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Can you reverse a vasectomy?

A vasectomy reversal (vasovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy) is neither simple nor guaranteed to be successful, warns Dr Dries van den Heever, a urologist.

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What to expect: Cystoscopy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cystoscopy is a procedure that lets the healthcare provider view the urinary tract, particularly the bladder, the urethra, and the openings to the ureters. Here’s what to expect.

Urology

Male infertility: Your options [INFOGRAPHIC]

Male infertility can be caused by low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm – but surgical options do exist.

Cancer

The ins and outs of scopes: the 6 scopes you need to have this year

Better known as scopes, endoscopies are vital tools in preventing, detecting and treating numerous diseases and injuries.

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5 common vasectomy myths, busted!

So, you were thinking of getting a vasectomy but then you heard all kinds of things about the procedure and now you’re no longer sure? According to Dr Muhammad Barmania, a urologist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, a vasectomy is probably not as major an operation as you might expect. What’s more, with Mediclinic’s Fixed Fees Packages, it may not be as pricey as you expected either.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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 jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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When did you last have your prostate checked?

Your best defence against prostate cancer is to detect it early. Don’t delay routine screening tests, such as a Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.

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When to see a urologist

Regular check-ups with a urologist for common urological problems are essential for both men and women.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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 Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Your prostate cancer questions answered [infographic]

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in South African men. Are you at risk? How often should you be tested? Does your lifestyle play a role? Are there signs to look out for?

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Can you avoid forming kidney stones?

Your kidneys work hard to filter waste from your blood, creating urine that contains calcium, phosphate, oxalate, and uric acid. Usually, these substances are very diluted so they easily flow out when you urinate. But if your urine becomes concentrated (because you are dehydrated, for instance), these mineral and salts can bind together to form a kidney stone. 

Expertise

Chronic kidney disease: Are you at risk?

Our kidneys are great at getting rid of the junk we eat. If you’re not helping them, they could turn into a ticking time bomb.

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Kidney diseases: why they’re so common

Kidney disease is a common cause of hospitalisation. We look at the different types of kidney disease – such as chronic kidney disease – and what the risk factors and treatment options are.

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