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

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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.

Private GYN Surgery During COVID-19

The pandemic put many Canadians on a longer surgical waitlist. Among those are women waiting for an elective GYN surgery such as hysterectomy. The procedure can be approved for many reasons among them are endometriosis, uterine fibroids and uterine prolapse.

Unfortunately, there are no private options for GYN surgery in Canada. Health Vantis can assist with finding a private GYN surgery option in the US. During the pandemic, of course, travel should be reduced to absolute necessity. The US considers travel for medical reasons essential. Your decision to go or wait will depend on your level of discomfort and ability to take additional risks of travelling during COVID 19.

Surgical facilities in the US are taking many precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Patients, medical personnel and staff and visitors (if allowed) go through screening. In most cases, surgical candidates require a negative COVID test 24-72h prior to surgery. They are asked to self-isolate after the test.

To minimize the number of people at the facility and avoid full waiting rooms, appointments are spaced out. If visitors are allowed, usually only one family member or caretaker, must wear masks and be screened prior to entry. Waiting rooms, exam rooms and all the equipment are cleaned after each patient.

All medical personnel and staff get screened for COVID symptoms every day and are not allowed to work if they have any symptoms. They all wear PPE.

If you are considering travelling for your private GYN surgery, we can help. Contact us toll-free 877 344 3544 for more details and information.

Private Endometriosis Surgery

Endometriosis happens when tissue that grows on the inside of the uterus grows on the outside of it as well. The misplaced tissue often attaches itself to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel or bladder. It can spread to other organs as well. Just like the lining of the uterus that bleeds every month during menstruation so does the tissue that grows outside the uterus. But because the bleeding happens in areas where there is no easy way of out of the body it causes inflammation and swelling. Women with severe endometriosis may have heavy and painful menstrual cycles and sometimes may also have problems getting pregnant.

Endometriosis can not be cured, but there are options to make you feel better. The non surgical options include pain management, hormone birth control, hormone treatment and other medications.

Surgical options, such as laparoscopy, can be recommended for mild to moderate endometriosis. It is done using a laparoscope, a small lighted viewing instrument to look for signs of endometriosis. The endometriosis implants and scar tissue are removed by cutting (excision) or can be destroyed with a laser beam or electric current. Hysterectomy treats more severe endometriosis.

The wait times for laparoscopy vary depending on the province you live in.  If you were told that the wait is long, and you are unwilling to wait, we can help arrange a private endometriosis surgery. Give us a call to find out the details toll-free 877 344 3544

Private Robotic Hysterectomy

In our last blog, we wrote about private laparoscopic hysterectomy.  Robot-assisted surgery is now coming into wider use for treating conditions like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, uterine bleeding, adenomyosis and others. A robotic hysterectomy is a variation of GYN laparoscopic surgery using special remotely controlled tools. It provides surgeons with special wrist instruments that bend and rotate at far greater precision than the human wrist. This, along with three-dimensional magnified vision, give doctors the ability to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

Robot-assisted surgery allows for excellent visualization of the blood vessels, ureters and surrounding tissue.   It provides an improved ability to suture the vagina after removal of the uterus and cervix. Operating through small incisions leave minimal scarring which leads to a faster recovery. Other advantages of robotic hysterectomy over a traditional open surgery are lower infection rates, much faster recovery time, less pain and fewer post-op complications.

All surgeons performing this procedure have to be properly trained.  Health Vantis works with facilities that offer this GYN robotic surgery in a safe, affordable and private manner.  In Canada, only a few places offer it and the wait times for robotic hysterectomy are significant. If you are interested in having this procedure done, contact us to find out more details.  Approximate cost for private robotic hysterectomy can also be given.  We can usually accommodate our clients within 2 weeks, provided they have their medical records and are deemed to be a good candidate for this surgery. If you are considering your hysterectomy options, give us a call toll-free 1 877 344 3544 and get your one-hour complimentary evaluation.

Private Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and sometimes ovaries. It is one of the most common surgical procedures in Canada.  It’s considered a major surgery.  For many women suffering from painful fibroids, heavy bleeding, or other gynecological problems, it’s a life-changing procedure. Just a few years back there was only one option to surgery- a traditional approach, open surgery with six weeks recovery time.  The advances in technology now allow for less invasive ways, such as laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomies. Today we will highlight laparoscopic hysterectomy.

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery to remove the uterus with less pain and faster recovery time.  A small incision is made in the belly button and a tiny camera is inserted. The surgeon watches the image from this camera on a TV screen and performs the operative procedure. Two or three other tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen. Specialized instruments are inserted and used to remove the uterus.

The recovery time is much shorter with this procedure – about 2 weeks. Studies also show that this is a safe procedure, with little complication rates and fewer infection rates that a traditional hysterectomy as it requires less cutting and less time spent in the hospital. It is an outpatient procedure and requires no stay at the hospital.

A surgeon has to have the proper training to perform this procedure. The waitlists for laparoscopic hysterectomy average from 5-6 months to over a year, depending on which province you reside in. If you are interested in getting this done sooner in a safe, affordable and private manner we can help. We can set you up for a private laparoscopy hysterectomy surgery in 2 weeks, provided you have your medical records and are a fit for this type of surgery. Contact us for more details , a free one-hour evaluation and approximate cost for laparoscopic hysterectomy, toll-free 1 877 344 3544

Read our blog next Wednesday – we will present information about private robotic hysterectomy!

Private Hysterectomy: Laparoscopic and Robotic Options

Private Hysterectomy: Laparoscopic and Robotic Options

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a uterus. There can be many reasons for a woman to undergo a hysterectomy. Some of those are severe pains and heavy bleeding from uterine fibroids, endometriosis or adenomyosis, uterine prolapse, cancer and others. The surgery can be done through the vagina or abdomen. In Canada, the wait times for non-urgent hysterectomy can be long. While waiting you may not have the quality of life you desire. Private hysterectomy can address the issue and give you an ability to stop pains and bleeding much sooner than the current system allows.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

It is also called keyhole hysterectomy as the incisions in the abdomen are very small, about keyhole size. The outcomes favour laparoscopic hysterectomy over abdominal hysterectomy because the return to normal activities is much quicker, by over 15 days.  The stay in the hospital is much shorter (usually one day) and the possibility of an infection is much lower.

Robotic Hysterectomy

During a robotic-assisted hysterectomy, the surgeon uses a computer to control the surgical instruments. Only 5 quarter-inch small incisions are made in your abdomen. Through these incisions, the doctor will insert the robot’s camera and slender surgical instruments. The superior visualization and precision robotic guidance allow for better overall outcomes for the procedure.

Health Vantis works with surgical facilities that offer both of these types of surgeries.  We are able to arrange your private hysterectomy within 7 days. Don’t wait in pain or with the inconvenience of continuous bleeding.  Contact us for more information and cost for a private hysterectomy at 877-344-3544!