Bi-lateral Hip Replacement Simultaneously vs Staged

Bi-lateral Hip Replacements: Simultaneous vs Staged

Hip Replacements occur most commonly due to degenerative problems from osteoarthritis.  Some individuals have this in both hips and require both of them to be replaced.  There is always the question as to whether or not they can be done at the same time, a simultaneous bi-lateral hip replacement, or if they need to be done at different times, a staged bi-lateral hip replacement.

In a properly selected patient, there are benefits to having a simultaneous bi-lateral hip replacement.  Those benefits would include: one hospital stay, only being put under anesthesia one time, and the ability to rehabilitate both hips at the same time.  There are, however, disadvantages.  Those could include a longer hospital stay as opposed to an out-patient procedure and a more intense period of rehabilitation.  Most often, you can go home on the same day after your surgery, however, some patients might have to be admitted directly to a rehabilitation facility or stay a day or two in the hospital.

In a staged bi-lateral hip replacement, the advantages are: a lower stress level for the cardiovascular system and lower risk of blood transfusion.  The disadvantages of a staged bi-lateral hip replacement include: being put under anesthesia two times and additional time required before you can return back to work or normal day to day activities.  The average time in between the surgeries is typically 3 months.  That means, it could be 6 months before you return back to work.

Ultimately, the success rate for a bi-lateral hip replacement done simultaneously vs staged has the same outcome as long as there are no post-operative complications.  It all comes down to the surgeon’s opinion on whether or not you are a good candidate as well as the surgeons experience and efficiency in doing them.  

Only a skilled surgeon should do a bi-lateral hip replacement.  If they take 3.5-4 hours to do a uni-lateral hip replacement, then they are not the right surgeon because the longer you are under anesthesia, the more complications, such as blood clots, can occur.  The surgeon needs to have a track record of completing a uni-lateral hip replacement in approximately 1-1.5 hours, or it might not be in your best interest.  Additional things they consider when selecting the proper candidate are the patients age, BMI, previous and current medical history, and activity level prior to surgery.  Being younger and healthy are the criteria for the best candidates.  

 

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Private Joint Replacement

 

Joint replacement surgery is usually recommended to alleviate severe arthritis. Joint arthritis affects about 6 million Canadians. It is more common to have arthritis at an older age.

Hip or knee replacement surgery has one of the longest medical wait times in the public Canadian health care system. It can take over 2 years! What if you do not want to wait? Can you get a private joint replacement?

Absolutely! Health Vantis has helped many Canadians get private surgery in a timely manner. We make your medical travel less stressful by managing all the logistics with white glove medical concierge service.

So what do you need to start? A set of recent X-rays is usually enough information for a private orthopedic surgeon to evaluate. If you have already seen an orthopedic surgeon, their medical notes are also required.

Some very important things to keep in mind when it comes to traveling to get a hip or knee replacement outside of your province.

You need a travel companion to accompany you. You will be released the same day after surgery and require a responsible adult to pick you up, take you to your hotel room, and keep an eye on you for the next few days.

Plan to stay put for 7 days. Your schedule will include a pre-op physical exam and necessary tests at the facility, surgery day, and recovery.

Your physiotherapy starts the same day as your surgery. It is very important to start as soon as possible and follow the program at home. We can help set up your physiotherapy appointments at home.

Your orthopedic surgeon will continue to follow up with you at 6 weeks post surgery and even further if need be.

Keep in mind that if you had cortisone injections, it is advised to wait 3 months before having any surgery to reduce the risk of infection.

So instead of two years of waiting in pain, we can help you get to a healthy you in about 4-6 weeks. Give us a call toll-free 877 344 3544 or email us at info@healthvanits.com to get started.

Continued Care After Joint Replacement Surgery

Continued Care After Joint Replacement Surgery

Having a surgery to correct an ailment such as a hip replacement or knee replacement seems like a simple process.  While the surgery is most of the time an easy and uncomplicated procedure for a surgeon, the recovery is where the hard work begins.  You cannot have a successful joint replacement surgery without doing the work afterwards.  The surgeons job ends for the most part after the surgery.  Your job begins immediately after that if you want the work done to be worth it.

After a joint replacement surgery, physiotherapy begins within 1-2 hours after you come out of recovery.  It is not an easy process by any means, but it is necessary.  Everyone recovers differently, however, most people will be 80% better within 6-8 weeks.  It can take up to 6 months for you to feel 100% back to normal though.  This is not always the case for everyone.  It depends on your level of activity and what types of things you resume after the surgery.

As an example, we recently had a previous client that had a hip replacement contact the surgeons office 10 months after her surgery.  She was a very active lady who made outdoor fitness a big part of her life.  Her goal was to be able to hike at the level she was prior to the surgery.  In her case, it took more work on her part doing a different kind of physiotherapy to get things aligned properly again.   Even though she was diligent in her exercises, 10 months out she still needed some tweaking. The surgeons physiotherapist was able to make this happen for her.

Ultimately, you are in control of your own health.  Surgeons can only do so much up to a certain point.  You bear the weight of responsibility in how successful your recovery goes.  Following your surgeons orders and doing the work is a must.  The benefits are a quicker recovery, decrease in swelling, blood flow and muscles moving to prevent scar tissue formation, and prevention of blood clots.  All of this translates into a successful surgery to get you pain free and back to a normal life.

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Continued Care From the Facilities We Work With

Continued Care From the Facilities We Work With

Back in November of 2020, a client of ours, Teresa Hannah, had a hip replacement surgery in the US.  We have spotlighted her in our newsletter due to the wonderful experience she had. 

If you recall, she stated, ‘I could have purchased a new car or a new hip’.  To this day, she still stands by this statement.  Just this week we heard from her again.  Back in September of 2021, she began experiencing some challenges with her new hip.  She reached back out to the facility we referred her to and they immediately addressed her concerns.

An x-ray was done and reviewed by the surgeon that did her surgery.  After confirming everything structurally was in good order, he re-connected her with the physiotherapist that worked with her right after the surgery.  She provided her with some new exercises via zoom including some follow zoom calls at no charge.  Her message to us was thanking the surgeons office, his staff and Health Vantis.  The new exercises made a huge difference.  She was able to enjoy a fabulous week in Acadia National Park in Maine with her husband hiking miles of trails.  This is something they love to do together and her biggest goal to achieve after the initial surgery.

The facilities we work with care about their patients and are always willing to assist if anything ever arises.  Even though Teresa’s issues developed 10 months post surgery, they were still right there to assist her.  The dedication and commitment to care is stellar because the main goal is the same for everyone, that they get their life back to normal.  Health Vantis focuses on providing a great experience with attention to being responsive to our client’s needs.  Our facilities have the exact same purpose. 

If you are considering private surgery, contact Health Vantis to assist in finding the right facility that will ensure you and your care are their main priority.

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877-344-3544

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 $28,000 USD & $28,000 CAD and can 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