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
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.
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.
Vertebroplasty is a procedure in which a fractured vertebra is restored by injecting special medical grade cement into it. Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure which means that it does not require big incisions and everything is done through a small puncture in the skin (percutaneously). That is why this procedure is also called percutaneous vertebroplasty.
Vertebral fractures usually occur as a result of osteoporosis and are called vertebral compression fractures. Approximately 1.4 million people in Europe and 700,000 in the US are diagnosed with vertebral fractures each year. Other causes of these fractures include spinal metastases, tumour and trauma. Vertebral fractures lead to deformity and misalignment of the spine and irritation of adjacent tissues and nerves. This results in sharp and debilitating pain and limited motion of the spine. Moreover, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, vertebral compression fractures can also lead to loss of height, decreased ability to move and even impair the function of lungs. Vertebroplasty is performed in order to restore the size and strength of the vertebra and relieve pain and other symptoms associated with vertebral fracture.
A doctor inserts a special needle into a fractured vertebra. Continuous X-ray (fluoroscopy) is used to guide the needle and when it is in the right position, the doctor slowly injects a cement-like mixture. This mixture hardens in approximately 10 to 20 minutes. Once the spaces of the fractured vertebra are filled, the doctor removes the needle and covers a small skin puncture with a sterile bandage.
Vertebroplasty is not very painful procedure and usually does not require general anaesthesia. The patient is given mild sedation that keeps him or her calm during the whole procedure and pain relieving drugs (analgesics). The entire procedure usually takes approximately one hour. The patients are usually discharged home the same day after the procedure.
The most satisfying effect of vertebroplasty is dramatic pain relief. The pain usually disappears within 2-3 days after the procedure for 85% – 90% of patients. Furthermore, patients regain ability to move and the joy of activities of daily living that significantly increase the quality of their lives.
Complication rate of percutaneous vertebroplasty is rare (less than 1%). However, there is the possibility of cement leak, injury of adjacent nerves, vessels or tissues, infection, bleeding and increased back pain.