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Old 07-11-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Yes I had it done. But I might need surgery again someday and I want to know if anyone else has had experience with other countries like Lithuania. I just heard a bout a woman who died getting lipo in the Dominican republic. Would never go to a country like that for surgery.
Sounds like OP is worrying about something that may never be needed. I speak from my own experience since I'm working with my knee and no surgery.

A friend finally decided to do the HA series of injections and just did her 2nd session the other day and she's getting pretty good results, I never did and I tried them many yrs ago.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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IDK how you came upon Lithuania, but I've heard Thailand is quite good in the surgery-for-Westerners field.
I was googling foreign countries for surgery and saw Lithuania as a good alternative. It's a developed country. I've heard about people going to India - but it is not a developed county.Thailand is classified as a developing country too. I would not go to place like that for surgery.


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Sounds like OP is worrying about something that may never be needed. I speak from my own experience since I'm working with my knee and no surgery.
Lots of people need some kind of surgery as the age. I don't know how many people I know who have had rotator cuff surgery. LOTS. The AC joint in my other shoulder is giving me problems - it's from 25 years of lifting weights. Bench press and even push-ups are hard on the AC joints.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:14 AM
 
Location: NJ
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https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-...waiting-lists/


That's a guy in Wales. 50 week wait time for knee replacement!! I am in the US and I had to wait almost 4 months for surgery on my 5th degree separated shoulder. I was in so much pain that I missed 2 months of work. I went to 4 doctors but no one would agree to do the surgery quickly. I am wondering if next time I need surgery should I consider Lithuania of some other country?
The only country I'd go to would be Germany for spine surgery. They're way more advanced then the US. I had a lumbar spinal fusion that failed, then met a gal that had 3 or more levels done in Germany using a flexible disk. She was walking and sitting down like she never had spine issues. It cost her under $10,000 total
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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As I said earlier. no way in Hell would I leave the US for elective surgery


Also, don't forget, even if you make this bad decision, Medicare doesn't cover it (if that's applicable)
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Also, don't forget, even if you make this bad decision, Medicare doesn't cover it (if that's applicable)
You'd also be hard pressed to find a surgeon at home who would be willing to deal with any complications that might arise, perform a revision etc.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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An operation for a separated shoulder? I had one playing football in HS. The team doctor came over, but me in some kind of wrestling hold and popped it back into place.
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Old Yesterday, 02:11 PM
 
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An operation for a separated shoulder? I had one playing football in HS. The team doctor came over, but me in some kind of wrestling hold and popped it back into place.
That's a dislocated shoulder. Separations can't be popped back in because the ligaments have been either stretched (in 1st and 2nd degree separations) or broken (in 3rd-6th degree separations).
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Old Today, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I was googling foreign countries for surgery and saw Lithuania as a good alternative. It's a developed country. I've heard about people going to India - but it is not a developed county.Thailand is classified as a developing country too. I would not go to place like that for surgery.



Lots of people need some kind of surgery as the age. I don't know how many people I know who have had rotator cuff surgery. LOTS. The AC joint in my other shoulder is giving me problems - it's from 25 years of lifting weights. Bench press and even push-ups are hard on the AC joints.
I think your situation makes many of us, who have been through similar pains wonder why in Gods Green earth would you even consider something like that? If for no other reason, have you thought about the expense of getting there and staying there through the healing process? What happens if there are complications? are you going to stay forever or fly back to see your surgeon again?
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