Total knee replacement surgery abroad – prices, reviews, information.
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Benefits from Knee Replacement Surgery Abroad
Support from Dedicated Personal Assistant
No Hidden Fees - Total Care Packages
Offer for the Patient and Accompanying Person, Full Board incl.
14 Days Stay with convenient on-site Physical Therapy Program
Quality FDA Approved Implants
Certified Board – Acclaimed Surgeons
Possible HSE Cost Reimbursement for the knee replacement abroad
|Expected outcome||Increase mobility and decrease pain, getting back to normal activities|
|Anaesthesia||general, epidural anaesthesia (regional)|
|Stay in Poland – Basic Package||7 days|
|Stay in Poland – Rehabilitation Package||14 days *choice recommended by Patients|
|Package includes||online qualification, KTW airport transfers, surgery, high-quality implant, anaesthesia, physical therapy package, catering and stay for 14 days in the clinic (room with bathroom, TV and Wi-Fi), concierge services|
|Follow up||next day, 3 days, 10 days stitches removal then if needed|
|Back to work time (office)||8 weeks|
|Expected recovery time||8-12 weeks with rehabilitation|
|Approximate Package cost||from £6,500 (depending on the Doctor’s examination and medical diagnosis)|
Knee Replacement Surgery Abroad – our Patient’s Reviews:
- What are the advantages of total knee replacement surgery?
- About the total knee replacement procedure in Poland.
- Treatment Schedule for total knee replacement surgery abroad.
- Potential side effects of knee replacement surgery abroad.
- Full Recovery Time after knee replacement surgery abroad.
- Patient’s preparation for the total knee replacement surgery abroad.
- How does the diagnostic process in total knee replacement abroad look like:
- Qualification for the knee replacement surgery in Poland
Knee replacement surgery in Poland – cost, information, reviews:
1. General Treatment Information for the total knee replacement surgery abroad
a) Expected results and benefits of the total knee replacement surgery abroad (in Poland).
What are the advantages of total knee replacement surgery?
Usually, more than 90% of patients who had undergone total knee replacement surgery, has experienced improvement of their standard of living, meaning they could perform most of the daily activities and their pain was significantly reduced. With proper exercise moderation, the knee replacement implant can last for many years, although you need to be conscious, that some of the factors lead to faster wear of the prosthesis. Excessive activity such as high impact sports (running, jumping) and overweight may cause the pain, and entail the implant to slacken. You should stick to more peaceful activities such as swimming, unlimited walking, golf, biking and other low-impact sports.
b) About the total knee replacement procedure in Poland
During total knee replacement surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon will remove damaged parts from your knee – cartilage and bone, and then insert new implants to restore the function of your knee. The more accurate name for this procedure would be knee resurfacing surgery because only the surfaces are replaced, not the whole knee. It is mostly addressed to people over 50 years old, who have degenerative changes, severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis. There are several types of prosthesis, chosen by a surgeon for each case. You will be informed which prosthesis model will be used. In our accredited private hospital, we offer the best knee implants by international providers such as Zimmer, Biomet, Smith & Nephew.
c) Treatment Schedule for the knee replacement surgery abroad
In knee replacement surgery you will be adhibited with general anaesthesia. The whole procedure will be completely pain – free. After receiving the anaesthesia, there are several steps during the knee endoprosthesis placement process. Firstly, the cut on the front of your knee is made. The doctor needs to prepare the bone, remove damaged surfaces at the end of tibia and femur; then he positions the implants (usually made from titanium) instead of the removed cartilage and bone. The undersurface of the patella is resurfaced with a plastic button. Finally, the plastic spacer is inserted between metal components to achieve a smooth gliding surface. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. At the end of the surgery, cuts will be closed with stitches.
d) Potential side effects of knee replacement surgery abroad.
What are the potential side effects of total knee replacement surgery?
Although the knee endoprosthesis procedure is considered as safe and complications occur infrequently; there is always a small risk that any of the following may appear:
- Infection (if you feel fever, chills, increased pain, significant swelling it may be a signal of an infection),
- Blood clots,
- Accumulation of blood in the knee,
- Injury to a nerve,
- Implant problems,
- Continuous pain,
- Breaking of the bone,
- Change of the length of the injured leg,
- Loosen of the prosthesis (after some time the implant may become slacken).
Also having general anaesthesia may cause risks like allergic reactions or breathing problems.
e) Full Recovery Time after knee replacement surgery abroad:
In our private hospital, we offer special 14-days packages with physical therapy, best implant, surgery, care, exercising and room at the clinic. It is vital for your recovery to be careful and patient during these first two weeks, and we highly recommend to stay under the supervision of our surgeon and physical therapists. Full recovery time always depends on the complexity of the surgery and the general health of the Patient. You should be able to walk without crutches or frame about six weeks after surgery but be conscious that pain and swelling may remain for up to three months. Your new knee will need a lot of time to recover completely, during the first two years scar tissue and muscles will heal and be restored by exercises. Just after the surgery you should avoid sports like skiing or mountain biking, as the risk of falling is too high, and a new injury may harm the leg. Usually, after six weeks you can drive a car again and get back to work after 12 weeks.
2. Patient’s preparation for the total knee replacement surgery abroad
How shall I prepare myself for the Total Knee Replacement surgery?
The surgeon will explain to you how to behave before, during and after knee replacement surgery abroad. Probably the doctor will ask you to stop smoking – it increases the risk of getting a wound infection, and also may slow down your recovery or even lead to complications. You may be asked to return to appropriate body weight. You may be asked to wear compression stocking – they prevent blood clots in your legs, but you may also receive an anticlotting injection instead. You may be asked to shave your leg before the knee endoprosthesis surgery. In compound with general anaesthesia, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything for about six hours, before your surgery. Vital is to follow the rules to stop taking medicines that rarefy your blood. As the procedure is complex, you may need to prepare your apartment for some changes. For example, you may need to put some safety bars in your shower or bath, install secure handrails by the stairways (stairs climbing must be kept to the minimum), you may need a stable and comfortable chair for your recovery and a footstool for a leg elevation. You may also need to remove all carpets and rugs.
How does the diagnostic process in total knee replacement abroad look like?
As the knee replacement surgery is irreversible, the decision about undergoing it must be well thought and supported by tests. Before making a decision about knee arthroplasty, your doctor will probably make a former careful examination, checking if you had any recent injuries, where you feel pain and other symptoms, usually he will provide some extra tests like blood tests, X-Ray, Ultrasound or MRI scan. Before the knee implantation surgery, your doctor may offer you other methods of treatment like physiotherapy or medications.
Qualification for the knee replacement surgery in Poland:
Your doctor may consider knee endoprosthesis (knee replacement) if your knee is painful, stiff, and the simplest activities are painful and difficult to perform. This surgery is recommended when other treatments are not leading to any effects. In most cases, it is reserved for people over 50 years old, who have degenerative changes, severe osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis. Before the knee replacement surgery in Poland, you will be asked to send your medical records including knee X-Ray or MRI. Our surgeons will perform the initial consultation. Also, there are some blood tests important to perform before the total knee replacement surgery – you will receive all of the information in the e-mail from one of our coordinators. After you arrive, you will either undergo an MRI, Computed Tomography or an X-Ray (in the A-P dimension), depending on what the doctors will recommend.
Before the total knee replacement abroad, it is vital to inform the doctors about your general health condition and other conditions, chronic diseases, medicines you take etc.
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Get an appointment at a private hospital specialising in knee prosthesis and joint replacements offering a total care package (everything included in price). The accompanying person can also stay with you in one of the comfortable Patient rooms in the clinic.
Sanvimed is a comfortable and modern private hospital owning the ISO certificate and Patients Trust Award. The experienced and appreciated medical team is focused on joint replacement – the private hip replacement and knee replacement. With the mission to provide the highest quality care and the latest methods of treatment, Sanvimed is an excellent choice for Patients looking for a knee prosthesis abroad, who expect exceptional care and a family-like atmosphere.
Get to know your surgeon – who will perform your knee replacement surgery abroad?
MD PhD Wojciech Pawlak
Specialist orthopaedic surgeon-traumatologist
He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Silesian Medical Academy in Katowice. During his work at the Orthopedic Clinic, he gained a lot of experience in both theory and practice, which allowed him, among others be the author and co-author of 4 scientific papers published in the national literature. In the meantime, he obtained the second degree of specialization in the field of Orthopedics and Traumatology.
In the same year, he joined the Municipal Hospital No. 1 in Zabrze, acting as deputy head of the Orthopedic and Traumatological Department. In recent years, he has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive.
He completed specialist courses in the field of hand surgery, arthroscopy as well as arthroplasty. Its results have been used in clinical practice.
He had performed several thousand joint replacement surgeries.
As John Lennon so famously said “there are no problems, only solutions”.
I had a problem and needed a solution. My right knee had been identified as requiring a replacement by two local NHS orthopaedic surgeons. The first surgeon advised me in November 2019 that he could perhaps operate in September 2020. The next surgeon I approached later that November gave me a date in February 2020 but a suitable prosthesis could not be found in time and then came COVID 19.
Now there was more than one problem.
Research on the internet gave me the promise of a solution. Application through the auspices of the ever-helpful Maja, the coordinator for a EuroTreatmed Polish Clinic, required that I send her the appropriate medical records. When these were approved by the medical team it meant that I could choose a date at my convenience for my operation. I then made a successful application to the NHS for approval for reimbursement for the medical care and operation.
From the moment I entered the Polish clinic, the care and medical attendance that I received was fabulous.
The surgeon Dr Wojciech Pawlak (I nicknamed him “Teddy Bear”) was so attentive and frequently visited me post-op to check his handiwork and my progress. The nursing staff (Kate, the head nurse, the two ward nurses each called Renata) were always there with suitable medical care at the press of a button. Joanna, the Clinic’s Manager, acted as interpreter to the surgeon, made sure all the paperwork required for discharge was correct and listened to the patients and their experiences during the two weeks stay. Finally, the two physiotherapists, Łukasz and Tomasz, who both had encouraging words and disciplines, enabled me to make far greater progress than anyone would imagine.
Diet is particularly important during a stay in hospital and the preparation of breakfast and evening meals by the nurses and the lunch menu selection from the local hotel ensured that I had just the right food at the right time. Every day there was a large selection of fruit which I devoured with relish.
I have promised to return to the Clinic for my left knee replacement if I cannot get an operation in the UK through the NHS. That I think underlines my confidence and complete satisfaction at the treatment I have received.
Thank you, Maja for selling the Clinic so well!!
I have had many operations in the UK including a full knee replacement. But none come anywhere near the professional standards I received at Sanvimed Zaborze under the surgeon Dr Pawlak. All the nurses and medical staff were extremely friendly and professional. Maja is like the best friend you never knew you had, she’s like the glue that keeps it all working together. Hopefully, I can return for my other knee replacement.
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Video interview transcript
William & Eileen
William decided to undergo a total knee replacement abroad, and he chose Poland as a destination. His doctor recommended Poland as a place, where highest European quality meets short waiting lists and a great value for money. He came with his lovely wife Eileen.
This is a short video interview transcript:
Maja: Perfect! First walk! How is it?
William: It’s very good! I am glad to stay the extra days for the therapy!
William: That’s ain’t hard… (while walking up the stairs just several days after the total knee replacement in Poland).
I needed a total knee replacement – my joint was very, very sore, and I couldn’t bend it or fully straighten it.
Maja: And were you afraid of going abroad for a total knee replacement treatment abroad?
William: Yeees, I was very afraid! (laughter)
Maja: And Eileen you?
Eileen: I was terrified! Because you are coming to the different country, you don’t know the language, you have no knowledge of the hospital, just the recommendation of the English doctor that told us about you, and the recommendations on the Internet as well. So we were very apprehensive.
Maja: So when was the moment that you felt comfortable here?
Eileen: I think the minute we came here and met you!
William: We knew things would be totally okay.
Eileen: You totally reassured us!
William: And the first nurse! And the surgeon.
E: Everyone was fantastic! They were so willing to answer any questions, they were so efficient!
W: They have explained the whole total knee replacement procedure: what will happen, how long will it take, how will I feel afterwards.
E: And the fact that the surgeon himself came and did his dressing! He actually… this I cannot get over. He did his dressing for the first 3 days after the knee replacement, he sat down and chat, he checked if his foot was working, checked everything, the muscles.. it was excellent! Absolutely!
I find the surgeon that did the total knee replacement in Poland amazing. The care that he took, the time that he took… it wasn’t the case of doing the operation and move on. He was coming back every single day to check if Williams was OK and that everything was all right with us.
Maja: Was it worth to stay longer and use the physiotherapy package?
W: I knew people say – 4 days – that is no enough. I know when I am back home it is more difficult to do physiotherapy, so I decided to do it in one package here and get the physiotherapy while I was here. I know it is a slightly higher cost, but I see proven results. It speeded up the whole process for me – to get back home on my feet, walking.
E: Thomas, one of the physiotherapists was absolutely amazing – when he explained the exercises he wanted William to do after the knee replacement surgery, and William tried to do it, Thomas was able to tell him – you are not using the right muscle. You have to do it this way – he was absolutely great. Whereas at home (in Scottland) they would say: do your diagram, do that. You know… here Thomas held his leg, and until William would get it right. Thomas was so patient, he was brilliant.
Maja: Would you recommend EuroTreatMed as a medical tourism facilitator for total knee replacement abroad or for other procedures?
Eileen: As you know, we have already tried!
William: We wouldn’t hesitate any minute!
Eileen: Absolutely! We will go on social media to tell them!
W: And I will come back for the second knee done eventually.
E: Yes, this will be the only place we would come. This is second to none!
W: We are very happy with the whole experience!
E: Absolutely! And the fact that you as a EuroTreatMed coordinated everything, that you organised someone to pick us up from the airport, and even because I was here with William you took me on the excursions, you were there, at the end of the phone
W: If we needed anything!
E: It was just amazing! Even though I didn’t need anything I knew you were there if I did. Or if I had a questions that I though that may be too complicated to one of the nurses, all I would do would be to call you and ask you and you would sort that… absolutely amazing!
Maja: Do you like the area here?
E: It’s very, very nice.
W: I don’t know many entertainments it has, but it seem very nice.
E: He will go to the mine (* there is an old cold mine open for visitors nearby “Kopalnia Guido”), and maybe I’ll let him.. keep down there..ha ha ha, but no, I love the lakes, and love going for a walks, and it was really nice.
W: And I have enjoyed the shopping!
E: Oh the shopping, yes! Because for example Krakow is a big city, this is more a place that William and I like. Small, quiet, just so nice.
E: Yes, very peaceful!
Video interview transcript
David & Maja
David came from Scotland for the knee replacement abroad (total knee replacement in Poland). He was very lucky since he got approved for the reimbursement for treatment abroad just 3 days before the Brexit. David stayed in our hospital for 13 days, he had daily physiotherapy. Now it is still possible to apply for reimbursement from HSE (Ireland) for the operation abroad.
This is a short video interview transcript:
Majal: Hello, I am here with David who came here for an operation. David is about to leave tomorrow, so we wanted to make a little interview, here in the hospital, OK?
Maja: To ask about the experience, and what happened here, in Poland. Maybe you could start with saying in a few words what kind of surgery you had
David: I had a knee replacement in Poland, which has gone very well, everybody here has been excellent, from the surgeon, the nurses and the non-medical staff, they could not make enough for you.
Maja: It’s an interesting thing because you can compare your right leg to your left leg, because you have already been through the knee replacement surgery, previously you had it through the NHS, right?
David: Yes, I had it through the NHS (the first operation) but I was moved out of the area and I had it done in the private hospital in Scottland, but I would say that my left knee (*operated in Poland), the care I have received afterwards…, the physiotherapy especially, has allowed me to walk much better now when I did when I left the hospital before. I was only in the hospital 3 days after surgery before, while this time it’d be 10 days. And with the physiotherapy, I recommend everybody to take that additional time to get the physiotherapy
Maja: So, what can you do now with the leg? More or less
David: I can walk, walk with 1 crutch, no problem, which I couldn’t after the previous knee operation
Maja: …and also the stairs?
David: Stairs? Oh, yea, I can climb up and down the stairs, no problem at all
Maja: I think you started on the 5th day?
David: 5th day, yes, I went up and down the stairs on the 5th day, no problem, and since then I’ve been improving each day, and I am now at the stage – one thing to go home, but I am very happy I have stayed to get the additional physiotherapy. I am much stronger and happier with the outcome of the operation
Maja: It’s great to hear it! I also want to ask how it was from the very beginning, how did you find us, what was your experience regarding the initial qualification and the contact with us?
David: I knew for a very long time that I was needing another knee replacement, when I found out officially, that yes, I do need one, but there is no chance to get one on the NHS for quite a period of time. I looked into the other ways of how to get this done. I was going through, surfing the internet, and found out about your hospital it was one of the ones that first came up, and I read about it and read about the European Medical Directive, that the cost of the operation can be paid by the NHS. This I looked into, and I was very lucky, I got accepted onto the scheme 3 days before BREXIT
Maja: yes, you were so lucky! That’s true
David: And since then, it has been Covid that stopped me until this time, to come, but I’ve looked at various hospitals in Europe and this was far the best one in terms of what they offered, and they will get back to you (Maja will get back to you) within minutes or hours
Maja: Oh, thank you! But it’s true, that you were quite lucky. We really hope that in the future the option of getting a reimbursement for the private treatment abroad will be resumed because it’s a big chance and we believe it’s a win-win for everyone, so we hope they will somehow get to the point after dealing with Covid-related issues they will finally get to give this option back.
My other question is if you were afraid of anything before coming here?
Maja: You couldn’t be that brave! Anything?
Maja: No apprehensiveness? Before going for treatment in a different country?
David: No, I knew I had one operation before, I knew what it was like, and when I was here, it was too late -it had to happen;) no problems
Maja: And do you maybe have any message for people who are still wondering where to go, or to people who’ve already decided, but looking for a place to undergo the operation? Any tips for future patients.
David: I mean, I would recommend anybody to come here, the first-class service you receive, customer service, medical attention, where else you have your surgeon changing your dressing for the first four days? you would not get that in Britain, and apart from that, everybody has been great, they could not do enough for you. I fully recommend this hospital I am sure there are others as well to be as good but certainly – do not be afraid to come here! Maja is like having a personal secretary – she has everything for you, she has everything for you and she has not been wrong yet. I will be home tomorrow night, and I will be very happy and very thankful to Maja.
Maja: Thank you! We will be definitely looking forward to some feedback, after the next weeks of the recovery… and thank you for this little interview!
David: thank you