Anti-reflux (GERD) surgery

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Sue, UK
Sue, UK
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This hospital and staff have got the whole package from collection at the airport to consultations so very friendly and professional you are put at ease from the moment you arrive. The only regret I have I wish I had done this years ago. You are up and about so quickly the staff are magnificent I felt so cared for, I now think back and wondered why I was so worried about doing this. I would highly recommend this to anyone overweight.
Lynn, UK
Lynn, UK
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I'm so pleased I went with Nordbariatric Clinic. They are such a professional, friendly & caring team. From correspondence with emails, being picked me up from the airport, taking me for tests, to my hotel & back to the airport. The hospital stay was amazing, the communication was fantastic & I had nothing to worry about. I was well looked after & they couldn't do enough for your recovery & comfort. Thank you to all the staff at Nordbariatric Clinic you are a remarkable team.
Jayne, Scotland
Jayne, Scotland
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Do not hesitate, you will be looked after from the moment you arrive at the airport. The clinic and the team are wonderful, especially Ausra and Santa, they are angels. The Professor is wonderful and will answer all your questions and put you at ease. In terms of value for money this is the top. I was worried about the quality of service by going abroad but I can honestly say I believe I have had better treatment at Nordbariatric than I would ever have got in UK.
Zoe, UK
Zoe, UK
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From the outset I was filled with confidence by the professionalism and efficiency of all the staff from Aurelija my customer service repesentative, to the other reps - Irina and Simona, the medical professionals - Dr Maleckas, the surgeon and the nurses (special mention for Ausra) who cared for me. Never been looked after better and the whole experience in Lithuania was life altering. Would I recommend them? 100%, they are fantastic and if I need further surgery in future I wouldn't hesitate to come back.
Vanessa, Spain
Vanessa, Spain
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Excellent care of each and every one of those who are part of the team! Thank you all...Doctor Maleckas, a true expert! All of the nurses great, they treat you superrr well! Thank you all!!!! And Daiva!!! You are fantastic!!! Thank you very much for everything! And I hope to see you again soon!!! A big kiss!!!
Christine, Norway
Christine, Norway
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A great clinic with a really friendly staff. They take good care of you and make you feel safe during your stay 🙂 All the uncertainty I had before I travelled, disappeared when I first met them.
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Refund for EU patients

Get your surgery for free by claiming a refund from your local health board. The clinic helps patients with the documents needed to claim a refund after following the EU directive route for medical treatment abroad. It applies to patients who are insured under the systems of one of the EU countries and may not get the surgery due to long waiting times. 

Our surgeon
  • Our surgeon Linas Venclauskas with over 15 years’ of experience
  • Specialises in minimally invasive surgery, surgical treatment of the upper gastrointestinal tract and bariatric surgery
  • Associate Professor at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  • President of the Kaunas Society of Surgeons
  • A member of the European Hernia Society
  • Chairman of the Lithuanian Society of Hernia Surgery
What sets us apart from other clinics?

The clinic is equipped with modern diagnostic and surgical facilities, all analogous to those in Western European clinics. You will be looked after by professional English speaking staff. The wards are fully furnished and equipped with TV, WC and air conditioning. Free Wi-Fi is available while staying in the clinic.

Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
The patients are provided postoperative care at the clinic without any additional fees. Your hospital stay may take up to 4 days. The surgeon only discharges our patients when they are in a good health state and ready to leave. This is contrary to the majority of clinics that tend to discharge patients one day after the surgery or even on surgery day.

During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment your plane lands in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.

Our clinic is flexible date-wise and can usually arrange your surgery on the date convenient for you.

Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.

Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 8 languages, among which English, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, and Lithuanian.

2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.

Our clinic operates strictly according to international standards. Therefore, contrary to most of the commercially oriented clinics in the region, we advise patients with lower BMI of non-surgical procedures. Dr Maleckas approves patients after a thorough evaluation of each case.

Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.

COVID-19 situation: We're open!

Our clinic is open and operates in accordance with all safety requirements. All the procedures are implemented as usual. You can read about the latest COVID-19 updates here.

Direct flights to Lithuania
from UK
from UKin 2 h 30 mins
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London (London City, Stansted, Luton), Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Doncaster, Belfast
from Spain
from Spainin 3 h 30 mins
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Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante
from Norway
from Norwayin 1 h 30 mins
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Oslo (Sandefjord Torp, Gardemon), Bergen, Stavanger, Ålesund
from Germany
from Germanyin 2 h
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Berlin, Nurnberg, Cologne, Bremen, Dortmund, Munchen, Frankfurt
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What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common digestive disorder that affects about 40% of the adult population. It is often described as “acid reflux” or “ heartburn”. Typical reflux symptoms include acid regurgitation, pain in the chest, difficulty swallowing, constant feeling of fullness, and bloating. Other gastric reflux signs are chronic cough, wheezing, and sore throat. There are certain risk factors, like obesity, alcohol use, and tobacco use, that increase the risk of GERD. 

Gastric reflux disease can be improved with lifestyle changes, such as avoiding late-night meals, promoting weight loss, ceasing chronic use of tobacco and alcohol, as well as limiting consumption of reflux-causing foods (e.g. fast-food, sweets). However, if non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful, patients are recommended surgical treatment.

What causes GERD?

The main cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease is abnormal gastroesophageal sphincter function. A gastroesophageal sphincter is located between the esophagus and the stomach. It should be tightly squeezed between meals and loosen only to allow food into the stomach. In gastroesophageal reflux disease, the sphincter fails to close completely, so the stomach content can flow back up into the esophagus at any time. Returning gastric juices burn the sensitive lining of the esophagus, causing unpleasant symptoms, like heartburn, sore throat, and an acidic taste in the mouth. Some people have hereditary weak sphincters, and for others, gastric reflux disease flares up after eating spicy or fatty foods, smoking, and drinking alcohol.

When is surgery necessary?
Surgical treatment options

Surgical fundoplication is performed by taking an upper part of the stomach and wrapping it 360 degrees around the lower esophagus. The mechanism of relief is based on stomach muscle contraction that closes the esophagus and prevents gastric reflux with minimal side effects.

Who is a good laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery candidate?

Best candidates for fundoplication are those with Barrett’s esophagus, esophagitis, or hiatal hernia (part of a stomach bulging into the chest). Some people, for example, those with morbid obesity (Body Mass Index >40) may not be eligible for anti-reflux surgery.

How is the surgery performed?

Surgical fundoplication is a minimally invasive surgery. It is performed laparoscopically under general anaesthesia and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. A surgeon uses a narrow tube-like camera as well as other operating instruments and inserts them into the abdomen through a few tiny incisions. The laparoscopic approach ensures shorter operating time, faster recovery, less scarring, and a lower post-operative wound infection risk. After gaining access to the operative site,  the surgeon uses laparoscopic instruments to carefully wrap the uppermost part of the stomach and attach it around the esophagus.

What to expect after anti-reflux surgery?
Expected outcomes/complications

About 95% of people have excellent surgical outcomes and more than 50% continue to live without medications for acid reflux. Studies have shown that symptom improvement continues long-term. Even though the success rate is high, reflux symptoms can recur in 10 to 30% of patients. Some patients, however, may need a repeat procedure in 8 to 10 years. Other postoperative complications include bloating, difficulty swallowing, and diarrhea. 

Our clinic
Personal assistance in Lithuania

We will advise you on travel arrangements including flights to and from Lithuania.  We will take care of airport pick up and drop off and arrange a pleasant stay in a comfortable hotel at a convenient location.  We will be there for you 24/7 if needed.

*Please note that each case is individual and the results may vary.