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Kickballs, chicken and 3-D models help Johns Hopkins surgeons prepare for complex foetal surgeries
Kickballs, chicken and 3-D models help Johns Hopkins surgeons prepare for complex foetal surgeries

By combining high-tech 3-D printing technology with everyday items such as a kickball and pieces of chicken breast, surgeons at Johns Hopkins report they have devised an innovative way to "rehearse" a complex minimally invasive surgical repair of open lesions on foetal spinal cords inside the womb...

18 Apr 2018

New clinical skills training centre aims to improve quality and safety
New clinical skills training centre aims to improve quality and safety

The quality and outcomes of the health service often boils down to getting the basics right, such as employing best practices in clinical procedures...

By Nicci Botha 27 Mar 2018

Tapping into medical tourism
Tapping into medical tourism

Foreign spending on medical care in South Africa has increased from R582m to approximately R916m in 2015...

15 Jan 2018

Stephanus van Wyk with Dr Conrad Pienaar
New lymphoedema surgery provides relief to cancer patients

A vascularised lymph node transfer, a microvascular procedure created to treat lymphoedema, has been performed at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital, Cape Town...

23 Oct 2017

Breast reconstruction and radiation therapy - is it really safe?
Breast reconstruction and radiation therapy - is it really safe?

It has been shown that adjuvant radiotherapy after mastectomy significantly reduces local recurrence rates and improves overall survival in node-positive breast cancer patients...

By Frank Graewe 7 Sep 2017

Professor Elmin Steyn, head of surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. Photo: Damien Schumann
#WomensMonth: Transplants are her passion

Even though she has been involved in more than 1,000 kidney transplants, Professor Elmin Steyn is still amazed when the organ becomes a healthy red...

By Jackie Pienaar-Brink 24 Aug 2017

Photo: RoboCatz
Robot-aided surgery now in Eastern Cape

The first robot-assisted surgeries to treat prostate cancer in the Eastern Cape were performed by Netcare Greenacres...

18 Aug 2017

Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants
Nanoparticles trick body into accepting organ transplants

Using nanoparticles, Yale researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that could reduce organ transplant complications by hiding the donated tissue from the recipient's immune system...

By William Weir 4 Aug 2017

Boy, 5, gets a mechanical heart
Boy, 5, gets a mechanical heart

A five-year-old KwaZulu-Natal boy has become the youngest person in Africa to receive a mechanical heart implantation...

By Aron Hyman 3 Aug 2017

Keloid surgery gives a man his life back
Keloid surgery gives a man his life back

Aaron Hairundu from Windhoek, Namibia started developing keloids in his early 20s...

By Frank Graewe 1 Aug 2017

PE doctor develops surgery course
PE doctor develops surgery course

An innovative short-learning course to teach surgery skills to doctors in rural areas has earned a Port Elizabeth surgeon a PhD in Health Professions Education from the University of Bloemfontein...

By Estelle Ellis 21 Jul 2017

Announcing the Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017
Announcing the Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017

The Pan-African Health Tourism Congress, scheduled to take place from 8-9 June at the uMfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Empageni, Richards Bay, is the flagship event of the health tourism sector...

Issued by Pan-African Health Congress 31 May 2017

After a successful cochlear implant, Aloshay Arendse (8) is getting a second chance at childhood. With her from left are anaesthetist Dr Nick Meyersfeld, her grandmother Spasina Isaacs, mother Candice Isaacs, father Ashley Arendse and Dr Gary Kroukamp, one of her surgeons, at Life Kingsbury Hospital. Photo: People's Post
Case study: No such thing as a small anaesthesia

Even small surgeries might necessitate very complicated anaesthetics - as a South African anaesthesiologist experienced during a routine ear operation on a little girl...

30 May 2017

SU's second successful penis transplant
SU's second successful penis transplant

Stellenbosch University's faculty of medicine and health sciences announced today that it has performed a second successful penile transplant...

By Nicci Botha 22 May 2017

SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination
SA increasingly marketed as top medical tourism destination

Although South Africa is renowned as a premium tourist destination and known to have world-class private medical facilities, the country has a very low key medical tourism industry...

15 May 2017

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Cutting-edge radio-surgical technology arrives in SA

"The technology delivers powerful doses of precision-targeted radiation that acts as a surgeon's ‘scalpel'. This greatly reduces many of the risks associated with traditional cranial surgery."

9 May 2017

Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane with their mom, Bongekile Simelane, minutes before they underwent their separation surgery .
Conjoined twins successfully separated

Twin girls joined at the lower abdomen were separated in a six-hour operation...

23 Jan 2017

Source: Mediclinic Southern Africa
SA's first paediatric mucoepimoid tumour removal

In a first for South Africa, a mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid was successfully removed from a three-year-old boy...

22 Dec 2016

#MovemberRSA: Prostate bot surgery minimises erectile dysfunction
#MovemberRSA: Prostate bot surgery minimises erectile dysfunction

One of the primary fears in men undergoing prostatectomies is loss of erectile function, but with robotic surgery, 78%of patients of all ages return to full potency in nine months...

17 Nov 2016

Urgent need to restructure SA's organ transplant process
Urgent need to restructure SA's organ transplant process

The drop in the number of organ transplants is indicative of a need to change the procurement process under the auspices of a new authority...

By Danette Breitenbach 16 Nov 2016

SASA on the economics of patient safety during surgery
SASA on the economics of patient safety during surgery

What are the real costs of safe surgery in South Africa? That is the question SASA attempted to answer recently...

31 Oct 2016

What are craniofacial syndromes?
What are craniofacial syndromes?

In the first of a series of three, Professor Frank Graewe broadly outlines the exact nature of craniofacial deformities and syndromes...

By Frank Graewe 22 Jun 2016

New minimally invasive procedure for BPH
New minimally invasive procedure for BPH

A cutting-edge procedure to treat the symptoms associated with a severely enlarged prostate is being introduced to the African continent for the first time...

24 May 2016

The Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014 team at the summit
Ain't no mountain high enough

A group of Wits medical students will be tackling the highest peak in Africa to bring smiles to the faces of some very special children...

By Nicci Botha 5 May 2016

Akikere: before and after
Breakthrough craniofacial surgery: Round 2

Almost a year after undergoing life-changing operations for serious skull defects, two young girls returned to South Africa for their final surgeries...

By Frank Graewe 15 Apr 2016

Doctors at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe prepare for surgery
First cardiac surgery performed in Zimbabwe in 13 years

After more than a decade, Zimbabwean patients will now have access to cardiac surgery within their own borders...

7 Mar 2016

The new cryo-balloon allows the user to effectively measure the atrial fibrillation signals during ablation by bringing the catheter anatomically close to the veins’ muscular sleeve.
300th cryo-balloon ablation procedure performed

300th cryo-balloon ablation procedure performed...

4 Mar 2016

Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure
Sparing ovaries and removing fallopian tubes may cut cancer risk, but few have procedure

During hysterectomies for non-cancerous conditions, removing both fallopian tubes while keeping the ovaries may help protect against ovarian cancer while preserving hormonal levels...

By Karen N. Peart 25 Jan 2016

JPS Africa introduces new medical procedures to SA

JPS Africa is launching a bloodless, injection-less and painless method of male circumcision and sub-dermal contraceptive implants...

17 Dec 2015

TomTom partners with Dutch Embassy in co-creating SA
TomTom partners with Dutch Embassy in co-creating SA

TomTom is partnering with the Dutch Embassy on the up and coming House of the Future #CoCreate project where leaders and stakeholders will come together to generate solutions for shared challenges...

2 Nov 2015

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