I send a copy of my most recent X-ray for assessment by the surgeon, Dr. Tarasevicius. Following his review, Jurate sent me a quotation for the cost of the implant and the hospital stay. This turned out to be slightly more than half the cost of having the surgery done in the Republic of Ireland.

Surgery was scheduled for 1 June, a Wednesday. On arrival in Kaunas the fantastically efficient system kicked in; I was met on arrival and taken, at no charge, by taxi to my hotel. 

On Tuesday morning I was contacted by the clinic and collected at the hotel. The driver drove me to the clinic where I had an introductory meeting with Dr. Tarasevicius, following which I had blood samples drawn and then an X-ray. After that I was taken back to my hotel.

On Wednesday I was again collected from the hotel and taken to the clinic, where I was shown to my own private room which would be home for the next few days. I hardly had time to unpack before I had a visit from the anaesthetist who explained what procedures would be followed prior to surgery. Within the hour I was in the operating theater and, by 6pm, the job was done and I was back in bed.

I cannot say enough about the nursing care at the clinic. From the uber-efficient Jurate handling all the administration to the nursing staff, everything was nothing less than superb.

When I was released I was taken to the airport by taxi, again at no further charge, and the driver helped me into the terminal.

This was my second hip replacement so I doubt that I will need any further attention to that area, but if it was ever necessary I would have absolutely no hesitation in contacting Jurate and getting it set up.

Well done to all the staff at Nordorthopaedics.

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Ron, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I am a 62 year old who was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my left hip in the spring of 2009.  I was a long distance runner, and I continued to run moderate and then shorter distances up to about 3 years ago when I could no longer run, hike or walk a golf course without pain.  Over the last 3 years my exercise has been reduced to indoor training and over the last 5 months even this reduced training brought on pain in the hip, glute and outer leg. 

The medical advice I received was to delay a hip replacement as long as possible as the life expectancy of a new hip was thought to be limited.  For about 2 years I have been seeing an Orthopedic Doctor who assured me a total hip replacement can be performed in a private clinic in Canada, and it can be scheduled within 6 weeks of pulling the trigger with the cost around 10,000 to 15,000 CAD.  The other option is to go through the Public Medical System in Alberta, which my General Practitioner Doctor advised would take over 1 year to obtain an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon and eventually undergo hip replacement surgery.

In April of this year the pain became too much to endure and the Orthopedic Doctor prescribed a cortisone injection.  Typically cortisone injections last 3 months, but in my case it lasted 8 days and the pain came roaring back preventing me from walking even short distances, standing for short periods, sleeping fitfully and in addition, needless to say, lots of limping and favouring of the left leg.

The Orthopedic Doctor agreed to refer me for a hip replacement and he advised someone would get back to me with private options in Canada.  Around May 19th I was contacted with the news that private total hip replacements are not available in Canada, however he did have an option of going to Whitefish, Montana, about a 4 ½ hour drive from Calgary.  The fee for the surgery only and a 3 day stay in a clinic would be 22,000 USD, approx. 32,000 CAD.  

My wife Lynda and I started to search for other options. We found Nordorthopaedics to be the most attractive option as the clinic is certified by the UK NHS; the surgeon’s resumes are impressive; Nordorthopaedics could also arrange for an optional stay at a Spa/Recovery Center; and in addition the costs in Lithuania were very attractive.  None of the other options for surgery offered a stay at a recovery center and we would be on our own to travel home to recover or find some place local to the clinic to recover.

We contacted Nordorthopaedics on May 24th by e-mail and we promptly received a detailed response from Jurate outlining the costs; the services Nordorthopaedics provides; the services available from the Spa centre; the name of the surgeon, Dr. S. Tarasevicius; tentative dates for surgery, June 27th and July 4th; and costs of surgery along with the stay at the Spa.  Jurate asked me to send an X-ray of the left hip so Dr. Tarasevicius could determine the make and type of hip implant to be used along with cost of implant. 

We had issues e-mailing the X-ray files and instead we sent the large files by FedEx to Jurate who received the X-rays on May 30.  The same day Dr. Tarasevicius reviewed the X-rays and Jurate got back to us with the make and type of hip along with cost of implant.  We had some questions regarding the implant and again Jurate promptly and professionally sent detailed responses.  

During the planning and arranging logistics Jurate kept us informed of the arrangements and responded extremely promptly whenever we had questions. Jurate also sent us instructions for pre-surgery and post-surgery readiness and recovery in addition to a schedule for our stay in Lithuania and also with a medical questionnaire.  The continuous communication from Jurate and responsiveness gave us great comfort and reinforced our decision to have the surgery in Lithuania.
We arrived in Vilnius On July 2nd and a driver from Nordorthopaedics logistics was waiting for us in the arrivals exit.  We were driven the 96 km to Kaunas and checked into the Kaunas Hotel in the downtown.  We explored the area around the hotel on July 2nd and 3rd, there is a pedestrian boulevard along with numerous restaurants and coffee shops along with large park areas. We found Kaunas to be very clean and scenic.

On July 4th a driver picked us up and we were driven to the clinic where the staff registered me, new x-rays were also taken along with blood tests.  I was taken to my room which was a one bed ward with attached bathroom, the room was very nice and modern.  The anesthesiologist talked to me then I was escorted to the operating room at 13:00 and awoke a few hours later with a new hip. 

The day after surgery they had me walking laps in the hallway with the use of 2 crutches.  The second day after surgery I was walking laps in the hallway with one crutch. Dr. Tarasevicius visited me both days and stated the surgery went very well and he expected I would be fully recovered within six weeks.
The nurses at the clinic were excellent, responding promptly to any requests including ice, or pain killers or fluids.  Lunch and dinner were ordered from an extensive restaurant menu.  

On the third day after surgery, July 7th, we were driven the Spa in Druskininkai.  The drive was a little tough, I should have taken additional pain killers. Druskininkai is a spa town in a scenic pine forest with extensive walk paths and green space, and once again very clean. 

Over the 10 days we spent at Spa centre I had four consultations with an Orthopedic doctor and each day included a 20 minute physiotherapy session; 20 minute back massage; electro stimulation; and cryogenic session.  I had two different massage therapists and four different physiotherapists and they were all outstanding. The physio’s emphasised to go slow on recovery and stop if there is pain, they were all very patient.

Within a couple of days upon arriving at the centre I was slowly doing laps, using one crutch, around the outside of the building.  On the fifth day I was walking without a crutch and going for short walks on the pathways around including down to the lake not far from the spa.  My stitches came out July 15th and to celebrate we went into Druskininkai for a walk around the park and also for supper. Before leaving the Spa centre I was walking 2 km and also able to walk upstairs, very slowly.

My wife Lynda also enjoyed the stay there by taking treatments three times and also by going for long walks into Druskininkai.  

The focus on recovery and attention by the centre’s staff was extremely beneficial to my recovery and I would unquestionably recommend it to anyone recovering from orthopedic surgery.  

It was a bit of a leap of faith to have the hip replacement surgery at Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania, however during the planning and continuous communication with Jurate we became more and more comfortable with our decision.  In the end we were not disappointed and the care, attention, responsiveness and professionalism of staff at Nordorthopaedics and Spa exceeded our expectations.  We would not hesitate to recommend Nordorthopaedics or Spa resort to anyone seeking orthopedic surgery and recovery.

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John Webster,
UK

In December 2013 I visited my GP with groin pains and difficulty in walking and cycling. He sent me for an x-ray and on my return visit he informed me I had severe osteoarthiritis of the hip joint and it would need a replacement in the near future but carry on until things became unbearable.

A year later in January 2015 I visited my GP again as I could hardly walk more than 100 mtrs, he sent me for another x-ray and the results were worse so he referred me to the orthopaedic consultant. An appointment came through in July 2015 only to be cancelled the night before because the consultant could not see me the following day. Another appointment came through for Sept 2015 and when I walked into the consultants room he was studying my 9 month old x-ray, he confirmed what I already knew, I needed a new hip and he would speak with his colleague to get his opinion on what type of prosthesis would be the best for me. I asked the consultant how much longer I would need to wait, he replied 18 more months. It is now 3 months after the consultancy and I have still heard nothing.

By now I was very annoyed and frustrated with the NHS as my lifestyle was very restricted and life was a misery so I decided to surf the internet for private treatment even though throughout my working life I have paid hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax and NHI contributions, the system had let me down in the hour of need !

I contacted  a clinic in Cardiff, two clinics in France, one in Spain and Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania. Prices ranged from £14000 in Cardiff, £12000 in Spain £10000 in France and a stunning £4750 in Lithuania.

Out of all the clinics I enquired I found Jurate the customer services representative from Nordorthopaedics so very efficient and helpful, she answered all my queries within the hour and gave me so much confidence I decided to take that option and undergo surgery in Lithuania. At first my family and friends were very apprehensive about going to Lithuania but I had already made up my mind. Jurate gave me a firm appointment for surgery within one week of confirmation  I booked in for 7th December 2015. From that point on Jurate took over all arrangements from pick up at the airport to drop off on departure including hotel the night before surgery, it was flawless and everything happened as per plan almost to the minute.

On arrival at the clinic on 7th December I was taken to x-ray then to my private room which had its own WC and wash room as well as TV and room service, in fact better than most hotels. In the afternoon I was prepared for surgery by the very friendly and competent nursing staff then visited by Jonas the Anaethesist and Professor Tarasevicius the surgeon, they filled me with confidence. I was taken to theatre and for surgery and I can honestly say I felt no pain whatsoever and 3 hours later I was sat up in bed eating a hearty meal with one of the nicest Tiramasus I have ever tasted, in fact the food was excellent chosen from a daily menu of your choice.

The following morning the Physiotherapist visited and had me walking the corridors on two sticks plus exercises which I strictly adhered to throughout the day and evening. The surgery was on the Monday night and when Professor Tarasavicius saw me on the Wednesday he was so pleased with progress he said I could go home next day on the Thursday (just 3 days in the clinic).

Before my flight home I stayed in beautiful Kaunas Old Town for a couple of nights and during the day time I actually walked 2 miles each day with my sticks buying souvenirs and calling into coffee shops on the way, that is really making the most of health tourism. I must stress there was still no pain and the joint stiffness was easing because I did everything I was told by both the Physiotherapist and the surgeon and kept excercising.

I have been home now for 3 days and I have already discarded one stick aiming to discard the other within a week from now. This morning I have taken the dog for a short walk and am about to carefully wash my car on the driveway. I am amazed myself at the speed of recovery which is of course due to the skill of the surgeon with his tissue preserving technique. I can honestly say I wish I took this route for treatment a long time ago, Nordorthopaedics were just fantastic and I cannot thank the whole team enough for their work and care during my stay.

I would recommend Nordorthopaedics to everyone, they are a 1st class private clinic as good or maybe better than any other you will find in Europe. Any future patients contemplating going to Lithuania for treatment are welcome to call me for a chat and ask any questions. Just ask Jurate for my phone number.

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Anthony Kempton, Spain

My decision to go to Lithuania for knee replacement was influenced (although many doubted) because of the option of a rehab facility ,and of course the confidence of all I had dealings with. The cost of the operation alone would cost Euros 13,000 - 14,000 in Spain.

Everything from being met at the airport until being taken to the airport for my return was well planned.

I cant praise enough the care I received for the whole time I was in your care.

The operation has been good for me so far, still have work to do, walking unaided and swimming for exercise.

The facilities at the rehab centre, accommodation, food etc., very good and the staff very professional, they did a lot to ease my discomfort and help my recovery.
I may in future require the same in the other knee, in which  case I would be confident to return.

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Kenneth King-Smith, Ireland

I have just returned to Ireland from shoulder replacement surgery with Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania and firstly and foremost I would like to thank all of the staff from the Nordorthopaedics clinic who looked after me so well during my stay.
 
In 2013 after having pain in both shoulders for a long time I decided to get something done about it and attended my GP. Eventually I had X-rays and an MRI scan which confirmed that I had arthritis in both shoulders. I was told to take pain killers and continued with this until 2015 when I asked to be put on a waiting list for a shoulder replacement. In response to this I received an appointment with a physiotherapist who would assess my condition and evaluate my need for an appointment with an orthopaedic consultant. Despite never having seen me, the consultant decided I should continue with the pain killers and physiotheraphy, the physiotherapist said it was unlikely that I would ever have a shoulder replacement due to the cutbacks in healthcare funding.
 
At this stage it was March 2016 and I was in a lot of pain and getting about 2 hours sleep a night, the response to this was to double the painkillers if I wanted 4 hours sleep a night. As I could no longer continue with this I had no option but to look for shoulder replacement surgery abroad and began to search the internet to see what was available. I found the information on Nordorthopaedics in Lithuania and also a clinic in Budapest and contacted them both by e-mail. Within a couple of hours Jurate from Nordorthopaedics had replied to my e-mail with all of the information I needed. I decided to go with them and from there on Jurate looked after everything for me. I e-mailed my medical records, the surgeon reviewed them and we set a date for the surgery for the 23rd May 2016. Jurate looked after all of the arrangements, booked the hotel etc. My wife travelled with me and we were met at the airport as arranged and brought to our hotel. The following morning Monday 23rd May I was collected and brought to the clinic for blood tests and other pre-op tests and then back to the hotel. I was collected again at 2.30pm and shown to my room in the clinic, had an X-ray , met with the surgeon Dr. Juosponis and was brought to the theatre at 4pm. I was back in my room at 7pm and feeling fine. During my 3 night stay I was looked after very well by all the medical team ,the nurses were fantastic, the surgeon visited every day to see how I was feeling and to inspect the wound and have the dressing changed. The physiotherapist also came to see me each day for a massage. I was discharged back to my hotel on the Thursday morning feeling great. On Friday I was collected and brought back to the clinic for the dressing to be changed and also on the following Monday to see the surgeon before I left. We had a lovely few days in Kaunas, its a beautiful city with plenty of restaurants and bars and parks for walking in and the sun was shining every day.

So to anybody considering Nordorthopaedics I cannot recommend it highly enough. From the first contact with Jurate, who is so professional and efficient it gave me the confidence to go ahead with the surgery. Everything ran so smoothly, it was like clockwork and before I knew it I was back home and for the first time in years I have no pain whatsoever and I am gradually getting the movement back in to my arm. I will be returning to Nordorthopaedics to get my other shoulder replaced by the end of this year.
 
So thank you to all the staff at the clinic, to Dr. Robertinas Juosponis who performed the surgery, to Jurate who made everything happen, and to all the nurses, administration staff at the clinic who looked after me so well.

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Ursula, Ireland

All I can say from my own experience to Lithuania is, I have never encountered such professionalism from the moment I landed at the clinic on day one where I was met by friendly helpful English speaking Receptionists who immediately called Dr. Belickas for my First consultation. My husband and myself  were informed about the operation and asked us had we any questions he immediately ordered another X-Ray and bloods to be done his reassurance to both of us was very much appreciated indeed. His parting words were I will see you in the morning at 8a.m. Ursula. Dr. Belickas opted for an epidural which I was very glad of as he explained recovery time would be so much quicker and I was sitting up in my bed by 10.30 a.m. He visited me twice daily always checking I was ok I must say I felt safe and very well cared for at all times in the clinic. Then onto rehabilitation centre for rehabilitation there I was met by the trauma Physician who worked out a schedule of therapies for me these helped me to get more mobility tough going but very necessary. I would have liked however if there was more English speaking nurses there like at the clinic. All in all I had a very positive experience and would certainly recommend Nordorthopaedics to anyone who is contemplating a knee replacement starting with my G.P. where I was singing your praises. I want to thank Jurate for such a seamless and extremely well planned Trip which was faultless from start to finish.

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Patricia Withey, UK

I had a hip replacement four weeks ago and am getting on very well.  I strongly recommend this clinic as they certainly have the whole package. Arranging transport, operation, and rehabilitation. 

After having suffered a lot of pain for the last year and not being able to have much quality of life I went to see my doctor and after having an xray was told I would very likely have to wait about 10 years for a hip operation. I left the doctor in shock. My husband then said as the NHS was not going to help we would look elsewhere for treatment. What a good decision that was.

We found the Nordorthopaedics clinic when looking on line, it looked almost too good to be true. There was so much information on the site. Friends and family were very surprised at our decisions but we had made up our minds and by then we had spoken to Jurate and been reassured that we had made the right decision. 

A date was set for 30th June and Jurate arranged everything from flights, to the transport when we arrived in Kaunas airport. From the moment we arrived everything went like clockwork. Meeting Professor Tarasevicius made me feel confident about the operation. 

Before I knew it my operation was over and I was tucked up in bed in my private room. The care was excellent as were the staff. The whole clinic was immaculate as was the food supplied (not that I always did it justice, just after the op). I had no pain at all I couldn't believe it. The following day I was out of bed walking on my new hip with the aid of a frame. The next day I was given a crutch to use. I spent five days at the clinic before being taken to the rehabilitation centre. Jurate recommended a stay of ten days which I highly recommend to anyone. 

The people at the centre were very kind and caring. There were five treatments every day that I fitted in along with a very nice buffet style restaurant.

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Danielle Edwards,
UK

I am eternally grateful to your wonderful staff and how they looked after me during my stay in Lithuania.

When I travelled to your clinic from the UK , I was very anxious and in much pain and really did not know what to expect.

My experience has been very good with such a high standard of care.

It really helped to be guided through the whole process from start to finish which really took a lot of the stress away.

If I ever need to consider treatment again in the future I will be making your clinic my first choice.

Thank you so much.

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Sandra and John, Ireland

Firstly let me congratulate you on a very well organised trip.  From my first contact with you on the 12th May until we left Lithuania on Thursday 7th July – everything was organised like clockwork. The transfers, accommodation, clinic where John’s operation was and then onto the rehab centre. That is a fantastic place with all the sessions were executed and thankfully without any hitch. Your drivers were brilliant and went far and beyond their duties to facilitate us. Many thanks. The weather unfortunately you didn’t have much control over however overall it wasn’t too bad.  Every detail was just as you said it would be – no hidden surprises.
 
The food in the hospital and the rehab centre was excellent and there were great choices each day – and there should be no excuse why anyone should be hungry. Well done.
 
Overall thank you for a wonderful experience and thankfully John is on the road to recovery without pain and I have recommended your clinic already to a few of my friends.

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Anthony Saul, Ireland

From the first phone call I made  to Nordorthopaedics till now. Their expertise has shown through in everything they do. I would have no hesitation recommending my friends and family to use Nordorthopaedics for whatever procedure they need. This has been a wonderful experience in something I was afraid to do. ie. having my hip replacement surgery.  Thank you Nordorthopaedics for this experience.   

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Chris and Diane, UK

My wife had a knee replacement in Lithuania all organised by Jurate at Nordorthopaedics. This is our experience.

After mix up with the nhs we found my wife had been taken of the waiting list for a knee opp with the nhs,this was after 12 weeks of a 18 week waiting time. After it was sorted we were back on the list, but we were told it would be another 18 weeks from then befor the opp. My wife could hardly walk, couldnt get in a bath or climb stairs, so had to sleep downstairs on the sofa. So we looked on the net for private treatment. the cost was way above our means,until we found nordorthopaedics in Lithuania.

Being a bit apprehensive we got in touch with Jurate. What a great decision this was. Everything was explained to us in great detail.

So we decided to go for it, and to say everthing went smoothly is a understatement. After a 2 hour flight from the uk we were in Lithuania,we were met at the airport and transfered to our hotel,then on to the clinic where we met the surgeon who put my wifes mind at rest with his consultation. Then some x-rays and pre-opp tests prior to the opp next day.

Next day of the opp we were picked-up from our hotel and off to the clinic. After settling in to her private room, which boasted everthing a top hotel room has she was taken for her opp at 4pm. At 6.30pm she was returned to her room. I left at 7pm for my hotel. Next morning at 9 when i returned she was siting up in bed and had a good breakfast. She told me a nurse had sat with her all night in case she needed any pain relief etc.

We cant say enough about how well she was took care off, the food, drinks were first class. the nurses were brilliant and the surgeon mr J.Belickas visited her every day of her 5 day stay. Even on Sun morning, his day off, I met him in the lift at 9am going to visit my wife.

Then we went to a rehabilitation centre in Druskininkai which was part of the package arranged by jurate. what a lovely place set in a pine forrest by a lake.

This was a 5 star spa centre. My wife had 5 different precedures a day which included massage, physio, cold and warm treatments to her knee. We had 3 meals a day of multi choice. A nurse visited her 3 times a day to make sure her knee was healing correctly. 3 weeks after my wifes opp and back in the uk we are going for long walks everyday. when befor we went to Lithuania she couldnt walk up the garden without exreme pain in her knee.

So for the price of a good holiday, my wife had a new knee and 15 days of top notch treament.

I cant praise Jurate enough or the clinics where my wife was treated in. This is a first class package by this company. Evey small detail is taken care of. If anybody is thinking of doing this, I have no hesitation in saying go for it, you wont regret it. In fact we were so impressed that if anyone would like more infomation they can get in touch with me via Jurate who i would allow her to give my email addy or phone number to you.

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Stephen,
Gibraltar

I  would like to start this testimony by advising anyone contemplating hip replacement surgery that the Nordorthpaedics clinic and its superb staff surpassed all my expectations.  In a word all the staff were brilliant. I read John Webster's testimony and concur with everything he said. 

After many months of suffering with groin pains i made a decision to see a GP in October 2015.  The GP sent me for an x-ray and carried out a number of medical checks. The report on my left hip showed severe osteoarthiritis on the hip joint and bone on bone contact. My Gp promised to make an urgent appointment with the orthopaedic consultant. Having pushed them again and again for an appointment i had still heard nothing by March 2016. The pain by then had became unbearable and resulted in many sleepless nights. I decided to look locally in Spain the consultant I met was very professional but the location of the operation and the minimum pre op checks did not fill me with any confidence indeed a perusal of the hospital and patient testimonials convinced me that i had to look elsewhere.

I looked at a very promising site https://www.nordorthopaedics.com/en/testimonials and was very impressed by what i saw. I decided to make an enquiry on the 3rd March 2016.

Within minutes of making the request i had a detailed response from Jurate outlining the procedures i needed to carry out and offering me an operation slot for the 14th March! Unfortunately i could not make the 14th March but Jurate rescheduled my operation for the 30th March. I have to say that during the course of our e mails and conversations i was so impressed by Jurate's professionalism and her superb customer service skills. This combined with the comprehensive pre op checks convinced me that I had made the correct decision. The services and attention to detail I received from Jurate and all the staff associated with the clinic was impeccable.

I arrived  in Vilnius on the 28th March. I was met at the airport on time and then taken to my hotel in Kaunas which had been pre booked from a selection of hotels provided by Jurate. Arrangements were made for me to be picked up in the morning to attend the clinic for various pre op checks. I was given a blood test, cardiograph analysis and an x-ray of my hips. I then met with my surgeon Sarunas Tarasevicius who explained in detail the operation procedures to be carried out the following day. I had my operation on the 30th March. My accommodation in the clinic was superb as were the nurses and food. Following my successful operation i was visited daily by my Surgeon Sarunas Tarasevicius who was such a professional caring and kindly gentleman. After 3 days i was advised that i could now start my rehabilitation in Druskininkai which was a relaxing and beautiful area. I returned to Gibraltar on the 12th April feeling totally rejuvenated and most importantly pain free. I have still not met or had an appointment with my Surgeon in Gibraltar!! :-) In summary: The cost of the operation was a factor but i am convinced that the expertise and professionalism (the brilliant Surgeon Sarunas Tarasevicius) i received could not have been matched by any other clinic. This coupled with the friendly and extremely competent administrative staff (the irreplaceable Jurate and her colleagues Paula, Victoria and Renata) made my stay more like a vacation. Thank you all so much for everything. 

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John G, Belfast

In December 2015, 18 months of acute pain and a final x-ray confirmed what I already knew: I urgently needed a hip replacement. The long UK NHS waiting lists precluded 'hanging on' as a solution while, without private medical cover, the cost of 'going privately' - circa £11k - was prohibitive. Extensive research of an alternative solution, quickly brought Nordorthopaedics in to my line of sight and from a cost (circa 60% cheaper), customer care and surgical outcomes aspect, I could not be more delighted that I found them.   

I have now just returned from hip replacement surgery with Nordorthopaedics and can not speak highly enough of the professionalism of all the staff at the Clinic. Equally important, the surgery has been a great success and the 'additional' 8-day rehabilitation package I also arranged (through the Clinic) has put me well on my way to a speedy recovery; indeed, after a post Op period of just 11 days, I did not need to book 'special assistance' for the return flight  to Ireland!

Nordorthopaedics have a winning formula and team: from first contact with the incredibly efficient/helpful Jurate in Client Services (who promptly answered every query), to Professor Tarasevicius, my surgeon, 'Jonas', the anaesthetist, and all of the nursing staff, I simply could not have had better treatment. With the contact I had throughout, any initial fear I had of going overseas to the Clinic were quickly allayed, and the surgical outcome/recovery has been way beyond expectation.

Should circumstances demand, I would have no hesitation using the services of the Clinic again.

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Alan, UK

Like other people before me i needed a hip replacement, but didn't relish the prospect of waiting up to two years on the NHS or having the operation in just a few weeks by paying £10,000 or more  So i decided to look at other alternatives of hip replacement in the E.U., and i am pleased to say  came across Nordorthopaedics.  I did my research and read all the testimonials i even spoke to a patient who had his hip replaced just 3/4 weeks prior who was delighted with his out come, and so eventually plucked up the courage to phone them. (being a 73 year old clearly the prospect of going to a country i know nothing about,  for a major operation on my own, was quite daunting).

Jurate answered my call who was my first line of contact, a very professional and helpful lady who answered any question i put to her and has been supportive throughout my experience. As my questions were being positively answered i felt my initial fears begin to dissipate. I then had a phone consultation with Professor Sarunas Tarasevicius the highly qualified and experienced surgeon performing my operation, who explained everything to me in detail including the technique of muscle paring (as apposed to muscle cutting) which aids in recovery and what type implant would be the most suitable for me, but that  would be finalised after my consultation in Lithuania.

So armed with all this information i decided to go ahead and set the date, this is where Jurate stepped in and organised everything from help with hotels and all free transfers,i spent 4 days in the clinic which had a great menu and was cared for by professional staff who could be at your side within seconds. I then elected to go for rehabilitation for 7 days to aid my recovery and followed a program of physio therapy which i can recommend, again i was well looked after. The whole experience went very smoothly, especially in the knowledge that Jurate was at the end of a phone to help if i needed it.some friends came out on the weekend to aid my return journey home.   In conclusion if i needed my other hip replaced i would return to Nordorthopaedics again, and the icing on the cake, the NHS has decided to fund my operation. (requires a lot of form filling).

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Mariana Okam

Because of my condition I started searching the internet for a place to do my hip replacement since january 2016. I made inquiries and during my search one day came to me boldly hip replacement surgery with only 3500 Euros in Lithuania. I told myself that the offer was interesting and I should find out more about Lithuania.

My search brought out only good and flattering things about your country, and I remembered that some time ago I followed a documentary describing Lithuanians as disciplined and hard working people working selflessly for the improvement of their economy.

And so I contacted your clinic and you followed the request so closely and meticulously, I was impressed and so with my husband's consent I made up my mind.
And we finalised things, as you know, and now I have no regret whatever for choosing your reputable establishment.

This is my little story about a successful endeavor and surprisingly high quality medical care for which I can reccomend you to any one that requires your services.

My sincere gratitude to every member of the medical team that took care of me during my stay and especially to Doctor Tarasevicius Sarunas for his expertise.

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Philip, Spain

Well darlings I am back in Spain after stopping off in England to visit the children (Well there was tears all round as I showed off my walking skills). I think when you operate on someone and it is so successful who is so well loved, it brings pleasure to his or her loved ones who have watched that person who has turned into someone who is always in pain or on another planet because of the pain killers NOW it is smiles all round.

We sat in our beautiful garden yesterday with friends with music playing, lots of smiles and laughter. Hey we even had a little dance.

I was worried coming over to Lithuania as I did not know it or the people, well now I will sing to the treetops how great you all are and how beautiful your country is and how safe I felt being on my own. Also how good the shopping is ha ha. The staff at the hotel were all very nice and caring also your hospital could not be more attentive and kinder.

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Bunyod, Amsterdam

My name is Bunyod and I live in Amsterdam. I’ve arranged the knee replacement surgery for my mother from Uzbekistan, 63. Mr. Juozas Belickas has done the surgery who is a very kind person. He showed the full proficiency before and after the surgery. Now it’s been almost 2 months and my mother is recovering very well.
 
In terms of arrangement, Jurate, customer service rep, has been helpful from the beginning until the end. In terms of 1-10 grading scale, I would put 10 for all the organizational arrangements by Jurate and transportation team.
 
The clinic itself is very clean and patients get quality service in all aspects. Overall I am happy with the decision we’ve made regarding the surgery in Kaunas and rehab procedure in Palanga. After the full recovery, we are planning to have the second knee operated by Mr. Belickas.

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Mark H.,
UK

I tore my Pec Major Tendon towards the end of 2015 whilst training. I left it for a couple of months before finally I deciding to look into having it fixed privately to miss out the NHS waiting times. 

I went to a well known clinic near Manchester who quoted £5000 and who seemed to me to not have the ‘personal touch’. I went home and decided to look into going abroad to have the treatment and through my research found the clinic in Lithuania. 

I corresponded with the clinic and, Jurate Gedeikiene, (clinic customer services representative) was amazingly efficient with replying to all of my questions about the surgery I was looking for and gave me a quote of 2600Euros.

I decided to get the surgery done and flew to Lithuania where I met my surgeon, Liudas Bazaras. He was also extremely professional and explained about the surgery and made me feel very comfortable.

The surgery was a success and throughout the whole process I was always kept informed and never waited around longer than about 20mins before someone was dealing with me.

Before I went to Lithuania I had a lot of people at home being sceptical about where I was going to have surgery. However, I am glad I kept an open mind as they couldn’t have been further from the truth which is that the clinic and personnel in Lithuania are equal, if not better, than those I encountered in the UK.

I would not hesitate in recommending people to go to Lithuania for their medical treatment.

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Tiago Higgs,
UK

Nordorthopaedics is like I have found Gold. I had this injury for 5 years (meniscus tear) which prevented me from doing all the things I like such as hiking, running etc. I as well was questioning such decision of flying abroad for surgery but with NHS constantly rescheduling my appointments due to strikes, an average 12 month wait for surgery and a ridiculous price in private...it was a no-brainer to me that Nordorthopaedics would be the way to go.

I was impressed from every point of view, clinic is good and quiet, the planning of every day was carefully put together and agreed by me at every stage and this is from Jurate's amazing hard work, the nurses were smiley and interactive even on a working sunday, the ladies from the main desk are quick with the paperwork and look like super models, my driver Paula is beautiful and always happy and was there when needed always 5 minutes before the agreed time and to close the compliments...Dr Bazaras is absolute class!

I felt like everyone was working towards my well being and somehow no one felt like a stranger to me.

I don't want to get another injury!! but if I do...I am super happy to know I always have Nordorthopaedics just around the corner.

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Robert Dowling,
USA

I was very impressed with the service as I booked everything just 2 weeks in advance. I had a small meniscus tear which needed minor arthroscopic surgery.

I was picked up from the airport at 11pm and taken to my hotel. I was picked up the next morning and taken for an MRI, followed by a consultation with the surgeon and finally surgery that evening. I stayed overnight in the clinic which was excellent. I was driven back to my hotel the next day and picked up again 2 days later for a final consultation with the surgeon before being dropped off at the airport.

I was snowboarding 5 weeks later. I would definitely use their services again.

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Julie Brookes,
UK / Spain

I am British but live in Fuerteventura after having a few problems with my hip l had an x-ray, l was told that my existing hip which was replaced 16 years ago was near to collapsing so l needed an urgent replacement. They don't do this locally so l flew to Tenerife but was not happy with my consultation. I also got a price from Nuffield in England where l had my first hip replacement but it was too expensive. I learnt from my research that not every surgeon does revisitation surgery. 

I started to do some research and came across Nordorthopaedics clinic in Lithuania, l sent a few e-mails to make enquiries and was answered by Jurate within the hour,  all my other questions were answered quickly and professionally which helped make my decision easier, l forwarded my x-ray for the surgeon ( Professor Sarunas Taraservicius) who confirmed again it was urgent, the reassuring part is he wouldn't even consider surgery without first looking at my previous notes, only then would he give me a price which varies depending on what type of hip he recommends and the price was very reasonable, he even rescheduled his surgery to fit me in because it was urgent. I did a lot of research into the clinic and surgeon and finally contacted the British embassy in Lithuania who confirmed that the clinic was genuine and properly regulated by the state and is a member of the association of Lithuanian private healthcare organisations and Professor Sarunas Taraservicius also worked at the main university hospital.

It was a big decision but finally l decided to go even though l had to get 2 flights, l was met at the airport and taken to my hotel and the next morning collected and taken to the clinic, I had another x ray and pre med checks, a meeting with the anaesthetist and a consultation with the surgeon which were all reassuring and then finally the operation. The operation went really well, l saw a physiotherapist briefly for the first 2 days, l was only in hospital for 4 nights then went to a hotel, l was in Lithuania for 2 weeks because l had 2 flights to get home. I am home now and after 2 weeks walking really well with one crutch climbing stairs and feeling really well, all l can say is a big thank you to professor Sarunas Taraservicius.

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Jen Coppock,
UK

4 months after dislocating my knee I finally had an MRI in the UK (Wales) and the NHS told me my ACL was severed and I had a 12 month wait for surgery making me miss the national team tryouts at the start of next year. After desperately attempting to get on the urgent list without success I messaged Nordorthopaedics. Within a fortnight I had flown out to Lithuania and had surgery. It's a beautiful country and the people were really friendly. The clinic itself was nothing like the hospitals here in the UK, it was like a 5* hotel with surgery on offer. The surgery itself was straightforward, the surgeon spoke fantastic English and the staff were brilliant. My GP saw me when I returned and took the stitches out, he was very impressed with the quality of the surgery. I've seen my physio and progress has been fantastic. It's just 9 weeks on and I'm feeling better than pre surgery, I'm cycling and jogging, and I've done a bit of skating again (taking it easy). I cannot thank everyone at Nordorthopaedics enough for giving me my life back.

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Peter,
UK

I am so pleased I found the Nordorthopaedics Clinic in Lithuania. I fell injuring my shoulder, which was subsequently diagnosed as a torn tendon, a very painful condition. In the United Kingdom I would have to have waited three months for surgery on the National Health Service, or a minimum of one month for surgery paid for privately. I contacted the clinic by email who dealt with all my questions very quickly and courteously, giving me complete confidence. I arranged the visit one week and had the surgery the following week, which was both much quicker and much - much cheaper than paying for it in the Uk, ( even with air fares and hotel bills taken into consideration!) Dr. Bazaras is obviously very good as since coming round from the anesthetic after repairing three tendons three weeks ago I have suffered no pain, and the small cuts for the key hole surgery have just about disappeared.

All in all I would thoroughly recommend Dr. Bazaras and this clinic for this type of surgery.

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Tamer, Italy

My experience with Nordorthospedics April/May 2015:

I found out about Nordorthpaedics through internet research.
I started by sending them an email and in less than 5 minutes I received a very professional detailed answer.

Jurate was the person who contacted me and she always answered in a professional way and in a timely manner.

She asked me more detailed questions about my case and once I answered and forwarded my MRI to her, she responded with the Doctor's evaluation of the situation, and we started talking about details.

I was given all the help and support in organising the trip.

The airport pick up was excellent and the person who was in charge of that (Victoria) was very professional and she was in charge of taking me to the hotel back and forth to the hospital for post-operation check.
Always on time and always customer oriented.

The reception desk was aslo very professional and customer oriented.

I had a knee arthroscopic intervention to repair a meniscus tear and it went well. The medical team was very professional and caring, whether it was the surgeon or the anesthetist, the nurses, the physiotherapist.

All of them were more than caring and took care of each and every detail.
I spent two days at the hospital, the room was very comfortable, food was great and always on time, free wi-fi was available.

I am now following the post-operation physiotherapy and all seems going well.

Last but not least, the rates are very reasonable compared to what I get in my home country -Italy- or to other places that have been recommended to me. And once again, the service is impeccable.

Kaunas is a very nice town, with lots to offer, offering EU standards at very reasonable rates.

I highly recommend Nordorthopaedics to anyone.

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Peter,
UK

As I sat at home contemplating a minimum 18 week wait for total hip replacement on the National Health Service and a further 8-12 weeks recuperation expected after the same surgery some 4 years ago,  I was left with no medical or financial recourse but to find a private solution. The cost in the U.K was too expensive an amount I could afford against the shorter period out of work. After some friend asked if I had thought of going to Europe for surgery, which I admitted I had not, I started to look. I was fairly surprised at the cost of the surgery and implant as it was less than half of what the cost in the U.K. As a general rule if it looks too good to be true it probably is.

However after much research of the clinic and implant suggested in Lithuania, I came to the conclusion, that not only were the facilities excellent, the surgery proposed was equal in every respect as I would receive in the U.K.

Then the only decision to make was if I was brave enough to travel alone to a former soviet eastern bloc country. I certainly was nervous and as the time approached anxious and self- doubting of my decision. However I decided that in the end the risk, in my circumstances, outweighed the prospect of being in a much weakened state both physically and financially had I waited to have done on the NHS.

Now at just over one week after surgery and a very pleasing stay in both clinic and hotel in Lithuania, I am ready to give my verdict.

I am walking in a normal fashion, without any aid and was able to comfortably drive from the airport home. The medical procedure and after care, as far as my experience allows, has been excellent. The recovery, despite not taking up the extra cost of stay at a physiotherapy clinic, has been so far more rapid than my first hip replacement 4 years ago. I put this down partly to the skill of the surgeon and possibly advancements in various drugs used and partly to having it done before it had degenerated both joint and muscles to a low level.

The first hip replacement undergone was at that lower level and recovery was nearer eight weeks to the same level I expect to be at after only two weeks. I now expect to be fully fit for work on a building site within a matter of one month from the operation as opposed of still rotting away at home for a further 4 months or so at best.

This experience not only allayed all my anxieties felt before I left, but also vindicated my research and original decision made.

My personal thanks to everyone both at the clinic, and indeed to people of Kaunas I had the pleasure to come into contact with during my stay.

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Kayo, Canada

After tearing my ACL here in Canada and looking for surgery abroad I had many options to choose from. As a resident from Canada people and friends were skeptical of me travelling to Europe for surgery. I have to say I am beyond thankful for your clinic, your staff and the surgeon who made this surgery a success. Your professionalism and excellence were way over the top. Everything from booking through email to the last day of being driven to the airport I felt very cared for. In Canada we do not offer the kind if service I recieved in Kaunas at your clinic. Informative, caring and genuine are only some the words I would use to explain my experience. If there are any skeptics out there about surgery abroad I would put your fears to rest and choose your clinic hands down out of all the places in the world we were looking at. The drivers were professional, the surgeon was a professional and all the staff were amazing. Thank you so much for helping me get my life back. I have been telling all of my friends and people on my travels about your clinic and your beautiful city. I believe people all around the world should know how top quality your services really are. So again thank you, while I still have a road to recovery on my ACL. You made it possible.

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James, Thailand

I am an Australian Musculoskeletal Management specialist who has practiced in Thailand a medical tourism hub for 20+ years. So how did I come to do a total hip replacement in Lithuania. Firstly, the surgeon was the best qualified and experienced in the procedure I wanted/needed. Secondly, after reviewing my case data he proposed what I considered the best possible intervention, albeit technically difficult. In fact several orders of magnitude more difficult than a basic hip replacement, using the highest quality large diameter components fitted  via a tissue sparing approach designed for small components that is already much more difficult than classic non-tissue sparing approaches.

Once in Lithuania the service and communication kept me at ease and the procedure went like clockwork. 3 hours after surgery I could move and feel without experiencing much pain or sensory deficit, the next day I  could walk using 1 walking stick only and within a week all swelling/bruising and pain were gone despite not taking any pain or inflammation medicines. At this time I rated the operation a total success despite not being able to walk without a walking stick, this was not due to a failing of the surgery but was caused by pre-existing  weakness and damage to soft tissues caused by my prior severe hip derangement. 2 weeks post surgery I recommenced full time practice despite this involving prolonged standing and bending that certainly would not be possible at this time after a less sophisticated intervention.  Now 3 weeks post surgery I can walk/run, climb and descend stairs unaided, and are beginning to restart an active life that I had not really experienced for nearly 2 years prior to the surgery. I am very thankful that I travelled to Lithuania and had Dr. Sarunas and Jonas apply their skills to my needs. The rest of the team, food and general experience of Lithuania was also positive.

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Kevin, Ireland

My experience with Nordorthospedics clinic September 2014:

From my first contact with Jurate from the clinic until I was boarding my flight back to Ireland I cannot recommend Nordorthospedics enough.

Contact from email to phone conversations was excellent, pick-up from airport, clinic and hotel and return by the lovely well spoken Karina was super, Jurate organised my hotel accommodation which I was given a choice of where to stay.

The clinic itself is first class, the doctors right down to receptionist all spoke perfect English, the private room was perfect.

Surgery on my shoulder worked out fine, the doctor has many years experience and was more qualified than the doctor here in Ireland. I save a lot of money by choosing here.

If I need anything else surgery related I would not hesitate to go back.

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Steven, UK

I would like to thank the clinic and staff for an excellent service for my orthopedic treatment. I attended the clinic for ankle arthroscopic surgery and had reservations in what the quality of the surgeon, staff, clinic and level of care I would receive.  The level of communication and information I received prior to my decision to choose your clinic made it far easier. From when I was collected from the airport until I was dropped off again, I found the level of care was excellent. Karina, who was the main person who looked after me during my stay was great. She collected my medication for me and meet all my needs and was most helpful. The surgeon and clinical staff were excellent and I believe I was receiving the same standard (if not better) level of care than I would of received in the U.K. Also all questions I had post op after returning home a few weeks later were answered quickly. I would highly recommend having treatment in Lithuania and would definitely come back again if I needed to.

Only further advice I would give to anyone is if you need a wheelchair on your return flight, then you need to arrange this yourself with your airline.

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Alberto, USA

When looking for a place to have my hip-replacement operation done, Nordorthopaedics was one of the first clinics I came across. The Baltics seemed like a great option as I was in Finland at the time and the flight was short. I got a prompt and friendly reply from the staff, and they were able to schedule me in the next week already which was my requirement due to staying in Europe on vacation only. Although the price was a very important factor for me, I did really want to know about the surgeon beforehand as well and I did find all of his qualifications on the clinic's website. Dr. Tarasevicius did a fenomenal job and the result is just what I had only been able to dream about. Now it has come to reality. Thank you so much for your care!

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Tomas, Sweden

I had a torn Achilles tendon and needed fast access to surgical assistance since Swedish general hospitals do not operate these injuries any more. To achieve good results a ruptured tendon needs to be operated as soon as possible (2-5 days). In my case Nordorthopaedics was the only caregiver I found that could provide an operation within this time limit. Nordorthopaedics provided fast professional assistance with a personal touch. I felt they both listened to my input as patient and  provided a qualified independent assessment.

I had the opportunity to discuss the operation beforehand both with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist.

The operation wound has healed very nicely with no infection and little scaring. I feel I am on the way to a good recovery and want to thank all who made this possible.

Best quality service with fluent English speaking staff and Swedish translator.

I warmly recommend Nordorthopaedics.

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Arthur

Well, I was living with torn ACL for a year and a half, but one day it struck me with idea to make an ACL reconstruction. So i started searching for a clinic. There were two main criteria for me: surgeon and price. I looked through different options in Lithuania, Poland and Germany, but was mostly impressed by Dr. Belickas portfolio. Besides, prices were also surprisingly low (compared to those in Poland and especially in Germany). Having made up my mind, I contacted the Nordorthopaedic Clinic... and here's the moment the awesomeness begins! Yes, everything starts from the brilliant work of customer service. I got fully arranged surgery less than in a month. This includes: preparing documents for Visa (invitations and stuff), scheduling every day of my stay, booking hotels, arranging transportation, answering all my questions and etc. After my arrival to Lithuania they kept on fulfilling all my needs.

Then comes the day of surgery and I have to point out professionalism of the staff: everyone seemed to be a master of their business. Perfect anesthesia, caring staff and skillful hands of doctor Belickas made my surgery fast and painless. And from month perspective I should say it was successful. Have to mention, that I haven't felt any pain during surgery and afterwards. Literally, no pain at all.

Summing up everything said, I believe that Nordorthopaedic Clinic was the best choice I could made. And I'm happy I've made it. Once again, thanks everyone who took care of me, you guys and girls are awesome!

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Julian,
UK

I badly damaged my shoulder rotator cuff whilst at my house in Crete. When I tried to arrange a consultancy when I got back to England, I realised it would take months waiting for surgery there. By accident I came across Nordorthopedics clinic and it was the best accident that has ever happened to me!! They were able to fit me in for surgery just a week later and there I was on a plane from Crete to Lithuania worrying that I may have made a big mistake. I really need not have worried! My surgeon was first class and highly experienced and did the surgery arthroscopically. My anaesthetist used the "gold standard" shoulder block plus sedation technique. The nursing staff was very caring and competent and the patient relations staff were very farming and looked after all my non-medical needs very efficiently. After a 4 day stay I came home to England a totally satisfied customer and saving the best thing to last, for everything including my flights, hotel, food, surgery and hospital stay it cost me about £2000 rather than the £6000 plus (just for the operation alone)! And by the way, Kaunas is a great place to visit with a lovely old town and it is incredibly cheap to eat and drink. If this is what medical tourism is all about, I am a dedicated convert!

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Jefrey, UK

I`m 59 and had my left TKR 5 months ago. Before I felt so dreadful getting up from sitting position, I could bend like 100 and felt like 90 and am not even 60...  Was told by Dr. Belickas it might take 1 year to fully recover.  I feel now it`s getting better, after therapy in Lithuania I bend 130 – strenght is coming back!

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Anna, Ireland

Half a year my struggle with knees had become a daily battle. I could only remember what it meant to walk without pain and tried many treatments like injections, physical, therapy... Nothing helped thus it became obvious that solution is a surgery.  It might be difficult to accept that you really need it, for me it was a challenge, not even considering going abroad.  Now I only can be grateful I chose this clinic.  Many thanks to surgeon Juozas who calmed me down before the surgery and explained what's going to happen. Now after half a year every day feels better and better, I can even ride a bike again.

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Nancy, Ireland

About two years ago I noticed I might have problems with bunions, especially on right foot. Soon it was clear my toes were being pushed outwards. It became difficult to keep on foot for longer time, the right foot started having a huge impact on my life quality –  not only a pain there was, I could not find myself even decent pair of shoes...  When I started looking for a good clinic, I found a possibility to have the surgery done abroad for an amazing price. I felt I was in very good hands, thanks for surgeon Gintautas Pocius. Now it has been 3 weeks after op, I am wearing  a special postoperative shoe which protects my toe and feeling already much stronger. I think I will be absolutely healed in 1 month and will begin a new life!

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Michael, Ireland

I like sports, I am active man and I remember the morning when suddenly heard strange popping sound in my knee and felt the pain. It happened when I was running, slipped and somehow put down my left leg at wrong angle... Pain has not disappeared for a couple days. In the hospital I was told  I  had torn my anterior cruciate ligament.  Soon as I started looking for a good clinic to have the surgery I was fond of Nordorthopaedics. So I went there and now I can only be grateful for the whole service, especially attention by surgeon Juozas.  I know, rehabilitation requires much patience, it takes several month of intense physical therapy to restore the ACL and is the same important as the surgery. If it wasn’t for Nordorthopaedics I would definitely had to postpone the surgery because I would’ve had to save a lot of money to cover the surgery cost at home. Here I managed to save my time, to save great deal of money and what it most important, I restored my health.

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Alexandra, Russia

I had total right hip replacement 3 months ago. The immediate relief from pain was amazing. I felt some discomfort, but nothing that I would call pain. I quit using the cane after one month, and now I walk normally. I can climb stairs, drive a car and get dressed without any help. I no longer have such pain that I had before the surgery and I am totally pleased with the results. Moreover, the service was splendid and everyone was really helpful and kind.

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Andrey, Ukraine

I had right hip osteoarthritis for several years. The pain was horrible so I decided to have a surgery. I had a total hip replacement 2 months ago, and let me tell you it was the best thing I could have done. No more pain, no problems after the surgery. I was back to work in about 2 months. I had rehabilitation in Lithuania as well. I think it helped me a lot.

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