Free choice of newest generation implants: Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew and other.
Free choice of newest generation implants: Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew and other.
One of the most experienced orthopaedic surgeons in Europe. More than 3.500 joint replacement surgeries were performed by our surgeon to this date – a figure that no other surgeon or clinic in the region can match.
Patients saved this number of years by travelling to our clinic instead of waiting for surgery at home country.
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.
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.
Rehabilitation in Lithuania – from € 130 / £ 116 per day
Our clinic works with highly professional and educated surgeons. They have 10-20 years of experience in the field of orthopaedic surgery. They each perform 500 surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international. Our joint replacement surgeon S. Tarasevicius is an author of 150 scientific publications in different medical journals. Find more information about our surgeons here.
Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical service.
During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.
We have no waiting line so we can schedule your surgery as soon as you are ready to do so.
Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including nurses, assistants and the surgeon.
2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK. Our clinic works according to the highest standards set to the medical institutions by the European Union.
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.
There are several important things a potential patient needs to consider as a hip replacement surgery approaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After a hip replacement is completed, the incision will be stapled and the wound dressings applied. A patient will most likely have a drain tube placed inside the wound and exiting from the bottom end of the dressing. A drain tube prevents serous fluids form collecting at the incision site. Most people have their drainage tube removed before they start walking. Staples should be removed after 10 to 14 days.
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.
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.