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Cutting-edge technology: meet the da Vinci robot

Posted on 30 May 2016

The da Vinci Si HD robotic system was introduced at Mediclinic Durbanville to help with complex surgeries such as prostatectomies, using a minimally invasive approach. Mediclinic currently has four urologists who are accredited to use the system.

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Checking into hospital

Posted on 20 April 2016

Heading to hospital for surgery? Don’t stress: you’re in safe hands with the staff at Mediclinic. You can make their job easier, though, by following a few simple Do’s and Don’ts ahead of your op.

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What is the Cios Alpha?

Posted on 30 March 2016

Mediclinic Milnerton recently acquired the Cios Alpha, a versatile imaging alternative which can be used during open surgery as part of a hybrid vascular procedure. It’s the first of its kind in South Africa… but what exactly does it do?

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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?

  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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Cios Alpha gives vascular surgeons a helping arm

Posted on 6 October 2015

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

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Da vinci surgery: the surgeon’s perspective

Posted on 23 September 2015

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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Breast reconstruction: What you need to know

Posted on 25 August 2015

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.

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Preparing for surgery

Posted on 14 July 2015

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.

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Baby Nel: part three

Posted on 23 February 2015

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

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Foetal surgery

Posted on 12 February 2015

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!

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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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More about biopsies

Posted on 13 August 2014

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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The evolution of anaesthestics

Posted on 10 June 2014

The science of anaesthetics continues to improve with technology. Dr Roger Nattrass explains.

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Super-sized success story

Posted on 13 March 2014

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

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Do you qualify for bariatric surgery?

Posted on 13 March 2014

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery? Find out here.

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Ground-breaking surgery corrects a condition called arhinia

Posted on 7 March 2014

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

Posted on 4 March 2014

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

Posted on 25 February 2014

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

Posted on 7 February 2014

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

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Wisdom teeth

Posted on 30 January 2014

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

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