Private Robotic vs. Traditional Knee Replacements

When it comes to knee replacements, it takes a bit to sort out through all the information on the web about which one is the best for you. There are three main terms out there – traditional, custom implant, and robotic. Below you will see a brief description of each and possible pros and cons.

Robotic knee replacement

It is done with the assistance of a robot – Mako or Navio. A specially trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon uses a robotic arm to control the precision. This precision is achieved by first having a CT scan done to create a 3D model of the knee and then the robotic assistance allows a surgeon to more accurately place the implant.

Custom knee implant

Conformis and Zimmer are the two types of custom or personalized implants that are offered at the facilities we work with. Zimmer offers several different personalized implants to closely match your particular anatomical shape and size of your joint. Conformis designs each implant just for you using a CT scan, CAD mapping design, and custom fabrication technology. The Conformis implant is packaged in a box and is delivered prior to your surgery date.

Traditional knee replacement

Traditional knee replacement uses X-ray images and relies upon a surgeon’s visual evaluation of a knee. A surgeon makes a long vertical incision in the middle of the knee to be able to see the joint. Sometimes a minimally invasive technique is used, when the incision is shorter and is less invasive.

The best way to go about determining which one is right for you is to have a discussion with your orthopedic surgeon. In Canada, not all options are available in each province. It never hurts to check your options by getting a second opinion. If you are interested in learning more about robotic and custom knee replacement, contact us and we can set up a consultation with an experienced and highly qualified doctor. We can be reached at toll-free 877 344 3544 or by email info@healthvantis.com

How much does a private knee replacement cost?

When it comes to costs of the private knee or hip replacement surgery in the US, it can vary widely. For example, the price for a knee replacement can start at about USD $30,000 go up as high as USD$68,000. Why such a difference? US healthcare operates differently than Canadian. The cost for any surgery to a person is determined by their private health insurance and the prices the insurance company negotiated with suppliers of medical services.

In Canada, private knee replacements are done at very few facilities and their costs do not vary widely. There are just a couple of provinces that are able to offer private joint replacements in Canada. These surgeries are not available to those Canadians residing in the same province as a private medical facility, with one exception of Quebec. So, if you are an Ontario resident, a private knee replacement in Ontario is not an option for you.

Health Vantis works with medical facilities in the US and Canada that are safe and offer excellent outcomes for a private knee replacement. The prices for a private knee replacement start from about USD or CAD$28,000 and go up, depending on the location.

If you require more information about your options for private knee replacement, please reach out to us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or by email at info@healthvantis.com

Private Hip Replacement in Canada and the US: How It Works

Hip replacement surgery is often recommended to alleviate severe joint arthritis. In the past, this surgery required a stay in the hospital and months of recovery. With advancements in medicine, hip replacements are oftentimes day surgery. You would arrive at the surgical center in the am, and be discharged in the late afternoon.

It is unfortunate that medical wait times in Canada for joint replacement are months even years long. Depending on your pain level and how long you are able to wait, you may want to consider a private hip replacement. Paying out of pocket for medical care may be against our national pride in the Canadian “free” healthcare system. But as one of our clients put it “I could have gotten a new car or a new hip. My new hip is 100 times more precious to me than a new car. “

So how does a private hip replacement process work? We first have a conversation with you, and determine what your preferences are and where you are in your health journey. If you have a recent set of XRAYs and/or have seen an orthopedic surgeon here in Canada we can start right away.

We try to provide you with more than one option for your private hip replacement. Safe outcomes, affordability, and ease of travel are usually at the top of our clients’ concerns. We discuss these options in detail. Once you settle on a location, we collect your medical records and submit them for a specialist’s review. A consultation usually takes place shortly thereafter.

If you decide to proceed, we start working on all the details of your travels so that nothing is overlooked or missed. This step usually takes a few days to complete and at the end, you will have a detailed medical travel file that is sent to you with all the steps and information you need to follow. We are also available throughout your travel to find answers to your questions and make your travel for a private hip replacement a less stressful event.

There are private facilities in Canada and the US for private joint replacement and both are an option if you choose us to help you. For more information and detailed inquiries please reach out to us toll-free 877 344 3544 or by email at info@healthvantis.com

Is Private Knee Replacement Available in Nova Scotia?

Medical wait times for knee replacement in the Maritimes can be lengthy. The latest data on the provincial website is on November 30, 2021. It states that for orthopedic consults, 90% of the people were served within 477 days, and then from consult to surgery, 90% of people got served within 642 days. That adds up to be over 3 year wait time!

If you are able to consider the private knee replacement we can help. There are private hip replacement options in Canada and the US. Unfortunately, if you are from the Maritimes you will need to travel outside of your home province. Health Vantis can explain your options and walk you through the entire process, from your first phone call till you are back home, in recovery. There is no wait time. We usually can arrange a private knee replacement within 4-8 weeks, depending on your schedule.

Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated. Instead of doing everything on your own and worrying, let us help plan your medical travel. With us, you do not wait any longer and you get peace of mind that your journey goes smoothly, and no details are overlooked. We will take care of it all, so you can focus on your health.

Honesty and trust are our top values. If you do a simple google search, you will find other companies that offer similar services, but without transparency. Ask the important question of how they get paid and you will quickly find out that you may be overcharged for your private knee replacement. Our fees are straightforward and simple because our clients deserve the best. We act in their best interest, while others may choose to hide honest answers.

To find out what options are available to you in your private knee replacement in Nova Scotia, please email us info@healthvantis.com or give us a call toll-free 877 344 3544.

Is Private Knee Replacement Available in Calgary?

According to the provincial website, as of November 2021, 90% of people waiting for a knee replacement in Alberta were served within 93.2 weeks. This wait time is from the decision to treat to the date of the treatment. Assuming the decision to treat is made at an orthopedic consult, there is most likely additional wait time to see an orthopedic surgeon.

Knee pain due to arthritis can be debilitating. Waiting for your knee replacement while in pain is very frustrating. If you are in Alberta, there are private knee replacement options available in other provinces in Canada and the US. Health Vantis works with excellent private facilities in a different province or just across the border in the US. We will walk you through the entire process, from your first phone call till you are back home, in recovery. There is no wait time. We usually can arrange a private knee replacement within 4-8 weeks, depending on your schedule.

Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated. Instead of doing everything on your own and worry, let us help plan your medical travel. With us, you do not wait any longer and you get a peace of mind that your journey goes smooth, and no details are overlooked. We will take care of it all, so you can focus on your health.

Honesty and trust are our top values. If you do a simple google search, you will find other companies that offer similar services, but without transparency. Ask the important question of how they get paid and you will quickly find out that you may be overcharged for your private knee replacement. Our fees are straightforward and simple because our clients deserve the best. We act in their best interest, while others may choose to hide honest answers.

To find out what options are available to you in your private knee replacement in Calgary, please email us info@healthvantis.com or give us a call toll free 877 344 3544.

Is Private Hip Replacement Available in Nova Scotia?

Medical wait times for hip replacement in the Maritimes can be lengthy. As of November 30, 2021, the fastest way to get a hip replacement, according to the provincial website is in Sydney, NS. A couple of the orthopedic surgeons doing the procedure there have roughly 100 to 120 days wait time for a consult and about 120 to 190 days for surgery. So, a 6 month wait can be reasonable for some people, depending on their pain levels.

However, if you are in Halifax or Kentville, the wait times are a lot longer. Some surgeons have very long waits. It is no wonder that people search for private hip replacements options in Nova Scotia or close by. Waiting in pain and not being able to do things you love should not be a way to live your retirement.

There are private hip replacement options in Canada and the US. Unfortunately, if you are from the Maritimes you will need to travel outside of your home province. Health Vantis can explain your options and walk you through the entire process, from your first phone call till you are back home, in recovery. There is no wait time. We usually can arrange a private hip replacement within 4-8 weeks, depending on your schedule.

Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated. Sometimes we get asked why someone would hire us, instead of doing everything on their own. The answer is simple.  With us, you do not wait any longer and you get peace of mind that your journey goes smoothly, and no details are overlooked. We will take care of it all, so you can focus on your health.

Honesty and trust are our top values. If you do a simple google search, you will find other companies that offer similar services, but without transparency. Ask the important question of how they get paid and you will quickly find out that you may be overcharged for your private hip replacement. Our fees are straightforward and simple because our clients deserve the best. We act in their best interest, while others may choose to hide honest answers.

To find out what options are available to you in your private hip replacement in Nova Scotia, please email us info@healthvantis.com or give us a call toll free 877 344 3544

Can I Have Joint Replacement Surgery If I’ve Recently Had a Cortisone Injection?

Can I Have Joint Replacement Surgery If I’ve Recently Had a Cortisone Injection?

Hip and knee replacements usually occur due to severe osteoarthritis.  By the time you are deemed a candidate for this joint replacement surgery, you have probably exhausted all treatments, one of them being a steroid/cortisone injection.  These are often prescribed to decrease inflammation and alleviate pain.  Unfortunately, there is a draw back to using them if you are scheduled to have a joint replacement within 3 months of having the injection.

Steroid/cortisone injections suppress the body’s immune system.  Patients that have suppressed immune systems are always at a higher risk for severe infections that can be difficult to control and can result in additional surgery, prolonged antibiotic medication and even death.

One study showed that injections given within 3 months of a total hip replacement had a 40% higher rate of postoperative periprosthetic infection.  Studies done on those who had a steroid/cortisone injection 3 months or later did not show an increased risk of infections at all.  While there are no specific recommendations on how long to wait for you to proceed with your surgery, most doctors will wait for 3 months or longer.  

If you are in need of a hip or knee replacement and do not want to wait, contact us for private surgery options!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

info@healthvantis.com

877-344-3544

Private Knee Replacement in the US and Canada

In 2020, an estimated 1.2 million Canadians were waiting for a medical procedure. Specialists’ physicians reported a record wait time of 22.6 weeks across the country. The wait times vary widely depending on which province you live in. Some Canadians, unsatisfied with these long wait times, choose to pay out of pocket for surgery or treatment and travel to the US or other Canadian provinces to obtain private care.

If you are seeking private surgery or diagnostics, Health Vantis can help. Our approach is simple and transparent. We have done a lot of research so that you don’t have to waste your time and can focus on your health. We visited most of the facilities we work with. We looked into the medical facilities’ accreditations, infection rates, and re-admittance rates. We checked the doctors’ credentials and patient experience feedback.

When you call us, we will try to give you more than one geographical option, although sometimes it is not possible due to limited affordable private facilities in the US and Canada.

From your first phone call our process will look like this:

  1. We have a conversation with you about the issue you are enquiring to get more details, what has been done prior to your call,
    your expectations, and the general timeline. This will help us determine if we can help.
  2. If we are able to help and you would like to go forward, we will need to collect all your medical records. In order for us to be able to view your records, a Release and Consent form needs to be signed and a small admin fee paid. We will submit the records for a medical review at one or more medical facilities. Once we get feedback from them, including estimated pricing, a phone or video consultation is set up to talk to your doctor.
  3. After the consult, it is up to you if you would like to proceed with your private surgery or treatment. If your decision is to go ahead, we will make all the arrangements for you, including a date for surgery, pre-op consult, accommodations, airfare and transportation. We will provide you with your personalized medical travel guide that will include every piece of information needed. No detail is overlooked. Once your surgery is complete, we will check in on you until you are back home and fully recovered. If there is a need for physical therapy upon return home, we will make advanced arrangements for you.

It is important to mention that we do not hide our fees in the total price. Our fees are paid directly to us, and fees for surgery are paid directly to the facility. This transparent process is honest and trustworthy. Some medical concierge services provide you a total price, but you will never know what your surgery really costs and what they withhold as their fee.

Knee replacements have longer wait times than other surgeries in Canada. Even though doctors think you can wait, sometimes the price of waiting and living in pain is not worth it. Private knee replacement is an option for all Canadians.

If you are looking to find out more details about what your private options for surgery may be, please email us at info@healthvantis.com or give us a call at toll-free 877 344 3544.

Private Hip Replacement in the US and Canada

It is estimated that in 2020, the total number of procedures for which Canadians were waiting for exceeded 1.2 million. Specialists’ physicians reported a record wait time of 22.6 weeks across the country and these wait times vary widely depending on which province you reside in. Some Canadians choose the private way of obtaining healthcare, which means that they are paying for it twice – once through their taxes and a second time when they go for private surgery.

If you are seeking private diagnostics or surgery, Health Vantis can help. We offer a simple and transparent approach to finding out your private healthcare options. We have done a lot of research so that you don’t have to waste your time and can focus on your health. We visited most of the facilities we work with. We looked into medical facilities’ accreditations, infection rates, and re-admission rates. We checked the doctors’ credentials and patient experience feedback.

When you call us, we will try to give you more than one geographical option, although sometimes it is not possible due to limited affordable private facilities in the US and Canada.

From your first phone call our process will look like this:

  1. We have a conversation with you about the issue you are enquiring to get more details, what has been done prior to your call, your expectations, and the general timeline. This will help us determine if we can help.
  2. If we are able to help and you would like to go forward, we will need to collect all your medical records. In order for us to be able to view your records, a Release and Consent form needs to be signed and a small admin fee paid. We will submit the records for a medical review at one or more medical facilities. Once we get feedback from them, including estimated pricing, a phone or video consultation is set up to talk to your doctor.
  3. After the consult, it is up to you if you would like to proceed with your private surgery or treatment. If your decision is to go ahead, we will make all the arrangements for you, including the date for surgery, pre-op consult, accommodations, airfare and transportation. We will provide you with your personalized medical travel guide that will include every piece of information needed. No detail is overlooked. Once your surgery is complete, we will check in on you until you are back home and fully recovered. If there is a need for physical therapy upon return home, we will make advanced arrangements for you.

It is important to mention that we do not hide our fees in the total price. Our fees are paid directly to us, and fees for surgery are paid directly to the facility. This transparent process allows you to know who gets paid. Some medical concierge services provide you a total price, but you will never know what your surgery really costs and what they withheld as their fee.

Hip replacements have longer wait times than other surgeries in Canada. Even though doctors think you can wait, sometimes the price of waiting and living in pain is not worth it. Private hip replacement is an option for all Canadians.

If you are looking to find out more details about what your private options for surgery may be, please email us at info@healthvantis.com or give us a call at toll-free 877 344 3544.

6 Tips for Traveling After a Knee Replacement

6 Things You Should Not Do When Traveling After a Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery is considered a major surgery.  It can take weeks to heal to get your full mobility back.  The surgeon will prepare you for your rehab and how you need to care for your new knee but what about your trip home?  This is something surgeons might not always think about so here are 6 tips for you to consider prior to your travel home.

Avoid traveling too soon – Your doctor will tell you when its safe to drive or fly home after your surgery.  If you don’t feel like you are well enough to leave when you’ve been released, then trust your own body and stay an extra day.  It will be worth it in the end if you feel healthier during your travels.

Make your trip comfortable – Flying can present some issues after a surgery.  Any flight over 4 hours can increase your risk for a DVT.   The best way to avoid this is to be sure and get up and move as much as you can, which can be hard right after knee surgery.  You can also ask your doctor for TED hose, which will help with circulation.  Be sure to have your pain medication, bottled water and a blanket or pillow to make the journey as comfortable as possible.

Never take your trip alone – One requirement in traveling for surgery is to take a travel companion.  None of the facilities within the US and Canada will allow someone to have surgery if they do not have a trusted adult staying with them for the first 24 hours after surgery.  Taking an Uber back to your hotel by yourself is not acceptable and not in your best interest should you need immediate care while you are resting in your hotel.  It is also helpful to have someone else there to assist you as you are recuperating in the hotel and on your travels back to help with luggage and getting to and from the gate.

Pack essentials – Packing things ‘just in case’ is always smart.  These should be kept on your person or carry on bag for easy access.  Things like pain medications, blankets, pillows, comfy clothes, headphones and extra bandages are examples of items you might consider taking.

Ask for anti-nausea medication – Anesthesia can make people very nauseous post surgery.  Motion sickness is also very common.  If you have ever experienced either of these in the past, ask your doctor to write you a prescription for an anti-nausea medication and keep it with you in the event you have an episode.  Be sure to pack some crackers, ginger ale or other things that are light on your stomach.  Try not to skip meals as having some food in your stomach will help.  Taking some medications on an empty stomach can also cause nausea or upset stomach problems.

Take it easy – Be sure to take things slowly.  You will have days where you feel great but always follow your doctors recommendations on your limitations so you do not over do or undo what was just fixed.  Surgery creates a lot of swelling and this can take weeks to subside.  Pushing yourself too hard too early can sometimes reverse what was just done.  Give your body the time it needs to heal.

If you are considering a private surgery, give Health Vantis a call.  We have experience in making your journey a safe and successful one.

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com