Knee replacement cost, Info & FAQs

Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is a procedure done to replace the weight-bearing surface of a damaged knee joint.

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Knee replacement cost & info

  • In short: knee replacement is a minimally-invasive surgery in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial one
  • Result: pain is relieved and movement ability increases
  • Done under general or spinal anaesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • Length of hospitalisation: 2-3 nights (included)
  • Minimum required stay abroad: 10 days
  • Waiting time: none/very short
  • Trustpilot rating (by UK & EU patients): 4.8/5. Top Clinic in Lithuania, EU
  • All-included (surgery+implant) knee replacement cost: from €6650 / £5,695 (see price table below)
  • Rehabilitation after surgery: €130 / £111 per day
  • Possible refund from your local health board: yes (only pay for the flight from your own pocket)
  • Implants used: Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew (excellent biocompatibility)

 

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It's more than just a surgery

Flights & accommodation

Don't worry, our travel manager will offer you a few best alternatives for air travel & accommodation. Also, all the prices include overnight stay and care at the clinic

Personal travel manager & 24/7 assistance

Many clinics these days have lost a personal touch with their patients. However, with us you will always have someone to talk to, rely upon and take care of you (if anything).

Pick-up/drop-off & transportation

You will be picked up (and dropped off) in the airport by your travel manager. All the transportation between the clinic and hotel is also included.

Extra phone + local call credit

We are just a phone call away if needed. Thus, we provide our patients with extra phones with local SIM cards and unlimited call credit.

Help with after-care

At all times you will have direct contact with the surgeon and your travel manager. Who will answer your questions & provide recommendations.

Insurance & Safety

Our patients are covered by a reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice. Yet, first & foremost, we ensure maximum safety.

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About knee replacement surgery

  1. What is a knee replacement surgery?
  2. Who is a good candidate for this surgery?
  3. The most common complications after knee replacement.

Orthopaedic surgeon Juozas Belickas, MD, PhD, has 30 years of work experience and specializes in knee replacement (partial or revision) surgery, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, cartilage reconstruction. The doctor performs 500 surgeries per year.

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About knee replacement surgery

  1. How to prepare for knee replacement surgery?
  2. Recovery after this surgery.

Orthopaedic surgeon Povilas Čėsna has 10 years of work experience and specializes in knee and hip replacement surgery (primary and revisional). Orthopaedist-traumatologist Povilas Čėsna also consults and treats patients after long bone fractures, in case of pain and disorders after injuries or surgeries. The doctor performs 170-220 surgeries per year.

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Rehabilitation

We offer comprehensive medical care in one place! Surgical and rehabilitation treatments in the same clinic for your convenience. Rehabilitation after a knee replacement is one of the most important stages of treatment and should be taken very seriously. It speeds up the recovery process and can determine the success of the surgery by up to 50%. Our team is ready to assist you in regaining pain-free movement.

We offer:

  • More than 40 years of experience as a medical services provider;
  • Comprehensive treatment at one of Lithuania’s leading private medical clinics;
  • Individual post-op physiotherapy sessions and guidance from a dedicated physiotherapist on how to proceed so as not to injure yourself once you’re back to your daily activities;
  • Individual rehabilitation plans tailored to each patient, depending on their well-being and comfort, which may include: cold and compression therapy, physiotherapy treatments (to reduce inflammation and strengthen muscles), physiotherapy sessions (to increase range of motion and restore joint function and mobility), therapeutic massage, etc. The aim of post-operative early rehabilitation is to train the patient to move with assistive devices, speed up the healing process and help restore joint function;
  • Aquatic physiotherapy 2 weeks after surgery, when the joint has fully healed;
  • Guidance on the use of aids for household/daily activities, available from our local shop;
  • Option of consultation with the operating surgeon during the rehabilitation period;
  • Caring staff members and friendly communication;
  • Cosy and modern private wards with all amenities (TV, WI-FI, private bathroom, basic hygiene products);
  • Delicious food with menu choices;
  • All-inclusive rehabilitation packages, that can be reimbursed by your local health board (as well as the surgery itself). Meaning that you will only pay for the flight from your own pocket.

 

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All-included knee replacement cost

Knee replacement surgery price at our clinic includes everything you will need: the surgery, the implant, medical tests, anaesthesia, hospitalisation (2-3 nights), transport, hotel stay, etc. There are no hidden costs.

  • Knee replacement surgery: from €6650 / £5,695 (implants included)
  • Rehabilitation after surgery: €130 per day
  • Package deal with 10 days* rehabilitation: 10 days rehabilitation (€130 per day) + 2 extra days for free
  • Hip replacement surgery: from €6650 / £5,695 (implants included)
  • E-consultation with the surgeon: FREE
  • *The duration of treatment can be adjusted individually.
Our all-inclusive price
Average price in the UK
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Our all-inclusive price
Average price in the UK

About Gijos Klinikos

Please have a look at our clinic! Many of you, who have visited us in Lithuania already, know that we are a united team of professionals and our aim is to help people seeking superior treatment and service for a fair price. Our goal is to always ensure that patients are happy after the surgery and make sure they have a headache-free experience!

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Everything about knee replacement in our clinic

What's knee replacement?

Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is a procedure to replace the weight-bearing surface of a damaged knee joint. It results in the pain being relieved and your movement ability increased.

It’s only carried out if other treatment methods (e.g. physiotherapy, medications, braces) are not suitable for the patient.

How long do the new joints last?

Around 85% of the replaced joints will last more than 20 years.

Who does the knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement is most commonly performed for patients who suffer from: osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; psoriatric Arthritis; haemophilia; knee injury.

If you have stiff, painful knee and it is difficult to move it fully or to perform daily activities, you should consult with a specialist.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

Patients go for knee replacement abroad for multiple reasons. Main ones being:

  • There are no (or very short) waiting lines for orthopaedic surgeries
  • Individual attention from the surgeons
  • Recommendations from previous patients, friends or family
  • Top quality service for affordable prices
  • Possibility for a refund from your local health board
  • All-inclusive rehabilitation packages

Read / watch reviews of our previous patients below.

Will I be insured?

Our patients are covered by a reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice. Yet, first & foremost, we ensure maximum safety.

Why is knee replacement cost lower in your clinic?

Our clinic is not based in the centre of Stockholm or London, and does not have to pay eye-watering rents. We also work with a limited number of patients and do now waste massive sums on marketing. Therefore, you pay only for the surgery (and not for an expensive location or advertising on TV or in the tube).

At the same time you get an all-inclusive package (making your travel stress-free) when booking with us.

Is it safe?

Getting the surgery abroad involves similar risks as getting the surgery at home. For that reason, we recommend to always check the following:

  • The surgeons and their credentials. Preferably, ask for an online consultation to meet your surgeon before going abroad
  • What do the previous patients say about the clinic and their experience
  • Whether you will be insured

Never base your decision on the price alone.

Can I get a refund from my local health board?

You can have your surgery done for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. We are helping patients with the documentation needed in order to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. Patients usually choose this route because of the long waiting list in their country of origin.

What about the recovery? How soon can I travel back home?

After knee replacement you will be hospitalised for a few days (and our specialists with help you with the immediate recovery). Firstly, you will be walking with assistance or a walking stick. Yet, after 1 month, you will be already seeing massive positive changes. In six weeks (following the surgery) the patients usually walk with minimal help. Full recovery takes up to 6 months.

Travelling back home

Most of the patients can travel back 6-7 days after the surgery. However, patients who are overweight or have additional health issues may need to stay a bit longer – for 8-10 days.

For your flight back it is advisable to get special assistance to help getting in/out of the plane. The service is freely provided by the airports/airlines.

How soon will I be able to drive after knee replacement?

Most of the patients can drive in 3-4 weeks after the surgery.

What implants do you use for knee replacement surgery?

Our clinic uses only top-notch knee implants such as: Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew. These implants have a very low dislocation rate.

LEGION knee replacement system by Smith & Nephew:

  • exceptional strength;
  • low wear rate;
  • greater bone mass preservation during surgery due to the original design of the prosthesis and minimal removal of articular surfaces;
  • excellent biocompatibility thanks to the OXINIUM◊ alloy used in the prosthesis, which has been found to be hypoallergenic, even among those with metal allergies. OXINIUM◊ alloy contains: cobalt (<0.002%), chromium (<0.02%) and nickel (<0.0035%).
Will I need to redo my home after the knee replacement surgery?

You will not need any special changes in your daily environment.

What about the clinic & surgeons?

We like to say that our clinic (based in Lithuania, EU) is not a factory. That is we work only with a limited number of patients per year. That helps us to provide our best and give much-needed personal attention to the patients.

The clinic itself is equipped with the newest medical technologies. Naturally, it checks all the EU care standards and employs maximum safety measures. After surgeries the patients stay in cozy single-bed rooms. It makes your recovery calm and pleasant.

Our brand is rated 4.8/5 by hundreds of UK & EU patients. See their (video) reviews here.

Read about our surgeons at the bottom of this page.

What exactly is included in the package?
  • Everything for the treatment, anesthesia, 2-3 night of hospitalization;
  • Implants (Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew)
  • Necessary stay at a city-centre hotel;
  • Needed consultations, medical tests;
  • Finding best airplane ticket deals;
  • Meeting at the airport, personal driver within Lithuania;
  • 24/7 assistance in Lithuania;
  • Help with after-care, insurance of up to €50,000 against injury.
Are there any possible complications? What if something goes wrong?

Just as with any any other surgery, certain complications are possible. These include:

  • Infections (below 1% of cases)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (up to 15% of cases)
  • Nerve injuries (1-2% of cases)
  • Persistent pain (up to 15% of the patients)
  • Loss of motion, instability, stiffness of the knee
  • Unexpected bleeding
  • Failure of the implant during the first 5 years (2% of cases)

During the consultations with the surgeon you will be fully informed & guided through all potential complications.

What if they occur:

While you are still in Lithuania: in case you are feeling unwell or there is anything abnormal, you will be immediately checked upon by the medical personnel. Should there be a need for a follow-up procedure, it would be carried out for you free of charge.

Complication in the later stages of the recovery is even rarer and most of the time not an emergency. If they happen, our surgeon would consult you online and explain the steps to take.

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What makes us different?

We like to say that our clinic is not a factory. That is we work only with a limited number of patients per year. That helps us to provide our best and give much-needed personal attention to the patients.

The clinic itself is equipped with the newest medical technologies. Naturally, it checks all the EU care standards and employs maximum safety measures. After surgeries the patients stay in cozy single-bed rooms. It makes your recovery calm and pleasant.

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