Surgery

Have You Considered Epilepsy Surgery?

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Epilepsy Ontario

The admission to the epilepsy unit lasts about a week, but can be longer in some circumstances. This hospital admission is often memorable and eye opening for patients as they meet other people with epilepsy and share stories with them and their families. They often realize that they are not alone.

Putting a Human Face to Health Care Waiting Lists

Yanick Labrie | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Yanick Labrie

Long waiting lists seem to have become a permanent feature of Canadian health care. But what are the effects of having to wait a long time for medical treatment? Is it just an annoyance, or are the consequences more serious?

Study Uncovers How Long It Can Take To Recover From Surgery

CP | Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - One of the big frustrations of surgery: There's little way to know if you'll be a fast or slow healer, someone who feels back to normal i...

Canada's Healthcare System Thrives When There's a Human Touch

Noralou Roos | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Living
Noralou Roos

It seems there is a disconnect between Canadians' personal views and their idea of how well the health system works for society at large. Canadians tout the public health care model as a big part of our national identity, say their experiences are mostly positive -- but then worry the system is failing.

Doctor, Please Don't Live Tweet Photos of My Colonoscopy

Ward Anderson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada
Ward Anderson

Ten, maybe 15 years ago, all you had to do was be a doctor and life was good. You had the fast car, the trophy wife, and you could prescribe recreational drugs to your friends. Now a doctor has to be a social media junkie, too? What's next? Putting photos of my colonoscopy on Instagram? I already take photos of my food before I eat it. Now I guess it's time to take pics of how it looks after I'm done.

The Mobile App That Helps Patients Monitor Their Own Recovery

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

Dr. Joshua Liu is a co-founder and CEO of Seamless Mobile Health, which lets patients monitor their recovery after surgery with a mobile app -- and get help when they need it.

Crashing to Cusco: One Very Bad Day, and all that Comes with it

Philip Davidson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta
Philip Davidson

Hindsight hurts. But sometimes it would really be nice to have some hindsight beforehand.

Part 2: Is Gluten Really That Bad?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

The good news with all of this gluten business is, if you eliminate it from your diet and you're sensitive, symptoms will get better. I have seen this many times clinically, spoken to many people who have experienced this, and the research corroborates these findings.

'Free' Health Care in Canada Costs More Than It's Worth

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

The Canadian health care system is not free -- in fact, Canadian families pay heavily for healthcare through the tax system. That high price paints the long wait times and lack of medical technologies in Canada in a very different light.

Waiting for Health Care Is Not a Necessary Evil

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Waiting is a defining characteristic of Canadian health care. Canadians wait, often interminably, for access to health care services. Canada's wait times are among the longest in the developed world. And, contrary to popular belief, Canada's terrible wait times are not the result of insufficient health care spending. In 2009 (the most recent year for which comparable statistics are available), Canada's health care system ranked as the developed world's most expensive universal-access system. The solution to Canada's waiting time woes is sensible health policy reform that would employ private competition in the delivery of universally accessible hospital and surgical services .

Ask Elizabeth: I'm Worried About My Child's Surgery

Natalie Strouth | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My four-year-old daughter is having surgery soon, and I'm a nervous wreck. Her doctors have assured me that she will be fine, but I'm worried about her getting put out, and especially worried about helping her recover at home after leaving the hospital...help!

Why Hospitals Slow to a Crawl During the Summer

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Nadeem Esmail

Every year, provincial health care systems across Canada dutifully reduce the volume of services they provide in preparation for the summer vacation season. This planned-for reduction has the inevitable effect of lengthening waiting times for Canadians over the summer months (and during Christmas holidays). The added twist this year is the slowdowns might be extended in a bid to reduce expenditures.

The Art of Slowing Down After My Double Mastectomy

Naomi Angel | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Living
Naomi Angel

It has only been a couple weeks since the surgery, a double mastectomy, and my body is still in recovery mode. On some mornings, I can hear Nate playing downstairs with his dad and I feel my heart swell with happiness. "How lucky I am to be a part of this family," I think. On other mornings, on those when the pain is bad, I think how sad it is that I am in this bed and missing out on the cuteness that is surely happening downstairs. My chest is sore, but mostly it is numb. Watching Nate run and play and laugh reminds me that the surgery may have (temporarily) broken my body, but it certainly did not touch my heart, nor my capacity to feel love.

Think Canada Has the World's Best Health Care? Think Again

Mark Milke | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

We would wager citizens of every country think health care could be improved. However, we would also bet a plane ticket to someone's favourite summer getaway that Canadians will find countries with universal health care, such as Australia, Japan, or favourite tourist destinations in Europe, have far better health care than we do. That's because their citizens and their governments have no hang-ups about the three boogeymen of upfront fees, "private" insurance, and private delivery. They are also nations with progressive, sensible health care practices that could help improve Canada's health care system.

Ask Elizabeth: Finding Mobility Aids for Stroke Survivors on a Budget

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Coming home from the hospital following an illness or surgery can be overwhelming in an already stressful time and it's important to have a plan based...

Life as I Know it, After Cancer

Andrea Paine | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

I have been a cancer survivor for a little over five years. Throughout my journey, I have remained positive, sometimes scared, and at times frustrated. The base of it all, though, is my belief that I will thrive and live a healthy, full life. No matter how many rounds of chemo or radiation you have to endure, or follow-up surgeries you have to undergo, take heart.

Want To Keep Kids Calm During A Surgery? Crack A Joke

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

For children who need an operation, the idea of being put to sleep can be one of the most frightening parts of surgery, especially when they see that ...

Why The Odds Of Surviving Surgery Have Increased

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - The risk of dying during or shortly after surgery has declined dramatically over the past five decades, with the rate now about one-tenth wh...

Let's Treat Our Hips the Same Way We Treat Our Cars

Eric Bohm | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Living
Eric Bohm

Hip and knee replacements constitute a billion dollar industry. But why is it that we don't monitor the quality of our goods the same way the automotive industry does? Canada needs to adopt a series of measures to maintain records, and improve not only product quality, but customer satisfaction as well.

Surgery Wait Times In Canada Longest In 18 Years

CBC | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Living

Wait times to receive medical treatment in Canada are the highest they’ve been in 18 years, according to a new report. The median wait time is 19...