Looking for a knee replacement abroad?

If you notice that your knees are becoming more painful during everyday activities, show visual changes that limit your movement and your lifestyle, it may be a signal to seek help.

Knee replacement in Lithuania

  • 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 anesthesia by a team of experienced surgeons
  • The surgery takes approximately 2 hours
  • All-included price: €6650 / £5,618 (see the exact price table below)
  • Located in Lithuania (Kaunas), “Gijos Klinikos” is one of the largest private Lithuanian medical clinics. 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


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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)

€ 6150

Package deal with 7 days rehabilitation

€ 6670

Package deal with 10 days rehabilitation

€ 7060

Package deal with 14 days rehabilitation

€ 7580

Hip replacement surgery (implants included)

€ 6150

We help our patients with the documentation needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment 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; psoriatic arthritis; haemophilia; 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.

Why do people go for surgery abroad?

Patients go for knee replacement abroad for multiple reasons. The 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.

Will I be insured?

Our patients are covered by 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 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.

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.

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 hospitalized for a few days (and our specialists with helping 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.

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 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 hip implants such as Zimmer Biomet, Smith & Nephew

These implants have a 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 nights 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, reliable insurance covering surgical malpractice.


What are the 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.

The 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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