A CAPE TOWN-BASED ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON
Dr. Rainhard van Zyl is an AOA fellowship trained and recognised surgeon specialising in orthopaedic trauma and adult hip and knee surgery.
Tel: 021 840 6610
After Hour Emergency: 021 840 8800
Address: Suite G08 , Ground Floor, Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital
4 Gardner Williams Avenue, Paardevlei Estate, Somerset West
Please call or email us to make an appointment. If you are a new patient, you will be required to submit a new patient form.
New patients and follow-up patients will be seen by appointments only. No walk-ins will be seen.
Urgent referrals will try to be accommodated as best as possible.
Please be aware COVID-19 precautions are taken, and will be given to patients at the time of booking.
Consultation fees are payable directly after consultation. Patients on medical aid should claim back fees from their respective funds.
At your first consultation Dr van Zyl’s staff will ask you to complete a new patient questionnaire. This will allow the practice to register you and will save you time when you arrive. Or you can download the Patient Registration Form and email it to us ahead of time (preferred).
We also ask that you bring with you your medical aid details, copies of any medical imaging (X – rays, CT scans, MRI scans etc) and or blood tests that you have done.
We also kindly request that you have an up-to-date referral from your GP or healthcare provider as well as a summary of your regular medication.
It is also advisable to wear appropriate clothing, to allow exposure of the body part in question. For example, if you have a knee problem shorts or very loose pants that can be easily rolled up to expose the knee are better than tight jeans.
Hospital Admission Information
If you require a hospital admission, there is specific information that is required to be completed prior to arrival. You should also check with your medical aid prior to admission your level of cover (including GAP cover), pre-authorisation/permission and any out of pocket expense (health fund excess) you may be required to pay.
Two days prior to admission you should contact us to confirm your admission time, paperwork, fasting time, and any further questions you may have.
Pre Operative Information
Enquire about any of your regular medication that might have to be stopped in advance (e.g. blood thinners, aspirin etc.) or medical devices such as pacemakers, heart valve replacements and or shunts.
Day of Surgery
Take your usual morning blood pressure and heart medicines with a sip of water.
If you are diabetic, please inform us. You may be prioritized for early morning surgery or need more regular blood glucose monitoring when fasting.
Do not wear any make-up on your face or around your eyes on the day of surgery.
Do not wear any fingernail polish. If you have acrylic nails, remove the acrylic and polish.
Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery. If you must wear your contacts the day of surgery, bring a container for your lenses.
Bring along any aids/devices such as hearing aids, dentures, walking/mobility aids, special shoes.
All jewelry must be removed, including all body piercing jewelry.
Wear comfortable clothing, preferably a button-down shirt.
Night before surgery
Take nothing by mouth after midnight the night before your surgery or six hours prior to surgery. This includes not drinking any liquids, eating food, having a mint or smoking cigarettes.
Adults can shower or bathe the night before surgery, or on the morning of surgery. Special antiseptic soap (Chlorhexidine) may be advised.
24 hours before surgery
Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.
Do NOT shave or risk sustaining any cuts / wounds to your surgery site
One week before surgery
Avoid non-prescription products containing aspirin and/or aspirin-like compounds.
Avoid prescription AND non-prescription products containing non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib etc
Avoid any supplements or herbal medications that may increase bleeding tendency eg. Fish oils/OMEGA 3/6/9, Vitamin E, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, St John Wort, Licorice, Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric etc.
These usually apply only to concentrated supplements and are normally safe eaten as food e.g. garlic
Mention anything you are unsure about.
FOR ALL AFTER HOURS REFERRALS FRACTURES/BROKEN BONES
021 840 8800 – Busamed Paardevlei Hospital
021 100 3840 – Orthotrauma Practice