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.

Orthopedic Medical Wait Times in Canada: A Growing Concern

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

Understanding Orthopedic Medical Wait Times

Orthopedic medical wait times refer to the length of time patients have to wait for orthopedic procedures, such as joint replacements. 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 a specialist and the wait time from seeing a 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 orthopedic care.

2023 Report

According to the Fraser Institute’s 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 specialist in orthopedics in 2023 was 15.4 weeks. In 2022 it was 16 weeks. The median wait time between an appointment with a specialist and treatment in orthopedics in 2023 was 28.9 weeks. In 2022 it was 32.4 weeks. Total wait time in 2022 was 48.4 weeks, and in 2023 it was shorter at 44.3 weeks, an improvement of almost 4 weeks. Most of the time improvements came from the specialist to surgery wait time segment.

It also is worth noting that the Pan-American Benchmark wait time for a hip or knee replacement is 26 weeks, thus the national wait of 44.3 weeks is still way outside this standard.

Regional Differences

It must be noted that orthopedic wait times vary widely depending on the province you live in. Generally speaking, the Maritimes have the longest wait times, and Ontario has the shortest. Looking at 2023 data the report states that the median total expected waiting time from referral by GP to treatment in Orthopedics was the highest in Saskatchewan at 84.1 weeks, followed by New Brunswick at 75.1 weeks and the lowest in Ontario at 29 weeks followed by 39.8 by Quebec. The difference between the national 44.3 weeks to the highest is almost twice!

Should You Consider Private Orthopedic Surgery?

It is clear that some improvements are being made and the total wait time for orthopedic surgeries went down by 4 weeks. However, it is still far from the benchmark of 26 weeks. Many provincial governments are struggling to find 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.

What can be done? There are private options for orthopedic surgery. 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 orthopedic surgery we are here to help and guide you through private joint replacement options in Canada and the US, the paperwork, pre-op testing, travel and post-op recovery. You can reach us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free at 877 344 3544 to see if a private joint replacement is for you.

Direct Flights to IND & NYC for Private Surgery from Canada

Direct Flights to IND & NYC for Private Surgery from Canada

Health Vantis now has locations in Indianapolis (IND) and New York City (NYC) for private surgery purposes. If you are a resident of Canada interested in receiving private surgery in either of these cities, we have compiled important details to help simplify your travel plans.

Indianapolis (IND)

Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana.  It is home to several renowned hospitals and medical centers that offer private surgery options. Here are some key details regarding direct flights from Canada to IND:

Airports

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

Located approximately 11 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis.

Serves as a major transportation hub, connecting various national and international destinations.

Airlines

Several major airlines operate direct flights from Canada to Indianapolis:

Air Canada

Delta Air Lines

United Airlines

Flight Duration

Direct flights from Canada to Indianapolis typically range from 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on the departure city and airline.

New York City (NYC)

New York City is known worldwide for its exceptional healthcare institutions and diverse private surgery options. Here’s some key information about direct flights to NYC from Canada:

Airports

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Located in Queens, JFK is one of the busiest international airports in the United States.

Provides convenient access to the city and its medical facilities.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Situated in Newark, New Jersey, this airport is another popular option for travelers to NYC.

Offers easy transportation links to New York City.

Airlines

Multiple airlines operate direct flights from Canada to New York City, including:

Air Canada

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

WestJet

Flight Duration

Direct flights from Canada to New York City typically take around 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the departure city and airline.

Should you be looking to book a private surgery, contact Health Vantis for more details at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Surgery During the Holidays

Private Surgery During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many Canadians. However, it can also be a difficult time for those who are in need of medical attention, especially for elective surgeries. With many hospitals reducing their services during this time, patients may face longer wait times and delays in getting the care they need.

One solution to this problem is private surgery. Private surgery clinics offer a range of services and procedures, including elective surgeries that may not be available through the public healthcare system. They typically have shorter wait times and offer more flexibility in scheduling appointments, making them an attractive option for patients who need medical attention, especially when many have vacation time during the holidays.

Private surgery does come at a cost. Patients should be prepared to pay for their procedures out of pocket, as it is not covered by the public healthcare system. However, there are financing options to make the cost more manageable.

Private surgery can be a viable option for Canadians who need medical attention during the holiday season. With shorter wait times, personalized care, and highly qualified medical personnel, private clinics offer an attractive alternative to the public healthcare system. Contact Health Vantis today if you’d like to schedule your private surgery over the holidays at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

 

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Private Neurosurgery for Spine in Canada

In recent years, the demand for private neurosurgery for spine in Canada has been on the rise. As the population ages and the prevalence of spine-related conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs increases, the need for timely and effective neurosurgical interventions has become more pronounced. This has led to a growing interest in the availability and accessibility of private neurosurgery options for individuals seeking specialized care for spinal conditions.

The Canadian healthcare system is based on the principles of universality, accessibility, comprehensiveness, and portability, as outlined in the Canada Health Act. Under this system, all Canadian citizens and permanent residents have access to medically necessary hospital and physician services without direct charges at the point of care. However, the reality of accessing neurosurgical care within the public system can be characterized by long wait times for consultations, diagnostic imaging, and surgical interventions. This can lead to significant delays in treatment and prolonged suffering for individuals with debilitating spine-related conditions.

In response to the limitations of the public neurosurgical system, private neurosurgery clinics have emerged to offer expedited access to specialized spine care. These clinics are often founded and operated by neurosurgeons who have chosen to practice outside of the public healthcare system, providing services on a fee-for-service basis or through private insurance arrangements. Private neurosurgery clinics may offer a range of interventions, including consultations, diagnostic imaging, minimally invasive surgeries, and post-operative rehabilitation, with a focus on personalized care and efficient delivery of services.

The availability of private neurosurgery for spine in Canada presents several potential benefits for patients. First and foremost, private clinics offer shorter wait times for consultations and surgical procedures, allowing individuals to receive timely care and potentially avoid further deterioration of their spinal conditions. Additionally, private neurosurgery clinics may provide access to advanced surgical techniques and technologies that are not readily available within the public system, potentially leading to improved surgical outcomes and faster recovery times. Furthermore, the personalized nature of care in private clinics may contribute to a more patient-centered experience, with greater emphasis on individualized treatment plans and comprehensive post-operative support.

If you were put on a long wait list to see a neurosurgeon for your spine issue contact Health Vantis to find out how we can help you get an MRI review and a phone consultation with a neurosurgeon in Canada or the USA. You can reach us toll-free 877 344 3544 or email us at info@healthvantis.com

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 Intracept Spine Procedure

Many Canadians suffer from lower back pain. A lot of money is spent on chiropractors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists trying to alleviate the pain. When all conservative methods fail, a minimally invasive procedure can be considered. It is called Intracept or basivertebral nerve ablation. It is not yet offered in Canada.

With the Intracept procedure, the physician makes a 3mm to 5mm incision in the lower back. A radiofrequency probe is then inserted to access the center of the vertebrae at the trunk of the basivertebral nerve. Then heat is applied through the probe desensitizing the nerve making it unable to transmit a pain signal.

The procedure is very minimally invasive and does not change the structure of the spine, thus the recovery time is faster and the risk of complication is low. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. You will need a responsible travel companion to come pick you up and take you back to your hotel room for recovery.

To be a good candidate for this procedure very specific requirements have to be met. Modic changes in the spine have to be present. Modic changes are bone marrow lesions seen within a vertebral body on MRI. These changes are suggestive of being associated with low back pain.

Health Vantis can arrange a consultation with a neurosurgeon to review your MRI and see if you may be a good candidate for this procedure. To find out more reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544

Private MRI in Canada

Diagnostic test such as an MRI is done to help the doctor see what may be happening in your body. It helps diagnose or investigate conditions that affect soft tissue, such as muscles, ligaments, and others. It can be used to diagnose spinal cord disorders, brain tumors, stroke, muscle or ligament tears, and many other medical conditions.

Even though the suspected reasons for an MRI referral can be many, including some that are scarier than others, the wait times can be long. Canadians can wait months if not years for a non-urgent MRI. Needless to say, it can be unsettling and frustrating to many people who have not even been told when their turn for an MRI is. They are just waiting in hopes that it will be soon.

Luckily, there are a few private facilities in Canada that offer a private MRI. All they need is a referral from your doctor and they will be able to fit you in much sooner than the public system. In some provinces it can happen as early as the next day and in some within a couple of weeks.

How would you go about finding these facilities? We made a comprehensive list right here. The list includes the facility name, location, contact info, cost range, and other details. It can be purchased here for a very low price of $19.99 plus tax. Instead of spending your precious time googling and calling, our file gives you all the important info you will need to call the facility and schedule your private MRI.