New Travel Guidelines Effective Oct 1, 2022

On September 19, 2022 US President Joe Biden deemed the pandemic to be over.  That doesn’t mean COVID is no longer a thing, but that it is at a manageable level affecting our day to day lives and no longer an emergency.  Does this mean that our restrictions are going to fully lift and everything back to normal?  Possibly, as far as travel goes.  Effective Oct 1, 2022, Canada will lift all restrictions on travel to Canada.  The new order states that border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArrieCAN and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements will end for all travelers entering Canada by land, air or sea.  The mask requirement aboard flights in Canada will no longer be required either.

This means that unvaccinated, non-citizens entering Canada will be allowed to cross the border.  Sports fans will be delighted that the unvaccinated players for MLB, NBA and NHL will no longer be prohibited.  It will also speed up and eliminate the hassle coming back into Canada.  

You can find more details to these new guidelines at: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

 

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Private Surgery vs Waiting – What Are the Costs?

Canadians waiting a long time for medical treatment incur costs because of such delays. These costs could be non-monetary, such as the increased risk of mortality or worsening of the condition, and monetary costs. Monetary costs consist of the value of lost time and the cost of care while the person is waiting,

Frasure Institute attempted to measure the value of time that is lost while waiting for treatment. “Valuing only hours lost during the aver­age work week, the estimated cost of waiting for care in Canada for patients who were in the queue in 2021 was almost $4.1 billion. This works out to an average of about $2,848 for each of the estimated 1,425,517 Canadians wait­ing for treatment in 2021”.

They state that this is a conservative estimate and that if all of the time of a person waiting is considered the number is much higher. “Valuing all hours of the week, in­cluding evenings and weekends but excluding eight hours of sleep per night, would increase the estimated cost of waiting to almost $12.4 billion, or about $8,706 per person.”

These numbers tell us the value of lost time.  In addition, the quality of life is also lost. It is challenging to put a specific dollar value on quality of life. To be able to do the activities you enjoy, and spend time with your kids or grandkids is truly priceless, but are lost if a person is in pain and is waiting for treatment.

If you wish to consider your private options without the wait, we can help. Reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll free 877 344 3544 to discuss what can be done in a private manner.

Private Knee Replacement and Your Body Weight

When it comes to total knee replacement your weight matters. Excess weight puts additional stress on weight-bearing joints.  Years of carrying excess weight contribute to achy, swollen, and stiff joints. Osteoarthritis has long been considered a wear and tear disease. In addition, obesity may increase inflammation levels in your body, thus leading to joint pain. For people considered overweight, dropping 10 pounds means taking off as much as 40 pounds of force off their knees, depending on what they are doing.

In many cases, knee pain prevents people from losing weight as their mobility is compromised and therefore makes it nearly impossible to exercise. However, exercising is only one aspect of losing weight. Another very important one is your diet. The number of calories you eat matters. Sometimes you can exercise a lot, and lose very little weight if you have not adjusted your diet.

What should you weigh to be able to do a private knee replacement? In most cases, the cut-off number is 40 BMI (Body Mass Index). If you need to calculate your BMI here is a tool that takes into account your age and sex https://www.omnicalculator.com/health/bmi

For more information about private knee replacement, contact us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544

Medical travel mistakes to avoid when traveling for private surgery

Many Canadians are facing medical delays this year due to various problems in public healthcare that were compounded by COVID-19 challenges. Instead of waiting indefinitely for surgery, some choose to go the private route and pay for their treatment of surgery out of pocket. Traveling for medical reasons can be complicated and requires thorough preparation to ensure its success. Hiring a reputable medical facilitator will take this off your hand and let you focus on your health. Below are the three most common mistakes to avoid if you are planning your private medical travel by yourself.

Not checking medical facility and doctor’s certifications and reputation

Certifications issued by credible accreditation bodies in the US or Canada confirm that your surgeon is a skilled medical professional and that the facility is up to the highest industry standards. All US surgeons must be certified by the state board they practice in and many hold accreditations from their specialty boards. Board certifications assure patients that their doctor is up to date on all current treatment options. Reputation is usually checked by talking directly with past patients or through online reviews. A reputable medical facilitator will be able to connect you to past patients in most cases.

Getting incomplete costs

When it comes to surgery costs you need to make sure that the price you get will be the price you end up paying. In many US hospitals, this is challenging to achieve due to their inability to provide their patients with complete final costs prior to surgery. The US billing system at major hospitals will only provide a rough estimate of what may be involved. Smaller day surgery centers are usually better equipped to provide a final price with everything included.

Not preparing to deal with recovery

Every surgery, even a minimally invasive one, will require some recovery time and a rehab plan in most cases. Realistic expectations about the time needed are very important. This can be achieved by talking to your doctor and to people who had the same procedure done before. Even though everyone is different when it comes to recovery, you will get an idea of what it might take. A lot depends on your overall health and age as well. The healthier you are prior to surgery the faster your recovery may be. Preparing your home and your loved ones for when you come back home is also very important.

When it comes to traveling for medical reasons a lot has to go into planning beforehand. If you are a busy individual or simply do not want to deal with all the details hiring a reputable medical facilitator will save you time and money in the end. Contact Health Vantis to find out more details about our full medical concierge service, toll-free 877 344 35 44 or info@healthvantis.com

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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How Does Health Vantis Work?

Health Vantis is a full-service concierge medical facilitation company.  We help Canadians navigate their way through the private surgery process.  So how does it work?  It’s just five easy steps!

 

Step 1:  We listen to understand your needs and provide feedback on what we think will be involved with your case.  If you wish to have Health Vantis manage your case, we start the process by having you sign our informed consent and release form as well as our client agreement so we can act on your behalf.

 

Step 2: We take a detailed medical history, obtain your medical records and complete all necessary paperwork to be submitted to one of the facilities.  It takes, on average, 3-7 business days for them to review. Fees for Health Vantis and surgeon review with consultation do apply.

 

Step 3:  Once the facility has reviewed your medical records and done a consultation with you, we communicate all of the information such as the exact cost and surgery dates available. We make sure all of your medical questions are answered by the surgeon and any non-medical related questions are answered by us.

 

Step 4:  You decide whether or not you wish to proceed.  If you do proceed, we quickly get to work and begin making all the arrangements for your appointments, surgery, and travel.  If you do not proceed, there are no further fees or obligations to Heath Vantis or the surgery facility.

 

Step 5:  During the final stage, we will provide you with an information packet that includes all of the important details such as your surgeon’s resume, facts about the facility, general pre and post-op instructions, flight itinerary, rental car, and hotel accommodations and border patrol letters.  You will receive reminders about your upcoming surgery and we will be in close contact with you throughout the entire process. We will be your main point of contact.

 

See, very easy because we do all of the work for you.  Give Health Vantis a call today to get the process started in getting your health and life back! 877-344 3544 or info@healthvantis.com

Hysterectomy for Gender Affirmation or Transition Surgery

Hysterectomy for Gender Affirmation or Transition Surgery

We get a lot of inquiries about having a hysterectomy as a way of transitioning or gender affirmation.  Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it seems, therefore, we are unable to assist in most cases.  Hysterectomy is a major, life-altering surgery, therefore, it is something you cannot take lightly, especially if you are under the age of 35.

Technically, you can consent to a hysterectomy at any age, however, it has to be medically justified.  It is very unlikely a doctor will do one unless it is absolutely necessary for your well-being and all other options have been exhausted.  One of the main reasons is due to the possible physical and emotional risks associated with it, not to mention the complications that can occur.  

Complications could include infection, hemorrhaging, bladder and/or bowel damage.  These are normally short term risks, however, there are long term risks that physicians are most concerned with.  Having a hysterectomy can increase your chances of stroke, bone loss, heart attack, urinary issues and early onset menopause for younger women.  It can impact sexual interest as well as the ability to have a biological pregnancy, which can cause depression or psychological stress down the road, as it is not a reversible procedure.

In Canada, there are no facilities that offer a private hysterectomy.  This is something you would have to go to the US for.  The US has strict guidelines in who they will perform a hysterectomy on because there are great legality risks if they do a hysterectomy without a medical reason to do so.  Wanting to have a hysterectomy for gender affirmation or transition does not fall in that category unless you have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.  It is the only option for someone to have a hysterectomy if they do not have a medical reason such as having bleeding, fibroids, cancer, etc. to do so.  It also has to be performed by a specialized surgeon who works with gender dysphoria.

Getting the diagnosis gender dysphoria can take time and you must meet specific criteria.  It is a complex process that involves multiple medical, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medical therapies and behavioral trials with a specialized surgeon.  This is to ensure that surgery is an appropriate treatment choice for the individual.   The process can take 6 months to 2 years and beyond.

If this is something you are interested in doing on a private basis, there are facilities in the US that can assist you.  Keep in mind that it will take time and can be a long, expensive and emotional process.  If you do decide to proceed, surround yourself with those that care about you and your well-being, and possibly join a support group such as The Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity: https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/.  It will make all the difference having someone on your side for the process.

 

Health Vantis

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Private Spine Surgery

 

The spine is a very complex part of your body.  It has disks, nerves, a spinal cord, and 33 vertebrae divided into 5 sections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx.  There are joints, ligaments, tendons and muscle surrounding it.  The spine supports your body to walk, twist and move.

Back issues are one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada. 4 our of 5 adults will experience back pain. When it comes to treating it, one size does not fit all. The cause of spinal pain is not always apparent. The complexity in treating it requires great skill, incredible knowledge of all spinal parts and how they affect one another. 

From our experience helping Canadians obtain a timely private spinal surgery, every single case was unique. So, what do you need to get started?

A recent MRI is a must. It assists the surgeon in seeing what is creating pain. Specialists’ notes, EMG and flexion and extension X-rays are also often required. 

A pain questionnaire has to be completed. It asks specific questions about the type of pain you are having, where you feel it and when.  Knowing how and where the pain is produced in other areas of the body is vital to correctly diagnose and determine the treatment plan. All this information will be tested and verified during an in-person physical exam prior to surgery.

Surgery is not always necessary and most definitely not the first treatment plan in the majority of cases. Non-invasive methods should be tried first: physiotherapy, cortisone injections, facet joint blocks, rhizotomies to name a few. The goal is to attempt and repair the damage without surgery.  Surgery is always a last resort.

Spine ailments are tricky and can take awhile to determine what is going to work best for you. Most treatment plans need to be tried for a minimum of 6-12 weeks before trying something else.

If you are a candidate for spine surgery and do not want to wait, contact us to have your case evaluated by one of qualified spinal surgeons. You can reach us at info@healthvantis.com or 877-344-3544.

If you are a candidate for spine surgery and do not want to wait, contact us to have your case evaluated by one of qualified spinal surgeons.

If you are a candidate for spine surgery and do not want to wait, contact us to have your case evaluated by one of qualified facilities we work with.

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

info@healthvantis.com

877-344-3544

Private GYN Surgery in the USA

 

Health Vantis is a Canadian women-owned company. As women, we know what it means to wait in pain from GYN issues. GYN surgery such as hysterectomy or fibroids removal can have lengthy delays in the Canadian public health care system. Unfortunately, there are no private GYN surgeries offered in Canada. Instead of waiting, Health Vantis can help facilitate a private GYN surgery in the USA.

What do you need to get started? A recent ultrasound or MRI of the uterus and specialists’ notes if they are available, are required. In some cases, we can help with just Ultrasound and MRI results.

The surgeon will determine if you need laparoscopic or open surgery. A physical exam will be done in person, to confirm the diagnostic report’s findings and ensure that you get the right medical procedure. The whole process usually takes 4-6 weeks. We will handle all the logistics of traveling for medical reasons.

Some things to keep in mind. There has to be a medical reason requiring surgery for us to be able to help. Reasons such as severe bleeding, cramping, and inability to function due to pain are some of them. Before you have a GYN surgery other non-surgical methods should have been tried and failed. Remember, surgery is the last resort for any ailment.

Another thing to keep in mind is the recovery time from any kind of GYN surgery. Even minimally invasive or robotic surgery requires 3-5 days stay in a hotel to get better before flying home. We recommend taking at least 2 weeks off from work after a GYN surgery and taking it easy for the entire time. Recovery time differs from person to person.

If you are seeking a hysterectomy as part of gender transition, there is quite a bit of protocol that has to be done prior with a specialized surgeon. It can be a lengthy process. Due to this, we are unable to facilitate the surgery for you.

If you would like to explore a private timely GYN surgery please reach out by calling us toll free 877 344 3544 or emailing info@healthvantis.com

What Is Health Vantis?

Canadians, imagine this: You need medical help, you go see your family doctor, get your diagnostics done and get a referral to a specialist. And then you wait…and wait… and wait…Wouldn’t you agree that waiting in the unknown is frustrating and that your condition can get worse? After some time, you consider traveling for your surgery and paying out of pocket so that you can get your health back in a timely m

anner.

So, what do you do? You google your condition or surgery and try to be the best google doctor for yourself. You find a private facility and start calling, leaving messages, emailing, just to get an idea of HOW MUCH? You then repeat these steps with another facility, because you are a smart cookie and need more than one option. Finding the right facility and doctor takes time. It can take hours of research, emails, phone calls, and follow-ups.  Getting firm pricing for surgery is sometimes like pulling teeth, especially at bigger US medical establishments. There is a lot to consider and plan for. The entire process can be overwhelming, especially if you are in a lot of pain from your ailment.

What if we told you We have a Solution? Health Vantis takes all logistical work off your shoulders and gets you to private surgery and back home faster. W

e have done all the research beforehand. We manage your case so you don’t have to stress over the arrangements such as obtaining a price, coordinating medical record transfer, hospital paperwork, making flight, hotel, and transportation arrangements, and making sure a follow-up treatment plan is in place when you return home. Our personalized medical concierge service gives you peace of mind that the facility and doctor that will treat you are pre-vetted. We personally visit the facilities we work with.

 

We assist you all the way through your medical journey from day one until you are back home. If you are interested in finding out how our simple, 5 step process works, get in touch by calling toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com