Risks of Waiting for Your Knee Replacement

Risks of Waiting for Your Knee Replacement

Wait times have went up drastically over the years for knee replacements.  This has left thousands of Canadians at sea on their own as they wait to get a surgery date. This can create major consequences if you experience long delays.  Let’s look at some reasons how waiting can make things worse:

  1. Mental health

    – Let’s face it, winter months in Canada can be long.  Seasonal affect disorder (SAD) is a real thing and very well known to many.  If you have an ailment that causes stress or continued pain, it can create and/or exacerbate SAD making you have low energy, poor mood and cause you to sleep too much.  Worse yet, it can turn into a full blown depression. Feeling discouraged, hopeless or in constant pain affects your focus, ability to function and can hamper your social interactions with people.  Not being able to play with your children or grandchildren, staying home from parties, or not being able to work can all create more stress on your mental health. When your mental health decreases, your whole body reacts to the stress.  This can make your pain unbearable, therefore, too difficult to maintain a healthy physical health.

  2. Physical health

    – Regular exercise is important to maintain strong bones, muscle strength, better sleep and more energy. It improves your mood and overall good health.  Obesity can put limitations on whether or not they can do surgery on you.  It’s a double edge sword.  You are in so much pain that you cannot do regular exercise, therefore, you put weight on.  However, if your BMI is too high, you may not qualify for private knee surgery.  As your weight increases into an unhealthy range, you could also develop high blood pressure or diabetes, which further complicates a surgery.  If you are not mobile due to excessive pain, there are still ways to get exercise in without exacerbating your issue or creating more pain.  For instance, if it is too painful to walk due to your hip, try swimming or doing sitting exercises with light weights.  *Always talk to your doctor or physiotherapist first though on what is the safest for you.  If you keep your physical fitness up, your recovery will go much smoother and quicker.  If you are not physically fit, be prepared for a much longer road to recovery.

  3. More risk to further injury

    – Waiting a couple months to have an already known injury that needs surgery is probably not going to hamper your situation in the grand scheme of things.  Having to wait several months, a year, and in some cases 2 years, can.  As we indicated above, physical health is crucial to having a safe and successful surgery.  The longer you wait, the harder it is to exercise to your full potential.  Inactivity will lead to muscle loss and increased stiffness to your joint.  This in turn will make it harder and harder to walk putting more stress on the joint by not having the muscles surrounding it to support things.  This can create even more issues such as making a joint deformity worse or cause injuries to other joints and/or body parts as they over compensate for the weight you can no longer support.

Like most things, this is not an end all.  You do have options.  The quickest way to get your knee surgery is to go the private manner.  Health Vantis works with many facilities that can offer you a private knee replacement without waiting months on end to get a surgery date that might be even another year down the road.  Contact us at info@healthvantis.com or 877-344-3544 for more details to how we can help you.

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Private Hip Replacement or Waiting for Your Turn

Canadians are all too familiar with medical wait times and the frustration and pain it can bring to a person and their family. Physical pain or great discomfort, inability to enjoy things you did before and monetary losses are present when waiting for your turn to get surgery or medical treatment. Contributing to universal health care through our taxes should ensure that all Canadians have equal access to timely and quality healthcare. Unfortunately, our healthcare is not even close to providing us with timely medical care.

According to the latest report from the Fraser Institute, orthopedic surgery wait times continue to increase. Orthopedic surgeries are surgeries that are considered “elective” or scheduled. The two most common orthopedic elective surgeries are hip and knee replacements. These two joint replacement procedures are mostly needed by those over 60-65 years old. So even more unfair to Canadians that have paid into the healthcare system all their working lives and are now facing such long delays. In 2022 the median wait from GP referral to see an orthopedic specialist was 16 weeks and to get surgery after seeing the specialist was 32.4 weeks in Canada. The total median wait time adds up to 48.4 weeks. That is an overall increase of 14.3 weeks from 2021.

Of course, these wait times differ from province to province, with Manitoba having the longest wait in 2022, a total of 104.9 weeks median wait time, and Ontario having the shortest median wait time of 29.9 weeks.

If you were put on a long medical wait list and would like to explore your private options Health Vantis can help. We will connect you to a reputable and safe medical facility and provide you with full medical concierge service from the first phone call till you are back home and are recovering. There are no wait times. We can get someone to surgery 3-4 weeks after we submit their medical records for review. To find out more information about our services please contact us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or by email info@healthvantis.com

Private Spine Surgery or Waiting for Your Turn

Imagine having serious back pain and needing surgery and then waiting for 58.9 weeks to get it! That is not something any Canadian who is experiencing back pain is looking forward to. Unfortunately, this is the reality of our universal health care. According to the Fraser Institute, in 2022 median wait time from referral by GP to treatment for neurosurgery was 58.9 weeks. This is an increase of 25.8 weeks from 2021.

Back problems are among the most common chronic conditions in Canada. Four out of five adults will experience at least one episode of back pain at some point in their lives. Not all back pain is resolved through surgery. Spinal surgery should be the last resort and other, non-invasive treatments should be tried first. However, even seeing a neurosurgeon to determine whether or not one needs surgery takes 45.7 weeks (median medical time waited from a referral by GP in 2022).

Some provinces fare better in their wait times to see a neurosurgeon. If you live in Quebec, you are in luck! The median wait time was only 4 weeks! Neighboring Ontarians are not so lucky, their median wait time is 78 weeks!!!

If you were put on a long medical wait list and would like to explore your private options Health Vantis can help. We will connect you to a reputable and safe medical facility and provide you with full medical concierge service from the first phone call till you are back home and are recovering. There are no wait times. We can get someone to surgery 3-4 weeks after we submit their medical records for review. To find out more information about our services please contact us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or by email info@healthvantis.com

Private Hysterectomy vs Waiting in Canada

Fraser Institute recently released its new report for medical wait times in Canada in 2022. The overall increases in wait times show up in several specialties. One of them is GYN. The median wait time for a GYN from a referral by GP to treatment is 32.1 weeks, 8.1 weeks increase from 2021.  The median wait time from GP referral to see a GYN is 15.7 weeks and from seeing GYN to get treatment is 16.4 weeks.

Of course, these numbers vary depending on the province you live in. Saskatchewan has the shortest wait times, with 4 weeks from GP referral to GYN, and then 11.9 weeks from GYN to treatment, making a total median wait time of 15.9 weeks. Atlantic Canada leads the worse wait times for GYN. In NS, one can wait 110.7 weeks to see a GYN once their GP refers them, and then an additional 52 weeks to get treatment. Total wait time can be 162.7 weeks – over 3 years!

For many women, such wait times present a serious issue. Many seek private health care, such as a private hysterectomy or private laparoscopy. In the past, we helped many women get private GYN surgery in a timely manner. In general, we can arrange a private hysterectomy within 3-4 weeks from the time we receive your medical records.

Private medical facilities we work with have virtually no wait times. Health Vantis will connect you to a safe and affordable private medical facility and make all the logistical arrangements for you. Reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll free 877 344 3544 to learn more.

 

Private Surgery or Waiting: Canada Medical Wait Times 2022

According to Fraser Institute, 2022 was worse than 2021 for medical wait times. Compared to 2021, the medical wait times in Canada increased by 1.8 weeks. The total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner and delivery of medically necessary elective treatment by a specialist averaged across all 12 specialties and 10 provinces surveyed, has risen from 25.6 weeks in 2021 to 27.4 in 2022. As a reminder in the year 1993, it was just 9.3 weeks.

Ontario reports the shortest total wait in 2022 (20.3 weeks), followed by British Columbia (25.8 weeks) and Quebec (29.4 weeks). Prince Edward Island has the longest total wait at 64.7 weeks, followed by Nova Scotia (58.2 weeks) and New Brunswick (43.3 weeks).

So even if you are in Ontario, you could be facing a 5-month wait time. However, if you are in Atlantic Canada, your medical delays can be close to over a year. The full report by the Fraser institute can be found here.

It is understandable that many Canadians do not wish to wait and look for private options for surgeries or specialty consultations. Health Vantis can help by connecting you to a safe and affordable private medical facility and providing you with white glove medical concierge service, making all the logistical arrangements for you.

Private medical facilities we work with have virtually no wait times. In most cases, we can get someone to surgery in 3-4 weeks from the date we receive their medical records. If you are wondering about your private medical options, please reach out to us to discuss, email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877-344 3544

Private Laminectomy of the Spine

Private Laminectomy of the Spine

Back pain can be caused by many things.  In some individuals it can be caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal.  The narrowing is a result of bone spurs or tissues associated with arthritis that tighten the spaces through which the nerves pass.  This leads to pain and nerve irritation.  A laminectomy will remove areas of the vertebral bone (lamina) that are compressing the nerve to alleviate the pain.  Bone spurs and ligaments that are pressing on nerves may also be removed during the surgery.

Most back surgeries do not provide 100% success rate. Research shows that 70-80% of laminectomy patients find relief of pain after surgery.  Surgery does not correct the underlying problem that caused the spinal tissues to wear down, therefore, symptoms may come back.  Recovery can take up to 4-6 weeks and for some, a few months depending on age and general health. Private Laminectomy is a relatively easy surgery for a surgeon and does not normally require an overnight stay.

If you are interested in a consultation, we can make arrangements for that.  The cost is $600 for the records and MRI images to be reviewed by a neurosurgeon and include a discussion with him on whether or not a private laminectomy of the spine is the appropriate surgery for your needs.  Keep in mind, a recent MRI less than 6 months old is preferred.  We charge a $200 fee to make these arrangements. Contact us today to set your consultation up! 

Health Vantis

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877-344-3544

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Private Microdiscectomy of the Spine

Private Microdiscectomy of the Spine

Microdiscectomy of the spine is done to correct a herniated disc.  Herniated discs are when the disc is torn and the gel-like inner material herniates or pokes out.  This results in the disc compressing the spinal nerves that cause back pain.  To relieve pain, a microdiscectomy can be done, where a portion of the disc, bone and/or ligaments are removed, creating space and freeing the herniation.  

Microdiscectomy of the spine  is considered a minimally invasive procedure and can be done on an out patient basis. Almost all of the joints, ligaments and muscles are left intact making it a relatively easy recovery.  The results can last for many years.  In one study, it was found that 84% of people who had the surgery rated their results as good or excellent after 4 years.

Candidates for microdiscectomy are those with worsening pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the legs and when all other treatments have been exhausted and no longer work.  Costs to have a microdiscectomy on a private basis start around $17,000. 

If you are interested in a consultation, we can make arrangements for that.  The cost is $600 for the records and MRI images to be reviewed by a neurosurgeon and include a discussion with him on whether or not a microdiscectomy is the appropriate surgery for your needs.  Keep in mind, a recent MRI less than 6 months old is preferred.  We charge a $200 fee to make these arrangements. Contact us today to set your consultation up! 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

Private Surgery in the US or Canada – Post Op Care

Who will take care of me when I am back home? This is a question we often get asked when we discuss traveling for surgery with our potential clients.

Traveling for medical treatment can be overwhelming. Not only is there the actual research, calling, follow-ups, and travel planning, but there is also a worry about what happens when you get back home. Sometimes stitches need to be removed. What about following up further?

All these worries should be discussed with your medical facilitator, as they are very experienced with these types of situations and plan ahead. Below we provide the answers to the most common follow-up care when you are back home in Canada.

What if there is a complication?

Complications can happen after any surgery as any surgery carries certain risks with it. Usually during the initial consultation surgeons discuss possible complications and their rate of occurrence. If you are traveling to the US, we advise you to look into medical complications insurance. If it is in Canada, you will be covered by your provincial health plan.

If a complication occurs once you are back home, we advise that you go to the emergency room or see your family doctor. This is very rare as most complications occur within 24 to 48 hours of surgery and during this period of time you would still be at the location of your surgery and will be able to contact the facility or surgeon who performed your treatment for their help

Who will be removing my stitches when I get home?

On very few occasions there is a need to remove the stitches. Most of the facilities we work with use dissolvable stitches and there is no need to remove them. However, we advise our clients to inform their family doctor or nurse practitioner about their medical travel and ask them if they would be able to do this upon their return. We understand that such conversations can be difficult to have, but honestly, we are yet to hear about a family doctor who has not been receptive to surgery someplace else in order to get timely help. Family doctors know how long it takes and most are very receptive to such conversations. In addition, they provide insight and another opinion about the surgery, so it is always a good idea to keep your family doctor in the conversation.

Who would follow up with me post-op?

After the surgery, you will go back to a hotel to recover. Before you can travel back home, there is usually a follow-up in about 3 days post-op to clear you to fly or drive home. Depending on the type of surgery, sometimes there is a follow-up in two weeks post surgery and takes place virtually. Some of the facilities we work with in the US offer follow-up until it is no longer needed.

If you are curious about private surgery and would like to get more information about it, please contact us by toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com and we would be happy to answer your questions.

 

Top 3 Things to Consider when Going for a Private Hysterectomy.

If you are put on a long waitlist for a hysterectomy, you are not alone. Many Canadian women wait unreasonable amounts of time. If you are researching and considering private hysterectomy, we have some information. We helped many people plan and go through with this surgery in a private manner.  The below 3 things often come on the top of considerations.

You will have to travel to the USA.

To our best knowledge, there are no private facilities that are able to do any GYN procedures here in Canada. It is available in a private manner in the US. Depending on where you reside, we try to connect you to the closest to your home facility, but it is not always the case.

Hysterectomy should be the last resort.

If you are seeking a hysterectomy, please remember that this should be your last option left. Some GYN issues can be effectively addressed with medications or less invasive procedures such as ablation. Medications (such as IUD) should be given sufficient time in order to see if it is working or not. This is especially important if you have not had children and are fairly young. Things may change in regard to your view on starting a family, but a hysterectomy can not be reversed.

Recovery times differ for everyone – be realistic.

We always tell our clients that this surgery is not to be taken lightly. Even if it is robotic or laparoscopic, it is still major surgery and you will need time to heal. Ensure you take some time off work. We recommend at the very least 2 weeks, and more if you are able to. Even if you are feeling great one day, go slow with increasing your daily activities. The last thing you want is a setback in your recovery.

If you would like to know more about obtaining a private GYN surgery such as a hysterectomy in the US please reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544

Top 3 Things to Remember When Considering a Private Hip Replacement

If you are researching and considering a private hip replacement, we have some information. We helped many people plan and go through their medical travel journey.  The below 3 things often come on the top of considerations.

You will have to travel outside your home province.

Residents of Ontario can not get a private hip replacement in Ontario, residents of Alberta can not get a private hip replacement in Alberta, and so on. That is how the Canadian publicly funded health care system works. You can not pay for surgery in your home province if that surgery or procedure is covered by your provincial health care. However, a resident of Alberta can travel to Ontario and get a private hip replacement. It

Some provinces do not have much in terms of private medical facilities. For example, it is not possible to get a private hip replacement in Nova Scotia, PEI or New Brunswick.

Costs are important but do not go for the cheapest.

In Canada, we pay for our health care through our taxes. If you want private surgery, you have to cover the cost in addition to paying taxes. We absolutely agree that it is not fair. However, it is a way to get it done without a lengthy delay.  Do your homework, and base your decision on your surgeon’s expertise and how far you have to travel from home, not on price alone. Hip replacements are only slightly cheaper in India, but you will be flying across the globe and exposing yourself to many unnecessary risks.

Recovery times are to be considered – be realistic.

We always tell our clients that surgery is only halfway to getting rid of hip pain. The second half is on you and how you set up your recovery process. Physiotherapy, much-needed rest, and moving around only in the way that is beneficial to your post-surgery body all come after your doctor does their job. The more fit you are prior to surgery the faster the recovery. Quit smoking and try to lose excessive weight.

 

If you want to learn more about private hip replacements in the USA or Canada, please reach out by toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com