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Surgery
July 16, 2018

Then and now: How far we’ve come in medicine

Back in the day, people had more to worry about during a doctor’s visit than an injection or a finger prick. Without the evolution of technology, resources and other medical advancements, our treatment choices were limited. Medical procedures used to range from strange to the shocking and downright scary! Plombage Then: Plombage was a surgical treatment for tuberculosis before medication was introduced.  For this procedure, ping-pong ball-like objects (plombes) were inserted into the lungs to collapse them. It was believed that if the diseased lung was forced to collapse, it would heal more quickly. Now: Treatment for tuberculosis involves antibiotics for…
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Surgery
August 26, 2017

What happens if you wake up during surgery?

There you are, wheeling off into surgery, expecting the best sleep of your life. After all, that’s surely one of the perks of anaesthesia, right? A thought creeps into your mind; what if you wake up during the operation? Rumours purport that this is possible, but is it true? How they knock you out First, let’s understand how anaesthesia works. Anaesthesia is medication that numbs the pain of surgery by relaxing your muscles and putting you to sleep. Think of it as a temporary hypnosis. Depending on the type of operation, you can get different levels of anaesthesia: Local anaesthetic:…
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Surgery
August 2, 2017

Are maggots the future of medicine?

They may be creepy, crawly and slimy, but maggots are cleaning wounds better than your surgeon, a study from France suggests. In the study, men who had wounds that wouldn't heal, were randomly assigned to have dead and unhealthy tissue removed from their wounds by standard surgical therapy, or maggot therapy. For the maggot therapy, live maggots were placed into their open flesh to eat away the dead tissue. After a week, researchers discovered that the men who received the maggot therapy had less dead tissue in their wounds than the men who had conventional surgery done by a doctor. After two…
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PregnancySurgery
September 14, 2016

Groundbreaking surgery on an unborn baby!

We are so proud of our South African surgeons, who made history again! This time, it was Dr Ismail Bhorat, a foetal specialist from Durban, who did a rare operation on an unborn baby. What was wrong with the foetus? The 6 month-old foetus had a rare condition, called ‘pericardial effusion’: a collection of fluid around the heart. The fluid compresses the heart and lungs, affecting the heart’s ability to pump, and the unborn baby’s ability to breathe. What makes this a ground-breaking operation? There have been previous operations on unborn babies (known as in-utero). However, this particular operation has…
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Surgery
August 5, 2016

Reasons NOT to get back surgery

Not every back issue has to be solved under the knife. Even if you have chronic, and debilitating back pain, there are often other solutions. Find out when to get a second opinion, and other ways to manage back issues. (more…)
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Surgery
November 17, 2015

All about hernias

So, you noticed a lump near your belly button when you coughed last night - it's strange, because now you're lying down and the lump seems to have vanished! You may possibly have a hernia ... but what is a hernia, exactly? (more…)
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Surgery
May 12, 2015

Organ and blood donation

Organ donation is often spoken about in hushed tones. Nobody really likes the thought of it, let alone talking about it with loved ones and making a decision to become an organ donor. Thankfully, over the past few years, there has been more of a focus on organ donation, what it actually involves, how many people can benefit from your organ and tissue donations, and the fact that it’s really easy to register as a donor. (more…)
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Surgery
March 13, 2015

A brand new penis, but does it work?

No, it’s not science fiction! In December 2014, a 21-year-old South African man, who remains anonymous, woke up with a fully-functioning, new penis. (Well, not entirely new, as it was a transplant from a generous donor.) (more…)
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Surgery
September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers passes away at the age Of 81

Joan Rivers, the legendary comedienne, stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest on the 28th of August at a clinic in New York where she’d been checked in to undergo procedure on her vocal chords. Rushed to Mount Sinai hospital, Rivers was unresponsive and immediately placed on life-support. (more…)
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Surgery
August 11, 2014

3 Things you should know about donating a kidney

You've heard people say it when talking about something really expensive: “wow, that’ll cost me a kidney.” The thinking is twofold: you can live with one kidney, and a kidney must be a valuable commodity and worth some big bucks, right? Well, before you rush off to trade that second kidney in for extra cash, there are some very important things you need to know. Health is vital - this isn’t a simple procedure You should be in good health, and clear of any chronic diseases that could affect it. It’s illegal in South Africa to be paid for a donated organ …
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