Surgeries for hip replacements are necessary for many Canadians, but relieving pain in a timely fashion is a challenge that too many patients encounter.
Sometimes doctors will ask you to consider postponing hip replacement surgery, since the patient may well “outlive” the original implant, necessitating a repeat surgery for the same joint. The bigger problem, however, is a patient suffering acute pain in the short term who doesn’t feel they can hold out that long but nevertheless faces daunting wait times.
Hospital bed shortages and limited operating room times have left physicians and their patients equally frustrated. This means hospitals performing fewer hip surgeries and your wait time for hip surgery increasing.
Expedite Your Hip Replacement with Timely Medical
Timely Medical Alternatives has strong connections and relationships with hospitals, private clinics, doctors and other healthcare providers throughout Canada and the United States to help place you into the operating room faster so you won’t have to endure severe pain in your joints any longer.
Hip surgeries require many decisions, including the type of implant material best for you, to the ever-changing technology involved. You’ll want a hip surgeon who can address all of your questions. Timely Medical Alternatives has the resources to provide you with the options to suit all of your needs.
Wait Times for Hip Replacement Surgery in Canada
Canada’s benchmark for a “reasonable” maximum wait time for hip surgery is 26 weeks, but fewer than 70% of patients in five provinces receive their hip surgery within 26 weeks, including in British Columbia, where only 61% of patients meet that benchmark—the second-worst rate in the country.
Your hip is a “ball and socket” joint. The “ball” (called the femoral head) is covered by a special surface, cartilage, which allows the joint to move smoothly and in its socket. But when injury or disease affects the hip, cartilage degenerates and the joint surfaces become rough, resulting in pain and stiffness. The pain gradually increases and may be present even at rest. Hip surgery can remove this pain, improve your range of motion and minimize further wear on the joint.
Typically, we can get you surgery within 2-3 weeks from the time we receive your diagnostic package. In certain cases, we can get a client surgery within 24 hours. Call or e-mail us to get an accurate quote and timeline for your surgery.
Sometimes doctors will urge you to postpone surgery for as long as you can, because the benefits of the surgery may last for only 10 to 15 years and then need to be repeated.
But if you are already in serious pain, the bigger issue is likely the waiting list typical in most Canadian provinces, including Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Hospital bed shortages and limited operating room times have left physicians and their patients equally frustrated. This is where Timely Medical Alternatives can help expedite your case through private clinics and hospitals so you can get the surgery you need, with no wait.
Your hip is what is called a “ball and socket” joint. The “ball” (called the femoral head) is covered by special surface – cartilage — which allows the joint to move smoothly and painlessly in its socket. But when the hip has been affected by injury or disease, the cartilage degenerates and the joint surfaces become rough, resulting in pain and stiffness.
At first, the pain begins gradually and usually occurs only after higher levels of physical activity. With time, however, the pain increases and may be present even when you are at rest. Hip surgery can:
- help eliminate this pain
- improve your range of motion, and
- minimize further wear and tear on the joint
Hip surgery requires many decisions! The surgeon has two ways of fixing the joint – either with bone cement or by using a porous implant (without cement) designed to encourage the bone to regrow into the implant. There are also many choices for implant material – metal, ceramic and polyethylene.
Technology is changing all the time – resulting in more hip surgery options than ever before. Your surgeon will be able to discuss all your choices with you, helping you make the best possible decision for you.
After you return home, you will likely not require a walker or crutches and will probably be able to walk comfortably with just a walking stick.
While some patients may be told by family doctor not to sit at a 90° angle for a period of time after the surgery, our experience is that virtually all of our clients are able to sit upright in airplane seats 7 to 10 days after their surgery, with no ill effect. Some special equipment will make your life even easier. This includes items such as a raised toilet seat, a stool for the shower, an extended reacher which allows you to pick things up from the ground without bending, a sock cone to help you put on socks, and a long shoehorn.