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Unit 5, Medico Baia Formosa
Muller Street
Plettenberg Bay

Specialist surgery in Plettenberg Bay


Every surgical procedure is a very different experience from the next one. But what they do all have in common is the fact that it is a very traumatic and emotional experience regardless of the "size" of the procedure. We will try to make the experience as easy as possible and what helps is to have an idea of what to expect. The hospital and the theatre is a foreign, strange place for most people. The schedules of the nursing staff, the clinical nature of the wards and theatres, even the food, is not something that one experiences often, or would want to for that matter. Everything is being done the way it is, for the greater interest of you, the patient.

For most elective procedures you will be required to be admitted to the ward on the morning of your surgery. Please make sure you are starved from 22h00 the night before. In hospital you will note that we use the expression "Nil Per Os" This translates to "Nothing By Mouth" and is an instruction given to the nursing staff to starve a patient. The main reason why we want your stomach empty at surgery, is that if your stomach is full you run the risk of vomiting when you are put to sleep, and this may be inhaled into your lungs, which can result in severe complications. Once you are admitted to your bed, the nursing staff will complete their paperwork and observations. The anaesthetist will also visit you to make sure you are fine and ready for the surgery.

You will be asked to get dressed into the hospital theatre attire and to empty your bladder. A porter and a nurse will then accompany you to the theatre where the ward nurse will hand over your care to the theatre nurse. Your bed will be moved into the operating theatre and you will be asked to move over onto the theatre table. Be careful when you do as the theatre table is very narrow and you run the risk of falling off the otherside when moving over. The anaesthetist will then insert an intravenous catheter (drip) into a suitable vein, usually on the back of your hand or forearm. A mask will be held over your mouth and nose which provides a near 100% concentration of pure oxygen. This is to make the transit to sleep even more safe. The medication to make you sleep is then injected through the drip and the next thing you know you will be waking up in the recovery room after the surgery. This is the usual way that a straight forward procedure will run.

There are certain "bigger" procedures whereby you may require extra drips or epidural catheters. This will be discussed and explained to you before the surgery. Most abdominal operations require that we place a urinary catheter in your bladder. This we do only once you are asleep. We would usually leave it in until the following day when you are able to mobilize adequately. Certain surgeries require that you undergo bowel preparation. This is mostly in cases of surgery to the colon or rectum and may be in the form of special laxatives you take on the day before, or enemas that you are given. This will all be explained to you before the time.

The amount of time you need to stay in hospital after the procedure is completely dependent on the type of procedure performed and how quickly you recover afterwards. Different people experience and tolerate procedures and pain differently and we will advise you to stay in hospital until you are comfortable to go home.

Please feel free to contact us should you want more specific information on your specific procedure.


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Dr Enzo Schroeder
MBChB (Pret) FCS (SA) MMed (Chir)(Stell)

Unit 5, Medico Baia Formosa, Muller Street, Plettenberg Bay

Practice: 044 533 1530

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