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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Babies (up to 1 year)

It begins: a successful emergency C-Section

Long-distance trail runners Landie and Christiaan Greyling first met at an Adventure Race. Now, as the proud parents of little Christopher, they’re embarking on a whole new kind of challenge. 

Cancer

Is a mastectomy required or are there other options for breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a treatable disease and early diagnosis significantly improves the survival rate.  Many women now have the option of preserving their breasts. Dr Mariza Tunmer, a specialist radiation oncologist at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, explains non-surgical treatment options.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Epilepsy surgery for children – from a neurosurgeon’s perspective

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by recurrent seizures, or convulsions that occur when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy South Africa estimates the condition affects one out of every 100 people in South Africa, with 75% of those experiencing their first seizure before the age of 20.

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Men may be more susceptible to hernias

A hernia is one of those uncomfortable realities of being human. We speak to a Mediclinic expert about why men are more susceptible to this ailment.

Cataracts
Expertise

FAQs: Cataracts – how do they develop, are you at risk, when do you require surgery?

Cataracts form as your eye lenses become less flexible and transparent as you age. Left untreated, it can lead to blindness. Discover if you’re at risk and what to expect from surgery.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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  • 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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Expertise

History of cataract surgery

Physicians used to suction, bash or push the cloudy lens from a patient’s eye. Thankfully, today cataract surgery is a little more evolved.

Surgery

Breast-reduction surgery

Disproportionately large breasts can mean more than struggling to find clothes that fit: they can cause back and neck pain, make it difficult to take part in physical activities and have a detrimental effect on a woman’s self-image. If you’re considering breast-reduction surgery – a reduction mammaplasty – here’s what you need to know.

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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  • 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 place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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Expertise

Non-elective plastic surgery

Plastic surgery can restore your dignity, health and quality of life.

Cardiology

What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

Dealing with the fallout of heart disease and wondering what your surgery options are? In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons perform surgery through smaller incisions in your breastbone or chest, as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Dr Leonard du Preez, a cardiothoracic surgeon practising at Mediclinic Panorama, explains what this surgery option entails.

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How cataract surgery can change someone’s life  

Although its a relatively simple procedure – and most people still need to use reading glasses afterward – cataract surgery can significantly improve your quality of life.

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Who needs eardrum repair?

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

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Cataract surgery partnership

We look at the recent care partnership between Mediclinic Milnerton and Groote Schuur hospital which kicked off a campaign to support the public sector in addressing backlogs.

Exercise

Exercising after orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgeons can repair broken bones and replace worn-out joints, but it’s up to us to walk the road to recovery. Here’s how exercise after orthopaedic surgery can help.

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I need new dentures – can bone grafting and maxillofacial surgery help me?

Loss of teeth may cause loss of bone in the jaw. This means that there may not be enough bone for implants, or your dentures may not fit well. In this case, bone grafting surgery performed by a maxillofacial surgeon may help you. A Mediclinic expert explains how this tried and tested surgical technique can help someone to smile confidently, eat without difficulty and talk properly again.

Cancer

Risk reduction surgery

We explore risk reduction surgery as a method of maintaining quality of life and preventing female-specific cancers.

Expertise

Look again – Transorbital surgery innovation

With a groundbreaking new technique, certain brain tumours can now be removed through the eye socket, radically speeding up recovery. These two women experienced it.

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Laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome

Anja Sonnendecker’s pregnant belly swelled to double its size in a few days – her identical twins had twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a potentially fatal complication in about one in five identical twin pregnancies sharing a single placenta. Fortunately, she was referred to Dr Lou Pistorius at Mediclinic Panorama who offers laser treatment to break this connection and help normalise the pregnancy. Watch incredible footage of the foetal surgery as their story unfolds.

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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.

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