Private Laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Canada – Is It possible?

What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to remove the uterus. It is done under general anesthesia and is a day surgery. Small incisions in the abdomen are made for surgical tools and a tiny camera. The uterus is then removed in sections through the incisions or vagina. The advantages of a laparoscopic hysterectomy are less blood loss, less potential for infection and faster recovery.

Wait times to see a GYN and get a surgery

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is an elective surgery and is scheduled ahead. Canadian women, unfortunately, face delays in accessing this surgery. The path to get to it can take up to a year and a half and in some provinces even longer. Just to see a GYN you will need to see your family doctor, get a referral, and then wait for weeks and even months. For many women, this is frustrating and interferes with their quality of life.

Is it possible to get a private laparoscopic hysterectomy in Canada?

To this day and to our best knowledge, there are no private laparoscopic hysterectomies that are available in Canada. We are not sure about the reasons behind it, as some other private surgeries are done here in Canada, such as private joint replacement.

Private options in the USA

Health Vantis works with private medical facilities in the US that offer safe, affordable, and timely laparoscopic hysterectomies.  You will need a companion to come with you and pick you up from the surgical center and take you to a hotel to recover. To start the process, you should have a recent ultrasound, within the last 6 months. We follow a straightforward process when managing private surgery cases. To find out how it works call us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or email us at info@healthvantis.com In addition, you can watch a short 2 min video here.

Private Knee Replacement Surgery Cost

Private knee replacement in Canada and the USA

With the medical wait times becoming longer and longer, some Canadians choose to seek private surgery. The wait in Canada can be up to 2 years, however, if you are able to go private, we can usually assist you to get your private knee replacement surgery in 3-8 weeks, depending on your particular situation. Usually, if you had a recent X-ray (within the last 6 months) and have your medical records such as radiology report and imaging, it takes less time. If we have to obtain your records, it takes longer, as provinces have up to 30 days to provide us with your medical records after a consent form has been signed and sent in.

How much does it cost?

In general, a knee replacement is about $28,000, in Canadian or US dollars. Of course, because the Canadian dollar is not doing so well right now, the US option becomes more expensive. However, when choosing where to go, you should consider not only the cost but the expertise and reputation of a particular private clinic and surgeon.

Other factors to consider

When it comes to expertise, we usually provide people with a number of surgeries a particular surgeon does a year. Expertise comes with experience, and the more of it is done, the better expert a doctor is, in general terms. Another factor we always point out to our clients is the level of client care and therefore satisfaction that a surgeon and his staff provide. Some of the facilities we work with in the US go way above and beyond – they are available to answer all your questions pretty much at any time, are willing to make a hotel visit if needed after the surgery, and provide help and guidance later during the recovery process.

Private options and medical concierge service

Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated. Health Vantis provides full medical concierge service and case management from the first phone call until the return home for recovery. Our clients select where they go and we take care of all the details and logistics. If you are looking for a private knee replacement and are curious about our service, please give us a call toll-free 877 344 2544 or email us at info@healthvantis.com

 

Private Urology Clinics in Canada and the USA

Urological surgeries and diagnostics

Urology is a medical specialty that studies and treats diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system. Urologists treat bladder problems, UTIs (urinary tract infections), bladder and kidney cancer, ED (erectile dysfunction), and prostate cancer. Some common procedures a urologist performs are vasectomy, TURP or REZUM procedure, cystoscopy, ureteroscopy, and prostate biopsy, just to name a few.  Some of the urological procedures have long wait times in Canada.

Wait times to see a urologist in Canada

Wait times differ from province to province, and even within a province, there may be different wait times for different urologists and hospitals where they perform surgical or diagnostic procedures. In Ontario, Toronto area, the average wait time to see a urologist for partial Excision of the Prostate for priority 4 patients is 56 days, and from that to surgery is 122 days. So it’s about 6 months wait for non-urgent issues in Ontario. In Nova Scotia things look different, for a laparoscopic prostate surgery it takes 78 days to see a Urologist and then 219 days to get to surgery, so overall a bit over a year for a non-urgent case.

Private Urological procedures in Canada

Some Canadians do not wish to wait this long and seek private Urology options. There are limited facilities that offer private urological consultation and treatments. Hydrocele removal, TURP, or REZUM procedures can be done here in Canada. Green Light therapy requires traveling to the US. If you are interested in learning about your private options in Urology please give us a call toll-free 877 344 3544 or email us at info@healthvantis.com

Hysterectomy by Choice in Canada

What is hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure done under general anesthesia to remove the uterus, and sometimes ovaries and fallopian tubes (total hysterectomy). There are many reasons hysterectomies are done, such as to correct serious issues that interfere with normal functions (endometriosis, fibroids, prolapse), improve the quality of life (heavy bleeding, pelvic pain), and to save a life (cancer cases). In the majority of cases, hysterectomy is an elective procedure. All non-surgical options should be discussed with a GYN and explored prior to considering a hysterectomy.

Wait times in different provinces

Since hysterectomy is an elective procedure, it is scheduled. As with many scheduled surgeries in Canada, there is a waitlist. The process to get a hysterectomy in the public system starts from first seeing a family doctor, then getting a referral to a GYN, waiting, then after seeing a GYN, surgery can be recommended and is then scheduled. These steps can take up to a year and a half in some provinces.

Hysterectomy by choice in Canada

Hysterectomy is not like plastic surgery, where if a person would like to change how a part of their body looks, they can. There needs to be a medical reason for it, in Canada or the USA. If you go through the public system in Canada, a hysterectomy is the last resort, and everything else should be tried and failed. Since wait times in Canada are so long, this process can literally take years. Many women do not want to wait this long.

Private options

A private hysterectomy is not available in Canada at the time of us writing this blog. We help Canadian women arrange their private hysterectomy in the US, at safe, accredited, and no waitlist medical facilities. All GYN surgeons we work with are very experienced, and board certified. If you would like to know more about your private options in hysterectomy, give us a call toll-free or email us at info@healthvantis.com In addition, you can watch a short 2 min video here.

Can I get an Elective Hysterectomy in Ontario

Residents of Ontario and private medical care

Ontario is the most populated province in Canada, with a little bit over 15.2 million people living there (as of 2022). It probably offers the best healthcare among Canadian provinces, when comparing wait times, availability of specialists and newer medical equipment. There are even private medical facilities in Ontario. However, according to Canadian law, if a medical procedure is covered by the provincial health plan, it is illegal to receive it in a private manner. So, Ontarians have to travel to a different province or the US if they want to access private medical services such as diagnostics and medical treatments.

GYN surgery in Ontario

GYN surgery is covered by OHIP and therefore is not available in a private manner to Ontario residents. In the public system, the wait time to see a GYN in Toronto area for a priority 4 patient varies from 39 days to 99 days, and the wait time to get surgery varies from 50 to 318 days according to ontariohealth.ca.

US options for residents of Ontario

GYN surgeries are not available in a private manner in Canada. Canadian women will need to look at their options south of the border, the USA. Health Vantis can connect you to an accredited medical facility and GYN surgeon and take care of all the logistics for your medical journey. If you are interested in learning how it works, give us a call at toll-free 877 344 3544 or email us at info@healthvantis.com. In addition, you can watch a short 2 min video here.