• 02 JUN 16
    Knee surgery in Spain

    Knee surgery in Spain

    Over 12% of the elderly suffer from knee arthrosis and the pain can sometimes become permanent and quite incapacitating. On some occasions, a knee prosthesis operation might even be necessary. Many patients from other countries decide to have a knee surgery in Spain at Vithas Xanit International Hospital.

    When to have knee replacement

    A knee replacement can be considered when the pain in the knee area is due to a rheumatologic pathology, or to some infection or fracture sequels. Pain is usually triggered by a mechanical or functional uneasiness when walking, going down the stairs, etc… though it can turn into an inflammatory and permanent trauma.

    Thus, the joint gets tense and deformed and this is accompanied by an increasingly acute pain.

    Knee surgery in Spain, deciding on the surgery

    The Knee replacement surgery is an elective surgery. So it can never be considered as an emergency or as a preventive surgery. This operation is usually recommended for patients over 65 or 70 when the functional use of the knee is diminishing.

    In 90% of cases, pain disappears or decreases significantly and mobility is similar to that observed before the orthopedic surgery. After the operation, the patient will be able to practice sporting activities like biking, walking, swimming, golfing, though other types of sports like football for example, will not be possible.

    A knee prosthesis normally lasts about 20 years.

    Knee surgery procedures in Spain

    Knee surgery or knee replacement means that some parts of the joint are replaced by implants or prosthesis and that the ligaments need to be balanced and aligned with the lower part of the leg to stabilize the knee.

    However, different kinds of knee implants are available, though the most popular is the complete knee prosthesis, made of the following three components:

    1. A metal made femoral prosthesis: this articulated plaque is fixed to the femur
    2. A plastic made femoral-tibial prosthesis: this component allows movements and stabilizes the joints
    3. A tibial prosthesis which is fixed to the tibia where the articulation is supported

    Knee surgery in Spain at Vithas Xanit International Hospital is performed with minimally invasive techniques.

    In fact, the surgery usually lasts 2 hours and is carried out under either general or loco-regional and sedation anesthesia.

    Patients hospitalization period varies from 5 to 10 days, depending on every particular case.

    After the surgery

    Final results after a knee surgery will mainly be accountable for an orthopaedic surgeon’s expertise. At Vithas Xanit International Hospital, all surgeons working at the orthopaedic surgery Department are highly qualified.

    After the performance of orthopaedic surgeries like a hip replacement, a knee replacement, a shoulder replacement, etc… an intense rehabilitation program carried out during a few weeks is needed. This is why our traumatology department works hand in hand with the hospital physiotherapy specialists.

    Nonetheless, Orthopaedic surgery prices can vary from one country to the other and such procedures are not always covered by national health systems.

    The quality/price ratio for a knee surgery in Spain is quite accessible and competitive, with reference to that of other countries.

Dr. Frank Buster
General Doctor

I express my deepest gratitude and eternal debt to the Vithas Xanit International Hospital professionals for the care I received during my stay in hospital. They were most professional, and demonstrated complete dedication. I would like to particularly thank the welfare staff for their wonderful treatment. Thank you for your constant patience and care. It certainly helps to make the situation easier, more bearable, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. 


Medical Specialities

  • Hair Transplantation Unit

    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

  • Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

  • Heart Surgery

    Heart Surgery

    Our Vithas Xanit Cardiology Area is an international benchmark for heart diseases. It boasts cardiologist and specialist heart surgeon on conditions such as arrhythmia, implanting pacemakers, angioplasty, heart bypass, repair to the aortic valve and mitral valve, heart valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair.

  • Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.