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Anaesthetics: what to expect

It’s normal to be afraid to go under anaesthetics during a surgery, even though the risk of something unusual happening is relatively low. We answer some frequently asked questions about anaesthetics.

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Top cyclists receive first-class care at Mediclinic Nelspruit

Abrasions, fractures, even broken vertebrae – when these top cyclists took a tumble while training in Mpumalanga, their injuries were severe enough to put their careers at risk. Fortunately, after quick and effective care at Mediclinic Nelspruit, they’re on the road to recovery. 

Conditions

Disc regenerative therapy for lower back pain

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most prevalent causes of lower back pain. In short, this condition presents with pain and a general weakness or numbness in the area, which stems from a degenerated spinal disc – and although it may be related to the ageing process, it can affect anyone at any stage of life. We speak to a spinal expert on treatment options.

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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Patient safety is fundamental to Mediclinic’s promise

Patient safety is one of Mediclinic’s core values, but what does it mean for you as a patient?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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 uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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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‘Brain surgery completely cured my epilepsy’

In South Africa, epilepsy affects an estimated one out of every 100 people (Department of Health 2017 Fact Sheet citing WHO*). Neither genetic nor contagious, epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by unusual electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures.

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Breaking down breast cancer

Breast cancer sufferers are avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy through transcriptional profiling that examines the genetic make-up of their cancer.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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Causes of lymphoedema related to cancer and how it’s treated

Lymphoedema is an incurable but manageable condition that causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. It develops when the lymphatic system – the network of channels and glands in the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid – is disrupted.

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How does a stroke affect the brain?

Cases of ischemic strokes are a fairly common occurrence, particularly in people over the age of fifty. Here’s what you need to know.

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Latest treatments for Parkinson’s disease

A degenerative brain condition, Parkinson’s Disease has no known cure. Yet there are numerous methods, both surgical and drug-based, that can effectively treat symptoms. The experts explain.

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Prostate cancer: early diagnosis is essential

June is Men’s Health Month. We asked a Mediclinic urologist how prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.

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Asthma: when it’s hard to breathe

With the medication available today, asthma is easily treated and you can lead a completely normal life. But asthma isn’t always diagnosed correctly.

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Your personal risk for pulmonary embolism

Though it doesn’t sound like a run-of-the-mill condition, pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases across the globe.

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New local discovery to prevent cardiac arrest in athletes

The recent discovery of the CDH2 gene that causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people and competitive athletes means a disease that was previously difficult to diagnose, often manifesting in sudden death, can now be screened for.

Conditions

World-class treatment for thyroid eye disease

We look at the world-class treatment options available in South Africa for thyroid eye disease.

gynaecology

How fertility treatments have evolved

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

Cycle Tour

Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

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Innovation in breast-lift surgery provides long-term results

Award-winning reconstructive and plastic surgeon at Mediclinic, Dr Peet van Deventer, developed a unique permanent internal mesh system that has better results for cosmetic breast support in the long term.

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