Can I Get a Private Surgery Faster?

The short answer to this question is yes. Medical waits in the public system come close to 2 years for some joint replacement surgeries and other elective surgeries. We can help get you to private surgery anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months. Below are some of the components of medical travel with explanations of how they work and why they are important.

Medical records

Clients that already have their medical records will have a time advantage. If not, we can help get them, but in most provinces, it can take up to 30 days to receive. As well, for those that have their diagnostic tests done, it will be a little bit faster, because doctors we work with can review them and provide their recommendations over a virtual or phone consultation.

Travel Companion

All facilities we work with require a travel companion. Most of the surgeries we arrange are day surgeries and do not require an overnight hospital stay.  You will be under anesthesia during your surgery. Thus, you will not be able to drive for 24h post-surgery.

Therefore, when you are released, you are typically groggy, on pain medication, can have cognitive confusion and are not always able to move quickly during those first 24 hours. A responsible adult will need to pick you up and care for you after surgery.

Additionally, the first 24-48 hours after surgery are crucial to spot any complications and someone will need to keep a close eye on you an

Vaccination Status

Currently to travel to the US all travelers by air have to be fully vaccinated. Medical facilities in the US do not require full vaccination to do a surgery. They will do a COVID screening prior to surgery.

If your private surgery is to take place in Canada, and you are not fully vaccinated (2 shots) some facilities will require a negative PCR test done 24-72 hours prior to surgery. Vaccination requirements do change and Health Vantis keeps a close eye on all the changes so we can inform our clients of the current situation.

If you would like to learn more about private surgery without delays, please email us at info@healthvantis.com or call us toll-free 877 344 344

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

Private PET Scan in Canada

Private PET Scan in Canada

If you are looking to expedite a PET Scan in Canada, you would most likely search google to find a private facility.  The only problem is that they are not available in every province and very seldom do they list their pricing and availability online.  It can become an exercise in frustration to just get basic information or for someone to respond to your email or return your call.  If you are in a province that does not offer a private PET Scan, then you could spend hours searching, calling and emailing for something that you will not find.

Health Vantis spent 5 + years making arrangements for diagnostic tests for Canadians on the wait list. Unlike scheduling a surgery, once you have the information, it becomes a relatively easy thing for you to do on your own. This is why we decided to change how we offer private diagnostic options.  Now you can purchase a list of all the known facilities within Canada or right across the border. The list will show options in your province if available, or right across the border with the facility name, address, phone number and cost.  In some cases, the facility will not release the cost until they see your requisition, however, most of the costs are comparable across the different facilities.  

Most private PET Scan facilities require a requisition to have the scan done privately.  Your report can be sent to your GP or specialist back home.  To purchase your options, click here!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

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Private EMG in Canada

Private EMG in Canada

If you are looking to expedite an EMG in Canada, you would most likely search google to find a private facility.  The only problem is that private EMG is not available in Canada so you could spend hours searching, calling and emailing for something that you will not find.

Health Vantis spent 5 + years making arrangements for diagnostic tests for Canadians on the wait list. Unlike scheduling a surgery, once you have the information, it becomes a relatively easy thing for you to do on your own. This is why we decided to change how we offer private diagnostic options.  Now you can purchase a list of all the known facilities right across the border. The list will show the facility name, address, phone number and cost.  In some cases, the facility will not release the cost until they see your requisition. 

All private facilities will require a requisition to have the EMG done privately.  The visit would include a consultation and report for your doctor back home.  To purchase your options, click here!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

Private Colonoscopy in Canada

Private Colonoscopy in Canada

If you are looking to expedite a colonoscopy in Canada, you would most likely search google to find a private facility.  The only problem is that they are not available in every province and very seldom do they list their pricing and availability online.  It can become an exercise in frustration to just get basic information or for someone to respond to your email and/or return your call.  If you are in a province that does not offer a private colonoscopy, then you could spend hours searching, calling and emailing for something that you will not find.

Health Vantis spent 5 + years making arrangements for diagnostic tests for Canadians on the wait list. Unlike scheduling a surgery, once you have the information it becomes a relatively easy thing for you to do on your own. This is why we decided to change how we offer private diagnostic options.  Now you can purchase a list of all the known facilities within Canada or right across the border. The list will show options in your province if available, or right across the border with the facility name, address, phone number and cost, if available.  In some cases, the facility will not release the cost until they see your requisition, however, most of the costs are comparable across the different facilities.  

Most private facilities will require a requisition to have the colonoscopy done privately.   You will receive a consultation and report for your doctor back home.  To purchase your options, click here!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

Private MRI & Private CT Scan in Canada

Private MRI & Private CT Scan in Canada

If you are looking to expedite a MRI or CT Scan in Canada, you would most likely search google to find a private facility.  The only problem is that they are not available in every province and very seldom do they list their pricing and availability online.  It can become an exercise in frustration to just get basic information or for someone to respond to your email and/or return your call.  If you are in a province that does not offer a private MRI or private CT Scan, then you could spend hours searching, calling and emailing for something that you will not find.

Health Vantis spent 5 + years making arrangements for diagnostic tests for Canadians on the wait list. Unlike scheduling a surgery, once you have the information it becomes a relatively easy thing for you to do on your own. This is why we decided to change how we offer private diagnostic options.  Now, you can purchase a list of all the known facilities within Canada or right across the border. The list will show options in your province if available, or right across the border with the facility name, address, phone number and cost.  In some cases, the facility will not release the cost until they see your requisition, however, most of the costs are comparable across the different facilities.  

All private MRI and CT Scan facilities require a requisition to have the scan done privately.  Your report can be forwarded to your GP or specialist. To purchase your options, click here!

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

How much does a private laparoscopic hysterectomy cost?

GYN surgery is usually considered an elective surgery. Wait times for a hysterectomy in the public system in Canada vary depending on the province you live in. Getting a private hysterectomy may be considered if you would like to get it done in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, there are no private medical facilities in Canada that are able to accommodate a private hysterectomy. You will have to travel to the US to get it done privately.

Depending on the location you choose to go to for your private hysterectomy costs vary. The range for a laparoscopic hysterectomy is from USD8,000 to USD$15,000. You should plan on spending about 5-7 days in a hotel at the location of your surgery before flying home.

Health Vantis is a full-service medical concierge company.  We take care of all the logistics and research to help connect you to an appropriate and reputable facility that will provide a safe and successful medical outcome for your private hysterectomy. The hours you would spend searching on your own can be achieved immediately with recommendations on places that provide all of these benefits.  Our knowledge of what you will need to make this a successful journey will ensure no detail is left out or overlooked.

If you require more information about your options for private hysterectomy, reach out to us 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: What to Look for?

Planning for a private hip replacement can bring out a lot of unknowns. Taking time to do research and asking the right questions are part of the process. Below you will find some areas to focus on during your decision making.

Location

Ideally, you would want to get your private hip replacement done in your home province. Unfortunately, this is never the case as the Canadian healthcare system does not allow it. So, you have to travel out of province. To be as close to home should be your first consideration. Flights over 4h increase the risk of DVTs. Flight connections add an additional hurdle, and if they can be avoided it will be easier for you to handle travel, especially after surgery.

Sometimes surgeon expertise and reputation take a priority over travel distance and our clients choose to travel further to see a highly sought-after specialist. We are well versed in booking air travel and always watch for the easiest route taking into account the complexity of traveling for surgery.

Credentials

The more information you have about your doctor and the medical facility the better off you are. This information will help you make a decision on where to go for your private surgery. All facilities Health Vantis works with are licensed and accredited by US or Canada’s accrediting body to ensure safety and successful outcomes for our clients.

Board certification of a surgeon is a valuable credential. So are the number of surgeries they do a year and their complication rates. Health Vantis provides this information to all of our clients.

Patient Testimonials

Past experiences are certainly worth inquiring about. Health Vantis Testimonials page contains a few of our past clients’ testimonials. We also can ask a past client to contact you and tell you more. Patient privacy laws are always followed in setting up these conversations.

Traveling for medical reasons can be overwhelming. Health Vantis is an expert in the field and will guide you through the entire process. To find out more you can reach out to us at toll-free 877 344 3544 or by email at info@healthvantis.com

Private Hysterectomy in Canada and the US: Abdominal vs Laparoscopic

Medical wait times in Canada can be long. GYN elective surgery such as hysterectomy may sound like something one can wait for in peace, but in reality, many women suffer in pain while waiting. Hysterectomy is recommended after all non-surgical options were tried unsuccessfully. Waiting for it can be frustrating.

Health Vantis can help you find a reputable place in the US to get a private hysterectomy. Unfortunately, this surgery is not offered in Canada in a private manner.

Abdominal (Open) Hysterectomy

An abdominal hysterectomy is removal of the uterus through an incision in the lower abdomen. It is a more invasive approach because the incision can be 6 to 12 inches, horizontal or vertical.  It is usually recommended when the uterus is large and can not be removed safely through the vagina.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, several small incisions are made, instead of one large. A laparoscope is a thin lighted tube with a camera. It allows a surgeon to see and work inside the abdomen. A laparoscope is usually inserted through a small incision in the belly button. Other surgical instruments are inserted through other small incisions. The uterus is then cut into smaller pieces and is removed either through the incisions or through the vagina. This method is considered minimally invasive as it allows faster recovery due to smaller incisions.

Both types of hysterectomy are done under anesthesia and both require someone to pick you up after the procedure and take you home or to a hotel room for recovery. If you would like more information, please call us at toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com