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SA’s youngest robotic surgeon explains the benefits of technology

There are five da Vinci surgical systems in South Africa and 24 accredited surgeons. Dr Dries Van Den Heever, 38, is the youngest urologist in South Africa accredited to use

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Managing the effects of multi-stage events on kidney function

During each ABSA Cape Epic, Mediclinic deploys a team of clinicians, ranging from doctors and nurses to emergency medical personnel, to assist any rider in difficulty.

Innovation

World-leading pelvic floor centre reduces the need for repeat surgeries

One in 11 women will need surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or a leaking bladder by age 85 and 30% will need a second operation within two years. Using a comprehensive approach from medical doctors, physiotherapists and dietitians, the Cura Pelvi unit in Mediclinic Midstream has decreased recurrent surgery to only 5%.

Innovation

Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg Surgeons Perform Unique Excision of a Nasal Tumour

For two years, Peter Edmonds, a 62-year-old owner of a farm maintenance business outside of Pietermaritzburg, suffered from a blocked nose. He endured constant headaches and often felt listless after not getting enough sleep at night.

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Balloon Dilation: a Minimally-Invasive Alternative to Grommets

The benefit of Balloon Dilation Eustachian Tuboplasty (BET) is that the eardrum is not damaged and that repeat procedures may not always be necessary unlike grommet insertion. It affords the child, and adult, the potential to equalise and avoid long term middle ear disease. But are there risks to this relatively new procedure?

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Early Identification and Treatment of Strokes Save Lives

Together, ER24 and Mediclinic provide fast and effective care for stroke patients at a time when doing the right thing at the right time can make all the difference.

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Building Baragwanath for the Children

In May 2015, the Infrastructure team from Mediclinic Southern Africa was approached by Professor Jerome Loveland, a Paediatric Surgeon working between Mediclinic Sandton and the Department of Paediatric Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand. His request was a simple one – could the team assist with the technical aspects of designing and building a new Paediatric Surgical Out-Patient clinic at Baragwanath Hospital.

Patients

Metabolic Surgery can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Because of the noticeable medical benefits bariatric surgery offers to patients with Type 2 diabetes, surgeons are starting to refer to the procedure as metabolic surgery (surgery to help resolve metabolic disorders) rather than bariatric surgery (surgery to help resolve obesity).

Innovation

Promising Research Sheds Light on PTSD in SA Women

A psychiatrist in private practice at Mediclinic is pioneering clinical research that focuses on identifying biomarkers to indicate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in female victims of sexual violence.

Business

Introducing Patient Safety Managers

Ensuring our patients’ safety is of such importance to Mediclinic Southern Africa, we’ve introduced Patient Safety Managers at our hospitals.

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