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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Help and Guidance

Here you will find a series of articles containing information relating to common injuries, conditions and treatments.

Please click on the links to the left for specific articles or try the search function.

Everyone is different, so a personal consultation is always necessary before an accurate diagnosis can be made.

Orthopaedic trauma

Yes, a fracture is the same thing as a broken bone, however, each and every fracture is as unique as the patient who sustains it. While many of the fractures and other injuries sustained by younger patients are managed as sports injuries, traumatic injuries in the very young and the very old require specific experience Read on … !

Pelvic Trauma

Pelvic injuries, fractures and traumas can be divided into fractures of the acetabulum, stable / unstable fractures of the pelvic ring  and avulsion fractures.

Acetabular (hip joint cup) fractures in children and adults result from high velocity trauma such as hip dislocations or motor vehicle accidents. Low velocity trauma such as a fall out of Read on … !

Injuries and Accidents

We specialise in treatment of trauma of the lower limb (including hip, knee and foot trauma) as well as trauma of the pelvis and upper limb (including hand, elbow and shoulder trauma).

Trauma orthopedics does not only involve treatment of broken bones (fractures) and the old comical image of the patient with all four limbs 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 … !

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 … !

Sport injuries

Sports people come in all shapes, ages and sizes these days and we pride ourselves on the fact that we are able to manage all comers with sport injuries according to their specific requirements and according to international standard-of-care treatment guidelines, in order to bring them back to their previous level of competition as soon Read on … !

spinal injuries

Spinal injuries as well as non-traumatic conditions are specialist problems which are best managed by super specialist spinal surgeons with neurosurgical input as required. While we do not treat these conditions at the Cape Joint Surgery. We recognise that patients with hip arthritis may sometimes present with symptoms of lower back pain and vice versa. We Read on … !

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 … !