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ADR in Canada?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Anybody know if ADR is available in Canada'a (BC) health care system, or is it still in clinical trials or awaiting some type of approval?

I am a new resident of Canada from the UK and weighing up my options on weather to return to the UK or have my surgery done here.

C6-C7 Herniation.




  • Welcome to Spine Health Pete! I am a former resident of BC, but have been living in the USA long enough that I am not sure what goes on there. So my advice is, ask your doctor. Now as far as the UK, are you sure it has been approved there? Before you make any decisions, gather all the info from both country. I know that in Canada surgeries that are considered elective are not highest on the priority list, my brother who lives in BC had to wait a year for his hip replacement. This may also be the case in the UK.

    How do you know that you are a candidate for ADR? Have you been diagnosed? If yes, where, and what did that surgeon say?

    Hope you work things out. let us know what have you decided.


  • I have just been diagnosed with a large herniation C6-C7 only days ago, and have only just arrived in Canada as a resident so I thought I would just through out the question once I found this forum. Obviously I still have to discuss things with my doctor. I have done my research on various options I may have, I am hoping ADR could be an option for me, but will have to wait and see.

    I am a very active person so I am hoping to return to doing sports.

    I am so happy I have found this site, knowing there are other people out there who are going or have been through the same pain and frustration that comes with these type of injuries.

    Thanks for your reply

  • I can't comment on the availability of the ADR in Canada but I sure can comment on the wait for surgery! Your GP may be able to give you information or you can call various specialists and ask if they do that procedure and then ask your GP to refer you to them. That can take a few months.

    As to the wait for surgery it can take a year or more. It is considered elective surgery unless you have serious, serious neurological compromise. I have been waiting since the end of July for a TLIF (minimally invasive). I was told it will be a year or more. My neurosurgeon is only allowed 5 hours of operating time per week.(gov't budget cut backs). He is one of the top surgeons in this province.

    I am new to this forum but have been following it for some time. I am amazed when I read some of the posts here. People getting surgery in just a few weeks. Wonderful but not in Canada!

    Best of luck Pete.
  • I was interested to read your post. I have read on various forums comments from Canadians indicating they have to wait to get tests like MRI or other imaging tests. I have repeated some of what I've read to friends when we've been discussing various health care systems, and they do not believe me when I tell them about the wait.

    We are so spoiled in the U.S. If we have to wait a week to get a MRI, we are annoyed. I decided the first week of Jan. that I wanted to have back surgery, and I am now recovering, having been released from hospital a week ago!!
  • I had to wait 2 weeks for a CT scan in Vancouver BC, I thought this pretty good having just moved from the UK, where I probably would have waited much longer!

    Not yet sure how good the health care system is here in Canada compared to the UK, but I am about to find out once I inquire about my surgical needs.

    But that time period in which you had your surgery in the US is awesome.
  • I don't know if the ADR is in Canada but I had my MRI the week after my Dr. sent the req. I'm in Toronto though and there's more population and hospitals here. But as for seeing a Ortho it is quite a wait as well as a Neuro.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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