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Sunday, December 5, 2021

More Manitobans are going for surgery outside of the country

Key takeaways:

  • People in agony are looking for operations abroad because the surgery backlog in Manitoba does not appear to be going away anytime soon.

The surgery backlog in Manitoba does not appear to be going away anytime soon, and in the meanwhile, people in pain are looking for surgeries abroad.

Guy Martin had a hernia while gathering water at his cottage north of Kenora this spring.

“Water in two five-gallon pails weighs 90 pounds. However, I believe I twisted it as I hauled it out of the water. Anyway, that’s the end of the narrative, “Martin remarked.

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In October, he underwent hernia surgery at a Toronto private clinic. He said he decided to do it after waiting eight months for a surgical date in Manitoba.

“I’d heard it may take up to a year or more, so I figured I couldn’t go through this for another year and a half or whatever it would take, so I flew to Toronto.”

The province’s surgical and diagnostic procedure backlog, according to Doctors Manitoba, is about 136,000, with hundreds more being added every week.

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According to a spokeswoman for Shared Health, “Several Manitoba hospitals are currently experiencing a decrease in the number of surgical slates. These impacts are likely to persist as long as COVID-19 demand on our ICUs remains high.”

This backlog, according to Ken Hiebert, a liaison for an orthopedic surgical center in Germany, has increased business.

Hiebert said he generally sends 10 individuals to the clinic per month, but that number has risen to 18 in November.

“The surgery backlog we have in Manitoba for individuals traveling to Germany for this operation will help those who are on the long waiting list,” Hiebert said.

If patients can afford it, Martin advises them to look for surgery elsewhere.

“Clearly, Manitoba’s system is flawed,” Martin said.

Source: CTV News

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