In SA most patients are referred to surgeons by a general practitioner - we recommend that ask your GP for a referral to the most suitable surgeon.

We cannot make single recommendations but you can enquire about members within a specific area in SA. Please send an email via the contact form.
Unfortunately, we are not able to supply clinical advice via this website. If you have become aware of a problem after a procedure, we suggest that you contact your surgeon to discuss the matter. If it is an emergency, and you are unable to contact him/her, please contact your general practitioner or the emergency unit at the hospital where you had your procedure.
We are not able to supply clinical advice via this website. If you are likely to require a procedure, we suggest that you discuss the following with your surgeon:

  • The reason for the procedure.
  • Whether alternative treatments/options are available.
  • How the operation will be done (open surgery or laparoscopic)
  • Likely risks and complications.
  • Likely duration of stay in hospital.
  • Likely recovery time.
  • Likely costs related to surgeon, anaesthesiologist and hospital.
  • Whether additional care/equipment/medication may be required after leaving hospital.
It is always important that you inform the surgeon if you are known to have a history of bleeding or a clot.

It is also important that you tell the surgeon about any medication that may cause bleeding.

Examples of this type of medication include aspirin (Disprin, Ecotrin, cardio aspirin, Compral, Anadin), warfarin, Clexane, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis, clopidogrel (Plavix, Clopiwin), Persantin.

Certain herbal treatments also raise your risk of bleeding or bruising. Examples are St John’s wort, Hypericum, Arnica, garlic, Ginkgo, Ginseng.
Many herbal treatments have been implicated in complications during or after surgery.

We suggest that all herbal medication should be stopped seven days prior to surgery.