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Hi, I've a small problem and could do with some advice. I had an accident and broke my leg a few months before moving to Switzerland. In putting my leg back together, a metal plate and nail had to be left inside my leg. Now the time has come for this metal to come out of my leg and I obviously need an operation for this to happen.

When I moved to Switzerland I was concerned that no health insurance company would take me on as there was a definite need to have an expensive operation. Luckily the first insurance company I asked said that it wouldn't be a problem to insure me. With this insurance I've had no issues until now and have been having regular check ups in the Kantonspital Baden (Kanton Aarau) as this hospital is close to where I work.

As I have been having check ups in this hospital (X-Rays etc.) I thought it only to make sense that I should have my operation there as well, and so booked an operation for December. There is however a problem with this. I live in Kanton Zürich, so whereas it's fine to have medical check ups in another Kanton my insurance won't cover me to have my operation there. So for this reason I now have to find a hospital in as short as time as possible.

So now my questions. Has anybody had a similar experience to this? Will it be possible and easy to transfer my medical records/history from Kantonspital Baden to another hospital in Zürich? How long must one normally wait to get an appointment for such an operation? And finally, can anybody recommend any good hospitals that could do the operation I require? Or perhaps more importantly, tell me which hospitals I should avoid! For some further background, my insurance covers me to have my operation in any hospital (private or public) as long as there are wards and not only private rooms there.

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any advice that can be given!
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Re: Help needed in choosing a hospital in Zürich

Is it an IM nail? Tibia or femur?

I had a 10" plate and 7 screws removed at Triemli and I think I am right in saying that Lou had an IM nail removed from her femur (don't know which hospital).

Transfer should be a breeze. The recovery time is a lot shorter too.
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Is it an IM nail? Tibia or femur?

I had a 10" plate and 7 screws removed at Triemli and I think I am right in saying that Lou had an IM nail removed from her femur (don't know which hospital).

Transfer should be a breeze. The recovery time is a lot shorter too.
I've got a long nail down the length of my Tibia and a 7" plate on my Fibula. I know it's not such a big operation nowdays and after nearly 2 years being part Terminator T-101 I'm really ready to have it out!

How did you find Triemli? Was it a good/pleasant hospital?
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Re: Help needed in choosing a hospital in Zürich

the joy with my "work" was that I was rated P1 (so full private) and it becomes a bit like a hotel stay (own room, etc). Having said that, shared rooms are two people and it is much less on the give me morphine now scale

I'm assuming you did a proper job on the tibial plateau and took the fibula with it? I broke both but the fib' was left to heal itself.

I took the bus home less than 36 hours after the op. Life after hardware is nice - I assume you notice your hardware?

Your removal might need more days post-op than my plate. But as hospitals go, it's reasonable for a "state" hospital.
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Hirslanden also have a good reputation...
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But they are private and by the sound of it, the OP only has coverage for public hospitals.

A friend of mine had a hip joint replaced at Balgrist and was very satisfied.


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But they are private and by the sound of it,
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I interpreted it rather differently.

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Hi, I've a small problem and could do with some advice. I had an accident and broke my leg a few months before moving to Switzerland. In putting my leg back together, a metal plate and nail had to be left inside my leg. Now the time has come for this metal to come out of my leg and I obviously need an operation for this to happen.

When I moved to Switzerland I was concerned that no health insurance company would take me on as there was a definite need to have an expensive operation. Luckily the first insurance company I asked said that it wouldn't be a problem to insure me. With this insurance I've had no issues until now and have been having regular check ups in the Kantonspital Baden (Kanton Aarau) as this hospital is close to where I work.

As I have been having check ups in this hospital (X-Rays etc.) I thought it only to make sense that I should have my operation there as well, and so booked an operation for December. There is however a problem with this. I live in Kanton Zürich, so whereas it's fine to have medical check ups in another Kanton my insurance won't cover me to have my operation there. So for this reason I now have to find a hospital in as short as time as possible.

So now my questions. Has anybody had a similar experience to this? Will it be possible and easy to transfer my medical records/history from Kantonspital Baden to another hospital in Zürich? How long must one normally wait to get an appointment for such an operation? And finally, can anybody recommend any good hospitals that could do the operation I require? Or perhaps more importantly, tell me which hospitals I should avoid! For some further background, my insurance covers me to have my operation in any hospital (private or public) as long as there are wards and not only private rooms there.

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any advice that can be given!
You have two choices: 1st Choice: try and change your insurance to cover another Kanton-it will cost you more but they may happily add the extra coverage and take your money. 2nd choice, and I would recommend this, talk to the doctor at the KSB and explain the problem and ask him/her to recommend a surgeon in Zürich. This is the best way for you to find the right doctor. You will first have to go see that doctor, once he has your records, and then the surgery will be scheduled. I can't say how long you will have to wait.
Hope everything works out okay. Will you need phsio after the operation? For this I can recommend the phyio clinic at IFA in Baden.
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Re: Help needed in choosing a hospital in Zürich

Hi,

I had a plate and screws removed from my leg at the Unispital in Zurich about a year ago. I had a check-up at the outpatient clinic there beforehand, then requested and received a date and had the op about 2 weeks later. Very happy with the care and the result. Up and walking on crutches next day, stayed in 2 or maybe 3 nights, if I remember right (1 night pre-op for an early morning operation). Your surgery time could potentially be delayed however, depending on emergencies and higher priority cases on the day.

This was all on my company's accident insurance which covered me for a private room (great views across the city and lake from a penthouse room ). But I have also had the "pleasure" of a stay there in the public/allgemein section, and again couldn't fault it (except the food..!).

I did however also have the metal put in at the same hospital about 18 months previously, so have no idea how it would work re transferring medical records etc..
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Re: Help needed in choosing a hospital in Zürich

I had my bionic parts removed last year at the Balgrist in Zurich. It is a specialised Orthopeadic hospital and I can highly recommend it. I had 2 screws removed from my Femur which required an overnight stay. The hospital accepts all types of insurance, I only had basic, but no matter which level of coverage you have the treatment is the same only the rooms differ. If your German is not so good yet the Dr's all speak perfect English and the nurses try their best, I forgot how to speak German coming round after my op so they spoke to me in English .
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I forgot to say if your insurance allows it you can call up the secretary of the specialist you need to see and make an appointment directly with them without going through your GP. Saves a bit of time.
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Thanks ever so much for all the responses - they're highly appreciated!

My insurance stated to me, as in the last post, that it is fine to go to a private hospital as long as they have communal wards. Due to my insurance taking me on with the knowlege that I would need an operation, I was not allowed to extend the coverage for private care or choice of hospital until after this operation. I don't find this of such concern as from my experiences so far in the Swiss health care system has been exceptional and I think waiting lists are completly unheard of here.

The original planned date of my operation was to be early December, I hope I can still keep to this plan. The kantonspital in Baden told me that it would be 3-4 months no sport following the operation so this will hopefully have me fit and ready once next summer comes again. Only problem is a second winter here without winter sports...
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Re: Help needed in choosing a hospital in Zürich

When I saw my surgeon about the removal of my screws he went through his schedule right there & then to find a date that suited us both. I had my surgery 4 weeks later but could have had it sooner if I did not have something else planned for the earlier dates he suggested.
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Re: Help needed in choosing a hospital in Zürich

Some hospitals are mixed, they have both public wards and private rooms. Sanitas in Kilchberg is an example of such a hospital. Those would be ok for the OP. Hirslanden however has no public wards and would not be covered by her insurance.


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