With wait times increasing due to the pandemic, more and more Canadians are taking a number and waiting. Even though hip and knee replacements are much needed surgeries, they are considered elective, or non-urgent. According to the provincial website in Nova Scotia a hip replacement is done for 90% of the people within 568 days. Add to that 219 days it takes to get a consult with an orthopedic surgeon. That is 2.15 years!
If you were to go the private route, the costs are to be considered, of course. In the US those vary depending on where you go, and start from about USD$26,000. There are options in Canada too, roughly the same price but in Canadian dollars.
When considering those costs, take into account how waiting affects you and your family. Are you able to wait longer? One of our private hip replacement clients provided this insight: “Consider what stage of life you are at and the preciousness of your mobility. I was concerned about getting it too soon and having to get another one in my 70s. Now that I have the new hip and the new lease on life, there is no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision. Let’s put it this way: I could have gotten a new car or a new hip. My new hip is 100 times more precious to me than a new car.”
If you would like to find out your private hip or knee replacement options give us a call at toll free 877 344 3544.