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Jurmala city council
Jomas Street 1/5,
Jurmala, LV - 2015
Phone.: +371 67147905
Fax: +371 67147901
e-mail: guntau@jpd.gov.lv

Executive director Gunta Ušpele

Registration details:
VAT Nr. LV40008131781
Bank: A/S Swedbank
Bank Account: LV33HABA0551023531429



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Why choose Latvia?

We offer patients high level medical care, guaranteeing a full cycle of assistance in collaboration with recognised traumatology, orthopaedic surgery, vertebrology and rheumatology specialists.


Top 10 reasons why you should choose Latvia:

  1. Latvia’s best professionals. Latvian doctors are world-class and have augmented their professional experience at several American and European clinics, as well as being members of ESSKA (European Society of Sports traumatology, Knee surgery and Arthroscopy), ISAKOS (International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine) and other associations. Latvia’s doctors are recognised and highly sought after specialists among professional athletes, with clients including ice hockey players, athletes, ballet dances and basketball players including foreign athletes.
  2. State-of-the-art technology and methods. Patients receive precise diagnostics using cutting edge technology and operations are conducted solely using certified implants and medical products manufactured by the world’s leading companies, ensuring enduring surgical benefits. Innovative solutions are used such as 3D printed casts for treatment of various fractures. These are individually adapted solutions, providing such self-explanatory functions as the access of air to skin, the chance to wash, as well as to make smaller corrections in the patient’s lifestyle during his recovery.
  3. EU quality standards. Clinics are designed and equipped in accordance with the highest quality and sterility requirements. The possibility of post-operative complications is reduced to a minimum.
  4. Great diagnostic options. State-of-the-art computed tomography and ultrasonic apparatus make it possible to obtain diagnostic results that are as precise as possible. Among the equipment available is the world’s most powerful latest generation magnetic resonance equipment 3,0T.
  5. Consultations from various specialists. During the course of treatment, if the patient required consultations from a wider range of specialists; in addition to the opinion of an orthopaedic traumatologist or vertebrologist, it is also possible to call on the services of rheumatologists, infectologists, urologists and other specialists.
  6. Everything required for the patient’s well-being. During their visit, patients can stay in well-furnished hotel-type rooms with all the required amenities. It is also possible for the patient to be joined during his stay at the clinic by his chosen travel companion.
  7. No language barriers. Latvian specialists are vastly experienced in working with foreign patients and can communicate fluently in several foreign languages.
  8. Confidentiality and privacy. In working with the patient, clinics observe full personal data protection in accordance with EU requirements.
  9. Convenient geographical location. Its convenient location means that getting to Latvia is simple via air, ferry, train or road transport. Frequent and direct flights to Latvia are available from Europe’s biggest cities and strategically important transport hubs.
  10. Added value – Latvia’s nature. Latvia is located on the Baltic Sea coast and provides all the usual leisure options you would expect when visiting seaside resort towns. Visitors have the chance to visit the capital city Riga, which is the cultural capital of the Baltic States, as well as being a pearl of Art Nouveau architecture, gastronomic paradise and a wonderful place to enjoy active leisure.



VIDEO about orthopaedic surgery in Latvia


Services offered

Orthopaedic services provide diagnoses and treatment of injuries and illness affective movement and support apparatus, including rheumatological illnesses. The specialisation includes:

- Resolution of back and joint problems;

- Treatment of injuries;

- Sports medicine.



Examinations that can be recommended by orthopaedic traumatologist:


X-rays provide doctors with comprehensive information about a person’s state of health. Oftentimes, an X-ray is the first examination recommended for a patient. The digital X-ray form is much gentler and makes it possible to reduce the radiation dose by 90%. An X-ray examination only makes it possible to ascertain the condition of the structure of joint bones. Therefore, additional examinations are recommended to achieve in-depth results (e.g. soft tissue visualisation).

Ultrasonography is used to visualise both internal organs and superficial body structures (muscles, tendons, thyroid gland, mammary gland, etc.). During an ultrasonography examination, a doctor can identify blood haemorrhages in ligaments, ligament structural problems, various growths, tears, haematomas and infections. The examination will help to assess the degree of infection, thus helping the doctor to set a precise treatment plan.

Magnetic resonance is one of the most precise and harmless visual diagnostic methods. During an examination, a magnetic field and radio waves are used to obtain high resolution three dimensional images of the cross-section images of a diverse range of organs and body parts.

Computed tomography is an examination method in which X-rays are used obtain images of the body’s structures. In order to improve the diagnostic options, a contrasting substance in computed tomography examinations. During the examination, about 1,000 organ cross-section images are obtained, which can be processed to produce 3D and 2D images.



Hip, knee, shoulder endoprosthetics or arthoplasty

Arthoplasty is most commonly performed on osteoarthritis patients. The object of the operation is to reduce pain and increase joint mobility. During the operation, damaged bone and joint bone cartilage are removed. The removed bone is replaced with a metal alloy, ceramic or polyethylene implant. In order to ensure precision, computer navigation is used during the operation. Arthroplasty could be a solution in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, as well as serious injuries and tumours.


Hip, knee, shoulder and ankle arthroscopy

An operation performed arthroscopically is significantly gentler than a loose operation. During an arthroscopy, two or three approximately 1 cm wide incisions are made in the body. A 4mm video camera objective is inserted into one of the incisions along with a very bright beam of light, which illuminates the dark joint pace. The video image is shown on a screen magnified several times over. The operation is conducted through the other incisions.

The recovery time is quite short and the scars after the operation are minor.


Knee ligament reconstruction

A torn ligament is one of the most serious injuries that can occur to the knee joint. If the ligaments are torn completely, the quicker an operation is performed, the greater the likelihood that it will possible to tie their ends together. As a result, recuperation after this operation is very short. Athletes can resume training in as little as a month. Currently, Dr. Visams Rafaels is the only surgeon in Latvia who performs cruciate ligament reconstruction. The operations performed have good results, which give people the chance to enjoy a full and active life and sports career after injury.


Lumbar micro discectomy

Removal of a spinal disc hernia can be performed in any part of the spine – cervical, thoracic or lumbar. The surgeon reaches the damaged disc by opening the lumbar canal. Various surgical instruments and approaches are available to perform this manipulation. Micro discectomy is a minimally invasive method in which a small skin cut is made using a microscope. Minimally invasive techniques ensure less tissue damage and can reduce recovery time. The object is to eradicate pain in the leg relation to a disc hernia.


Surgical correction of deformed foot bones

If a food deformity causes pain and movement problems, which cannot be reduced using non-surgical means, the patient may consider surgical intervention. One possibility is flat foot reconstruction surgery, when a special screw is implanted between foot bones during the operation. This subsequently ensures the correct curvature of the foot arch. Surgery on the forefront bone or Hallux valgus treats a bone infection. If the deformity becomes so distinct and makes it difficult to wear shoes, and the bone is regularly painful and infected, the solution is surgery. The objective of the operation is to straighten the forefront bone and restore the required tension in the loose tendons and ligaments.


Hyaluronic acid injections

Injections cover damaged tissue with a protective film. Hyaluronic acid serves as a lubricant, because it reduces bone friction, and at the same time induces positive changes in the joint. Hyaluronic acid is also known as the “liquid implant”, because it reduces pain, swelling and stiffness. Although, usually, the impact of the injection is not immediate, it lasts for quite a long time – up to six months.  For a durable effect, the injection must be repeated once a year.



Service price list

Single X-ray projection From EUR 20

Leg length X-ray      

From EUR 30 


From EUR 50 

Magnetic resonance 3T

From EUR 200

Computed tomography

From EUR 145

Orthopaedic traumatologist’s consultations

From EUR 43

Therapeutic epidural block  

From EUR 95

Pre-operation examination

From EUR 280

Large joint arthroscopy

From EUR 441

Shoulder joint arthroscopy

From EUR 740

Anterior cruciate ligament surgery   

From EUR 936

Hallux valgus

From EUR 503

Hyaluronic acid injections

From EUR 70

PRP injections

From EUR 205
Reconstruction of both knee joint ligaments From EUR 3800

Endoprosthesis of the knee joint 

From EUR 4600

Endoprosthesis of the hip joint

From EUR 3900

Endoprosthesis of the hip joint

From EUR 2300

Hallux valgus surgery

From EUR 2370


From EUR 2500

Treatment process – step by step

Individual treatment steps will vary from patient to patient, and the detailed treatment process will be determined by each patient’s requirements and state of health. General treatment process steps are as follows:

  1. Electronic communication with the chosen clinic, introduction to specialists and analysis of problems.
    1. The patient sends an e-mail to the clinic describing his health problems, resultant difficulties and current course of treatment, adding the results of any examinations conducted and the verdict of his doctors to date.
    2. The doctor whose competence is the most appropriate will be individually assigned for the patient. The specialist will study the study, provide his opinion and offer potential solutions.
    3. Further communication and agreement on the detail using the most convenient method: phone calls, e-mails or skype calls.
  2. Arrival in Latvia – planned on specific dates:
    1. During conversations with the doctor, a date will be set for a personal meeting and a decision will be reached about whether medical or surgical manipulations are required.
    2. In preparation for the visit, the clinic’s representatives will offer the patient assistance in the process of receiving a visa if such is required.
    3. Performance of the planned treatment steps:
      1. Consultations with specialists;
      2. Set operation/manipulations;
      3. Analysis of results and identification of subsequent treatment steps.
  3. Remote communication and monitoring of results as required (via electronic means of communication).


Jurmala city council
Jomas Street 1/5,
Jurmala, LV - 2015
Phone.: +371 67147905
Fax: +371 67147901
e-mail: guntau@jpd.gov.lv

Executive director Gunta Ušpele

Registration details:
VAT Nr. LV40008131781
Bank: A/S Swedbank
Bank Account: LV33HABA0551023531429



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