Total Hip Replacement Abroad: Lithuania

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Justin, Northern Ireland
Justin, Northern Ireland
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My mother was experiencing problems with some level of pain and a lack of mobility in one hip. Locally she was advised that she could not have the appropriate treatment for 22 months . At eighty years of age that was a poor option. We were advised to contact Nordorthapaedics. The clinic was comparable to any private facility in the UK. Everything about the experience at Nordorthapaedics was positive. Everything from our first contact to our journey home was professionally managed by a team of courteous individuals. I would thoroughly recommend this service.
Annette, Wales
Annette, Wales
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The whole experience was excellent from making travel arrangements, all the pre-operation checks, making the payment. The clinic was so well run beautifully clean and the staff were marvellous. I would highly recommend taking a few days at the rehabilitation center as the post-op treatment received was outstanding and a great aide to recovery. I received every day physio, massage, hot and cold treatment, things that you wouldn’t get on the NHS. I can highly recommend having the operation in Lithuania it truly was a memorable experience.
Ronnie, Northern Ireland
Ronnie, Northern Ireland
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Hi, I'm Ronnie Kelly from Randalstown, Northern Ireland. From my initial inquiry Jurate at Nordorthopaedics was fantastic answering all my question almost immediately. I booked the flights, gave her the dates and the rest was plain sailing. Everything was organised with professional precision. From being met at the airport, to surgery, to recovery at rehabilitation center and back to the airport every detail was covered with constant emails and messages. I couldn't recommend this Clinic and Rehabilitation Centre any higher for its total professionalism and after care.
Karen, Alberta, Canada
Karen, Alberta, Canada
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Th clinic looked almost too good to be true but everything they claim is accurate. The care I received from the physician and nursing staff was very caring and excellent. Also there is the option for aftercare at a rehab facility that I highly recommend. It gives you time to recover from the surgery before the long flight home. The customer service representative Jurate is very efficient and will promptly answer any questions you have. Canada may seem like a long way from Lithuania but I feel it was totally worth the trip and I am planning to go back and have the other hip replaced.
John, Ireland
John, Ireland
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This is very simple because I recommend everything about nordorthopaedics. Firstly the administration staff are very professional and helpful with any problems you may have,and I would especially mention Aurelija along with her colleague Jurate for their attention to detail. Travelling to a different country can be daunting but the trip is carefully planned with collection from airport, transport to hotel and clinics. The clinics and rehabilitation center are of the highest quality and all the staff, nurses and doctors are really caring and helpful.
Julie, Northern Ireland
Julie, Northern Ireland
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Everything from airport to being picked up , hotel , hospital , loved it all it was the best decision I ever made , I tell everyone here in Ireland about it , I had the whole thing organised with Agnes help in four weeks , staff at hospital fabulous , care fabulous , doctor and anethnetist fabulous , honestly have nothing but good to say . If I need another hip I’ll be there in a heartbeat I’d never wait years here at home never . Thank you all
Ray, Spain, UK expat
Ray, Spain, UK expat
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My experience from beginning to end was one of the utmost pleasure. Not just my own surgery, rotator cuff repair but that of a fellow patient who was up and walking within hours after knee surgery. All made possible by the administration staff, nursing staff and the highly qualified surgeons. Nordorthapaedic deserve a gold medal for their obvious high standards. I award them one as such. After searching the web for a suitable clinic it was an obvious choice to select this clinic. And how happy am I that I did. The high standards of cleanliness and professional care shine out.
David, England
David, England
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Having been rejected by the NHS I chose to look abroad for my options. My friends all thought I was mad to consider Lithuania, nothing could be further from the truth. From my initial contact phone call I have experienced the highest standards of professionalism and service throughout . I must declare that I am quite a tough person to satisfy as I have had a career as a Quality Management Consultant and auditing suppliers. The clinic is first class. It is equal to any private hospital in the uk. I would wholeheartedly recommend the clinic to anyone in a similar position.
Michael, West Midlands, UK
Michael, West Midlands, UK
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I recently had a total hip replacement at Nordorthopedics. The whole experience from the initial contact through to the rehabilitation treatment was flawless, Dr Saraunas Tarasevicius and all at the hospital were unbelievably open and efficient, putting any doubts at rest. I was up and walking with crutches the day after surgery. At the rehabilitation centre the aftercare resulted in being able to walk 2 miles with 1 crutch by the time I left for home 9 days after surgery. Jurate deserves a special mention for organising almost every aspect, nothing seemed to be much trouble. I cannot recommend Nordorthopaedics enough.
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One of the world’s leading medical technology companies and orthopaedic implant manufacturers, Smith & Nephew, have chosen Nordorthopaedics as its exclusive partner in the Baltic States and the clinic is now a Center of Excellence for this company in the region. 
Experienced hip and knee surgeon Sarunas Tarasevicius
  • More than 15+ years of  working experience
  • Over 3.500 joint replacement surgeries performed
  • Fluent in English
  • President of Lithuanian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Training abroad: Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria
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Refund for EU patients

Get your surgery for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the systems of one of the EU countries and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

Rehabilitation packages

One of the most important factors for a quick and full recovery after surgery is proper rehabilitation. Rehabilitation helps recover after surgery as well as prevents formation of blood clots and helps avoid most of the postoperative complications and side effects. We offer two different rehabilitation packages:

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What sets us apart from other clinics?

Our clinic works with highly professional and educated surgeons. They have 10-20 years of experience in the field of orthopaedic surgery. They each perform 500 surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Our joint replacement surgeon S. Tarasevicius is an author of 150 scientific publications in different medical journals. Find more information about our surgeons here.

The clinic is equipped with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities, all analogous to those in Western European clinics. You will be looked after by professional English speaking staff. The wards are fully furnished and equipped with TV, WC and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available while staying in the clinic. 
Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Canada etc. 
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
Without any additional fees patients are tended in the clinic as long as they need. It may take up to 3 days. We only discharge our patients from the clinic when they are in a good health state and ready to leave.
All inclusive price, which is twice lower than in Western European clinics.
Our clinic works with medical professionals of highest education and experience level and uses the same materials as the clinics in Western Europe.  More often than not, the quality of our clinic‘s facilities exceed the ones in Western European clinics. The price difference is only due to considerably lower average salaries and taxes – which is the main reason for medical travel everywhere around the world.

Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical service. 

During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.

We have no waiting line so we can schedule your surgery as soon as you are ready to do so.

Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including nurses, assistants and the surgeon.

You can find lots of testimonials from our previous patients online. Reading all the positive feedback on Google or Facebook can help you make a final decision. 

2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.

Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK. Our clinic works according to the highest standards set to the medical institutions by the European Union.

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Our clinic uses implants based on their performance in international registries.

Being a true member of the International Society of Arthroplasty Registries, Lithuania is one of the leaders in low joint replacement revision rates, as only 9% of surgeries in Lithuania require revision in 10 years after surgery. Moreover, with the implants used at our clinic, only 4-6% of surgeries require revision in 10 years after surgery, while revision rates in some other Western countries, for example, USA, is as high as 17% in 10 years after surgery. The implants used at our clinic have been evaluated by other countries’ registries as those ensuring longest implant life, as compared to products of other manufacturers. Read more here.

Direct flights to Lithuania
from UK
from UKin 2 h 30 min
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London (London City, Stansted, Luton), Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Doncaster, Belfast
from Spain
from Spainin 3 h 30 min
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Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante
from Germany
from Germanyin 2 h
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Berlin, Nurnberg, Cologne, Bremen, Dortmund, Munchen, Frankfurt
What is a hip replacement?

A hip replacement, also known as a total hip arthroplasty, is an orthopaedic surgery performed in order to restore hip motion and relieve pain of the hip joint. During this surgery, a dysfunctional hip joint is changed into a prosthetic implant.

A hip joint consists of a round femur head which tightly fits into a socket (acetabulum). Normally surfaces of the acetabulum, as well as the femur head, are both covered with a thick layer of cartilage. It cushions the bones where they meet to form the joint. However, due to various medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteonecrosis, hip cartilage is damaged and can no longer perform its function. Note that hip replacement surgery is performed when all other treatments have not provided enough pain relief.

A hip replacement surgery is done under epidural anaesthesia and deep sedation.

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Preparing for a hip replacement surgery

There are several important things a potential patient needs to consider as a hip replacement surgery approaches.

What are the eligibility criteria for a hip replacement surgery?

There are no age-related requirements. Even though most of replacement surgeries are performed on patients between 60 and 80 years of age, younger patients can also be eligible.

Tissue-preserving technique

A tissue-preserving hip replacement, also known as minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty (THA), is a surgical technique which is getting increasingly popular because of a shorter hospital stay and decreased rehabilitation time. It is similar to a traditional hip replacement surgery, however, it is designed to preserve muscle and connective tissue around the hip.

A tissue-preserving full hip replacement is different from a traditional full hip replacement because a much shorter incision of about 13 cm is made as compared to approximately 25 cm in traditional surgery. Moreover, muscles and ligaments are detached to a lesser extent than in traditional hip replacement surgery. Special surgical tools and techniques are used to access hip joint without damaging the surrounding tissues. The implants are the same as in traditional hip replacement.

Note that not every patient is recommended a tissue-preserving hip replacement surgery. This procedure is usually offered to patients who are younger and have a better physical form. One’s eligibility for this type of hip replacement surgery will be evaluated during a private consultation with a doctor.

What to expect after hip replacement surgery?

The surgery will take approximately 2 hours. After the surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room as you recover from deep sedation. Once you are alert, you may feel some discomfort in the hip area. After waking up from deep sedation some patients may feel the need to clear their lungs by coughing excessively which is completely normal. Patients will have to take pain-relieving drugs or will have them administered through an intravenous catheter. A drain tube will probably be placed inside the hip at the incision site. On the first day, patients are usually allowed to drink and consume foods.

Patients usually spend approximately 2 days at the hospital. After the first day, most of them can sit up on the edge of the bed and stand. On the second day, patients can walk slowly using crutches.

On day two or three most patients will start physical therapy. Patients are recommended to sleep on the healthy hip with a pillow between the legs to position the operated hip comfortably. Make sure to have assistance at home, which is necessary for the first few weeks. The patients are recommended to refrain from housework and other activities, such as gardening.

The importance of physical therapy

Patients are likely to begin doing light recovery exercises the next day after surgery. Later on, patients will be introduced to a special exercise routine which helps to regain muscle strength and mobility much faster. Even though moving or exercising might feel uncomfortable at first, actively participating in physical therapy is crucial for a successful healing of the muscles and reduced overall recovery time. A physiotherapist will adapt a recovery program and the difficulty of the exercises depending on individual progress. At the beginning of the post-operative period, patients are recommended to exercise for 20 minutes 3 times per day. More details on specific exercises will be given during one’s stay at the hospital and rehabilitation centre.

How to reduce risks of flying after a hip replacement surgery?

Flying right after a surgery may increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a formation of a blood clot within a deep vein in the body, usually in the legs. A blood clot blocks blood flow and in extremely rare cases can travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. Prolonged sitting time may provoke clot formation, therefore, it is essential to know how to reduce the risks of travelling.

  • In order to prevent any complications, patients are advised to wear compression stockings, especially during a flight which is longer than 4 hours. Compression socks tightly compresses the legs, reducing vein diameter, and therefore, increasing venous blood flow velocity and valve effectiveness.
  • Walking whenever possible and doing anti-DVT exercises (foot pumps, ankle circles, leg lifts, and knee pull-ins) will lower DVT risk too.
  • A physician will prescribe blood-thinning medication as well.
  • The patient should drink plenty of water and avoid consuming alcohol.
Wound care
Driving after a surgery

Patients are not allowed to drive for at least 6 weeks post-surgery, which is subject to surgeon’s advice. It may be tricky to get in and out of the car, therefore, it is best to have assistance until you feel comfortable driving alone again. It is important to practice applying the brake quickly and forcefully as well as slowly as may be required in particular situations. Bear in mind that some pain relieving medications can have a sedative effect and should not be taken before driving.

Physical activity after surgery

Right after the surgery, you will be able to walk, however, it might feel quite uncomfortable. Since you will have to use a cane, walker, or crutches, arrange the furniture at home so that it is not difficult to move around. Avoid the stairs for the first few weeks. Therefore, if your bedroom is located on the upper floor, you might need to consider sleeping in a room that does not require you to walk up and down.

Patients will be provided with a special exercise routine that focuses mainly on strengthening muscles in the hips and upper legs. Bear in mind that walking, although highly beneficial, is not a substitute for the exercises.

Being physically active is a crucial part of a successful recovery. Patients are encouraged to return to an active lifestyle around three months after surgery. Mild physical activities like swimming, golfing or cycling will not only aid in the recovery of your joint but will also positively affect your general health. Highly active sports like running or skiing should be avoided.

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