Pros and Cons of Private GYN surgery in Canada and the US

Private hysterectomies in Canada and the US can be performed at private medical facilities, typically referred to as private surgery centers. These facilities offer a range of surgical procedures, including hysterectomies, myomectomies, and uterine ablation. The procedures are performed by specialized GYN surgeons.

One advantage of opting for a private hysterectomy is the reduced waiting time compared to the public healthcare system. The wait times for elective surgeries, such as hysterectomies, can be significantly shorter in private settings, allowing patients to have their surgeries scheduled sooner. This first reason in itself can bring you months and sometimes years ahead of feeling better physically and mentally.

Another advantage is being in an ambulatory surgical center, vs a big hospital. The chances of catching an infection are lower at the ambulatory surgical center, as patients are discharged to go to a hotel room to recover either on the same day or the next day, depending on the type of surgery they had.

However, it is important to note that private healthcare in Canada is not covered by the public health insurance system. Patients are responsible for covering the costs associated with their surgery, including the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthetic fees, and any additional charges. It is advisable to inquire about the cost and payment options with the private facility or surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Additionally, post-operative care and follow-up appointments may also require additional out-of-pocket expenses. Patients should discuss the details of their aftercare and any potential costs with their surgeon or the private facility.

To find private facilities offering hysterectomy services in Canada, individuals can search online or consult with their primary care physician for recommendations. It is important to thoroughly research the facility, read reviews, and ensure that the surgeons have appropriate qualifications and experience in performing hysterectomies.

If you are a busy person or simply can not deal with research, multiple phone calls, waiting for a response, following up and worrying about your medical travel you can hire a medical facilitation company like Health Vantis to manage your case and provide you with white glove medical concierge service. We will guide you through the process and will always support you in your medical journey, from the first phone call to when you are home and in recovery.

If you are curious about getting a private GYN surgery email us at info@healthvantis.com or call us toll-free 877 344 3544 to see if you can be a good candidate for private GYN surgery in Canada or the US.

GYN Surgery Wait Times in Canada: Increase of 5 Weeks in 2023 vs 2022

Waiting for an elective GYN surgery in Canada has become a significant concern for patients and healthcare professionals alike. The prolonged wait times for GYN procedures have a detrimental impact on patients’ quality of life and overall well-being. This blog aims to highlight the latest GYN surgery wait times as reported by Fraser Institute.

Understanding GYN Medical Wait Times

GYN medical wait times refer to the length of time patients have to wait for elective gynecologic procedures, such as hysterectomy, myomectomy, uterine ablation and others. These wait times are measured from the moment a patient is referred to a specialist to the actual date of the procedure. It is broken down into two components: the wait time to see the specialist and the wait time from seeing the specialist to actual surgery. In Canada, these wait times have been steadily increasing over the years, leading to concerns about the accessibility and efficiency of GYN care.

2023 Report

According to the Fraser Institute yearly publication on medical wait times, Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2023 Report median wait time from GP referral to see a GYN specialist in 2023 was 22.2 weeks. In 2022 it was 15.7

The median wait time between an appointment with a specialist and treatment in GYN in 2023 was 15.2 weeks. In 2022 it was 16.4.

The total wait time in 2022 was 32.1 weeks. In 2023 it is 37.4 weeks. An overall increase of 5.3 weeks is observed.

Regional Differences

It must be noted that GYN wait times vary widely depending on the province you live in. Generally speaking, Maritime residents have the longest wait times, and Ontario residents have the shortest. 2023 report states that the median total expected waiting time from referral by GP to treatment in GYN was the highest in PEI at 118.3 weeks, followed by Nova Scotia at 99.1 weeks and the lowest in Ontario at 24.3 weeks followed by Quebec at 31.5 weeks. The difference between the national 37.4 weeks to the highest is almost triple!

Should You Consider Private GYN Procedure

Provincial governments’ improvements being made are not doing much for the wait times for GYN surgeries. Many provincial governments are struggling to put more money into healthcare and federal help is being given for provincial healthcare however a big chunk of that money is allocated to mental health, an issue in itself and not subject to this blog.

On a personal level – what can be done? There are private options for GYN surgery in Quebec and the USA.

According to the Fraser Institute “this year’s survey of specialists also found that an estimated 1.8% of patients received elective treatment in another country during 2022/23. Physicians also report that only about 13.7% of their patients are on a waiting list because they requested a delay or postponement, and that 47.1% would agree to have their procedure performed within a week if an opening arose. Thus, despite provincial strategies to reduce wait times and high levels of expenditure on health care, it is clear that patients in Canada are waiting too long to receive treatment.”

If you are considering a private GYN surgery we are here to help. You can reach us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544 to see if private GYN surgery is for you.

 

 

Private Endometriosis Surgery in BC

Endometriosis is a frustrating medical condition that makes a woman’s everyday life challenging. The growth of endometrial-like tissue outside of the uterus on other organs affects the severity of menstrual bleeding and cramps. Some women have to take days off work just to go through their cycles.

There are a few options to treat endometriosis without surgery. Those include over-the-counter pain medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control, and other hormonal medications. If all those failed your GYN might recommend surgery.

Endometrial excision and/or a hysterectomy are the most common two surgeries done to treat endometriosis. Both can be done laparoscopically. Unfortunately, as many Canadian women experience delays in medical care, surgery for endometriosis has a long wait time. It will depend on the province you live in, but in some provinces, it can take up to 2 years to even see a GYN surgeon.

If you are unwilling to wait and would like to explore your private path for endometrial excision and/or hysterectomy, Health Vantis can assist. We helped many women get to surgery and feel better. What we require is a recent (within the last 6 months) Ultrasound or an MRI of the uterus. We then can submit your medical records for review and a phone consultation with a GYN surgeon in the US.

There is a Canadian option as well. However, the difference is that they require an in-person visit and they schedule their surgeries 2-4 months out depending on their availability. Their pricing sometimes is higher as well.

To learn more about your private endometriosis surgery in the US or Canada, please reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or by toll-free phone 877 344 3544.

Elective Hysterectomy in Ontario

Elective hysterectomy means that it is non-urgent and can be scheduled. The wait times in Ontario are not as bad as in the rest of Canada, but depending on where you are they can still feel long. Even though it is an elective procedure, many women feel that their well-being is compromised and waiting affects their mental health and quality of life.

If you are looking for a private hysterectomy option we can help. We work with a few medical facilities that offer it. Most of them are located in the US. All the facilities we work with in the US can do a remote review of medical records and a phone consultation. The pricing starts from about USD$8500 and goes up depending on what kind of hysterectomy is right for you.

The advantage of traveling to the US for this surgery is that you only make one trip. The type of hysterectomy will be determined by a GYN surgeon after they review your medical records. Once that is done, we can usually get your surgery scheduled within 2-4 weeks.

Recently, we added a Canadian medical facility to our list. Canadian women can now have laparoscopic hysterectomy here in Canada. The cost differs and medical records are subject to a review. The range is CAD$17,000 to $20,000. They require an in-person visit for a consultation. After the visit and if it is determined you are a good candidate they schedule the procedure within 1-3 months.

If you are looking for private hysterectomy options please give us a call or email us to discuss your options. We can be reached by toll-free at 877 344 3544 or by email at info@healthvantis.com

Private Surgery for GYN

Private surgery in Canada and the US can be expensive, especially if you don’t know where and how to look. Health Vantis has a prime location for Canadians looking to arrange private GYN surgery.  That location is in New York City.  Who doesn’t like to travel to the Big Apple?   This location has several direct flights coming from Canada to 3 different airports in the surrounding areas so logistically, there is not a better place to travel.  

The bonus to this facility is that the pricing is very competitive, in some cases, much more affordable than other locations we can offer.  The surgeons are top notch in their specialty and you are able to review their credentials and pick which one you’d like to have your surgery with. 

Health Vantis manages your case from start to finish.  We will get your consultation arranged, transfer the medical records, assist with pre and post-op requirements, book your travel and accommodations, prepare border letters and also handle the airline fit to travel guidelines with handicap assistance for your trip home.

Listed below are some of the private GYN surgeries offered.  Pricing is all-inclusive with surgeon fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and Health Vantis’s fee for managing your case.

Bladder Prolapse Repair (Anterior Colporrhaphy) $6,599 USD Surgical repair of the front wall of the vagina.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy $9,570 USD Small incisions made in the abdomen near the navel area to remove the uterus with the aid of a thin, flexible tube containing a video camera.

Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Ablation $7150 USD A procedure to remove a thin layer of the endometrium tissue that lines the inside uterus.

Pelvic Floor Repair (Posterior Colporrhaphy) $6,599 USD Surgical repair of the back wall of the vagina.

Hysteroescopy with Biopsy $6,599 USD Exam of the inside cervix and uterus using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called a hysteroscope.  Tissue samples are removed and in some cases polyps or fibroids.

Polypectomy $1,899 USD – The removal of an abnormal growth of tissue.

For more information about how Health Vantis can assist you in booking your private GYN surgery at this location or elsewhere, please reach out to us at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Myomectomy in Canada or USA

Myomectomy is a surgery to remove fibroids. Removing fibroids can be beneficial for several different reasons. It helps relieve heavy menstrual bleeding and bleeding between periods, thus minimizing monthly blood loss and possible iron-deficiency anemia and it can relieve pelvic pain and pressure as well.  It is also an alternative to hysterectomy because it leaves the uterus intact so that women can get pregnant if so desired.

There are three types of myomectomies. Which one is right for you will depend on your situation and size and location of the fibroids. Your options can be discussed with an experienced private GYN surgeon. They will answer all the questions you may have regarding the procedure, its risks and benefits.

Hysteroscopic myomectomy is the least invasive of the three. The fibroids are removed through the vagina and cervix with the help of a hysteroscope. Since there are no incisions made the recovery is fast, about 48 hours. Only certain types of fibroids can be removed with hysteroscopic myomectomy.

Laparoscopic or robotic-assisted myomectomy is also a minimally invasive procedure. A tiny camera with light, a laparoscope, or a robotic arm are used to remove the fibroids. The incisions are usually small and the recovery time is two to three weeks.

Open, or abdominal myomectomy is done through an incision in the abdominal wall. It can be recommended if there are a lot of fibroids or very large fibroids. This one carries more risks and oftentimes requires a longer stay at the medical facility or hospital. The recovery is also the longest, about four to six weeks.

There are options for private myomectomies in Canada or the USA. Please contact us by email info@healthvantis.com or by toll-free phone 877 344 3544 to find out more.

Private Fibroid Removal Surgery in Canada or USA

Many women come to us asking about private uterine fibroid removal. Depending on your circumstances and review of your medical records we can assist in arranging this surgery in a timely manner at a private surgical facility in the USA or Canada. We usually ask our clients to have a recent (within the last 6 months) ultrasound or MRI of the uterus. The diagnostics provide more information on the location and size of the fibroid(s).

Uterine fibroids can be small, less than 1 cm to 5 cm, medium, 5 cm to 10 cm, or large, over 10 cm. They can be on the outside of the uterus, inside the muscles of the uterus or in the uterine cavity. They can cause complications like excessive bleeding and reproductive problems. They are benign, or noncancerous. Depending on the size it is sometimes not possible to remove them laparoscopically.

For smaller fibroids inside the uterine cavity, your surgeon may recommend a hysteroscopic myomectomy. It’s the most minimally invasive procedure to treat fibroids. The fibroids are accessed and removed using instruments inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus.

For bigger fibroids inside the muscles or outside the uterus, a laparoscopic myomectomy may be offered. For large fibroids, an open or abdominal myomectomy can be recommended. Both of these are surgeries and are done under general anesthesia.

If you are looking for options in private fibroid removal, please email us info@healthvantis.com or call us at toll-free 877 344 3544 to find out more information.

GYN Wait times in the Maritimes

GYN Wait times in the Maritimes

Most Canadians have experienced wait times within the health care system.  It is something they have had to accept as part of their health insurance.  Wait times have grown by 195% since 1993 when the average wait was only 9.3 weeks.  Today, the median wait time across all specialties is 27.4 weeks.  That is a tad over half a year.  In Novas Scotia, the median wait time is 58.2 weeks, which is more than a year.  GYN wait times are far greater, coming in at 110.7 weeks!  That is almost 2 years!

In some of the other Maritimes provinces, the wait is much greater.  For example, PEI has a wait list of 104 weeks to see a GYN specialist and then an additional 26 weeks for treatment.  That is approaching 3 years wait time, which is outrageous and unacceptable.  *It is important to note that if there is any kind of GYN cancer involved, the treatments are fast tracked.

Women in need of a GYN surgery, such as a hysterectomy, have significant, life impacting symptoms. Some of those include heavy periods, pelvic pain, prolapse of the uterus and/or cancer of the ovaries, womb or cervix.  The wait time to just see a specialist in Nova Scotia to treat these symptoms is 52 weeks.  Imagine bleeding continuously or having major pelvic pain for a year with no relief.  This can create other issues such as anemia, which in turn can cause weakness, tiredness, shortness of breath or irregular heartbeat.  It makes it incredibly hard for a female in distress like this to function in a normal manner with regards to family life and career.

What can be done to address this?  Unfortunately, not much unless you are willing to take things into your own hands.  The problem?  There are no private GYN’s in Canada.  This is one of those specialties that does not offer an option to pay out of pocket.  What can be done is to contact a medical facilitator, such as Health Vantis, who is connected to private GYN surgeons in the US that can help.  They can get you a consultation within a week or 2 and surgery within 2 weeks after the consultation in most cases.  Pricing is fair and affordable.

If you have been experiencing a long wait for a hysterectomy or other GYN surgery, contact us to find out your private options at info@healthvantis.com or 877-344-3544.

 

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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.