Surgery

Read about the groundbreaking surgeries performed by some of our top doctors as well as gain valuable
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Patient Stories

Cutting-edge technology: meet the da Vinci robot

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.

Patient Stories

Checking into hospital

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.

Patient Stories

What is the Cios Alpha?

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?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • 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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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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.

Expert Articles

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.

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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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 found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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Patient Stories

How to prepare 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.

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!

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.

Expert Articles

More about biopsies

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

Surgery

The evolution of anaesthestics

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

Expert Articles

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.

Expert Articles

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.

Expert Articles

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.

Expert Articles

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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