Orthopaedics

Gain insight into matters of the bone structure, such as osteoporosis and knee replacements from our expert orthopaedic surgeons.

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Conditions

When to worry about knee pain

Zandi Nkosi suffered a throbbing pain in her right knee for months but tried to shrug it off. This is why she should have worried about her knee pain.

Conditions

The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital age. A Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon explains the causes and treatment of this condition.

Orthopaedics

Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

Healthy Life

Back to basics: the spinal column

The spinal column is comprised of 33 individual bones that work together to support your body and protect the otherwise vulnerable spinal cord from injury. We go back to basics in this spinal column infographic.

Exercise

How to reduce chronic back pain

Dr Willem Strydom, an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Mediclinic Cape Gate, discusses the common occurrence of myofascial or chronic back pain and offers some simple self-help solutions.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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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.

Orthopaedics

Of life and limb

José de Barros Viana Orthotics and Prosthetics can be found at Mediclinic Cape Gate, where he helps patients such as double amputee ten-pin bowler Winston Balada (pictured above).

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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Healthy Life

Ensuring bone health

Consistently looking after your bones from childhood to old age can help avoid complications. Here’s how to keep your bones healthy.

Expert Articles

How do total knee replacements work?

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

Expert Articles

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.

Orthopaedics

Osteoporosis – could it happen to me?

Osteoporosis is not confined to the elderly any more. Here, our experts answer your questions about this disease.

Expert Articles

Getting a grip on carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome often presents in people who experience repetitive strain in their hands or wrists, as could be caused, for example, by working with vibrating machinery for long periods, sewing or even aggressive piano playing.

Expert Articles

About hip replacements

Our expert Dr Ockie van Zyl is a leading orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in knee and hip replacements. He supports Mediclinic Panorama and Mediclinic Cape Town.

Expert Articles

What is a nuclear medicine bone scan?

For a nuclear medicine scan you will be injected with a radioactive tracer of a low dose of radiation (similar to the dose used in an x-ray). This radio-labelled tracer, Tc99m MDP, then travels through your bloodstream to the bone where your bone building cells will absorb it. An image is then taken using a gamma camera, which will show your blood supply to the bone, and its bone cellular function.

Magazine

A recipe for healthy living

When much-loved food icon Ina Paarman was confronted with debilitating back pain, she wasn’t about to let it get her down. Thanks to a spinal fusion, she’s able to continue giving her energy to her culinary career.

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