Pre-operative Assessment and Planning

The time before your treatment is the time for the doctor to assess your condition and  collect the medical  information that is needed in order to formulate safe and efficient treatment options specifically  for you and your circumstances.

At the same time, the patient and their family need to start to mentally and physically prepare for their trip to Athens and their treatment.

From a practical point of view, you need to start thinking about:

  • Approximate dates for your treatment.
  • The length of stay in Greece after your treatment.
  • Flights to Athens
  • Possible visa requirements.
  • Your accommodation options
  • Arrangements in relation to your job, finance, children or other protected members of your family. ​​

At Athens BJR we strongly believe in a good rapport between the doctor and the patient and we think that live interaction is second to none in succeeding this. For this reason, aconsultation will take place before your treatment. Upon booking the consultation, we will email you a questionnaire about your medical history which you should complete and email back to us before the consultation date. During the consultation Dr Giotikas will ask you questions about your condition and how it has affected your daily life. You will also have the opportunity to discuss all your thoughts and concerns about the proposed treatment. The language of the consultation can be either English or Greek. If you prefer any other language, we can arrange for a registered interpreter.

At the end of the consultation Dr Giotikas may request further tests, if they are deemed appropriate for the planning of your treatment. Some of these tests may need to be done and sent to us prior to your arrival to Athens or some others may be done in Athens upon your arrival.

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Personalized quote for your treatment

After the online consultation and when all relevant information about your condition is available to us, we will email you a detailed report in PDF format with:

  • The treatment plan for your condition
  • A price quote for your treatment
  • The available dates for surgery closest to your preference.

We will keep these dates available provisionally for one week. When you review the report please decide about your preferred surgery date, and email it back to us. If you have questions, further online or phone consultations can be arranged.

When your surgery date is booked it is the time to start the exercises to bring your body to the best condition for the surgery and to book your flights and accommodation.


All payments should be concluded prior to your arrival to Greece.  Payments can be made by direct money transfer to bank account. An  itinerary will be sent to your email address upon confirmation of payment.

Flight Booking
Nowadays is very easy to book your flights online by yourself
If you prefer someone else to arrange this for you, can ask our trusted concierge service to help you with this and with other aspects of your journey.
When you book your flights, please bear in mind that you need  to come to the the hospital on the day before your surgery for your final pre-op checks and anasthetic assessment.
Visa Requirements

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement. While traveling within the E.U., you only need your Identity card. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.

Visas are not required by European citizens from countries that are part of the Schengen Area. Greece as a member of the Schengen Agreement, has abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, keep in mind that airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or identity card.

Citizens coming from countries that have not yet joined Schengen Area may require a visa to enter Greece. The E.U. visitors from these countries can acquire further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or from their travel agencies. Before visiting Greece, please consult the detailed information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and find out whether you require a Visa.

We prefer to not interfere directly with where the patients choose to stay as most of us have their own preferences and priorities when choosing places to live or stay.
The basic options you have are the following
  • Airbnb Apartment
  • Hotel room
  • Rehabilitation Centre
Most patients use Airbnb service for their accommodation. It would be ideal to book a flat somewhere close (within  3-5 klm) to the rehabilitation Centre (see it on map),  but don’t feel too restricted to that.
You should be looking for an apartment with: elevator in the building, air-conditioning, wi-fi, easy access to bathroom and not a lot of stair steps to access the public  road (5-7 stair steps is fine). 
When you find some flats that you like you can send the  links to us to advise on their suitability for purpose. 
Nowadays is very easy to book your accommodation online by yourself
If you prefer someone else to arrange this for you, can ask our trusted concierge service to help you with this and with other aspects of your journey.
When you are booking  the dates for your accommodation, please bear in mind that you need to come to the the hospital on the day before your surgery for your final pre-op checks and anasthetic assessment.

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When you arrive in Athens one of our representatives ( will collect you at the airport and take you to the hotel or apartment. Our rep will welcome you, help you with your basic orientation in the surroundings of your accommodation, and give you some ideas on how to spend the rest of your first day in Athens.

Before the PA leaves you for the night, they will confirm with you the time that you need to be at the hospital the next day.The next day, they will collect you with our car from the hotel or from anywhere you prefer to escort you to the hospital and help you with the admission.