Private Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometriosis

Private Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that affects thousands of women in Canada.  It occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus.  This can cause severe pain, inflammation and even infertility.  Many women are referred for surgery to remove the abnormal tissue, that will in return alleviate symptoms, and reduce chances of infertility.  

The surgery is normally done laparoscopically.  This is a minimally invasive technique that is performed using a camera and small instrument inserted through a tiny incision in the abdomen.  Laparoscopic surgery allows for smaller incision, better visualization for precise removal of tissue for the surgeon, less pain, quicker recovery time and minimal scaring compared to an open surgery.  If you also have a polyp, this can be removed at the same time. Not everyone is a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.  An examination by your doctor will determine this. 

Recovery time will vary by each individual, however, a straightforward case could expect:

– Quick recovery within 3-4 days

– Ability to exercise and have intercourse within 7-10 days

– Fully recovered with n 4-8 weeks

– Normal fertility within 4-8 weeks

– Completely pain free 8-12 weeks after surgery

We get calls and emails from women across Canada in search of a private facility to do this surgery due to the long wait lists in their province.  If you wish to stay within Canada for a private laparoscopic endometrial surgery, there is one option available to you, however, their cost can be be prohibitive for some.  If cost becomes an issue, we also have options in the US that are more affordable.  Their wait times tend to be a little quicker than the Canadian location as well.

If you are in need of private laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and do not want to wait, contact Health Vantis at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.ca and we’d be happy to assist.

Private GYN Biopsy

Private GYN Biopsy

GYN biopsy services are an essential part of women’s healthcare to provide accurate diagnosis of gynecological conditions. Biopsies play a critical role in the early detection and treatment of various GYN issues.  In Canada, there can sometimes be a lengthy wait to have this necessary procedure.  There are also limited options to have this done on a private basis.  Hiring a medical facilitator like Health Vantis can guide you in the right direction to get your biopsy done sooner.  This blog will explore everything you need to know about private GYN biopsy services and how we can help.  

Understanding the importance of private GYN biopsy services

Private GYN biopsy services offer patients quick identification and treatment of gynecological concerns.  By opting for private GYN biopsy services, individuals can benefit from a streamlined process and reduced wait times.  It gives you a diagnosis much sooner so you can begin your treatment plan without delay.

What to expect during a GYN biopsy procedure

The process involves an explanation from your healthcare provider regarding the procedure, potential risks, and the importance of the biopsy for diagnosis. You receive local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The procedure itself involves the removal of a small tissue sample from the cervix, endometrium, or uterus for further analysis.

The benefits of private GYN biopsy services

Opting for private GYN biopsy services can offer several advantages that cater to your individual needs. Private clinics provide quicker access to appointments, reducing waiting times for essential diagnostic procedures. By choosing private GYN biopsy services, you can prioritize your health needs and receive prompt, high-quality care tailored to your preferences.

How to prepare for your appointment

Preparing for your private GYN biopsy appointment is essential to ensure a smooth and successful experience. You will want to gather all relevant medical records and information to provide to the clinic staff, or if you’ve hired Health Vantis, we will help gather and transfer them to the facility in a secure manner. It’s essential to follow any specific instructions given by the clinic regarding fasting or medication management before the procedure. Plan your transportation to and from the clinic in advance to reduce stress on the day of your appointment.  A companion is not normally needed, however, you could bring one for support.

Taking control of your health with private GYN biopsy services

In conclusion, investing in private GYN biopsy services empowers you to take control of your health and well-being.  To have a seamless experience, contact Health Vantis to make the arrangements for you.  We can be reached at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Fibroid Removal for Fertility

Private Fibroid Removal for Fertility

Fibroids are a common condition that can impact a woman’s ability to conceive.  Depending on the size and location of the fibroid, it can hinder your ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to full term without complications.  Waiting to have surgery to remove the fibroid(s) can be a lengthily process if you are on a time crunch.  Considering private fibroid removal options are available to you.

What are Fibroids and Benefits of Removal for Fertility

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They can vary in size and location.  Many women may have fibroids without experiencing any symptoms, however, others may suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and fertility issues. Fibroids can interfere with fertility in several ways, including blocking the fallopian tubes, affecting the implantation of a fertilized egg, or causing miscarriages. By removing fibroids that may be affecting your reproductive organs, you can increase your chances of conceiving naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies.

Types of Fibroid Removal and Risk

Types of surgery to remove fibroids include hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy or myomectomy.  Your GYN surgeon will determine which procedure is right for you depending on the size, location and number of fibroids you need removed.  If you are trying to preserve fertility, a myomectomy is normally the best choice as it is less likely to cause bands of scar tissue that may develop after surgery.  

Myomectomy, however, does come with risk.  If the surgeon needs to make a deep incision in the uterine wall, it forever weakens the uterus.  This in return can cause a rupture to the uterus during labor, which is very dangerous for the baby and mother.  Due to this, a scheduled C-Section is normally recommended.

If you decide to proceed with the surgery on a private basis, plan to stay in town near the facility that did your surgery for 5-7 days.  Your surgeon will tell you when they feel like you are ok to travel home. Although it varies, most women are back to normal day to day activities within 4 weeks. 

If you are in need of fibroid removal for fertility purposes and do not want to wait, contact Health Vantis to find out what your private options are.  We can be reached at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Polyp Removal for Fertility 

Private Polyp Removal for Fertility 

Unsuccessful attempts at becoming pregnant can be devastating to partners wishing to conceive. Many women that try for months and sometimes years without success turn to IVF.   In doing so, you have a full work up to see if there might be something preventing you from getting pregnant.  One common issue can be endometrial polyps.  In fact, one study found that almost 24% of women have them.  

If your doctor feels this is contributing to your infertility, they might suggest you have the polyp removed by hysteroscopy.  Most fertility clinics in Canada do not offer this surgery so you have to go through your GYN to get on the wait list. Waiting for the public system might take months before you have the surgery, in some provinces, over a year.  Many women find themselves in a position of a time crunch if they have already been trying for months, or years to conceive and do not want to wait any longer. You do have options!  Private hysteroscopy to remove uterine polyps is available.

Let’s explore what uterine polyps are, importance of removal for fertility purposes and how you can achieve your goal faster by having a private surgery.

What are Uterine Polyps?

Uterine polyps are growths attached to the inner wall of the uterus that can interfere with fertility by affecting the implantation of a fertilized egg. These polyps can range in size and are usually non-cancerous, but they can cause issues such as irregular menstrual bleeding, infertility, and recurrent miscarriages.

The cause for uterine polyps is unknown but your risk for developing them is higher if you are:

  • Overweight
  • Being treated for hypertension
  • Approaching menopause or in menopause
  • Have a history of breast cancer treatment
  • Take medications that block estrogen 

The Importance of Polyp Removal for Fertility

If you have been diagnosed with uterine polyps and are struggling with infertility, removing these growths may improve your chances of conceiving. Uterine polyps can make it more difficult for fertilized eggs to attach to the uterine walls.  They can also block sperm from joining an egg or block the sperm from entering the uterus.  Polyp removal can create a healthier environment for a fertilized egg to implant and can also reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Private Polyp Removal 

In Canada, individuals have limited options to undergo private polyp removal procedures but Health Vantis can assist in finding you a facility. You will receive personalized care and expedited treatment without the long wait times associated with the public healthcare system so your journey to conceive is not pushed out indefinitely.  Most of the facilities we work with can get you in within 2-4 weeks for surgery after your consultation. 

If you would like more information on how you can arrange for a private polyp removal surgery, contact Health Vantis at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Hysterectomy Canada: Age and BMI

The decision to perform a private hysterectomy is typically based on medical indications rather than specific age or BMI (Body Mass Index) requirements. However, age and BMI can play a huge role in the overall assessment of a person’s health and suitability for surgery.

Age

Age alone is not a strict determinant for a hysterectomy. The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is usually based on medical conditions such as gynecological disorders, cancers, or other health issues. In some cases, younger individuals may need a hysterectomy due to medical necessity, while older individuals may opt for the procedure for different reasons. The appropriateness of the surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis by the healthcare provider.

However, in general, if a private hysterectomy is elective and there are few supporting reasons to have it done, it will be very challenging to find a doctor who will do the surgery for ages below 35. Health Vantis is usually able to help those seeking a private hysterectomy ages 35 and over, with just a few exceptions where younger women had supporting reasons to have it done a bit earlier, age 30 and over.

BMI

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. While there isn’t a specific BMI cutoff for a hysterectomy, individuals with higher BMI may face additional challenges during surgery and recovery. High BMI can increase the risk of complications such as infection, wound healing issues, and respiratory problems. Healthcare providers may assess BMI as part of the overall evaluation to determine the potential risks and benefits of the surgery.

Health Vantis can arrange a private hysterectomy with BMI that is higher and indicates obesity. These hysterectomies will be done at a hospital in the US. They are priced higher because of the risks of complications that can only be mitigated at a hospital.

If you are considering a private hysterectomy and are unsure about the above indicators, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your GYN or family doctor. Health Vantis can assist in arranging a private consultation with a GYN in person. Travel is required for anyone inquiring unless you reside in Montreal, Quebec.

To discuss your particular situation give us a call toll free 877 344 3544 or email us info@healthvantis.com

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.