Clinic Spotlight: Weight Loss Surgery at Kardiolita Hospital

Read on to get to know the lead bariatric surgeon at Lithuania’s #1 private hospital group!

The Hospital

Kardiolita Hospital, Lithuania’s leading private hospital group, was established in 1998 and now has locations in Vilnius, Kaunas, and, most recently, Šiauliai (a clinic acquired in 2017). Employing over 400 doctors, Kardiolita is a multi-disciplinary hospital offering services in over 45 medical specialities. It was the first medical institution in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states to receive accreditation from the Joint International Commission (JCI), a global certification system signifying that the highest international industry standards have been met in services, personnel, management, structure, equipment, infrastructure and environment.

Welcoming over 2000 foreign patients every year, Kardiolita has long-standing experience caring for international patients at their Vilnius and Kaunas facilities. With a belief that their mission is to provide “personalized care of outstanding quality that makes a difference to the patients’ hospital experience,” Kardiolita provides international patients assistance in all aspects of booking their treatment - from travel, accommodation and visa arrangements to offering patient rooms that allow a companion to stay with you if you wish. You don’t need to wait longer than 1 week to receive treatment at Kardiolita and they have a MRSA infection rate of zero compared to 8+% infection rate in the UK and Europe. Kardiolita offers much more affordable rates for private care but they also partner with several international insurance carriers, meaning your treatment could be covered even going abroad. All of this, along with its geographic location, make Kardiolita an excellent option for patients.

Meet the doctors

Dr. Antanas Mickevicius, MD, PhD

Specialty: Bariatric surgery Operations in 2017: 150

Dr. Mickevicius is the Lead Bariatric and Upper GI Surgeon at Kardiolita Hospital in Kaunas.

An interview with Dr. Mickevicius

What is your experience with international patients?
I am very experienced with international patients. I have many international patients from many countries for bariatric and upper GI surgeries in Lithuania and I also perform bariatric surgeries at Royal Stoke University Hospital (Stoke on Trent, UK).

What do you love about your job?
The possibility to help patients.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
My experience and good communication skills.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
There was a case when a patient came from Spain to Lithuania for Gastric Bypass surgery but instead of losing weight as I prescribed, the patient came with an even higher weight than he had when I received his inquiry. The patient strongly wanted to change his life but couldn’t lose weight and surgery was really the only way for him. I had doubts because of the higher weight than I expected but after precise analysis of the patient’s condition, I decided to perform surgery and it was very successful. The patient was very happy, said many nice words later on and was very thankful for changing his life. This is what really gives me satisfaction and motivation in my work.

Biography

Dr. Mickevicius graduated from Kaunas University of Medicine in 1990 and has completed traineeships in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain. Specializing first in general and then abdominal surgery, he undertook specialist training in bariatric surgery at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden. He continued his bariatric surgery training at Whittington Hospital in London, UK during his time there as an upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Mickevicius also completed the European Obesity Academy program, a 2.5 year program designed for surgeons and internists with a special interest in obesity research and treatment.

He is the Lead Bariatric and Upper GI surgeon at Kardiolita Hospital in Kaunas as well as a Consultant Bariatric Surgeon at Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Dr. Mickevicius also trains other surgeons in the field of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Surgical Clinic. He is a member of the Lithuanian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery as well as the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). The top bariatric treatments performed by Dr. Mickevicius at Kardiolita are gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and gastric plication. He’s had over 10 years of clinical experience and conducts bariatric clinics in both the UK and Lithuania, personally ensuring the highest standards of safety are met and the best quality of preoperative preparation and postoperative follow-up are provided.

Lithuania as a travel destination

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vilnius’ Old Town is known for its medieval architecture. Lithuania’s capital is compact and easily walkable with a wealth of churches and castles to explore. Vilnius Cathedral serves as a national symbol and popular attraction where you can also tour its 27 crypts and for nature-lovers, Vingis Park hosts various concerts and events such as the Lithuanian Song and Dance Festival. With its architecture, unique history, cafe culture and affordability, Vilnius has become a trendy destination for a city break.

Kaunas, located about an hour northwest of Vilnius, also boasts its own fascinating history. Historically known for being a center of cultural, economic, and academic life, Kaunas is a student town with several educational and artistic museums to explore. It was designated a UNESCO City of Design for its interwar architecture, a period of time when it was known as “Little Paris.” Recently it’s been a popular destination for medical travel among European tourists as its reputation as a center for healthcare excellence has spread.

Recently, travel to Lithuania has become much more affordable with low-cost airlines opening up new direct routes to Vilnius and Kaunas from cities such as London and 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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