Clinic Spotlight: Plastic Surgery at Kardiolita Hospital

Read below to find out more about one of the plastic surgeons at Lithuania’s leading private hospital chain!

The Hospital

Kardiolita Hospital was first established in 1998 and has facilities in the capital of Vilnius, Lithuania’s second largest city, Kaunas, and, most recently, Šiauliai (a clinic acquired in 2017). The multi-disciplinary hospital employs over 400 doctors between the three locations and offers services in 45 medical specialities, from diagnostics to conservative treatments to inpatient and outpatient surgeries. Kardiolita was the first medical institution in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe to receive accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI). JCI is a globally recognized certification system that signifies the highest international industry standards have been met in structure, equipment, infrastructure, environment, services, personnel, and management. Recognizing the rise in Lithuania’s popularity as a medical tourism destination, Kardiolita expanded their aesthetic-related services and opened their new Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery Center in 2017.

Kardiolita has long-standing experience with international patients and welcomes over 2000 per year with a majority of these patients going to the locations in Vilnius and Kaunas. Their mission is to provide “personalized care of outstanding quality that makes a difference to the patients’ hospital experience.” To this end, they provide all-inclusive services, not only scheduling the medical treatment but also assisting with travel and accommodation arrangements. Their wards have varying room sizes to allow for a companion to stay with you during your treatment if you wish. With modern diagnostic and treatment equipment, virtually no waiting times, 0% MRSA infection rate (compared to 8%+ in the UK and Europe), affordably priced full service packages, close relationships with international medical insurance providers and its geographical location, Kardiolita offers outstanding options for patients.

Meet the doctors

Dr. Mindaugas Kazanavicius, MD

Specialty: Breast surgeries and “mommy makeover” surgeries Operations in 2017: 300 (aesthetic surgery: 100, microsurgery: 200)

Dr. Kazanavicius is a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist at Kardiolita Hospital.

An interview with Dr. Kazanavicius

What is your experience with international patients?
I am working with international patients for 7-8 years. I worked in Latvia for 6 years, where I operated on patients from Eastern and Western Europe. I have worked here in Lithuania for 8 years, where we have lots of patients from Denmark and also patients come from Sweden, Norway, UK, and Spain.

What do you love about your job?
I love that my job is not routine, every patient is unique. To make the best changes to every person, you need different methods, ways of thinking and maybe a touch of an artistic feel.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
Price, professional attitude, results of former patients.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
I am really fond of some hard cases I had with two women patients. One had very deformed breasts, the other had severe chest deformities and very uneven breasts. Using implants and fat transfer I managed to make it even and natural. But the main thing is that both patients are extremely happy and satisfied.

Biography

Dr. Kazanavicius graduated from Kaunas University of Medicine in 2004 and earned his professional qualification as a medical doctor the following year at Kaisiadoriu Hospital. He finished his specialist training as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in 2010 and completed his doctoral degree in 2015 at the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinics, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Kazanavicius completed internship placements in Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Italy, and the UK. He’s advanced his professional education by taking courses in such areas as advanced breast augmentation, injection of tissue fillers and botulinum toxin, and mesotherapy and tissue lift sutures. He’s a member of and has presented his work at the annual conferences of the Lithuanian Wound Management Association (LWMA) and the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) and is also currently the secretary of the Lithuanian Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His areas of expertise include aesthetic surgery (particulary various mommy makeover procedures), laser procedures, facial contour correction and skin lifting with threads, botox and facial fillers, diagnosis and treatment of adult and children’s skin diseases, traumas and burns, and lesions of the skin and under it (such as lipomas or moles).

Lithuania as a travel destination

The Old Town of Vilinius was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its medieval architecture. Populated by churches and castles, its streets are easily explorable by foot. The famous Vilnius Cathedral, known for its 27 underground crypts that are available to tour. The city is also home to Vingis Park, a 162- hectare park with a large open-air amphitheatre hosting various concerts and events such as the Lithuanian Song and Dance Festival. Kardiolita Hospital Vilnius is situated approximately 10 kms from Old Town sites.

Kaunas is a historical center of Lithuanian academic, cultural, and economic life. It received the European Heritage Label for its interwar architecture and was also designated a UNESCO City of Design. It’s a student town with an abundance of artistic and educational museums where you can also explore its intriguing history. Having been acknowledged as a center of healthcare excellence in Lithuania, it’s quickly becoming a popular destination for medical travel among European tourists. Kardiolita Hospital Kaunas is located a short drive from either the airport or the central area of the city.

Low-cost airlines have opened up new direct routes to Vilnius and Kaunas, making it much more affordable to fly from cities like London or Dublin.

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About the author

Coree Howard, Content Writer

Coree has worked in international development, travel, and trained as a Health Coach. First as a Health Manager and now a content writer, her time on the front lines working with patients helped her understand their needs and what information they want when looking for the best healthcare options.

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