Surgery

Read about the groundbreaking surgeries performed by some of our top doctors as well as gain valuable
advice into the lead up to your surgical procedure.

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Orthopaedics

Simple steps to healthy feet

High heels, flat soles, pointy toes… Those new shoes look great on you, but are they also damaging your feet? A Mediclinic podiatrist separates the facts from the fiction.

Surgery

Cios Alpha gives vascular surgeons a helping arm

An exciting new piece of equipment is giving surgeons at Mediclinic Milnerton a helping hand (or arm!) in their vascular procedures. The new Cios Alpha is the first machine of

Patient Stories

Da vinci surgery: the surgeon’s perspective

The new da Vinci Si HD robotic system is already being hailed as the future of urological surgery. Dr Gawie Bruwer and Dr Pierre van Vollenhoven talk us through system, as they experience from a surgeon’s point of view.

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Breast reconstruction: What you need to know

If you’ve had a breast removed, breast reconstruction surgery can restore symmetry to your chest and improve your self-esteem and quality of life. Specialist plastic surgeon Dr Nicolette Landman from Mediclinic Midstream answers a few questions.

Patient Stories

Preparing for surgery

Going to hospital for any kind of surgical procedure can be an intimidating experience… but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these easy steps to take the worry out of your surgery.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Pregnancy

Baby Nel: part three

‘”He lives.” It was as if I had been waiting for five months just to hear those words,’ says Ronelle Nel.

Babies

Foetal surgery

There are few things more distressing for parents-to-be than to hear that their unborn baby has been diagnosed with a disorder. Thanks to hi-tech developments in surgical techniques, though, today surgeons can intervene to remedy the situation – before the baby is even born!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Expert Articles

How do total knee replacements work?

Dr Peter Smith, orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Milnerton, explains how total knee replacements work.

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When you need a new knee

You use 54 muscles every time you take a step. Find out what happens when you need a knee replacement.

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More about biopsies

The first needle biopsy of the liver was done in 1895 but didn’t become routine practice until 50 years later.

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Super-sized success story

Selwyn Smith lost an impressive 140kg – here’s how he did it.

Surgery

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery?

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery? Find out here.

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Ground-breaking surgery corrects a condition called arhinia

Imagine not being able to smell freshly baked bread, or your neighbour’s newly cut lawn. This is what Ennica Mahkge has been missing out on for the last 19 years.

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Caring for wounds after surgery

Enduring surgery is stressful, but caring for your wound afterwards doesn’t have to be says Dr Gert van der Merwe, general surgeon at Mediclinic Tzaneen.

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Bouncing back after anaesthetic

We all react differently to anaesthetics, so here’s what to expect in those few days after surgery, says Dr Gert van der Merwe, a general surgeon at MediClinic Tzaneen.

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Preparing for surgery

Dr Gert van der Merwe answers questions on how to prepare for surgery.

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Wisdom teeth

Ever wondered why wisdom teeth are called wisdom teeth? Dr Frits Hoogendijk explains.

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Surgical stitches

Did you know there are different kinds of stitches used? Read on for more.

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