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.

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

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.

You Can Get Private GYN Surgery When The System Has Failed You

You Can Get Private GYN Surgery When The System Has Failed You

One of the most common calls we get are from women regarding GYN issues.  This is one area where the system fails women over and over again, especially for GYN oncology.  Women have been underserved and failed for many years in every province.

Currently, British Columbia only has 8 GYN oncologists for the entire province.  That is 1 doctor for every 637,000 people!  Vancouver Island has a population of 865,000, and a population growth of about 1% each year, however, has only had 2 for the past 10 years.  Ontario has 1 for every 350,000 and Saskatchewan only has 7 for a population of 1.2MM people.  For BC to come close to the number ON has, they would need to almost double the number they have and that will still make women very underserved. It is no wonder the wait lists are as long as they are.

If you are waiting for a GYN surgery and would like to explore your options, watch our short video on how easy it can be to get private GYN surgery as Health Vantis as your guide here: 

 

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877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com  

How to Prepare for Recovery after Your Private GYN Surgery

If you need a private GYN surgery your options are across the border in the US. Unfortunately, there are none that can be done here in Canada. Preparing for your travels and surgery should be planned in advance. Consider hiring a professional, such as a medical facilitator, as they have experience connecting people to reputable private medical facilities and taking care of all the logistical details of your journey.

Have a support system set up before you leave for surgery

Reach out to your trusted friends and family and let them know you are going for surgery and what kind of help you may need after you are back. Many people would be happy to help. Be specific with what you might need: getting groceries or simply visiting you.

Take some time off work

We advise our clients to take as much time as possible from work. Everyone is different in how they recover, some women are able to go back to work in 2 weeks and some need more time, 4 to 8 weeks. If you are able to work from home, this could be a nice option as well. If your work requires heavy physical activities, such as lifting, you may want to consider going on short-term disability for about 8 weeks post-surgery.

Do not rush your recovery by trying to do more too soon

As women, we tend to be taking care of many things but oftentimes think of ourselves last. After you had a GYN surgery, you may feel like you can still do a lot, but please do not rush things and allow yourself to rest. Your body will thank you for it, as you will be allowing it to heal. We had a couple of cases where women thought they felt “back to normal” only to experience a setback the next day because they overdid things. Take your time and rest.

If you need assistance planning your medical travel, Health Vantis can help. Contact us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or info@healthvantis.com and we would be happy to assist.

Risks of Waiting for Your GYN Surgery

Risks of Waiting for Your GYN Surgery

Wait times have went up drastically over the years for GYN surgery.  This has left thousands of Canadians at sea on their own as they wait to get a surgery date. This can create major consequences if you experience long delays.  Let’s look at some reasons why waiting can make things worse:

  1. Mental health

    – Let’s face it, winter months in Canada can be long.  Seasonal affect disorder (SAD) is a real thing and very well known to many.  If you have an ailment that causes stress or continued pain, it can create and/or exacerbate SAD making you have low energy, poor mood and cause you to sleep too much.  Worse yet, it can turn into a full blown depression. Feeling discouraged, hopeless, continue to experience excessive bleeding or in constant pain affects your focus, ability to function and can hamper your social interactions and outings with people.  Not being able to play with your children or grandchildren, staying home from parties, or not being able to work can all create more stress on your mental health. When your mental health decreases, your whole body reacts to the stress. 

  2. Delaying Surgery for Fibroids or Tumors

    – Delaying GYN treatment can cause irreversible damage to the uterus in the case of large fibroids or masses (whether malignant or benign).  Women who have not had children yet and wish to, may affect their ability to get pregnant down the road, or worse yet, require a hysterectomy in their 20’s or 30’s if their issue is not dealt with in a timely manner.  80% of women will have a fibroid by the age 50.  Most will not have symptoms, however, for those that do, they will experience heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, or bloating.  If treatment for them is delayed, it can lead to long term complications such as anemia, infertility, and issues with kidneys, bowel, bladder and circulatory systems.  Having anemia can cause fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, headaches and possible heart problems.  In the case of kidney, bowel, bladder or circulatory problems, fibroids or masses can put pressure against the ureter, blocking drainage of urine into the bladder from the kidneys or take up space in the pelvic cavity which blocks the normal flow of these systems.  Getting pregnant can also be challenging depending on where the fibroid or mass is located.  Fibroids and masses can be large enough that they fight for space and blood supply, which can cause miscarriages or infertility.

  3. Delaying Hysterectomy (Uterine, Ovarian, Cervical, Vaginal or Vulvar Cancer)

    – According to an International cohort study, approximately 4,000 GYN cancer patients worldwide were looked at during the first wave of COVID.  Nearly 20% of the patients experienced changes in their care management due to delays in surgery.  Overall, 8% of the women ultimately did not have a surgery that was meant to be curative and life-prolonging. 11% of the patients waited more than 8 weeks, including 16% of them who had ovarian tumors.  All of the delays and cancellations had an impact on morbidity and mortality with those women who had malignant tumors.  2.7% of patients who did not have a planned operation died within 3 months of the initial decision to have the surgery.  Women who had a delay in surgery had significantly higher risk of the composite adverse outcomes of unresectable disease or disease progression, emergency surgery or health compared to those who did not have a delayed procedure – 22.4% vs 18% respectively.

Like most things, this is not an end all.  You do have options.  The quickest way to get your GYN surgery is to go the private manner.  Health Vantis works with many facilities that can offer you a private GYN surgery without waiting months on end to get a surgery date that might be even another year down the road, which could alter many important facets in a women’s life.  Contact us at info@healthvantis.comor 877-344-3544 for more details to how we can help you.

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

Private Hysterectomy vs Waiting in Canada

Fraser Institute recently released its new report for medical wait times in Canada in 2022. The overall increases in wait times show up in several specialties. One of them is GYN. The median wait time for a GYN from a referral by GP to treatment is 32.1 weeks, 8.1 weeks increase from 2021.  The median wait time from GP referral to see a GYN is 15.7 weeks and from seeing GYN to get treatment is 16.4 weeks.

Of course, these numbers vary depending on the province you live in. Saskatchewan has the shortest wait times, with 4 weeks from GP referral to GYN, and then 11.9 weeks from GYN to treatment, making a total median wait time of 15.9 weeks. Atlantic Canada leads the worse wait times for GYN. In NS, one can wait 110.7 weeks to see a GYN once their GP refers them, and then an additional 52 weeks to get treatment. Total wait time can be 162.7 weeks – over 3 years!

For many women, such wait times present a serious issue. Many seek private health care, such as a private hysterectomy or private laparoscopy. In the past, we helped many women get private GYN surgery in a timely manner. In general, we can arrange a private hysterectomy within 3-4 weeks from the time we receive your medical records.

Private medical facilities we work with have virtually no wait times. Health Vantis will connect you to a safe and affordable private medical facility and make all the logistical arrangements for you. Reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll free 877 344 3544 to learn more.