Health Vantis Blog

Newsletter January 2020

How Long Will You Wait for Surgery in 2020? According to the Fraser Institute, over a million Canadians were waiting for a medical procedure in 2019. The median wait times from GP referral to treatment was reported as 20.9 weeks. Usually, if the medical matter is urgent, one gets treated promptly here in Canada. When […]

Do Cortisone Shots Posses Potential Dangers?

Cortisone shots have been used for decades.  In years past, it was thought that there was no real harm or risk involved in having a steroid injection.  There have always been side effects such as dizziness, headaches, trouble sleeping, mood swings, or weight gain but no long term effects identified.  According to a new report, […]

December 2019 Newsletter

How Does Canada Perform On Universal Health Care Compared to Other Countries? If you listen to some of the presidential candidates south of the border, you would hear that Canada has the greatest health care system in the world, a system to model.  But is that just an opinion or is it based on fact?  […]

Risk of Infection After Surgery

Risk of infection after surgery can be devastating and require further surgery or prolonged treatment.  Severe problems such as sepsis, organ failure and even death can occur if not treated quickly and properly.  While surgeons take thorough precautions prior to the surgery starting, our skin and environment contain millions of bacteria that can still cause […]

Patient’s Experience and How A Second Opinion Was Valuable

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 […]

Crossing the US-Canada Border for Medical Reasons

If you are travelling to the United States for a surgery or a medical procedure there are some things to consider and be aware of. Canadian citizens and permanent residents do not require a visa to enter the US. However, there are certain points to keep in mind. Cannabis is illegal in the United States […]

Private Shoulder Surgery

Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body. It allows you to move your arm in front, above, to the side, and behind your body. Such flexibility also makes your shoulder prone to instability and injury. If you exhausted all the non-surgical methods to help your shoulder pain, surgery should be considered. In […]

Pre-Op Testing – What Is Needed?

Once you make your decision to proceed with the surgery Health Vantis makes all the arrangements for you. One of the moving parts of preparation for surgery is pre-op testing. The requirements can be different, depending on the procedure you require and your individual health. The two most common tests the doctors we work with […]

What Your Hip Replacement Implants Are Made Of

Even though hip replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful orthopaedic procedures, it can still raise lots of questions. You may be wondering what kind of joint replacement implant you will get and what it is made of. What parts of your hip will be replaced? Your hip is made of two […]