Knee Replacement Surgery Abroad – Arthroplasty in Poland
Move freely again with the total knee replacement surgery abroad
If you are looking for the total knee replacement surgery abroad you are in a perfect place – we provide the whole package – no hidden fees. After the successful free online consultation, you will be picked up by the private driver from the airport – we will guide you through the whole process in the hospital, diagnostics, ward admission, surgery. You will receive extraordinary care during your knee replacement surgery in Poland. After the surgery, you will have an everyday session with an experienced and English-speaking physiotherapist, who will make sure you will be able to go back home on your own feet. If you will decide to come for the total knee replacement stay in Poland with the accompanying person – you will be able to stay together in the hospital room (equipped with private bathroom, TV, kettle). You will have a personal assistant, who will be available if you need anything. For more information regarding the total knee replacement surgery abroad, please scroll down.
No Hidden Fees - Total Care Packages
Offer for the Patient and Accompanying Person, Full Board incl.
14 Days Stay with Physical Therapy Programme
Highest Quality FDA Approved Implants
Certified Board – Acclaimed Surgeons
Possible NHS/HSC Cost Reimbursement
|Benefits||full recovery, detailed diagnosis, painless walking|
|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|
|Full recovery time||8-12 weeks with rehabilitation|
|Approximate Package cost||from £5,500/$6,900 (depending on the Doctor’s examination and medical diagnosis)|
Total Knee Replacement Abroad – our Patient’s Review:
Video interview transcript is avaiable at the bottom of the page.
Table of contents:
- 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
Total knee replacement 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.
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!
<talk during the Katowice Culture Zone trip>
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!
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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 – 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 family-like atmosphere.
Well, I have to say that I have tried to find something detrimental about the hospital and its staff, but I can’t. Only to say that there was too much food!
The staff were exceptional, with how they helped me, put me at my ease, cared for me and Peter.
Dr Pawlak and his team were outstanding, answered all my questions, were always on hand to help should it be necessary. I can’t give enough praise to them all. Joanna and Aggi were to be congratulated on their translation. They chauffeured us around from day out for Peter to a shopping trip for me and commuting to and from the airport.
Should you have anyone who is going to Poland for surgery, I would be more than happy to chat with them to put them at their ease, such as John did for me.Joy Collins
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.
Through this website, I would like to thank Dr Janusz Manachiewicz and other doctors for the best care ever during my stay in SANVIMED. I was impressed by his competence, professionalism and humane treatment. Also, professional help and friendly atmosphere provided by the nurses let me forget about all this stress. Taking full responsibility, I can recommend this medical centre, especially Dr Manachiewicz who is the right person in the right place. Way to go!James, UK
I am pleased to tell you how well I am doing & I am back to normal after the operation. I have no pain & regained the strength in my leg. All in all a brilliant result from the operation. We both still miss you all. Our best wishes to all the lovely nurses, to Lucas & Thomas & Mr Pawlak and of course. He did a wonderful job.Janet and John Taylor
I was amazed by the brilliant job the doctors made. I came whole in pain, couldn’t sleep and walk. The surgery took place just one day after we arrived, so I had almost full two weeks for the proper rehabilitation programme. The care we received was extraordinary, everything was provided (and prepared in details, we even had fresh fruits on the table), we felt like coming to the family. I am still continuing my rehabilitation back at home and the effects are so great. We miss you already! Thank you so much, you gave me my life back.Barbara Collis