Where you live used to make a huge difference in wait times for surgery. Prior to the current healthcare crisis, seven of Canada’s ten provinces had overall wait times longer than the national average, including B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, and all of the Maritime provinces. If you’re considering travelling to the U.S. for joint replacement, hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, or any other orthopedic procedure, it’s worth considering an option closer to home. Many Canadians are choosing to travel to Toronto to have their surgery done at Clearpoint Surgical Centre Toronto.
“If you’re an active person, playing with your kids, grandkids, travelling, hiking, golfing, skiing or biking are all important parts of your life, you want to keep doing what you love,” says Sara Mooney, Director of Operations at Clearpoint Surgical Centre Toronto. “You want to be able to live your life without pain and avoid subsequent comorbid conditions, like increased weight, chronic diseases, and loss of mobility. We’re offering people a Canadian choice for surgery that was not previously available.”
Feedback from past patients confirms the need is real and our successful pre and post-op protocols give patients the confidence to take control of their healthcare.
“Coming to Clearpoint Surgical Centre Toronto was the best investment I have ever made. This has changed my life. I can go for a walk without pain, and every step is a blessing,” said Kathie, a Total Hip Replacement patient from Alberta.
At Clearpoint Surgical Centre Toronto, patients can often have a 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 for post-operative monitoring to ensure that a patient feels comfortable, and allows them to address any questions they may have at any time. “We support patients 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 Total Hip Replacements, surgeons opt for the 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 which requires 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. You will be up and walking the day of your surgery under the guidance of our in-house physiotherapist.
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 Intellijoint HIP, which helps accurately place and position implants needed for hip replacements and can greatly reduce recurrent instability, dislocation, and costly revision surgery.
If you are considering going elsewhere for access to surgery, you now have a Canadian choice with Clearpoint Health Network. Learn more by exploring our website or call 1.833.666.7874 to discuss your surgical options.