In Need of Knee Replacement, Knee Arthroscopy or Meniscus Repair?
Ask countless Canadians who suffer from a torn meniscus, damaged or missing knee cartilage or severe pain and swelling in their knees, and they’ll tell you that getting treatment or even a full knee replacement surgery within the Canadian healthcare system is a nightmare.
Many patients report waiting many months just to meet in consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, only to be told that they don’t qualify for knee surgery because their pain is supposedly not sufficiently severe.
The reason orthopedic knee surgeons in Canada might do this is because they know the reality of Canadian healthcare, which is that resources are scarce and waiting times are unreasonably long. But knee pain can significantly reduce your ability to walk properly and bend your knees, causing severe discomfort in your legs and also disrupt your lifestyle.
For Canadians who require knee surgery or a knee arthroscopy, waiting for help in Canada can make you feel like a prisoner in your own home. Timely Medical Alternatives can help by connecting you to different surgeons across Canada and the U.S. so that your pain goes away fast.
How to Expedite Your Knee Surgery
Timely Medical Alternatives consistently offers average wait times of around two or three weeks for knee surgeries, knee arthroscopies, and even full knee reconstructions. With our professional network of surgeons, health clinics and hospitals around Canada and the U.S., we can expedite your surgery, and in some cases schedule a knee surgery for you within 24 hours.
Knee Surgery Wait Times in Canada
Statistics demonstrate that Canadian patients suffer from unfairly long wait times for knee surgery. Canada’s national healthcare system unofficially caps a “reasonable” maximum wait time for knee-replacement surgery at 26 weeks, but in five provinces, fewer than 80% of patients get to the operating room for their knee replacement within this timeline. The national average is also below 80%.
Woefully, four provinces see fewer than 70% of their patients meet this benchmark, including B.C., which has the second-lowest score in the country. Only 47% of prospective patients for full knee surgery in British Columbia receive their treatment within the federal government’s target of 26 weeks.
On top of all this, 26 weeks is arguably still a long time to be waiting when you are suffering from severe knee pain. When you need knee surgery, you deserve faster and better treatment than what your monopolistic healthcare system can provide you.
The knee handles more stress than almost any other joint in your body. This crucial joint must carry most of your body weight with every step. As well, it twists and bends so you can sit, stand, walk up stairs, get in and out of your car and maybe even play golf, tennis or squash.
But with that versatility comes a host of problems. You can injure yourself with a fall or with a sports accident, causing damage such as a complex meniscus tear, damaging the rubbery disc that cushions your knee joint.
Those suffering from arthritis also know all too well the hardship knee pain from disease can ruin their lives. Arthritis in the knees often results in pain, swelling, stiffness or a feeling of looseness.
Lastly, aging is a common catalyst for arthroscopic knee surgery and reconstructive knee surgery. The surface of the knee is made up mainly of collagen, the primary protein building block of all animal tissues. But as we age, collagen tends to stiffen and become more brittle, increasing the risk of damage and knee pain substantially.
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 a accurate quote and timeline for your surgery.
Depending on your medical history, or following a diagnostic arthroscopy, your doctor may recommend arthroplasty. This is a full or partial replacement of the knee joint with an artificial prosthesis made of plastic or metal. Because it requires “open surgery” (not done with a scope), and a longer hospital stay, the typical wait period required by the Canadian public health care system may be longer than you’re prepared to tolerate.
Again, this is where Timely Medical Alternatives has access to fully trained and certified orthopedic surgeons, can help expedite your treatment in a private clinic. The average knee implant restores about 100 degrees of movement (compared to a normal knee, which has about 130 to 140 degrees of movement).
Recovery time after surgery will vary, depending on what the surgeon does. Simple procedures such as removing torn cartilage via arthroscopy can have a recovery time of as little as two weeks. More complicated procedures, such as repairing damaged structures or replacing the knee (arthroplasty) can require four to six months of recovery.
In any event, your orthopedic surgeon will prescribe pain medication for immediately following your surgery and probably suggest you keep your leg elevated and iced as much as possible for the first few days, to reduce swelling. You’ll also need to keep your dressing clean and dry. As well, you may be advised to begin by using crutches or a cane for getting around. Your surgeon can give you an estimate of anticipated recovery time at the time of your consultation.
Doing exercises or taking physiotherapy will be very important after surgery so you can regain as much motion and strength as possible.