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

Private Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometriosis

Private Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that affects thousands of women in Canada.  It occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus.  This can cause severe pain, inflammation and even infertility.  Many women are referred for surgery to remove the abnormal tissue, that will in return alleviate symptoms, and reduce chances of infertility.  

The surgery is normally done laparoscopically.  This is a minimally invasive technique that is performed using a camera and small instrument inserted through a tiny incision in the abdomen.  Laparoscopic surgery allows for smaller incision, better visualization for precise removal of tissue for the surgeon, less pain, quicker recovery time and minimal scaring compared to an open surgery.  If you also have a polyp, this can be removed at the same time. Not everyone is a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.  An examination by your doctor will determine this. 

Recovery time will vary by each individual, however, a straightforward case could expect:

– Quick recovery within 3-4 days

– Ability to exercise and have intercourse within 7-10 days

– Fully recovered with n 4-8 weeks

– Normal fertility within 4-8 weeks

– Completely pain free 8-12 weeks after surgery

We get calls and emails from women across Canada in search of a private facility to do this surgery due to the long wait lists in their province.  If you wish to stay within Canada for a private laparoscopic endometrial surgery, there is one option available to you, however, their cost can be be prohibitive for some.  If cost becomes an issue, we also have options in the US that are more affordable.  Their wait times tend to be a little quicker than the Canadian location as well.

If you are in need of private laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and do not want to wait, contact Health Vantis at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.ca and we’d be happy to assist.

Private Fibroid Removal for Fertility

Private Fibroid Removal for Fertility

Fibroids are a common condition that can impact a woman’s ability to conceive.  Depending on the size and location of the fibroid, it can hinder your ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to full term without complications.  Waiting to have surgery to remove the fibroid(s) can be a lengthily process if you are on a time crunch.  Considering private fibroid removal options are available to you.

What are Fibroids and Benefits of Removal for Fertility

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They can vary in size and location.  Many women may have fibroids without experiencing any symptoms, however, others may suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and fertility issues. Fibroids can interfere with fertility in several ways, including blocking the fallopian tubes, affecting the implantation of a fertilized egg, or causing miscarriages. By removing fibroids that may be affecting your reproductive organs, you can increase your chances of conceiving naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies.

Types of Fibroid Removal and Risk

Types of surgery to remove fibroids include hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, laparotomy or myomectomy.  Your GYN surgeon will determine which procedure is right for you depending on the size, location and number of fibroids you need removed.  If you are trying to preserve fertility, a myomectomy is normally the best choice as it is less likely to cause bands of scar tissue that may develop after surgery.  

Myomectomy, however, does come with risk.  If the surgeon needs to make a deep incision in the uterine wall, it forever weakens the uterus.  This in return can cause a rupture to the uterus during labor, which is very dangerous for the baby and mother.  Due to this, a scheduled C-Section is normally recommended.

If you decide to proceed with the surgery on a private basis, plan to stay in town near the facility that did your surgery for 5-7 days.  Your surgeon will tell you when they feel like you are ok to travel home. Although it varies, most women are back to normal day to day activities within 4 weeks. 

If you are in need of fibroid removal for fertility purposes and do not want to wait, contact Health Vantis to find out what your private options are.  We can be reached at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com.

Private Hysterectomy Canada and USA: Travel Requirements

Traveling for surgery can be achieved successfully through careful planning and consideration of your movement restrictions if any after the surgery. While some things will be out of your control – such as weather and airline timeliness, others can be accounted for and accommodated to make your post-surgery travel more comfortable.

Air Travel

When making arrangements for our clients to travel by air we consider the length of the flight. Anything over 4 hours carries a higher risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and is not ideal for post-surgery. The choice of a seat on the plane also matters. If you can afford a bigger space, we advise you to do so as you will be more comfortable during the flight.

Crossing the USA Border

Major Canadian airports clear border and customs for US travel. You are required to present the border patrol officer with a reason for your travel, details such as hotel address, and all other pertinent information related to your trip. Health Vantis provides all of the clients with two border letters to enter the USA and to come back home.

If traveling by car, the same applies.

Hotel

Some medical facilities offer a list of hotels that offer a discount to those receiving treatments at their surgical center or hospital. When making hotel reservations for our clients we consider their wishes and the level of mobility they will have post-surgery. Usually, we discuss the handicapped, two queen bed options with our clients and book accordingly. The closer the hotel is to the surgical center the better it is. As well, we reach out to the hotel and inform them that we have booked a surgical client so that they are aware.

Transportation in the City of Surgery

This is usually up to our clients’ wishes. Some elect to rent a car, and some choose to use Uber or cabs. The advantage of a car is that it is always available. Uber services require an app on your phone and sometimes a bit of patience while waiting for it to arrive.

If you are considering private surgery as an alternative to long provincial wait times and need help Health Vantis is here for you. You can reach out to us by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544.

Private Hysterectomy Canada: Necessary Imaging Tests

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus. Before performing a hysterectomy, several diagnostic tests and evaluations may be needed to assess the patient’s condition and determine the necessity and feasibility of the procedure. If you are looking for a private hysterectomy in Canada or the US, Health Vantis assisted many women with the planning and logistics of their consultation and surgery.

Necessary Imaging Tests

A current ultrasound or an MRI of the uterus is required to review your case. It has to be done within the last 6 months. We will need to obtain your radiology report and the actual scans for a GYN surgeon to review and determine if you may be a good candidate for a private hysterectomy.

Ultrasound

Transvaginal or abdominal ultrasound is used to visualize the uterus, ovaries, and surrounding structures to identify any abnormalities such as fibroids, tumors, or other conditions.

MRI

MRI may be recommended for further evaluation of pelvic anatomy and to assess the extent of any abnormalities detected on ultrasound.

Additional Testing May be Required

Sometimes after the review of the necessary testing, a GYN surgeon will require more information to make the best recommendation based on your particular situation. Below is a list of the tests that they may ask you to obtain. Most of them can be done locally and will require a requisition from your family doctor. The tests will be covered by your provincial health plan.

CT Scan

CT scan may be used in certain cases to evaluate the pelvic region and surrounding structures.

Laboratory Tests

Blood tests may be performed to evaluate the patient’s overall health status, including complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry, and possibly tumor markers if indicated.

Endometrial Biopsy

In cases where abnormal uterine bleeding or other symptoms suggest a possible underlying condition such as endometrial hyperplasia or cancer, an endometrial biopsy may be needed to obtain a tissue sample for further evaluation.

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a thin, lighted scope through the cervix into the uterus to directly visualize the uterine cavity. It may be performed to evaluate the uterine lining, diagnose conditions such as fibroids or polyps, or assess abnormalities detected on imaging tests.

It is important to know that such surgery as a hysterectomy can not be done just because someone decides they want one. There has to be a medical reason for it, backed by diagnostic imaging and a surgical review and recommendation. If you are looking for a private hysterectomy but do not have the time to address all the logistics and details, Health Vantis can help. We will take on the task of managing your case and providing you with full medical concierge service. Please reach out by toll-free 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com to learn more about your private options in GYN surgery.

Private Hysterectomy Canada: GYN Surgeon Recommendation

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which a woman’s uterus is removed. It can be performed for various medical reasons, such as treating certain gynecological conditions or diseases. A thorough medical evaluation is typically required to assess your overall health and determine the necessity of the hysterectomy. This may involve a review of your medical history, physical examination, and possibly additional tests, such as imaging or blood tests.

A qualified healthcare professional, usually a gynecologist or a surgeon, must recommend and approve the need for a hysterectomy based on your medical condition. When we talk to our potential clients living in Canada, many have not seen a GYN, because the wait times are long. In some provinces, it can be over a year. Yet the quality of life for women can deteriorate significantly if they are suffering monthly symptoms such as heavy bleeding, severe cramps and headaches.

Health Vantis offers two paths to a solution. If you simply would like to see a GYN we can connect you with a private GYN in Canada that is able to see you in person and offer some non-surgical solutions. They schedule about 1-2 weeks out and you would have to travel to Quebec. If they determine that surgery is needed, a private surgery can be scheduled in 1-3 months. So, two trips are necessary, but for those unsure what may help them this is probably the route that makes sense.

If you have not seen a GYN, but discussed symptoms with your family doctor, tried some non-surgical methods to relieve your symptoms and your family doctor sent you for an Ultrasound or MRI of the Uterus we can arrange for a phone consultation with a GYN surgeon in the USA. They can evaluate your diagnostics tests and have a conversation with you regarding your need for a hysterectomy to determine if you are a good candidate for it. If you are, we can arrange for surgery within 2-4 weeks. The above steps also apply to those who have seen a GYN in Canada and were told that surgery is necessary but the wait list is too long.

Before undergoing any surgery, you will be seeing a GYN for a pre-op and final evaluation appointment to confirm everything that was discussed on the phone. It is required to provide informed consent. This involves understanding the procedure, potential risks and complications, expected outcomes, and alternatives. Your doctor will discuss these aspects with you, and you will need to sign a consent form.

If you are considering a private hysterectomy, you should consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a gynecologist or a surgeon, to discuss your specific situation. Health Vantis will be happy to assist in accessing private care, managing your case and providing full medical concierge services. To learn more about private hysterectomy please contact us by calling toll-free 877 344 3544 or emailing info@healthvantis.com.

Private Hysterectomy Canada: Age and BMI

The decision to perform a private hysterectomy is typically based on medical indications rather than specific age or BMI (Body Mass Index) requirements. However, age and BMI can play a huge role in the overall assessment of a person’s health and suitability for surgery.

Age

Age alone is not a strict determinant for a hysterectomy. The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is usually based on medical conditions such as gynecological disorders, cancers, or other health issues. In some cases, younger individuals may need a hysterectomy due to medical necessity, while older individuals may opt for the procedure for different reasons. The appropriateness of the surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis by the healthcare provider.

However, in general, if a private hysterectomy is elective and there are few supporting reasons to have it done, it will be very challenging to find a doctor who will do the surgery for ages below 35. Health Vantis is usually able to help those seeking a private hysterectomy ages 35 and over, with just a few exceptions where younger women had supporting reasons to have it done a bit earlier, age 30 and over.

BMI

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. While there isn’t a specific BMI cutoff for a hysterectomy, individuals with higher BMI may face additional challenges during surgery and recovery. High BMI can increase the risk of complications such as infection, wound healing issues, and respiratory problems. Healthcare providers may assess BMI as part of the overall evaluation to determine the potential risks and benefits of the surgery.

Health Vantis can arrange a private hysterectomy with BMI that is higher and indicates obesity. These hysterectomies will be done at a hospital in the US. They are priced higher because of the risks of complications that can only be mitigated at a hospital.

If you are considering a private hysterectomy and are unsure about the above indicators, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your GYN or family doctor. Health Vantis can assist in arranging a private consultation with a GYN in person. Travel is required for anyone inquiring unless you reside in Montreal, Quebec.

To discuss your particular situation give us a call toll free 877 344 3544 or email us info@healthvantis.com