SA’s private hospitals hit by suspended elective surgeries – and an op backlog is building

Elective surgeries – non-emergency procedures scheduled in advance – in South Africa have been suspended at various points throughout the pandemic. This has been done to increase the capacity of hospitals and clinics to deal with Covid-19 patients during a surge of infection. Temporary suspensions have hit the revenue of private healthcare firms while allowing…

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Crohn’s disease

In this article, we take a comprehensive overview of Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in…

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Pancreatitis

What Is Pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is a disease in which your pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas is a large gland behind your stomach and next to your small intestine. Your pancreas does two main things: It releases powerful digestive enzymes into your small intestine to help you digest food. It releases insulin and glucagon into your bloodstream. These hormones help your body control how it…

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TEMPORARY NOTICE: Phone Lines Down

Dear Valued Patients, Our practice phone lines are temporarily down for maintenance. Patients to please contact us, via email or on the hospital internal lines for bookings: St Augustines Hospital: Tel: 031- 268 5690 (hospital internal) Email: dutfunonreception@gmail.com or Umhlanga Hospital: Tel: 031- 582 5245 Email: dutfunumhlanga@gmail.com

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Chemotherapy Doesn’t Seem to Increase Risk of COVID-19

Compared to people diagnosed with cancer who were not being treated with chemotherapy, people with cancer receiving chemotherapy didn’t have a higher risk for developing COVID-19, according to a small study done in New York City. The research was presented on Feb. 5, 2021, at the American Association for Cancer Research COVID-19 and Cancer virtual…

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Removal of a gallbladder)

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive removal of a gallbladder. This procedure is performed for gallstone related pathology. Patients may present with an array of clinical pictures. Gallstone colic is intense intermittent pain on the right-hand side of the upper abdomen. An acutely inflamed gallbladder demonstrates a thick wall on abdominal ultrasound. The ultrasound may…

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Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer symptoms may be minor or non-existent during the early stages of the disease, although there may be some early warning signs. The symptoms of colorectal cancer may not develop until the disease has progressed into stage II or beyond. Regular screening tests for cancer of the colon or rectum, especially with a colonoscopy, is recommended as…

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Laparoscopic Low Anterior Resection For Rectal Cancer

Welcome to the next video on GASTROINTESTINAL SURGERIES. We are demonstrating a resection of rectal cancer, that forms part of colonic cancers or cancers of the large bowel. Rectal cancer is cancer that begins in the rectum. The rectum is the last several inches of the large intestine. It starts at the end of the final segment of your colon and ends when…

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