Private Arthroscopic Discectomy

Private Arthroscopic Discectomy

Back pain can disrupt your life and limit your mobility and therefore ability to walk, run, play sports and enjoy life. Your doctor may order an MRI and/or X-ray to see what is happening in your spine. If you have a herniated disc and no other issues, your doctor may recommend arthroscopic discectomy.

Arthroscopic discectomy is a procedure performed on the lumbar spine (and the cervical spine to some extent). Micro-tools are used to perform it. The surgeon will use a range of such micro-tools, including mini-callipers, lasers and micro-vacuums in conjunction with a laparoscopic microscope to view the surgery site up close.

The procedure is minimally invasive and the recovery time is minimal. People report immediate pain relief and the surgery is generally performed under local anaesthesia, as an outpatient procedure. The procedure requires that a qualified surgeon who has specific training performs the operation.

In many Canadian provinces, the wait time for back surgery is quite long. Waiting in pain can make it hard on you. Many Canadians prefer to check a private arthroscopic discectomy option. If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc Health Vantis can help you find, vet and arrange your private arthroscopic discectomy.

Call us to find out all the details and see if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery.

Private Knee Replacement

Private Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery numbers have been growing over the past few years and will continue to rise in the future. Canadians experience some of the longest wait times for this surgery. It can take up to 2 years. Waiting for a medical procedure has serious consequences. They include mental anguish, worsening of the condition, poorer medical outcomes and even permanent disability.  Checking into private knee replacement options can provide you with alternatives to painful waiting.

Health Vantis is a full concierge medical facilitation service. We will help you find the right facility for your private knee replacement. Access to private robotic-assisted and custom knee replacements is also available.

We work with hospitals and surgery centers in the US and Canada that offer safe, trustworthy, affordable and timely private medical treatments. For more information and to see if you or your loved one are a good candidate, please give us a call a toll-free 1877 344 3544.

Private Hip Replacement

Private Hip Replacement

Hip replacements have notoriously long wait times in Canada. You can wait up to 2 years for one. That is 2 years of your precious life! The procedure itself is one of the most successful surgeries in history. It gets rid of the pain from arthritis. The pain can prevent you from enjoying daily activities such as walking in the park, playing golf or going on a hike.

Instead of silently waiting for your turn, you can choose to be pro-active and explore your private hip replacement options. Yes, there is a payment involved. However, that total amount divided by 24 months of possible waiting may give you a better idea if it is worth it for you to stay in line or go to fast, safe and affordable private route.

Health Vantis works with facilities that offer private outpatient hip replacements. They provide options for robotics and minimally invasive procedures. Robotics offer more precision and less room for human error. Minimally invasive techniques reduce recovery time and provide better overall outcomes.

Give us a call to see if you are a good candidate for it. We can arrange your entire medical journey so that you don’t have to worry and can concentrate on getting better sooner!

Toll-Free 1877 344 3544

January 2019 Newsletter

January Is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes memory problems and affects thinking and behaviour. It is the most common form of dementia. Although early onset of Alzheimer is possible, most of the affected people experience symptoms after age 60-65. There are currently 564,000 Canadians living with the disease.

There are two identified forms of Alzheimer’s, sporadic and familial.  Sporadic Alzheimer’s is most common and has no specific family link. It is usually due to a combination of genes, environment and lifestyle.

Familial Alzheimer’s is rare and those affected have strong family histories of the disease. It is passed through a specific gene from parent to child. If a person has familial Alzheimer’s disease, their children have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease-causing gene and developing Alzheimer’s disease. Familial Alzheimer’s disease has the same symptoms as sporadic Alzheimer’s disease and can develop at any age.

The disease worsens over time and currently, there is no cure.  There are treatments available for the symptoms. An early diagnosis can mean that these treatments are started in the early stages and have a greater chance of being helpful. In addition, it may help with the preparation and handling of later stages for the affected person and their loved ones.

Can we do anything to prevent Alzheimer’s? Currently, there is no sure way to do so, however, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada making healthy lifestyle choices will keep your brain’s ability to sustain long term health and fight illness. The below is a list of things you can try.

  1. Decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease – watch your blood pressure, cholesterol and beware of diabetes. Those three can be connected to the higher risk of Alzheimer’s.
  2. Exercise regularly. Make sure to include a cardiovascular element to your workout program – 30 min of moderately vigorous exercise 3 to 4 times per week.
  3. Stay socially connected to people
  4. Learn new things to keep yourself mentally active
  5. Get enough sleep

Dr. Sabina Brennan, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin and a founding director of Trinity Brain Health,  created a video that talks about preventative measures for the disease. She also has a book coming out on March 7th – “100 Days to a Younger Brain”.

There are free resources available to those affected by dementia. Alzheimer’s Society of Canada has a chapter for each province. There is an abundance of information published and information sessions run throughout the year. Alzheimer’s is not a disease one needs to face alone. Reach out to your local chapter and learn more about ways to get involved.

 

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is one of the more common words used to describe newer surgery approaches and techniques. Spine surgeries are not an exception. We even came across ultra-minimally invasive when doing research. Things have definitely moved on in the past few years and spinal fusions are now routinely done on an outpatient basis.

However, the meaning of minimally invasive can be confusing. As we know any surgery is a bit of a shock to your body. Recovering from surgery can take time.

The recovery from traditional spinal fusion was lengthy and painful. The traditional approach was to make an incision that is 5 to 6 inches long, move the muscles aside so that the surgeon can see the spine. One of the major drawbacks of open surgery is that the pulling of muscle can damage both the muscle and the surrounding soft tissue. Therefore, healing takes time. There is an increased risk of blood loss and infection.

Minimally invasive spine surgery was developed to treat spine issues with less tissue and muscle disruption. Through the use of specialized instrumentation, intraoperative navigation, advanced robotics and microsurgical techniques, surgeons are able to perform many common spinal procedures through very small incisions. These techniques lead to more rapid recovery, shorter hospital stays (often < 24 hours), less pain, lower complication rates, and faster return to work. There is less bleeding, fewer days spent in the hospital (if any) and therefore less risk of infection.

Many spine conditions can now be treated with minimally invasive surgery. Some of these conditions are:

  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Herniated discs (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Slipped vertebra (spondylolisthesis)
  • Spinal deformity
  • Synovial cyst

Your neurosurgeon will be able to determine if you are a good candidate based on the sources and type of back pain you are experiencing and your diagnostic tests, such as X-ray and MRI. Depending on what condition you have, these surgeries may be available to you:

  • Minimally invasive lumbar fusion
  • Minimally invasive thoracic fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Artificial disk replacement
  • Minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy
  • Direct Visual Rhizotomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive SI (Sacroiliac) Joint Fusion

It is always a good idea to get a second opinion before any surgery. Health Vantis provides a free review of your diagnostics by a private, board-certified neurosurgeon(s). We then present more than one option to our clients to enable them to make a better decision about their spinal surgery.

 

5 Tips to Help with Exercise in Winter

 

We all know that winter brings hibernation moods, shorter days and lack of motivation to go outside for a run or drive to the gym. It is, however, very important to stay active in winter. In some parts of Canada winter last longer than some people would hope for, and the need to exercise does not diminish. Below are 5 tips to get moving in winter

  1. Bring your workouts indoor – get a gym membership. If your resources allow, set up a small area in your home where you can practice yoga, place a treadmill or a spin bike.
  2. Join your kids or grandkids on their outdoor play. Some fresh air and moving around is sure to follow!
  3. Dress according to the weather and go outside – walk your dogs, have a look around your neighbourhood, observe winter changes at a local park.
  4. Get a group of friends to commit to a winter exercise routine and motivate each other to stay on track.
  5. Embrace the winter! It gives us an opportunity to ski, snowboard, skate, snowshoe, walk (yes, it is still an exercise in winter!) Pick a winter sport you might enjoy and give it a try!

Private Carotid Endarterectomy

Private Carotid Endarterectomy

Your doctor may recommend a carotid endarterectomy if you have a severe narrowing in your carotid artery due to carotid artery disease. It occurs when fatty, waxy build-up restricts blood flow to your brain. Removing this plaque causing the narrowing will improve blood flow in your carotid artery and reduce the risk of stroke.

Current Canadian and international guidelines suggest that those who suffered a TIA, non-disabling stroke and have 50-99% blockage should be offered carotid endarterectomy within 2 weeks of the incident TIA or stroke. That is not always the case, however. If you wish to get it done sooner, consider doing it privately in one of the accredited facilities in the USA. The surgery can be arranged within a week. Call us and we can help you with your private medical travel so you can focus on getting better sooner!

Private Hysterectomy: Laparoscopic and Robotic Options

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a uterus. There can be many reasons for a woman to undergo a hysterectomy. Some of those are severe pains and heavy bleeding from uterine fibroids, endometriosis or adenomyosis, uterine prolapse, cancer and others. The surgery can be done through the vagina or abdomen. In Canada, the wait times for non-urgent hysterectomy can be long. While waiting you may not have the quality of life you desire. Private hysterectomy can address the issue and give you an ability to stop pains and bleeding much sooner than the current system allows.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

It is also called keyhole hysterectomy as the incisions in the abdomen are very small, about keyhole size. The outcomes favour laparoscopic hysterectomy over abdominal hysterectomy because the return to normal activities is much quicker, by over 15 days, the stay in the hospital is much shorter (usually one day) and the possibility of an infection is much lower.

Robotic Hysterectomy

During a robotic-assisted hysterectomy, the surgeon uses a computer to control the surgical instruments. Only 5 quarter-inch small incisions are made in your abdomen. Through these incisions, the doctor will insert the robot’s camera and slender surgical instruments. The superior visualization and precision robotic guidance allow for better overall outcomes for the procedure.

Health Vantis works with surgical facilities that offer both of these types of surgeries.  We are able to arrange your private hysterectomy within 7 days. Contact us for more information!