Surgery can be a very frightening prospect for anyone. We believe that by understanding the options available to you, knowing what to expect and following the right steps upon recovery will help you to choose an option that is right for you.
Dr Groenewald’s aim is to provide a gynaecological service that offers patients a top class, minimally invasive (keyhole) option for their gynaecological surgeries. Traditionally, all gynaecological surgeries were performed through a large abdominal incision, which renders the patient unable to work for six weeks. Keyhole surgery offers the advantage of major abdominal surgery being performed through three or four 1cm incisions. This allows a shorter hospital stay with far less pain and a recovery period of ten days instead of two weeks.
It is the way the western world performs surgeries and I hope to bring South African practices in line with this or at least provide patients with a safe and effective minimally invasive option. The surgery requires a lot of skill and is traditionally very hard to perform and thus there are only a couple of surgeons in SA who are able to perform good major laparoscopic surgeries.
Cautionary Steps Before Any Surgery
- Please notify our office if you are scheduled for surgery and suspect that you may be pregnant, develop a fever, abdominal pain, evidence of systemic, urinary tract, or vaginal infection.
- We will also need to know if you are currently breastfeeding to ensure the correct medication which will not interfere with your production or pass into your milk.
- If you are at all uncertain about any part of your procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact us.