Orthopaedics

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

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When to worry about knee pain

Posted on 15 February 2017

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.

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The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Posted on 19 January 2017

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

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Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

Posted on 6 January 2017

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.

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Back to basics: the spinal column

Posted on 16 October 2016

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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How to reduce chronic back pain

Posted on 7 September 2016

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.

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Simple steps to healthy feet

Posted on 25 January 2016

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.

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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Of life and limb

Posted on 9 December 2015

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).

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Ensuring bone health

Posted on 1 December 2015

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

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How do total knee replacements work?

Posted on 16 October 2014

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

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When you need a new knee

Posted on 21 August 2014

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

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Bone density tests and preventing osteoporosis

Posted on 3 January 2013

our experts explain what to expect when having a bone density test as well as lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk.

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Osteoporosis – could it happen to me?

Posted on 11 December 2012

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

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Getting a grip on carpal tunnel syndrome

Posted on 6 September 2012

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.

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About hip replacements

Posted on 21 August 2012

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.

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What is a nuclear medicine bone scan?

Posted on 31 July 2012

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.

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A recipe for healthy living

Posted on 12 January 2012

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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