General Surgery in South Africa

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Nanita Dalton
4.8

From 5 verified reviews

Fiona Marais, 20 September 2020

Great service, top quality treatments.

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Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital
2.3

From 38 verified reviews

Nompumelelo Madliwa, 19 April 2020

I had such a wonderful experience there with Dr Thomas, I had a skin drafting done it was such a smooth process I am healing very well and had a great stay there, Thank you so much

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UCT Private Academic Hospital
3.9

From 18 verified reviews

Juliettash Stadler, 05 May 2020

My Son was admitted with a very rare autoimmune illness in April this year. The care he was given was superb Prof Dheda, Prof Louw and their team of specialists covered every possibility , diagnosed efficiently and treated effectively. There was time taken to explain everything. The Hospital Matron made allowances for me to spend as much as possible time with my son and also allowed for frequent visits from close family. Mr Daniel Mathew the Hospital General manager is very approachable and interested . The staff was friendly and helpful. Basically every one from reception through admin to ICU was friendly and helpful. I Highly recommend this hospital

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Netcare Linksfield Hospital
3.1

From 72 verified reviews

Charlotte Sorour, 13 March 2020

Parking is a huge problem.On a positive note it is a great hospital with great specialists and doctor's hence why it is so busy. Well worth driving around a bit looking for parking knowing your loved one's are in good hands. My mind at ease. My husband is well looked after. Thank you Linksfield staff :)

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Netcare N1 City Hospital
2.9

From 36 verified reviews

Kim Adams, 30 March 2020

Overall I had a good experience.

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    General surgery is a surgical specialty that deals with a wide range of common ailments on almost any part of the body but typically focuses on treating diseases and injuries of the abdomen, including the esophagus, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, appendix, gallbladder, and bile ducts. It also deals with diseases that involve the breasts, skin, soft tissue, digestive system, and endocrine system glands. 

    Despite the term “general,” general surgeons are highly skilled surgeons. They can be found practicing many types of surgery, but they may also specialize in a type of surgery, such as treating cancer, which requires the skill to perform procedures on multiple areas of the body. 

    Some common surgeries that are performed by general surgeons are as follows:

    • Appendectomy.
    • Breast surgery for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, including breast biopsy, lumpectomy (breast-conserving surgery or partial mastectomy), and mastectomy. 
    • Colon and rectal surgery, including colectomy, colostomy, and hemorrhoidectomy.
    • Esophageal surgery, including esophagectomy, acid reflux surgery, and excision of an esophageal lesion.
    • Gastroenterology procedures, such as gastric bypass surgery, upper GI endoscopy, and liver biopsy.
    • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy).
    • Hernia repair.
    • Varicose vein removal.
    • Thyroid removal.
    • Transplant, such as kidney and liver transplantations.
    • Spleen removal.
    • Wound repair.

    How Long Should I Stay in South Africa?

    Your length of stay depends on the type of surgery you underwent. In general, you should wait for at least seven to ten days before you travel home, sometimes extending to 14 days. During your stay, you will need to rest as much as possible and let your body recover. In some cases, your surgeon may schedule a follow-up visit to evaluate your healing and, if needed, remove any stitches.

    What's the Expected Recovery Time?

    Recovery time can be different from one person to another, depending on the type of surgery you have and your general health. Anytime you have some sort of incision, you will have to wait until that incision has healed completely until you can go back to your full normal routine. Your surgeon will give you an idea of how long your recovery time can take. It can take a few weeks until you are allowed to return to work, and you may need to gradually increase your activity level until you can resume all of your normal activity.

    What Aftercare is Required?

    To speed your recovery time and avoid complications, it is important to follow the instructions you are given. Even a simple instruction, such as no baths after your surgery, may not seem meaningful, but your surgeon would not instruct it without good reason. You will need to have regular checkups after your surgery, but you can typically choose to have the checkups with your local doctor at home if you cannot make multiple travels to South Africa. 

    What's the Success Rate?

    With new techniques, advanced technology, and extensive experience of general surgeons, the success and safety rate for general surgery continues to increase. For example, general surgeons can now use laparoscopic techniques or perform robot-assisted surgery to minimize the risk and increase the success rate of surgery. These new techniques are possible thanks to continuous research and advancement in general surgery. Still, no surgical procedure is risk-free. All types of surgery generally carry the risk of bleeding, infection, and damage to other organs. 

    Are there Alternatives?

    There is typically no alternative to general surgery. However, if your doctor suspects that you need a specific specialist for your disease or injury, they will refer you to the relevant specialist. 

    Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 04/09/2020.

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