Snowbird Surgery

Snowbird Surgery

It is the time of the year that ‘Snowbirds’ start making their plans to travel south for the winter.   Most true Snowbirds own a second home/vacation home in the US.  Unfortunately, traveling for leisure is completely different this year in light of the COVID pandemic.  As of now, travel for leisure, even if you own a home in the US, is deemed non-essential. It is, however, considered essential if you are traveling for medical reasons. If you’ve considered having a surgery done privately, your winter trip can happen.  There will be many state and provincial regulations you have to abide by, however, it just may be the way to still get some of the sunshine you’ve been craving AND get you in a better, healthier place.

Benefits Snowbirds can still have if they schedule a private surgery:

  • You can recover in the comfort of your own home that you own in the US.
  • Most people who travel for surgery will stay an average of 5-7 days and then return to Canada.  Being local and having the ability to stay longer and do your follow ups in person is more optimal.
  • There is less risk to you for complications since you do not need to fly home right away.  Flying during COVID is more challenging with more hoops to jump through.  If you combine your surgery with an already planned trip to stay for a couple of months, that risk element is removed.  When the time comes for you to go back to Canada, you will likely be in a healthier place with more energy and the ability to do so easier.
  • By coming to the US, you may have access to treatment for procedures or surgeries that are not available in Canada.  There are many things unavailable to Canadians that are available in the US.  This would be an optimal time to explore alternative options.
  • There is convenience of already being in the area so you avoid an additional trip and expense.  If you combine your south of the border winter trip with a surgery, you will save money by not making a separate trip to do so.

Contact Health Vantis to connect you to an already vetted, safe and affordable facility in the area you are traveling.  We take the guess work out of finding the appropriate surgeon for your needs.

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Private Urology Surgery

Urological surgeries usually involve urinary organs in females and the urinary tract and reproductive organs in males. Common urological procedures include kidney and ureter surgeries, removal of the prostate, bladder surgery, testicular surgery or surgery to the penis.

Conditions treated by urologic surgery include neurogenic sources like spinal cord injury; injuries to the pelvic organs; chronic digestive and urinary diseases; as well as prostate infections and inflammations. Common surgery names can be found on our Urology page.

Wait times to see a urologist in Canada vary depending in the province, specialist and the procedure to be done. If you feel that your wat time is too long and would like to explore your private options, give us a call at toll-free 877 344 3544 to talk about your private options.

Recovery after Private Laparoscopic GYN Surgery

GYN surgeries done laparoscopically are usually day surgeries, and you are discharged the same day. Laparoscopic means that it is done with a help of a tiny laparoscope, or camera, and require minimal tissue cutting, usually just a few small incisions instead of a single larger one. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are less pain, less scarring and faster recovery.

How fast should you expect to recover and return to your normal daily activities after a laparoscopic GYN surgery? The answer varies a little bit, depending on your overall health and the type of surgery you had. However, don’t be expecting to just wake up and go the next day or even next week. It usually takes about 6 weeks to start feeling more normal. Lifting heavy items, or doing any intense activities is not recommended during this time.

If you are able to take 2 weeks off work, and arrange for someone to help you around home, it will be a great start. Do walk around as walking is a great light exercise that will help your body heal. If you feel tired, take a rest. Remembering that any surgery is a bit of a shock to your body, allows for a realistic expectation post surgery.

Before your discharge you will be given instruction on how to care for your incisions and for yourself in the next few days. If you have any questions, discuss with your doctor or nurse.

Recovery After Private Knee or Hip Replacement

If you are going for joint replacement surgery, one of the things that could be on your mind is your recovery time. Knowing how long it will take is helpful to set the right expectations about your mobility and activity levels. Unfortunately, there is not an exact answer to this.

In general, a complete recovery for a knee replacement is 3-12 months and for a hip replacement is 2-6 months.  Complete recovery means that the surgical wounds and soft tissue are healed, you feel well enough to return to your activities, and your joint’s functions and range of motion are considerably improved. As you can see the range of time is quite wide.

Speedy recovery depends on many things. One of the more important ones is your overall health going into surgery. Another one is the level of your physical fitness prior to surgery. When arthritis attacks, our mobility is decreased, and therefore we use fewer muscles and they deteriorate.

Your overall health and your level of fitness can both be improved prior to surgery. Losing excess weight, quitting smoking, and eating a well-balanced and healthy diet are within our control. After meeting with your doctor, discuss what you can do to be better prepared.

Pre-hab is widely recommended nowadays for people who will be undergoing joint replacement surgery. It is an exercise program, with a physiotherapist, that you would do before the surgery to get your muscles in a better shape, thus allowing a faster recovery. Many physiotherapists offer it.

Joint replacement is one of the safest surgeries. Recovery from it requires commitment and realistic expectations on your side. There is always someone who could say they were back to playing golf 5 weeks after surgery, but everyone is different. Discuss the recovery with your doctor and be prepared to work hard at helping your body heal after.


Flu Shot 2020

With flu season approaching us, now it is more important than ever to consider getting a flu vaccine. With COVID-19 resurgence in Canada in the fall, both flu and COVID-19 will be circulating around in winter.

Some people choose not to get the flu vaccine because they think it doesn’t offer much, as each year the virus differs and the vaccine is just an educated guess of what happened during the flu season the year before. Even though it is not perfect, it does offer protection for those viruses included in the vaccine. And if you do happen to get sick with the flu, your symptoms can be milder if you got the vaccination.

You are also protecting your family members and our vulnerable population. People over 65 and those who have special medical conditions make them more susceptible to viruses. Flu vaccination is our best shot at protecting the herd.

Flu and COVID-19 symptoms are very similar. By preventing the flu, you also prevent additional testing and possibly hospitalizations. It means that our healthcare will have less of a burden to carry during the winter flu season and will be able to focus on COVID-19, as there is no vaccine yet.

Do your part and get a flu vaccine, this year and going forward.