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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Conditions

Who needs eardrum repair?

For many children who suffer from headaches, vertigo and tinnitus, tympanoplasty (eardrum repair) is music to the ears.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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 make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • 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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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