Mandela Day

What you need to know


What to expect, how to prepare, advice on your recovery and all you need to know about Medical Aid Schemes.

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The practice performs total hip replacement procedures in private as well as in the state sector via our Joint Care Trust initiative.

This places the Cape Joint Surgery in a unique position, which enables us to effectively manage all comers with hip arthritis.

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Hip Pain in Adults

Hip pain in adults must be differentiated into pain of the various regions around the groin and upper thigh. While age at presentation is extremely important with hip pain in children, painful adult hip conditions may occur throughout a wide age range, depending often on the predisposing factors.

 

Groin pain in adults:

Femoro-acetabular impingement

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Knee surgery

The Cape Joint Surgery surgeons are both super-specialist fellowship trained knee surgeons with extensive experience in the diagnosis of adult knee problems as well as knee problems in children. We perform both elective- as well as trauma-related knee surgery. This includes the management of meniscal injuries as well as knee ligament injuries such as anterior cruciate Read on … !

Hand Surgery

Both surgeons at the Cape Joint Surgery maintain a keen interest in hand surgery, a sub-speciality in orthopedics which overlaps with plastic surgery to some extent and requires meticulous technique and soft-tissue management. Dr Engela was involved with the Groote Schuur Hospital hand clinic for many years and was the driving force behind the establishment Read on … !

Thumb Arthritis

Thumb Arthritis or Arthritis of the base of the thumb (carpo-metacarpal arthritis or CMC OA) is the most common site in the hand to be affected and has a good outcome after surgery should conservative treatment with splinting and cortisone injections not be successful.

All other joints of the wrist and hand can be involved Read on … !

Radicular Pain

Radicular pain refers to referred pain from a nerve root entrapment in the back, this may be due to a herniated intervertebral disc as well as other mass lesions and/or forms of spinal instability. The pain is usually experienced over the buttock area with radiation into the lower leg and foot. The character of pain Read on … !

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis consists of a spectrum of inflammatory arthropathys which affects children (girls in the early teenage years more often than boys). The patients present with synovitis of various joints (usually a polyarthropathy (more than one joint involved), although initial presentation may be in the form of a monoarthropathy). The wrist-, knee-, and ankle Read on … !

Idiopathic Chondrolysis

Idiopathic chondrolysis is a condition which was initially described in Cape Town. It occurs in teenage girls and, as the name suggests, the cause is unknown. The patient presents with a stiff hip, usually held in flexion and adduction as well as x-ray changes consisting of joint space narrowing and osteopenia around the hip. The Read on … !

Hip Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) of the hip joint, Hip Tuberculosis, is common in the Western Cape and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any child with a limp and/or a stiff hip. With Hip Tuberculosis, the hip is found to be stiff, usually held in flexion and adduction. ESR is usually significantly elevated and various Read on … !