CLEFT LIFT IN CANADA

NullPointer

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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.
 

lshslh

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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.
 

NullPointer

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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!
 

RyAN23

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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.
 

ellysparkles

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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!
 

ThomasL

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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,
 

Jq24!

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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,


Hi ThomasL
If you are still on this forum, how did things work out for you? Did you find any answers regarding an ontario person successfully applying for the OOP for a Cleft Lift in BC?
 

drainit

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Hi ThomasL
If you are still on this forum, how did things work out for you? Did you find any answers regarding an ontario person successfully applying for the OOP for a Cleft Lift in BC?
Hi there, I am in Ontario and just had my second surgery performed last Thursday in London ON by Dr. Chris Vinden. I drove from the GTA to see him after seeing good things about him. He performs the GIPS procedure, and so far is the only one I have heard about on this forum who does so in Ontario. Please, please go see him - he knows a lot about this disease and will figure out how to treat your specific case, likely with GIPS if it is persistent pilonidal.
(To give you more background, I had my first open excision in Halton in November and the pilonidal experience between my first surgeon and Vinden was a night and day difference).
PM me if you want more info!
 

Jq24!

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Hi there, I am in Ontario and just had my second surgery performed last Thursday in London ON by Dr. Chris Vinden. I drove from the GTA to see him after seeing good things about him. He performs the GIPS procedure, and so far is the only one I have heard about on this forum who does so in Ontario. Please, please go see him - he knows a lot about this disease and will figure out how to treat your specific case, likely with GIPS if it is persistent pilonidal.
(To give you more background, I had my first open excision in Halton in November and the pilonidal experience between my first surgeon and Vinden was a night and day difference).
PM me if you want more info!
That is such a relief, I have send you a message
 

abtahia

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hi, does anyone has any knowledge of a surgeon that perform the cleft lift surgery in Alberta Canada?
thanks so much
 

forkwind

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Hi there, I am in Ontario and just had my second surgery performed last Thursday in London ON by Dr. Chris Vinden. I drove from the GTA to see him after seeing good things about him. He performs the GIPS procedure, and so far is the only one I have heard about on this forum who does so in Ontario. Please, please go see him - he knows a lot about this disease and will figure out how to treat your specific case, likely with GIPS if it is persistent pilonidal.
(To give you more background, I had my first open excision in Halton in November and the pilonidal experience between my first surgeon and Vinden was a night and day difference).
PM me if you want more info!
Hello, late question.
This is the only doctor I have heard in this forum that performs the cleft lift surgery in Ontario. I’ve also seen some hefty prices for the surgery as well. Was your procedure covered by OHIP at all?
 

bbqpauk

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Hi there, I am in Ontario and just had my second surgery performed last Thursday in London ON by Dr. Chris Vinden. I drove from the GTA to see him after seeing good things about him. He performs the GIPS procedure, and so far is the only one I have heard about on this forum who does so in Ontario. Please, please go see him - he knows a lot about this disease and will figure out how to treat your specific case, likely with GIPS if it is persistent pilonidal.
(To give you more background, I had my first open excision in Halton in November and the pilonidal experience between my first surgeon and Vinden was a night and day difference).
PM me if you want more info!
I wish Dr. Viden wasn't long retired now. Does anyone else have good suggestions like him in the Ontario region?
 

germane

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I wish Dr. Viden wasn't long retired now. Does anyone else have good suggestions like him in the Ontario region?
Hi there bbqpauk and other Canadians in Ontario, here are a couple of suggestions:

1) Dr. Mohamed Bahasadri in Toronto: https://www.drbahasadri.com/ (HOME PAGE)

(SPECIFIC PAGE ON PILONIDAL CYST EXCISION, INCLUDING CLEFT LIFT)

The third surgical option talks about the Bascom flap (= cleft lift). This doctor generally appears to have excellent reviews and is an expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

2) Dr. Hector Roldan in Huntsville: https://www.hectorroldanmd.ca/ (HOME PAGE)

(SPECIFIC PAGE ON SERVICES CARRIED OUT, INCLUDING THE GIPS PROCEDURE). The last item on this list of services reads as follows: Minimally invasive therapy for Pilonidal disease. Gips procedure

3) Dr. Morgan in Toronto: https://themedspatoronto.com/pilonaidal-cyst-removal

The page above talks about the removal of pilonidal cysts using a 'new', non-surgical laser technique.

Hope you find this helpful! All the best.
 
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