Tuesday, 01 October 2019, 12:22

Patients living in the United Kingdom and who are currently on a waiting list for hip or knee replacement surgery through an NHS Healthcare Trust or HSC Board may be eligible for the Cross Border Directive. The Cross Border Directive allows patients to travel to another EU country and receive care in that country, which is paid for initially by the patient and refunded by the NHS.


Mr. Mihai Vioreanu already has performed many hip and knee replacements in Sports Surgery Clinic for patients living in Northern Ireland & UK under the Cross Border Directive. All patients have been impressed by how smooth and efficient the administrative and clinical process has been straight from engaging directly with Sarah or Orla in the office until the last follow-up clinical consultation.


Once the funding has been approved and the patients contact our office, we will arrange a consultation appointment in 1-2 weeks and the surgery is being scheduled generally in 3-4 weeks, depending on the clinic capacity at that time.


Mr. Vioreanu is a highly experienced, high-volume surgeon sub-specialised in primary, complex and revision knee and hip replacement. For more info: read here


Mr Vioreanu employs the most effective and safe surgical techniques and technologies, multimodal pain control and early mobilisation protocols, all part of the Enhanced Recovery Program to ensure the highest patient satisfaction and fastest recovery after surgery.


Practical information:


For appointments – Make an appointment 


For Cross Border approval, general information and to download application form:

Telephone: 02895 363152




from previous patients from Northern Ireland who have gone through this process.



Nicola Hare, Bilateral Simultaneous Knee Replacements, Craigavon, Northern Ireland


"I am 40 years old and Mihai performed bilateral, simultaneous full knee replacement surgery for me just over three months ago.

The surgery was a complete success. I now walk pain free and without any limp. I am living my life to the full again. 

I will be forever grateful for the outstanding level of care I received from Mihai and his clinical and admin teams.

Mihai makes you feel so at ease when you meet him. He radiates such kindness and you can see how much he actually truly cares about your wellbeing. 

I highly recommend Mihai as a surgeon for both his expertise and for the warmth and kindness he portrays to his patients." 



Pauline McCaughey, Total Hip Replacement , Derry, Northern Ireland


" To all the staff at Sports Surgery Clinic.

Just 6 weeks ago I received a hip replacement at your clinic and would like to take a few moments to express my sincere gratitude for the care and attention I received during my stay.

From the very first moment of making contact with the clinic through a telephone enquiry, to the stages that followed - the first consultation, checking in, my pre op consultation, until my discharge 3 days later; I received the utmost professional care and courtesy by every member of staff, whatever their status. Nothing was ever too much bother, whatever the request, and it was apparent on each occasion my own welfare came first.

At every meeting with a staff member I was greeted by a cheerful manner, which was always accompanied by pleasant and reassuring words to ensure my maximum comfort.

I will be forever grateful to my surgeon Dr Mihai Vioreanu and his wonderful team for all their expertise, care and support. The result of the surgery is truly amazing . To be free of the very debilitating pain is nothing short of miraculous. 

So thank you for giving me back my life and putting the spring back in my step.

Yours sincerely

Pauline ." 


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