If you’re considering travelling to the U.S. for hip or knee replacements, there are options closer to home. Many Canadians are choosing to travel to have their surgery performed at the Clearpoint Surgical Centre in Toronto.
“If you’re a golfer, a skier or biker, you want to keep doing what you love,” says Sara Mooney, Director of Operations at the Clearpoint Surgical Centre in Toronto. “You want to be able to live your life without pain, and so we’re offering people a Canadian choice.”
Patients who seek out these procedures often face long waits. In most provinces and territories, it’s not uncommon to wait up to a year for a consultation and another year or two for the actual surgery. In these instances people are looking for other options, typically the USA. Now they can stay in Canada.
At Clearpoint Surgical Centre Toronto, patients can usually be accommodated to have the procedure done within a month of their initial inquiry. Initial consults are conducted via telemedicine following a thorough review of a patients’ diagnostics, past and present medical history. Telemedicine is also used pre and post-operation, to ensure that a patient feels comfortable, and allows them to address any questions they may have.
“We support them as much or little as they need, working with them and those within their existing circle of care, family practitioners, physio and occupational therapists — before and after the procedure,” explains Mooney.
For hip replacements, surgeons opt for a direct anterior approach, a less invasive method. This technique involves operating from the front of the thigh to reach the hip joint, versus the traditional method of operating on the side or back. The anterior approach requires much less cutting and reattaching tendons and muscles. The direct anterior approach results in quicker recovery and less post-op pain compared to traditional hip replacement methods.
The Centre’s operating room is also equipped with a Hana table – a specially designed surgical table that allows for the surgeons to easily move the patient’s legs intraoperatively to ensure everything is balanced and aligned during the procedure.
Surgeons also use a digital 3D measurement system called Intellijoints which helps accurately place and position implants needed for hip replacements and can greatly reduce recurrent instability, dislocation, and costly revision surgery.
“Wait-times are a problem across Canada, so we’re glad to be able to offer people an alternative.” says Mooney “Not everyone wants to travel but if you are considering going elsewhere you now have a Canadian choice.”
Patients who are residents of Ontario or are otherwise covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) are not eligible to access these procedures privately at the Toronto location.
Out of Province or International Patients
Patients who currently reside in other provinces or internationally and are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) are eligible to access this procedure privately in our Toronto location.