Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Replacement & Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Canadians seeking a shoulder surgery or a shoulder arthroscopy to relieve severe pain and discomfort face a very dire situation in Canada’s healthcare system. Whether you require surgery for a tear in your bicep tendon or rotator cuff, or you suffer from serious pain and need a full shoulder replacement, orthopedic surgeons in Canada might not be able to help you as quickly as you’d like.
Studies show that the Canadian healthcare system’s problems are multifaceted and more complex than a lack of money. Orthopedic shoulder surgeons across the country report resource shortages across the board, including support staff like nurses, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, as well as hospital beds, operating rooms, and supplies including prosthetics.
Timely Medical Alternatives can arrange connections with board-certified shoulder surgeons across Canada and the United States and help negotiate financial savings so you can receive the shoulder surgery you need, fast and affordably, without the absurdly long wait.
Expedite Your Shoulder Surgery with Timely Medical
Timely Medical Alternatives connects you with hospitals, private clinics, doctors and other healthcare providers throughout Canada and the United States to help provide you shoulder surgery faster than dealing with the Canadian healthcare system on your own. On average, upon receiving a diagnostic package, our patients receive their surgery in less than three weeks; in some cases we are even able to schedule a surgery within 24 hours.
Thanks to our deep network in the international healthcare community, we also have resources to arrange financial discounts for your shoulder surgery under certain circumstances. In previous cases, we have been able to offer shoulder surgeries at a cost of up to 80% less than standard.
Wait Times for Shoulder Surgery in Canada
Studies identify that as many as 90% of Canadians wait upwards of 24 weeks for shoulder surgery. However, surveyed shoulder surgeons claim that wait times ideally should not extend beyond 12 weeks, and a recent study of 15 metropolitan areas uncovered that the average wait time for shoulder surgery in the U.S. was less than two weeks.
Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body. While your knee and elbow move in only one direction, your shoulder can move in almost a full circle. But this great flexibility also puts your shoulder at a higher risk of injury.
Athletic people (tennis and squash players, for example) are more likely to suffer from shoulder injuries. But regardless of activity, the risk of injury increases dramatically with age. As well, disease can play a role.
Shoulder surgery in Canada is often required for conditions such as recurrent dislocation, rotator cuff tears, recurrent tendonitis, persistent bursitis, a frozen shoulder, arthritis or fractures.
Shoulder pain can be unbearable for many people. Shoulder surgery can remove the pain while restoring full movement to your shoulder so you can claim back your life!
Most commonly, doctors will recommend that you get an MRI or a CT-scan so they can get a clear and detailed picture of exactly what’s going on inside your shoulder. From time to time, however, they may suggest you have an arthroscopy. This is a minor surgery using a small device (sometimes as thin as a pencil) fitted with a camera. The camera allows the surgeon to “look” inside your shoulder and make a diagnosis. This surgery can sometimes be done on an out-patient basis, meaning you will not have to stay overnight in hospital.
Bad as your pain is, your need for shoulder surgery will probably not be seen as “urgent” by the Canadian public health care system. Hospital bed shortages and limited operating room times across Canada mean that you can wait a long time before getting the help you need. This is where Timely Medical Alternatives can help expedite your case so you can get your diagnosis and or surgery without waiting.
Some shoulder surgeries, such as some rotator cuff repairs, can be done by arthroscopy – the small camera described above. Other surgeries, such as shoulder replacements, will require “open” surgery, meaning a lengthier surgery and a larger incision. Fractures may require fixation with sutures, pins or wires. After the surgeon reviews your diagnostic imaging you will meet with the surgeon in person to discuss in detail exactly what your case requires.
Your recovery time from shoulder surgery will depend both on the type of surgery you had (arthroscopic or open) and on the nature of your injury. Generally, the more complex and longstanding the problem, the longer it will take you to recover. The recovery range for shoulder surgery varies greatly – anywhere from several weeks to six months or more. You can reduce your recovery time and improve your result by faithfully following the exercise program that your doctor or physiotherapist will recommend after your shoulder surgery is complete.