Private Colonoscopy in Canada

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Private Colonoscopy

Routine colonoscopies are recommended at age 50.  Usually, these are not as pressing if you are considered to have low-risk factors for colon cancer.  The occurrence of colon cancer in younger individuals has risen significantly in the past few decades so people are getting colonoscopies younger than 50.  While there are many reasons for a colonoscopy outside of colon cancer, if one is recommended, it does become important to have it in a timely manner.  The waitlist for colonoscopy is high in most provinces across Canada.  Considering a private colonoscopy in Canada can be an option.

Private colonoscopies are priced at $1500 (updated price as of 2021).  If polyps or other tissues need to be removed, additional fees of $250 are charged.  Getting this done in a timely manner can provide assurance for concerns and get treatment sooner for the symptoms you have.  


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December Newsletter

Doctors are great at what they do.  Even when you trust that your doctor’s recommendations or treatment plan is the right one for you, sometimes the power of getting a second opinion can be beneficial.  It may not only confirm appropriate treatment your doctor has determined but it can also present options you were unaware of.  Other times, it can provide an answer to something your doctor cannot quite figure out.  We have a case where a second opinion saved someone from having a very serious, high risk surgery that can impact life-long challenges.  (Her name was changed for privacy reasons)

What Exactly Is Happening?

Susan started experiencing continued abdominal pain.  She sought local treatment and was diagnosed with irritate bowel syndrome (IBS).  They put her on a gluten-free, dairy-free and starch carb-free diet. Her pain did not improve, it actually got worse. All the while, her GI doctor was still diagnosing her with IBS. 

A couple of years later, she arrived at the ER in severe pain. Susan was told she had sigmoid volvulus and emergency surgery was performed the next morning. She did well for 6 months until one evening, the excruciating pain returned. Another trip to the ER was made and another obstruction was found. She was put on a Nasogastric (NG) tube and off work for 1 week.  2 weeks later she was in pain and made a trip back to the ER where they put her on a NG tube again. 

Finally, the head of the GI department at the hospital told her that they would need to remove her colon. Removing your colon is no simple surgery.  It comes with high risks for complications, not to mention life long changes that might require a permanent colostomy bag.

Yet, the next day she was released from the hospital. No explanation was given as to why she was told she needed surgery the day before to her release to go home. 

Decision to Get A Second Opinion

After her discharge, Susan decided it was time to get a second opinion. She was referred to a facility in Boston that offers excellent care and is patient centered. After the first visit the GI doctor and Colorectal Surgeon suspected she might have an outlet obstruction. They recommended she see the pelvic floor clinic at another medical hospital nearby. The hospital did a diagnostic study, defogram, that is not done locally in Halifax. Based on the results of this study, a true diagnosis was finally given  – Idiopathic GI Dysmotility. 

The proposed treatment for this is physiotherapy for the pelvic floor, biofeedback and massage for the colon. Surgery for this condition is the absolute last option. 

Susan returned home, began this treatment and as of today, is doing well. She takes no medication and most importantly, she has her colon.

Susan’s Words

‘The difference between the local doctors and the facility I visited in Boston is that the doctors in Boston worked as a team. They reviewed her records prior to her appointment so that both of their time was put to good use. Doctors locally do not communicate as a team and they want you in and out ASAP. I was a very compliant patient and this was my frustration. How can I do everything they are saying and more and be no further ahead. It didn’t make sense to me. As far as a real diagnosis here (in Halifax) they really never came up with one. It may be “scar tissue” was all they could come up with.’

Consider a Second Opinion

Health Vantis works with several reputable facilities that can provide second opinions to you.  If you have something undiagnosed, recently diagnosed or are scheduled for a serious surgery, consider getting another opinion.  It may prevent something unnecessary or even just give you the peace of mind that what has been recommended is appropriate.  We are happy to help make the arrangements!


Enjoy Some Tips for A ‘Healthier’ Holiday Party

Holidays are known for over indulging and the notion that you will re-start your diet as a New Year’s Resolution.  But you can still attend a holiday party and indulge without breaking all of your healthy eating habits.  It just takes planning and sometimes strategy.  

Here are some tips to keep you in check:

  • Offer to bring food and choose a healthy one.
  • Eat a small piece of protein prior to going so your belly already has something in it.  It will prevent that craving that makes you want to over indulge when you see the spread.
  • Mentally go in knowing how much you will allow yourself to eat or drink.
  • Choose veggies or protein first as they will fill you up faster.
  • Do the ‘1 bite’ rule where you only take enough for 1 bite just to have the taste.
  • Use a smaller plate or glassware.
  • Only go back to the table once and do not linger to avoid picking.
  • Have water between helpings and alcoholic drinks to keep you full.
  • Avoid eating everyday foods – Instead of using all of your calories on foods you can have any time of the year, pick foods that are truly unique to the season.
  • Don’t cave into peer pressure to have more. Have a line ready such as ‘It all looks delicious so I’m going to try and pace myself’!
  • Have a mint or chew a piece of gum.  The feeling of a clean palate can curb additional snacking.

Most of all, focus on the joy of being around others.  Really being in the moment of the conversations will force you to forget about the table behind you calling your name!


Happy Holidays

We wanted to take the time to thank you for all of your support and continuous interest in Health Vantis this year.  Our success comes from you and the relationships we’ve made.  We wish you a heartfelt Holiday Season full of laughter, family and love!  Christy & Leanna

Can A Private Biopsy in Canada Be Beneficial?

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Are There Private Options for MRI or CT Scan in Canada?

MRI and CT Scan’s are very common types of diagnostic tests that can aide in the diagnosis of several medical conditions.  They are also included in the list for long wait times to actually get one done.  This not only prolongs your diagnosis, it can also prolong your treatment. Exactly what are your options should you decide you cannot wait for your MRI or CT Scan?  The answer is simple.  You have to pay out of pocket to fast track them at a private clinic. 

Where To Find A Private Clinic?

Finding a private clinic can be tricky throughout Canada.  Not all provinces allow private clinics to exist.  Ontario flat out bans it.  While it is not banned in Manitoba, PEI and Newfoundland, there are currently no private clinics available in any of those provinces.  As of now, the only provinces that offer a private clinic are B.C., Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

What Are Your Options?

Your only option if you want to have a private MRI or CT Scan and it is not available within your province is to travel.  In the past, people would travel to their neighboring province to obtain one or go right across the border.  In today’s climate of COVID-19, this has made things more complicated.  You would need to comply with any current rules that the state or province you are traveling to has set as well as your provinces rules when you return.  This might not always be an option if both places require a 14 day quarantine.

What Do I Need?

All facilities are going to need a referral from your treating physician. 

What Does It Cost?

The cost varies depending on what type of MRI or CT Scan you need.  Ones that require contrast tend to run higher.  To get an accurate price, the facility would need to see the referral form to know what area is being scanned and whether or not contrast is needed.

Is It Worth Getting Done Privately?

Only you can know that answer.  Some people are comfortable waiting 3-12 months to get a diagnosis while others cannot wait.  The benefit to getting it done privately allows you to have answers in approximately 1-2 weeks.  It also gets you fast tracked into the specialist.  You cannot get in the queue for the specialist until after your scans have been completed.  If you get it privately, you save time by eliminating the wait list to have it completed.

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Can A Private Biopsy in Canada Be Beneficial?

A biopsy is an examination of tissue that has been removed or extracted from the body.  This is done for the purpose of determining the presence, cause or extent of a certain disease.  A doctor will recommend a biopsy when an initial imaging test or physical examination suggests an area of tissue that isn’t normal.  As with most medical procedures in Canada, there can be a wait for a biopsy.  To avoid the wait, an option would be to have a private biopsy in Canada or the US done.

Most times when a biopsy is ordered, they are looking for cancer, but there can be other reasons.  This is often a very stressful and worrisome time for the person that needs to have one.  If you have to wait a month to have this done, the waiting time in-between can be unbearable.  Fortunately, this can be solved by opting to have a private biopsy.  This will not only shorten the anxiety period but can also get you into a specialist much sooner should there be a need to see one.  

Contact Health Vantis if you or someone you know is scheduled for a biopsy and has a wait!


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Private MRI and Private CT Scan

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Private MRI and Private CT Scan Clinics in Canada

Private MRI and private CT Scan clinics in Canada have long been a source for debate.  It is a concept many Canadians are opposed to because the provincial health plans cover the cost should you need one.  The downside to this is the unbelievably long wait list to get one.

What is an acceptable amount of time to wait to have a MRI?  That is all relative to your situation.  If your wait time is causing you intolerable pain, stressors over a potential diagnosis, time off work or your aliment is keeping you from day to day living, considering a private MRI or private CT Scan is a viable option and most likely a good investment.  You will have answers quicker and speed up your wait time in getting to a specialist should your results require one.

To locate a private facility near you that offers MRI/CT Scan, click here to purchase the list!

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