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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?

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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.

Conditions

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?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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 corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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.

Healthy Life

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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Speech therapy after a stroke

After a stroke, it’s very common to experience communication problems. Known as aphasia, the condition can affect the ability to speak, read and write. A Mediclinic audiologist and speech therapist explains how it is treated.

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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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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.

Conditions

Staying ahead of epilepsy

Epilepsy is in fact a group of conditions better thought of collectively as the epilepsies, explains Dr James Butler, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg. Dr Butler stays at the forefront of the latest research and, together with a team of healthcare providers specialising in the epilepsies, ensures that patients receive the best care available.

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Better, faster hip replacement surgery

A less invasive procedure than traditional surgery is being used with great success for total hip replacements. It’s called Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery (AMIS) and has the great benefit of faster recovery times.

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