CLEFT LIFT IN CANADA

#1
So I read here that apparently Dr. Jean Lauzon in BC does this surgery? Does anyone have ANY information regarding this? Can this be true or am is this only in my dreams? I just had a failed Z-Plasty and a recurrence, and I'm not willing to gamble at another one. This is my LAST shot before I head to the USA and become broke.
 
#4
Yes I am 100% positive. He described the surgery and its history in my initial consultation with him and drew it for me immediately pre-op. I had this done at Peace Arch hospital and the nurses there tell me this surgery is performed about about 2-3 times a month there - much more common than I had thought. The only thing is that he has quite long waiting lists as he is a general surgeon. I waited three months for the consultation and another four for the surgery, and was almost bumped a further five months.
 
#5
Yes I am 100% positive. He described the surgery and its history in my initial consultation with him and drew it for me immediately pre-op. I had this done at Peace Arch hospital and the nurses there tell me this surgery is performed about about 2-3 times a month there - much more common than I had thought. The only thing is that he has quite long waiting lists as he is a general surgeon. I waited three months for the consultation and another four for the surgery, and was almost bumped a further five months.
Ok thank you very much for your help! Unfortunately I just discovered that my Ontario health card does NOT cover the cost in BC so I'm back to square one. Good luck on your healing!
 
#10
Hello, this reply may be a little too late but I have not had to deal with this disease until recently. I have had it since I was in grade 9 and it has not bothered majorly until this past year. I am 23 years old.
In November I had a very bad flare up which required me to get the abscess lanced. I was scheduled for an excision with open wound healing. After reading and asking around comparing the open wound healing vs cleft lift procedure I have decided I want to Cleft Lift Procedure.
I called Dr. Arhar that is located in Brampton and they assured me he does not do the procedure. I have asked around in London Ontario (currently where I am in school) and also could not find a surgeon that does this procedure.
In this forum I stubbled upon Dr. Jean Lauzon of BC. He has an office in Surray for in province patients. He also works with the Specialist Refferral Clinic in Vancouver and they accept out of province patients. To my knowledge the procedure will not be covered by my OHIP in any way because the procedure is not offered here in Ontario.
I am currently in the process of arranging surgery dates.
They said I will need to stay in BC 5-7 days after surgery.
The total cost of surgery and assessment is 6000 CAD.
I have calculated the whole trip to be just over 10000 CAD. (my mom will have to accompany me, so food, hotel, and transportation is for 2)
I think I am willing to make the investment in my health for the reduced risk of complications and reoccurrence. Also it is the time in my life where I must get a good paying job and work hard to pay off my debt so recovery time is a huge deal.
 
#11
Ryan23,
It will be worth every penny. I'm in the US and traveled across the country to have my cleft lift done as well. The trip itself cost +/-$5k. Not including the cost of the surgery/surgery location/anesthesia (I had insurance but it was still about $2-3k w/ insurance). I would have gladly paid more and even gotten a loan to cover costs if I needed too. The piece of mind the cleft lift offers is priceless. You will NOT regret it. Does Dr. Lauzon perform a lot of cleft lifts? How's is his response time to calls/emails? The only downside w/ traveling for any surgery is that once the surgery is done and you've left the location, aftercare if a little bit different than if you were in the same state.

Please keep us updated on how your surgery and travel work out. I know a lot of Canadians come on here and don't really have many options. Best of luck to you!
 
#12
Hi RyAN23 - You may not be on the fourm any longer, but did you apply for the OOP ( Out of Province) Service with the Ministry or did you just decide to go out of pocket?

I am curious if any Ontario person has successfully applied for the OOP for a Cleft Lift in BC.

Thanks,