Private Conformis Patient-Specific Knee Implant

All human bodies are unique in their ways. Our knee joint is not an exception. Even though human
knees consist of the same parts, the size, shape, and curvature of each knee differs. In a regular knee
replacement, there are just a few sizes available to fit your anatomy. However, these sizes may not fit
your specific build perfectly.

Mass-produced, symmetric implants can be mismatched with your original asymmetric native joint.
There can be overhang and underhang in alignment of your bones and the implant. Those dig into your
flesh and result in pain. Mismatches between tibial implants and femurs force compromises in implant
performance. Mismatches and compromises drive post-operative pain, making the recovery longer and
not pleasant.

Conformis is the only company that offers a fully personalized design of implants for a more precise fit. It is
made just for you, based on your existing knee joint and anatomy. It requires some additional steps and
time. You will need to get a specialized CT scan done at a facility that is familiar with Conformis protocol.
After the CT scan, it takes about 8 weeks to make your new knee joint – designed specifically for you.

The additional costs for Conformis knee are reasonable. They will cover the CT scan and are about
USD$500. The price of a Conformis knee starts at USD$28,000. The surgery is performed by an experienced
surgeon fully trained in this procedure who performed a high number of Confromis surgeries in the past.

Studies show that traditional knee replacements can leave up 30% of the patients who received them
unhappy with pain relief and function, partly due to poor implant fit, alignment and bone coverage.
Patients with Conformis knee replacement report higher satisfaction with the results of the surgery.
They are also reported to be more likely to recommend a knee replacement to their friends.

If you are curious about Conformis total knee replacement Health Vantis works with an excellent
surgeon who offers bundled pricing to Canadians. Reach out to us by phone toll free 877 344 3544 or
email info@healthvantis.com to learn more.

Private Jiffy Knee Replacement – Is It Available in Canada?

Jiffy Knee is a new technique for a total knee replacement. It preserves the body’s natural structures and avoids cutting the quadricep tendon. This approach allows for less pain, lower risk of complications, and quicker return to your daily activities.

Traditional knee replacements usually involve a lengthy recovery period and months of physiotherapy before regaining full mobility. In contrast, the Jiffy Knee technique can have patients walking without assistance in as little as two days post-surgery, a testament to its effectiveness and efficiency. The recovery process is much more doable and less painful.

Is it offered in Canada? Well, not yet. Only 14 orthopedic surgeons offer it in the USA, where the method was created by Dr. Manish Patel. Despite its clear advantages, the Jiffy Knee technique is not yet a universal standard in knee replacement surgery. The reasons vary, from the specialized training required to master the technique to the slow pace at which new medical practices are adopted across the orthopedic community.

However, Health Vantis is lucky enough to work with one of these surgeons. This surgical office also offers Canadians bundled pricing. This means you will get one price for everything involved in your surgery – professional, facility, and anesthesia fees are included. Also included are the first couple of physiotherapy sessions. It will start the same day post-op and can be scheduled at your hotel room if need be.

If you are interested in finding out more, please give us a call toll-free 877 344 3544 or email us info@healthvnatis.com

Private Knee Replacement Jiffy Knee – What Are the Benefits?

In our last blog, we introduced a new technique in total knee replacement – Jiffy Knee. In a couple of words here is what Jiffy Knee does. It allows to spare, not cut, your quadricep tendon. It accesses the knee on the side, by using a special instrument to lift and slide the muscles aside. In sparing the quadricep tendon there are several benefits.

  • there is less pain
  • less swelling
  • less use of narcotics for pain management
  • on average, it is 7 days faster off ambulatory aids
  • quicker driving
  • quicker return to work and recreational activities
  • quicker gains to range of motion
  • less patellar tracking problems
  • overall a much more pleasant outcome and post-op course
  • no additional costs or upcharges for a total knee replacement to use this method

It is still a total knee replacement.  This technique is not more expensive, yet makes the recovery process less painful and more doable for patients. Early mobilization is the norm for this procedure. Patients are more active, early on. In rehab, that means better outcomes and less need for pain drugs that can be addictive. Early mobilization also decreases the risk of DVT.

Health Vantis works with an orthopedic surgeon who is trained in Jiffy Knee method and also offers bundled pricing for Canadian patients (one price for all medical components of surgery – professional, facility and anesthesia).  If you are interested in finding out more, please give us a call toll-free 877 344 3544 or email us info@healthvnatis.com

Jiffy Knee – Private Total Knee Replacement in the USA

In the field of total joint replacements, doctors are always searching for new, innovative techniques to minimize pain and speed up patients’ recovery. This month we will be introducing Jiffy Knee, a new technique to perform a total knee replacement. Our first blog is an introduction and explanation of what it is.

Jiffy Knee method was developed by Dr. Manish Patel. Dr. Patel is a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon (American Board of Orthopedic Surgery) with extra training, Fellowship, in Sports Medicine. This specialization in Sports Medicine combined with his experience allowed him to create a new technique, called Jiffy Knee. At the center of his method is soft tissue preservation during knee replacement.

Under the traditional knee replacement, surgeons cut the quadricep tendon and then stitch it back after the surgery. The quadricep tendon is a key component for walking and climbing. It is on the top of your knee. You can feel it moving if you place your hand on top of your knee and bend your knee.  No wonder the recovery after a total knee replacement can take a while and require a lot of physiotherapy. If you have a scar on the front of your knee after your total knee replacement, that is a traditional approach.

Jiffy Knee technique avoids this cutting. Trained in Jiffy Knee method surgeons use specialized instruments and technique to gently lift and slide the muscle aside. This way, only the skin and the capsule are cut. The entire approach is not from the front but from the medial (inside of the knee) side of the knee. You can also put your hand on the medial side of the knee and feel and bend it. Do you notice the difference in movement between the front and side?

Needless to say, there is less pain and the recovery time is shorter with this technique. Please check our blog next Wednesday for more benefits of Jiffy Knee. Health Vantis works with an orthopedic surgeon who is trained Jiffy Knee method and also offers bundled pricing for Canadian patients. Bundled pricing means one price for all medical components of surgery – professional, facility, and anesthesia.  If you are interested in finding out more about Jiffy Knee, please give us a call tool free 877 344 3544 or email us info@healthvnatis.com

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.

How Much Does Private Joint Replacement Cost in Canada?

How Much Does Private Joint Replacement Cost in Canada?

Joint replacement surgeries are common procedures sought by individuals in Canada to alleviate chronic joint pain and improve mobility. While the public healthcare system in Canada covers joint replacement surgeries, some individuals may choose private healthcare options for various reasons, such as shorter wait times and ability to get back to work sooner.

Understanding Private Healthcare Options

In Canada, private healthcare options are available for those who prefer expedited access to healthcare services. Private clinics and hospitals offer a range of benefits, including quicker consultations, reduced wait times for surgeries, and personalized care tailored to the individual’s needs.

Factors Affecting the Cost

Several factors contribute to the overall cost of a private joint replacement surgery in Canada:

1. Type of Joint Replacement – The type of joint being replaced (hip, knee, shoulder, etc.) is a major factor that influences the cost. Each procedure requires specific surgical techniques, medical devices, and materials, which can vary in price.

2. Hospital or Clinic Charges

Private clinics and hospitals have their own fee structures, which can vary significantly. Charges typically include operating room fees, overnight stays, medical supplies, and nursing care.

3. Surgeon’s Fees – Surgeon fees can vary depending on their experience, qualifications, and geographical location.

4. Anesthesia and Medications – The cost of anesthesia administration, medication, and pain management before, during, and after the surgery is an essential aspect of the overall cost. The specific requirements for anesthesia and medications can vary based on individual needs.

5. Pre and Post-operative Care – Diagnostic tests, consultations, physiotherapy sessions, post-operative medications, and follow-up appointments are key components of the overall cost. The number of post-operative treatments, such as physiotherapy, may vary.

Estimated Costs

Health Vantis works with facilities that offer bundled pricing for pay out of pocket patients.  This means that the cost is all inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, hospital/facility fee and anesthesia fee.  It does not cover medications required, which are normally nominal, or post-op physiotherapy after you return home.  Physiotherapy is normally covered if you have a private policy.

Hip and knee replacement can range from $23,500 to $28,000.  The cost in Canada is comparable to the cost in the US.  The only difference is the exchange rate from CAD to USD, which can add up if it is done in the US.  The US locations, however, do a minimally invasive technique so you can go back to your hotel the same day.  Most of the Canadian facilities keep you for a couple of days in-patient.

It’s important to note that if you are a Canadian resident, your provincial healthcare coverage will typically cover joint replacement surgeries performed in public hospitals. However, private healthcare costs are not typically covered by provincial healthcare plans.

Private joint replacement surgeries offer individuals the choice of personalized care and shorter wait times. To find out more information about what it might cost you for a private hip replacement or private knee replacement, please contact Health Vantis at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Hip Replacement Surgery in NYC

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 hip replacement 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.

A total hip replacement in NYC costs $18,700 USD.  Pricing is all-inclusive with surgeon fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and Health Vantis’ fee for managing your case.

A recent x-ray of your hip needs to be done within the past 6 months.  For more information about how Health Vantis can assist you in booking your private hip replacement surgery at this location or elsewhere, please reach out to us at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Knee Replacement in NYC

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 knee replacement 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 private knee replacement details 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.

A total knee replacement in NYC costs $18,700 USD.  Pricing is all-inclusive with surgeon fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and Health Vantis’ fee for managing your case.

A recent x-ray of your knee needs to be done within the past 6 months.  For more information about how Health Vantis can assist you in booking your private hip replacement surgery at this location or elsewhere, please reach out to us at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Myths About Private Joint Replacements

Being Too Old or Too Young

Osteoarthritis can start at an early age, and being in increasing pain is rarely the answer to treating it. Lifestyle changes to accommodate chronic pain will lead to less activity and other health issues possibly arising. If you have difficulty walking or enjoying other normal daily activities, it is time to see a doctor and get an X-ray done. Newer materials make implants more dependable and long-lasting, thus providing younger people with a longer time to go without any revisions down the road. Many people who undergo a joint replacement return to their enjoyable life within 1-3 months, depending on the person and their health prior to surgery.

My Pain is Mild I Can Wait to See a Doctor

Some people are hesitant to see a doctor if their pain is mild. However, mild can be a relative term. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease and there is no cure. It will progress and you will experience more pain. Seeing your doctor when the pain is mild can start the process. Your family physician can order an X-ray, prescribe non-surgical treatment to relieve the pain, and refer you to see an orthopedic surgeon. This process takes time. Anecdotal evidence from some of our clients is such that at some point the pain becomes much worse and it happens pretty fast. Having a conversation with your family doctor about your options early is always a good idea.

I Have to Stay in the Hospital for Joint Replacement Surgery

In the past joint replacement were done in a hospital setting. A number of days were spent in the hospital recovering. While hospital setting may seem safer to some, the truth is that staying in the hospital is not necessary and it is much safer to go to an outpatient facility.

Most people qualify for a safe day surgery when they are looking for a private hip or knee replacement. Day surgical centers are common now. Patients check in very early, have their surgery first thing in the morning, and go to a hotel or home to recover in the afternoon. Usually, physiotherapy starts the same day, after the patient wakes up from anesthesia and goes to a recovery room. There are fewer chances of an infection, as day surgical centers tend to have very low infection rates compared to hospitals.

If you are curious about private surgery and would like to discuss your options at home or in the US we are here to help. Contact Health Vantis toll-free 877 344 3544 or by email info@healthvantis.com

Private Knee Replacement Surgery Cost

Private knee replacement in Canada and the USA

With the medical wait times becoming longer and longer, some Canadians choose to seek private surgery. The wait in Canada can be up to 2 years, however, if you are able to go private, we can usually assist you to get your private knee replacement surgery in 3-8 weeks, depending on your particular situation. Usually, if you had a recent X-ray (within the last 6 months) and have your medical records such as radiology report and imaging, it takes less time. If we have to obtain your records, it takes longer, as provinces have up to 30 days to provide us with your medical records after a consent form has been signed and sent in.

How much does it cost?

In general, a knee replacement is about $28,000, in Canadian or US dollars. Of course, because the Canadian dollar is not doing so well right now, the US option becomes more expensive. However, when choosing where to go, you should consider not only the cost but the expertise and reputation of a particular private clinic and surgeon.

Other factors to consider

When it comes to expertise, we usually provide people with a number of surgeries a particular surgeon does a year. Expertise comes with experience, and the more of it is done, the better expert a doctor is, in general terms. Another factor we always point out to our clients is the level of client care and therefore satisfaction that a surgeon and his staff provide. Some of the facilities we work with in the US go way above and beyond – they are available to answer all your questions pretty much at any time, are willing to make a hotel visit if needed after the surgery, and provide help and guidance later during the recovery process.

Private options and medical concierge service

Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated. Health Vantis provides full medical concierge service and case management from the first phone call until the return home for recovery. Our clients select where they go and we take care of all the details and logistics. If you are looking for a private knee replacement and are curious about our service, please give us a call toll-free 877 344 2544 or email us at info@healthvantis.com