- 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 done under general or spinal anaesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
- The surgery takes approximately 2 hours
- All-included price: from €6650/ £5,692 (see the exact price table below)
Knee replacement abroad
Knee replacement FAQs
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 pacakges
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.
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.
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.
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 after knee replacement surgery abroad?
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 hip implants such as: Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew
These implants have very low dislocation rate.
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)
- 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.
What are the 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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prices given below are exact (without hidden costs). Many other clinics increase their initial prices.
All-included knee replacement cost
Knee replacement surgery (implants included)
Package deal with 7 days rehabilitation
Package deal with 14 days rehabilitation
Hip replacement surgery (implants included)
we help our patients with the documentation needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad
every result is individual. We put our utmost care to ensure that the patient is happy with it.
The whole experience has been amazing. The prices have been good, the selection process – everything so far has been excellent. It was just as good, if not better than having the surgery in the UK. I would definitely recommend it.
You can see Nila's video review on our Youtube or under Reviews tab.
I chose Wellness Travels to organise my tummy tuck surgery in Lithuania and I have to say I didn’t find any problem with them from the moment I booked till the moment I left. My travel assistant Gedas was lovely. Staff and doctors at the clinic were amazing. I will definitely be back for further surgeries.
You can see Nicola's video review on our Youtube or under Reviews tab.
Lina G. G.Sweden
Lina G. G.Sweden
Couldn’t be happier with the whole process. Amazing staff, well organized,also what they say they do. Strongly recommend to anyone who is looking to go abroad with 100% guarantees. 100 % first class service from day 1 :-)
The guys from Wellness Travels were brilliant and very helpful. Always checking on progress. They provide you with a phone; come as quick as they can, if you need them. Also if you didn’t understand anything they helped, i.e. language issues. They showed me how to get to the shopping mall, pointed out places to go, etc. Would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to go through any cosmetic procedures.
You can see Amy's video review on our Youtube or under Reviews tab.
R. D.The Netherlands
R. D.The Netherlands
I’ve been surprised that in Lithuania, one can find such professional clinic and service providers. Initially, I wanted the surgery in the Netherlands, but the offer by Wellness Travels was much better – half the price, experienced surgeon, all-included care. Also, their main concern was my safety, hence this was another reason to choose them.
You can see her video review on our Youtube or under Reviews tab.
Dr Juozas Belickas
Renowned surgeon specializing in knee joint surgery: knee replacement, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, cartilage reconstruction. Number of operations per year - 600.
Dr Donatas Senkanec
Surgeon, who specializes in hip, knee and shoulder joint replacement surgery. In total he has done over 1000 joint replacement operations.
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