Top 3 Things to Consider when Going for a Private Hysterectomy.

If you are put on a long waitlist for a hysterectomy, you are not alone. Many Canadian women wait unreasonable amounts of time. If you are researching and considering private hysterectomy, we have some information. We helped many people plan and go through with this surgery in a private manner.  The below 3 things often come on the top of considerations.

You will have to travel to the USA.

To our best knowledge, there are no private facilities that are able to do any GYN procedures here in Canada. It is available in a private manner in the US. Depending on where you reside, we try to connect you to the closest to your home facility, but it is not always the case.

Hysterectomy should be the last resort.

If you are seeking a hysterectomy, please remember that this should be your last option left. Some GYN issues can be effectively addressed with medications or less invasive procedures such as ablation. Medications (such as IUD) should be given sufficient time in order to see if it is working or not. This is especially important if you have not had children and are fairly young. Things may change in regard to your view on starting a family, but a hysterectomy can not be reversed.

Recovery times differ for everyone – be realistic.

We always tell our clients that this surgery is not to be taken lightly. Even if it is robotic or laparoscopic, it is still major surgery and you will need time to heal. Ensure you take some time off work. We recommend at the very least 2 weeks, and more if you are able to. Even if you are feeling great one day, go slow with increasing your daily activities. The last thing you want is a setback in your recovery.

If you would like to know more about obtaining a private GYN surgery such as a hysterectomy in the US please reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544

Hysterectomy for Gender Affirmation or Transition Surgery

Hysterectomy for Gender Affirmation or Transition Surgery

We get a lot of inquiries about having a hysterectomy as a way of transitioning or gender affirmation.  Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it seems, therefore, we are unable to assist in most cases.  Hysterectomy is a major, life-altering surgery, therefore, it is something you cannot take lightly, especially if you are under the age of 35.

Technically, you can consent to a hysterectomy at any age, however, it has to be medically justified.  It is very unlikely a doctor will do one unless it is absolutely necessary for your well-being and all other options have been exhausted.  One of the main reasons is due to the possible physical and emotional risks associated with it, not to mention the complications that can occur.  

Complications could include infection, hemorrhaging, bladder and/or bowel damage.  These are normally short term risks, however, there are long term risks that physicians are most concerned with.  Having a hysterectomy can increase your chances of stroke, bone loss, heart attack, urinary issues and early onset menopause for younger women.  It can impact sexual interest as well as the ability to have a biological pregnancy, which can cause depression or psychological stress down the road, as it is not a reversible procedure.

In Canada, there are no facilities that offer a private hysterectomy.  This is something you would have to go to the US for.  The US has strict guidelines in who they will perform a hysterectomy on because there are great legality risks if they do a hysterectomy without a medical reason to do so.  Wanting to have a hysterectomy for gender affirmation or transition does not fall in that category unless you have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.  It is the only option for someone to have a hysterectomy if they do not have a medical reason such as having bleeding, fibroids, cancer, etc. to do so.  It also has to be performed by a specialized surgeon who works with gender dysphoria.

Getting the diagnosis gender dysphoria can take time and you must meet specific criteria.  It is a complex process that involves multiple medical, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical therapies and behavioral trials with a specialized surgeon.  This is to ensure that surgery is an appropriate treatment choice for the individual.   The process can take 6 months to 2 years and beyond.

If this is something you are interested in doing on a private basis, there are facilities in the US that can assist you.  Keep in mind that it will take time and can be a long, expensive and emotional process.  If you do decide to proceed, surround yourself with those that care about you and your well-being, and possibly join a support group such as The Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity: https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/.  It will make all the difference having someone on your side for the process.

 

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Private GYN Surgery in the USA

 

Health Vantis is a Canadian women-owned company. As women, we know what it means to wait in pain from GYN issues. GYN surgery such as hysterectomy or fibroids removal can have lengthy delays in the Canadian public health care system. Unfortunately, there are no private GYN surgeries offered in Canada. Instead of waiting, Health Vantis can help facilitate a private GYN surgery in the USA.

What do you need to get started? A recent ultrasound or MRI of the uterus and specialists’ notes if they are available, are required. In some cases, we can help with just Ultrasound and MRI results.

The surgeon will determine if you need laparoscopic or open surgery. A physical exam will be done in person, to confirm the diagnostic report’s findings and ensure that you get the right medical procedure. The whole process usually takes 4-6 weeks. We will handle all the logistics of traveling for medical reasons.

Some things to keep in mind. There has to be a medical reason requiring surgery for us to be able to help. Reasons such as severe bleeding, cramping, and inability to function due to pain are some of them. Before you have a GYN surgery other non-surgical methods should have been tried and failed. Remember, surgery is the last resort for any ailment.

Another thing to keep in mind is the recovery time from any kind of GYN surgery. Even minimally invasive or robotic surgery requires 3-5 days stay in a hotel to get better before flying home. We recommend taking at least 2 weeks off from work after a GYN surgery and taking it easy for the entire time. Recovery time differs from person to person.

If you are seeking a hysterectomy as part of gender transition, there is quite a bit of protocol that has to be done prior with a specialized surgeon. It can be a lengthy process. Due to this, we are unable to facilitate the surgery for you.

If you would like to explore a private timely GYN surgery please reach out by calling us toll free 877 344 3544 or emailing info@healthvantis.com

Private Hysterectomy in Canada and the US: Abdominal vs Laparoscopic

Medical wait times in Canada can be long. GYN elective surgery such as hysterectomy may sound like something one can wait for in peace, but in reality, many women suffer in pain while waiting. Hysterectomy is recommended after all non-surgical options were tried unsuccessfully. Waiting for it can be frustrating.

Health Vantis can help you find a reputable place in the US to get a private hysterectomy. Unfortunately, this surgery is not offered in Canada in a private manner.

Abdominal (Open) Hysterectomy

An abdominal hysterectomy is removal of the uterus through an incision in the lower abdomen. It is a more invasive approach because the incision can be 6 to 12 inches, horizontal or vertical.  It is usually recommended when the uterus is large and can not be removed safely through the vagina.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, several small incisions are made, instead of one large. A laparoscope is a thin lighted tube with a camera. It allows a surgeon to see and work inside the abdomen. A laparoscope is usually inserted through a small incision in the belly button. Other surgical instruments are inserted through other small incisions. The uterus is then cut into smaller pieces and is removed either through the incisions or through the vagina. This method is considered minimally invasive as it allows faster recovery due to smaller incisions.

Both types of hysterectomy are done under anesthesia and both require someone to pick you up after the procedure and take you home or to a hotel room for recovery. If you would like more information, please call us at toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com

Private GYN for Hysterectomy in Canada

In 2021, it was reported by the Fraiser Institute that the wait time from referral to GYN specialist to treatment was approximately 25.9 weeks.  That is an average of over 6 months.  In some provinces such as Nova Scotia, the wait time was 71.4 weeks.  In Prince Edward Island it was 119.2 weeks.  That is over 2.25 years!  Imagine being in pain, off work and/or not having the ability to have a normal day as you wait just to be treated for over 2 years.  That is just out right unacceptable.  

For many women, a hysterectomy is what they are waiting for.  Unlike orthopedic surgery, it is very difficult to find a private GYN within Canada to turn to.  This is the call we get most frequently for GYN inquires.  There are a handful of private GYN doctors that can do consultations, however, doing surgery for a hysterectomy is not something you will find on a private basis within Canada. There are, however, some minor procedures that can be done on such as: endometrial uterine balloon ablation, laparoscopic fibroid surgery, prolapsed uterus repair and uterine cavity scope.

The next best option is to go to the US for this surgery.  Due to COVID, it has been a little challenging getting across the border.  The rules have changed frequently in the past 2 years and as of now, you and your travel companion must be fully vaccinated to go to the US.  There used to be allowances for medical treatment, however, that is no longer being an acceptable reason unless it is something emergent.  A hysterectomy would not fall under that category.  It can, however, be done and for most women, the hassle of following some additional rules is worth it to them.

The pricing can range from $9,500-$15,500 USD.  It really depends on what type of hysterectomy you need, i.e. laparoscopic, abdominal or vaginal.  This is only determined once the GYN surgeon has reviewed your medical records and most recent ultra sound(s).  The stay in the US is normally around 7 days.

If you are spinning your wheels trying to find a private GYN in Canada to do your hysterectomy, stop searching as you will not find one.  Give us a call and we can connect you to an experienced surgeon in the US and help you navigate the process.  We can be reached at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

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info@healthvantis.com

Private Hysterectomy – Do Canadian Women Have an Option?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus. Sometimes ovaries are left in place, and sometimes they are taken out. There are many reasons a woman would consider a hysterectomy. Endometriosis, uterine fibroids, painful and prolonged periods that are not responding to non-invasive therapies are some of those reasons.

Hysterectomy is considered an elective surgery, which means it can be scheduled. In Canada, wait times for elective surgeries are increasing, and hysterectomy is not an exception. Depending on the province you reside, wait times exceed a year.

Private medical facilities in Canada are few. To our best knowledge, none of them are able to do GYN surgery. There are options in the US. Depending on the facility and the type of hysterectomy prices vary.

The recovery from a hysterectomy can take time. Everyone is different and some women recover faster. We advise that if going for a hysterectomy in the US allow at least 3-5 days to recover at the hotel after surgery before flying home. Plan to take time off work, about3-4 weeks, and rest your body so it can heal. The complete recovery can take up to 6 months.

If you are interested in finding out more information about private hysterectomy, please reach out to us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com

Private Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are muscular benign tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. They can be very small or large. The cause of fibroids is unknown.

In many cases, fibroids have no symptoms and are only discovered during a pelvic exam or a prenatal ultrasound. In other cases, the symptoms can include the following:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Prolonged menstrual periods
  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Increased abdominal distention
  • Backache or leg pains

If you are experiencing the above symptoms an ultrasound can confirm whether or not you have fibroids. Sometimes an MRI is also ordered to get more details on the size and location of fibroids as well as the type of fibroids.

Many treatment options exist. Medication can be recommended to either shrink the fibroids or prevent the heavy bleeding caused by fibroids. Progestin releasing IUD (intrauterine device) can also relieve heavy bleeding due to fibroids. It, however, does not shrink or makes the fibroids disappear.

Non-invasive treatment such as MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery can be performed. It is a procedure that requires no cutting but instead uses MRI to locate the fibroid and then uses the ultrasound to destroy fibroid tissue.

Minimally invasive procedures can be performed to destroy fibroids. Each individual situation should be considered as some of those are not recommended to women who want to have children. Talk to you GYN about the below procedures to find out if they are right for you

  • Uterine artery embolization
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Laparoscopic or robotic myomectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Endometrial ablation

More invasive options are abdominal myomectomy and hysterectomy. In abdominal myomectomy, fibroids are removed through an open abdominal procedure. Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Hysterectomy remains the only proven permanent solution for uterine fibroids.

If you would like to find out if any of the above procedures are available in a private manner, without any delays due to medical wait list give us a call at toll-free 877 344 3544.

Private Hysterectomy Costs

In their last Waiting Your Turn report (2020), Fraser institute stated that the median wait time for GYN in Canada is 23.9 weeks. That is weeks waited from referral by GP to treatment (surgery). Each province fares a little bit different, but NB, NS, NL, AB, BC and QB all have wait times over 20 weeks.

Many Canadian women who are waiting experience pain. Some explore a private route, fed up and angry with how long it takes. Many are worried about how much it will cost and what it will involve.

We helped a few women get help faster. Each case is different because the indications for a private hysterectomy can be to various reasons. All required travel out of the country. The costs vary from USD $8,000 to about USD $12,000.

A private hysterectomy is a day surgery and requires a travel companion to pick you up and take you safely to a hotel room for recovery the same day. It is usually advised to stay about 5 days at the hotel, before flying home. Full recovery can take time, even if it is laparoscopic surgery. We advise taking a couple of weeks off work to allow your body to rest and heal.

If you would like to get more information about your private hysterectomy options, please give us a call toll-free at 877 344 3544. Please note that this surgery requires travel out of the country, and therefore, all COVID-19 protocols have to be followed.

GYN Surgery Wait Times in Canada, 2020

Our last blog in January will look at Fraser Institute report on medical wait times across 12 specialities in Canada, specifically focused on GYN surgery. In our prior blogs, we looked at Orthopedics and Neurosurgery.

Across Canada, the total wait time for GYN surgery in 2020 was 23.9 weeks. This is an increase of 4.5 weeks, compared to 2019 when the wait was 19.4 weeks. Chart 1 shows GYN surgery wait times 10 years back and also includes 1993 when it was 8.8 weeks.

The report further breaks down wait times into two different segments. Segment 1 is the wait time from referral by a general practitioner to consultation with a specialist. Segment 2 is the wait time from the consultation with a specialist to point at which a patient receives treatment.

The wait time from GP to a specialist was 12.5 weeks, 2.1 weeks longer than in 2019 when it was 10.4 weeks. The wait time from specialist to treatment was 11.4 weeks, up from 9 weeks in 2019. Although GYN surgeries do not take as long as Neurosurgery or Orthopedics, waiting almost 5 months is quite a long time.

As far as which province fares the best, the report states it is SK, where the median patient wait to see a specialist after referral from GP is only 2.5 weeks, and median wait to get treatment after the appointment with a specialist is 7.4 weeks. In other words, the median time to get a GYN surgery in Saskatchewan is 9.9 weeks. Manitoba is in the second-fastest, with a total median wait time of 14.9 weeks.

The longest wait time was in NB – a total of 54.4 weeks from referral by GP to surgery. Please refer to Chart 2 for the rest of the Canadian provinces numbers.

If you are unwilling to wait and would like to explore your private options, we are here to connect you to a reputable medical facility in the US or Canada. Give us a call to find out your options – toll-free 877 344 3544

Chart 1

Chart 2

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.