An interdisciplinary surgical team in South Africa has developed a medical technique that reaches previously inoperable pathologies in the brain and eye called transorbital surgery. Mediclinic is the first private hospital group in Africa to offer the innovative surgery through Professor Darlene Lubbe’s work.
Connectivity is part and parcel of our daily lives. Be it communicating, researching or keeping abreast of worldwide news, Internet access has become a ‘must-have’ and hospitals are no different in this regard. Mediclinic now offers free Wi-Fi access to its patients, a service that came into being late last year.
On 19 November 2016, a three-year-old boy became the first child in South Africa to have a rare mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid removed. This procedure was successfully performed at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg.
Dr Adriaan Smit, an Orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Durbanville, was recently approached by the European Wrist Arthroscopic Society (EWAS) to initiate an advanced training course in Cape Town during November 2016. A first for Africa, this course brought together internationally recognised surgeons and the hand surgery fraternity in South Africa.
Dr Peet van Deventer’s groundbreaking studies into the blood supply to the nipple-areolar complex area have made breast surgeries safer. Not a great deal was known about the blood supply to the nipple-areolar complex area before reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr Peet van Deventer did his pioneering work.
A first in South Africa, Mediclinic Durbanville played host to a conference featuring a live robotic assisted very complex laparoscopic prostatectomy with extended nodal dissection.
Mediclinic Panorama, together with cardiac electrophysiologist Dr Razeen Gopal, is the first hospital in sub-Saharan Africa to introduce the only non-invasive and wireless ICD – the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD). Mediclinic is always investigating how the needs of our patients can be answered through innovation.