Knee replacement cost, Info & FAQs

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

Knee replacement cost & info

If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity, and help you resume normal activities.

  • In short: knee replacement is a minimally invasive surgery in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with an artificial one
  • Result: pain is relieved and movement ability increases
  • Done under general or spinal anesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • Length of hospitalization: 2 nights (included)
  • Minimum required to stay abroad: 10 days
  • Waiting time: none/very short
  • Trustpilot rating (by UK & EU patients): 4.8/5. Top Clinic in Lithuania, EU
  • Knee replacement surgery cost: from €4000 / £3,423 (see price table below)
  • Knee implant cost: from €3150 / £2,695 (see price table below)
  • Rehabilitation after surgery: €185 / £158 per day
  • Possible refund from your local health board: yes (only pay for the flight from your pocket)
  • Implants used: Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew (excellent biocompatibility)

Recommendations after knee replacement surgery can be found here.



Signs you may need knee replacement

  • Nonsurgical treatments are no longer effective. If you have arthritis of the knee, you’ll probably start with more conservative measures such as medications, steroid injections, or physical therapy to alleviate your symptoms. But at some point, they may not be enough.
  • Your pain prevents you from doing normal activities or caring for yourself. If you can’t get relief from other treatments, your knee pain may start interfering with your daily life.
  • You have severe pain even when resting, and you can’t sleep. According to our surgeons, pain while at rest that isn’t responding to other measures may make you a good candidate as well.
  • Your knee is always swollen. Swelling is another sign your knee is not responding to other treatments.
  • Your knee has become deformed. If your arthritis is advanced, it can affect the way you walk, which can also lead to further problems elsewhere in your body. In addition, people with arthritis may also lose the ability to straighten their knee
  •  You’re of a certain age. Knee replacement is generally done in older people over 60, in part because younger people’s more active lifestyles may put too much stress on the artificial knee, causing it not to last as long; second replacement surgeries may not be as successful. But, knee replacements can be performed in people of all ages depending on your case, so discuss with your doctor whether you’re a good candidate.

Can I get a refund from my local health board?

HSE reimbursement

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.

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Common Causes of Knee pain

The most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability is arthritis. Although there are many types of arthritis, most knee pain is caused by just three types: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.

  • Osteoarthritis. This is an age-related “wear and tear” type of arthritis. It usually occurs in people 50 years of age and older, but may occur in younger people, too. The cartilage that cushions the bones of the knee softens and wears away. The bones then rub against one another, causing knee pain and stiffness.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. This is a disease in which the synovial membrane that surrounds the joint becomes inflamed and thickened. This chronic inflammation can damage the cartilage and eventually cause cartilage loss, pain, and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of a group of disorders termed “inflammatory arthritis.”
  • Post-traumatic arthritis. This can follow a serious knee injury. Fractures of the bones surrounding the knee or tears of the knee ligaments may damage the articular cartilage over time, causing knee pain and limiting knee function.

About the surgery

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

Orthopedic surgeon Juozas Belickas, MD, Ph.D., has 30 years of work experience and specializes in knee replacement (partial or revision) surgery, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and cartilage reconstruction. The doctor performs 500 surgeries per year. GET DOCTOR ADVICE FREE

How to prepare

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

Orthopedic 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. GET DOCTOR ADVICE FREE

Benefits and advantages

  1. What are the benefits of knee replacement surgery?
  2. Advantages of implants.

Orthopedic surgeon Juozas Belickas, MD, Ph.D., has 30 years of work experience and specializes in knee replacement (partial or revision) surgery, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and cartilage reconstruction. The doctor performs 500 surgeries per year. GET DOCTOR ADVICE FREE


We offer comprehensive medical care in one place! Surgical and rehabilitation treatments are 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. Post-operative early rehabilitation aims 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;
  • Cozy 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 pocket.


All-included knee replacement cost

Our clinic’s knee replacement surgery price includes everything you will need: the surgery, the implant, medical tests, anesthesia, hospitalization (2 nights), transport, hotel stay, etc. There are no hidden costs.

  • Knee replacement surgery: from €7150 / £6,118 (implants included)
  • Rehabilitation after surgery: €185 per day
  • Package deal with 7 days* rehabilitation: €8445 / £7,226
  • Hip replacement surgery: €7450 / £6,375 (implants included)
  • E-consultation with the surgeon: FREE

*The duration of the rehabilitation can be adjusted individually.

Our all-inclusive price
Average price in the UK
Our all-inclusive price
Average price in the UK

prices given below are exact (without hidden costs). Many other clinics increase their initial prices.

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!


we care about the planet. That's why our clinic is the first in Europe to fully offset the CO2 of medical travel 💚🌍

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

What about the clinic & surgeons?

Our clinic (“Gijos Klinikos“ is based in Lithuania, EU) is one of the largest private Lithuanian medical clinics. “Gijos Klinikos“ has more than 40 years of experience as a medical services provider! You will find here a wide spectrum of health and beauty services, medical innovations, and a team of doctors belonging to a variety of medical fields. The specialists working at “Gijos Klinikos” continuously keep up-to-date with modern technologies and broaden their knowledge in secondment assignments in various countries. “Gijos Klinikos,” by investing in the most modern medical equipment, can offer professional treatment, which conforms to the EU and international standards. A cozy and aesthetic environment and smiling staff offering splendid service, confidentiality, and comfort await the patients. After surgeries, the patients stay in cozy one-room wards and for 24 hours are supervised by professional staff. For the comfort of patients, the wards have a TV and Wi-Fi, separate bathrooms, and the most necessary means of hygiene are provided. 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.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

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

  • There are no (or very short) waiting lines for orthopedic 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.

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.

Will I be insured?

Our patients are covered by 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 center 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 on 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 always checking 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.

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

After knee replacement, you will be hospitalized for a few days (and our specialists with helping you with 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. Traveling 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 to get 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, and 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%).

OXFORD partial knee joint endoprosthesis by Zimmer Biomet. Today, it is the most popular partial knee implant in the world, characterized by excellent clinical results. Studies show that as many as 47.6 % of all knee joint endoprosthetic surgeries (endoprosthetic replacement) can be performed using the partial knee joint endoprosthetic methodology. Why is it worth choosing “Oxford®” partial knee joint endoprosthesis?

  • With more than 35 years of clinical experience, “Oxford®” is the world’s most widely-used and clinically-based partial knee joint system.
  • “Oxford®” avoids damage to the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments and provides better proprioception (the ability to perceive and control body position).
  • The implant-fitted spherical design reduces contact stress during full-amplitude movements.

A partial knee joint endoprosthesis is used to treat early arthrosis of the knee joint by replacing only one side of the knee joint affected by the medical condition. Replacing only part of the joint preserves the healthy side with the ligament, and the smaller size of the implant results in a smaller incision, making the surgery minimally invasive. For these reasons, the post-surgical period improves, there is less pain, and the function of movement is restored faster. Moreover, studies show that the survival rate of a partial joint implant over a 10-year period is as high as 93.3 %.

Will I need to redo my home after the knee replacement surgery?

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

What exactly is included in the package?
  • Everything for the treatment, anesthesia, 2-3 nights of hospitalization;
  • Implants (Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew)
  • Necessary stay at a city-center hotel;
  • Needed consultations, medical tests;
  • Finding the best airplane ticket deals;
  • Meeting at the airport, personal driver within Lithuania;
  • 24/7 assistance in Lithuania;
  • Reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice.
Are there any possible complications? What if something goes wrong?

Just as with 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. A 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. GET DOCTOR ADVICE FREE

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 (paid separately) & 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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