Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy) in South Africa

Treatment and Cost

10

Total Days
In Country
  • 1 Day in Hospital
  • 2 No. Travelers
  • 9 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 350

3 Hospitals


Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital located in Johannesburg, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 254 bed capacity
  • 24 Hour Emergency section
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
  • Clinical Trial Centre
  • Sports Medicine Centre
  • Centre of Excellence for Strokes
  • 24 hour trauma and emergency
  • Many medical specialties
  • Option of Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in Gynaecology, Urology and General Surgery
  • Patient shuttle facility
  • International patient coordinators

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Life Kingsbury Hospital located in Cape Town, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the capacity of 226 beds
  • 11 Operating rooms
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • General ward, Paediatric ward and Maternity ward
  • Accident & Emergency Unit with a Doctor on-duty 24*7
  • Free Advanced Life Support Paramedic Response Vehicle, which cannot be considered as an Ambulance as it is not responsible for patients transfer. It is to stabilize a patient whilst an ambulance is dispatched


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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre located in Durban, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 377 bed capacity
  • 24 hour accident and emergency unit
  • Heart, lung and kidney transplants available
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery services
  • Cardiac Centre of Excellence for Adult & Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Two Cardiac Catheterisation Labs
  • Cardiac Theatre
  • 7 Major Operating Theatres
  • 42 Bed ICU
  • Neuro Operating Theatre
  • Stroke Centre of Excellence
  • Renal Centre of Excellence
  • 24/7 Emergency unit
  • Transplant Program
  • Pharmacy and Prayer Facility

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Asian Institute of Medical Sciences located in Faridabad, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 425 bed capacity
  • Preventive and diagnostic sevices of the hospital are its strength.
  • It is also well recognised for the therapeutic and rehabilitative services.
  • For patients who need end process care for advanced healthcare conditions, the palliative services that the hospital provides are a boon.
  • The healthcare delivery of AIMS, Delhi/NCR is focused on patient care.
  • Research focused organisation
  • International Patient care center is present to liason with medical travellers
  • Focus on Academics, various healthcare educational programmes

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Max Super Speciality Hospital is a multi- super speciality intensive care centre, which has an excellent team of doctors, most advanced infrastructure of global standards in services and diagnosis, best practices for treatment, and the latest technology of machinery.

Infrastructure & Facilities:

  • OTs & ICUs - The operation theatres backed by state-of-the-art technology like C-arms and blood gas analysers.
  • 539+ beds critical care beds, 450 doctors, 3 cathlabs, 20 operation theatres across an integrated network
  • Has a spectrum of diagnostic & therapeutic technologies, including state-of-the-art technologies
  • Technological Advancements - TrueBeam Linac with Exactrac, Intra-Operative and Portable CT scanners with Navigation, stereotactic body radiation therapy, Bi-Plane Digital Cathlab, Extra Corporeal Membrane Therapy, The Da Vinci Xi Robotic System, Robotic Heart Surgery
  • Pick and drop facility from/to the Airport
  • Foreign exchange facility
  • Accommodation arrangement for the accompanying attendant
  • Customized diet for patient and attendant
  • Laundry services
  • Admission in the hospital
  • Registration with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office
  • Accommodation arrangements post discharge
  • Prayer room
  • Wi-Fi / internet service in the room
  • Dedicated Guest House for International Patients
  • Travel arrangement for patient & attendant post discharge
  • Tele-consults post discharge
  • Assistance in getting doctor’s opinion
  • In-house translators for patient’s comfort

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 550 - 640

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Sharda Hospital located in Greater Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital is equipped with the best of technologically advanced equipment.
  • Sharda Hospital, Delhi has a bed capacity of 900.
  • There are as many as 90 beds in the critical care section.
  • The critical care facilities are present for general medicine, Pulmonology, Surgery, Paediatrics, Neonatology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery and Neurosciences.
  • There are Centers of Excellence such as Institute of Child Care, Institute of Dental Sciences, Institute of Orthopedic & Spine,Institute of Neuro Sciences, Institute of Minimal Access Surgery etc.
  • Virtual consultations in the form of Telemedicine and Teleradiology are a reality at an advanced hospital such as Sharda Hospital.
  • There is also a Tele ICU facility that ensures that a virtual ICU is a functioning system. It is aided with audio visual communication systems, latest computers, a team which is networking and a physically present ICU team.
  • 24/7 Emergency care available aided with buses as well as ambulances.
  • Exceptional International patient care coordination is available throughout the system helping patients with transfer, travel, treatments.

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DOCTORS IN 12 SPECIALITIES

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 440 - 490

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Metro Hospital located in Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Metro Hospital is a 317 bedded state-of-the-art super speciality hospital, which is functioning as two units- 110 beds capacity in Metro Heart Institute and 207 beds capacity in Metro Multispeciality Hospital
  • 45 beds in Intensive Coronary Care and High Dependency Unit
  • 24/7 Blood Bank
  • 24/7 Pharmacy
  • 24/7 Cardiac Ambulance
  • 24/7 Emergency unit
  • Different types of patients in-patient rooms are available for patients convenience- Super Deluxe rooms (8), Deluxe Rooms (2), Private Rooms (6), Semi-private rooms (14), Triple bedded rooms (6), Four bedded rooms (8), Five bedded rooms (5) and Six bedded rooms (12)
  • Cafeteria/Restaurant

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 420 - 470

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Best treatment options in the world for local as well as international patients at economical prices.
  • Luxurious yet comfortable hospital infrastructure which is equipped with the cutting edge equipment and technologies.
  • Laboratories which provide an integrated healthcare delivery opportunity to patients coming to the healthcare facility.
  • There are several accomodation faciliities that are available in close proximity to the hospital.
  • Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Delhi/NCR is constructed over an area of 1, 50,000 sq feet.
  • The hospital has a 200 bed capacity.
  • Experienced and well educated specialists and other healthcare personnel.
  • Complex and critical procedures are performed in the hospital on a regular basis and are seen to have high success rates.
  • The vision of the hospital is Saving and Enriching lives.
  • The hospital possesses syringe pumps, portable monitor, oxygen cylinder, portable monitor, emergency medicine pulse oximeter.
  • 24X7 emergency and trauma care

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 480 - 510

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Manipal Hospital located in Gurugram, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A 90 bed capacity
  • A multi-specialty healthcare organisation
  • Cutting edge infrastructure that makes it a go to healthcare facility for one and all.
  • The medical, nursing and surgical protocols are upgraded to global criterion.
  • An international patient care destination because of not just the infrastructure, personnel and equipment but personalised services for the international patient base frequenting the facility.
  • 24 Hour services such as
    • Cath-Lab
    • Emergency room
    • Blood Centre
    • Laboratory
    • Pharmacy
    • Endoscopy
    • Radiology
    • Ambulance
    • Operation theater
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Labor and delivery suite
  • In addition to this there are special clinics, blood centre, preventive healthcare, other services such as
    • Nutrition & Dietetics
    • Psychology and counseling services
    • Audiology
    • Physiotherapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging, Operating Theatre, Ambulatory and Day Care, Cafeteria, Nursing Units are present.
  • There are three kinds of patient accommodation such as Rooms (Single/Superior/Double & Five Bed), Intensive Care Unit and High dependency unit.
  • Clinical laboratory outlining Histopathology, Cytology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Clinical pathology is also a part of the hospital.

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DOCTORS IN 13 SPECIALITIES

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 430 - 470

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Fortis Memorial Research Institute located in Gurugram, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Fortis Memorial Research Institute has the potential to have a 1000 bed capacity.
  • The hospital is proud to have the Da Vinci Robot.
  • There is also the 3-Tesla MRI present in the hospital.
  • There are as many as 15 Operation Theatres.
  • A Comprehensive ECMO in tandem with Critical Care Programme is also present.
  • Elekta Linear Accelerator as well as Brain Suite is available in Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Delhi/NCR.
  • There are 12 specialties present in FMRI.

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 530 - 600

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Manipal Hospital, Hebbal located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A 90 bed capacity multi specialty hospital.
  • The infrastructure of this hospital matches international standards in areas of expertise as medical, nursing and surgical protocols.
  • International patient care services are a big draw of this hospital.
  • There are several other specialised services that are given by the Columbia Asia Hebbal, Bangalore, India.
  • Pharmacy
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Radiology
  • Labor and delivery suite
  • Ambulance
  • Emergency room
  • Laboratory
  • Operation theater
  • Various special clinics
  • Preventive Healthcare screenings and check ups
  • Laboratory services
  • Diagnostic imaging services:
  • Digitized radiography
  • Ultrasound & color doppler
  • Echocardiography
  • Digitized mammography
  • CT Scan
  • Conventional radiology
  • Picture archival communication system
  • MRI
  • Teleradiology
  • Operating theatres for major & minor surgery and Central sterile services department
  • Ambulatory and Daycare services
  • Labor and delivery suite
  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Nursery
  • Pediatrics
  • Intensive care
  • Isolation care
  • Multidisciplinary specialist outpatient clinics

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 450 - 500

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Apollo Hospital International Limited located in Ahmedabad, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Hospital with 234 bed capacity
  • Credit for doing the autologous stem cell transplant when a patient has acute myeloid Leukemia
  • Regular transplants of cell and bone marrow
  • A 1.5 Tesla MRI scan is available, only healthcare organisation in Gujarat with this option
  • Success percentage of 90 when critical oncology procedures are done
  • Diagnostics such as Blood Tests, X-Ray, Echo and Cardiac related tests
  • International Patient Care related facilities: Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Meals per choice, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room
  • Excellent line up of doctors, surgeons and healthcare professionals such as nurses, technicians

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 490 - 530

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


BLK-Max Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 6,50,000 square feet area
  • Tertiary care multidisciplinary hospital
  • 125 critical care beds
  • 650 bed capacity
  • 17 operation theatres
  • 300 renowned consultants
  • 1500 healthcare providers
  • 150 super specialists
  • Outpatient services done in 80 consultation rooms
  • Ambulatory and Interventional services are present near to each other
  • Specialised birthing suites
  • Among one of the biggest Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in Asia
  • Application of cutting edge equipment such as,
    • TomoTherapy System
    • Robotic Surgery System
    • Computer Navigation System
    • Endoscopy Suites
    • MRI
    • CT Scan
    • Bronchoscopy Suite
    • Nuclear Medicine
  • Centres and facilities for various kinds of procedures such as,
    • Liver Transplant
    • Kidney Transplant
    • Heart Transplant
    • Centre for Bone Marrow Transplant
    • Cancer Centre
    • Centre for Chest & Respiratory Diseases
    • Centre for Child Health
    • Centre for Critical Care
    • Institute for Digestive & Liver Diseases
    • Heart Centre
    • Centre for Neurosciences
    • Institute for Bone, Joint Replacement, Orthopaedics, Spine and Sports Medicine
    • Centre for Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
    • Centre for Renal Sciences & Kidney Transplant
    • Radiology & Imaging Institute

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 590 - 600

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)


Dr. Rose Private Hospital located in Budapest, Hungary is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Latest equipments and a daily focus on increasing the areas of specialisation
  • The hospital upgraded their patient care services with obstetrics and professional healthcare services in 2010.
  • It was in 2013 that Modern occupational healthcare services became operational.
  • Plethora of services available that cater to corporate houses
  • Group health insurance packages available

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Phyathai 2 International Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Fully equipped rooms are available for convenience of the patients- Gold B Room, Gold A Room, Pediatric Gold A, Platinum room, and Prestige ward
  • Nearby accommodations are also available- Abloom Service Apartments, Bangkok Patio, VIB Best Western Sanam Pao, VIC3 Hotel
  • Operating room
  • International Patient Medical Center to assist overseas patients

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

USD 540 - 1080

FOR Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)

About the Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)

Sclerotherapy is an effective and minimally invasive treatment of varicose and spider veins. It is also known as spider vein treatment. This procedure involves the injection of a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to shrink and eventually disappear.

Varicose veins treatment can improve the symptoms of venous insufficiency. This therapy is the primary treatment for small varicose veins in the legs. It relieves some of the spider veins symptoms, including ache, burning, swelling and night cramps.

Why sclerotherapy?

Spider vein treatment typically results in the elimination of up to 50 to 80 percent of varicose veins that are injected with the treatment solution. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that ensures minimal recovery time as the treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks.                                                                                           

Best Candidates For Varicose Veins Treatment

Otherwise healthy people with venous insufficiency that is poorly controlled with compression stockings are the best candidates for sclerotherapy.

The eligibility of the candidate is decided based on the overall health of the patient and the area requiring treatment, in addition to the reason behind the clot in the vein. The dermatologist helps select the correct chemical sclerosing agent, which is then injected into the blood vessel to make it collapse.

This treatment is not suitable for pregnant women and females on birth control pills. Selected veins may not be treated using sclerotherapy if that vein could be put into use during future heart bypass surgery.

How is Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy) performed?

Sclerotherapy is performed in an outpatient procedure, under the supervision of an expert dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon. In rare cases, patients may require hospital stay following the procedure.

During sclerotherapy procedure, a selected salt solution is injected directly into the vein with the help of a fine needle. This solution typically contains two sclerosants, namely sodium tetradecyl sulfate and polidocanol (Asclera).

The solution is usually in the liquid form. It works by irritating the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and block the flow of blood. Finally, the vein will become a scar tissue and disappear after some time.

Sometimes a foam version of the solution may be used, usually when a larger vein is involved. Foam is preferred over liquid in this case because it tends to cover more surface area than liquid.

You may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes during the procedure, especially when larger veins are injected. Spider vein treatment usually takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size and location of the veins.

After the procedure is done, your doctor applies compression and massages the area to keep the blood out of the injected vessel and disperse the solution. 

There are several variations of the sclerotherapy procedure. The doctor may decide to use laser or ultrasound during the procedure for better guidance and results. The sclerotherapy cost for such procedures is higher than simple injection approach.

Recovery from Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)

You will be able to get up, walk around, and drive yourself home after sclerotherapy procedure. You can resume your regular daily activities on the same day of the procedure. Walking and moving your legs are encouraged to prevent the formation of blood clots.

After sclerotherapy, you will be instructed to wear support hosiery or bandages to "compress" the treated vessels for about two weeks. Your doctor will probably advise you to avoid strenuous exercise and exposing the treated area to the sun for two weeks after the procedure.

In addition, your doctor will ask you to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 48 hours. Tylenol may be used if needed. Usually, it takes three to six weeks to respond, and larger veins respond in three to four months. Spider veins or varicose veins will not reappear if the treated veins respond to sclerotherapy. 

Usually, sclerotherapy works for most of the patients, but there is no guarantee for success. Any procedure where the skin is penetrated carries a risk of infection. But the chances of infection requiring antibiotic treatment is estimated to be less than 1 in 1,000.  

A few patients may experience bruises, leg pain, blood trapping, and raised and red bumpy skin after the surgery. You must inform your surgeon if you notice any of these side effects.

Besides these, some allergic reactions to sclerosing solutions and local anaesthetics can also occur. They can be serious, but they are extremely rare. A different solution can be used for subsequent treatments when allergic reactions occur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average cost of Spider Veins Treatment in South Africa?

These thread-like veins are only 3mm in diameter and usually appear on the face and legs. They are called spider veins because they can take on a web-like pattern. This is how they derive the name. Small spider veins on the face and neck are usually red while the larger spider veins found within the legs appear blue. The veins themselves are translucent as the color comes from the blood traveling inside them. While these veins do not usually cause any harm, they can have an impact on a person’s appearance. The cost of spider veins treatment in South Africa starts at around 1300 USD and is billed per session. One session can last anywhere between 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

What are the factors affecting the cost of Sclerotherapy in South Africa?

In order to perform sclerotherapy, a fine needle is utilized to inject a liquid agent (sclerosant) directly into the vein. This solution treats the inner lining (intima) of the vein, which causes total obliteration of the venous lumen. It is followed by compression with a decent bandage. To achieve this, the vein is injected while it is filled with as much blood as possible (for example, by elevating the leg).

The substances that are usually used nowadays are the hypertonic saline solution or sodium tetradecyl sulphate.

For the procedure of sclerotherapy, once the solution is injected, the adjacent tissues are wrapped using compression bandages and a dressing is given. This helps the venous walls to stay together. The vein later turns into the connective tissue that fades into the underlying structures. Both varicose veins and spider veins are treated with sclerotherapy. Usually, one treatment session is sufficient for patients. However, it varies for different individuals and cases based on the extent of treatment required. For all of those procedures, the quantity of pain sensation will vary, depending on the person’s general tolerance for pain, the extent of the treatment procedure, the region of the body that is being treated, complications involved, and other factors. No pain is felt during this procedure because the surgery is performed under anesthesia. After the anesthesia wears off, the patient will likely experience pain near the site of injection. For sclerotherapy, the degree of pain also will depend upon the dimensions of the needle used and which solution is injected. Most people find hypertonic saline to be a little painful as compared to other solutions. A burning and cramping sensation for several minutes can occur when it is injected. Some doctors mix a light local anesthetic with saline to minimize the pain. The cost of spider veins treatment in South Africa also depends on -

  • Consultation with the doctor

  • Anesthesia - It is required only in rare cases. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure.

  • Number of sessions required

  • Degree of damage to the veins

  • Location of the clinic

  • Surgeon’s fee

  • Type of treatment 

    • Laser sclerotherapy

    • Sclerotherapy

Which are the best clinics in South Africa for Spider Veins Treatment?

These are some of the best clinics for spider veins treatment in South Africa -

  1. The Aesthetics HQ

  2. Sunninghill & Waterfall Clinic

  3. Derma Therapeutics Aesthetic & Cosmetic Clinic

  4. Advanced Skin Solutions

  5. SkinTx Medical Spa and Wellness Centre

  6. Shaping You Laser Studio

  7. Aesthetica Sandton

  8. Noviskin

  9. Vivacite Aesthetic Medical

  10. LaserPoint

  11. Med Aesthetics Sandton

  12. Sandton Beauty Clinic

  13. The Academy Of Plastic Surgery

Who are the best surgeons for Sclerotherapy in South Africa?

These are some of the best doctors for sclerotherapy in South Africa -

  1. Dr. Frikkie Rademan

  2. Dr. Claire Jacobsohn

  3. Dr. Y.V Popov

  4. Dr. Johan Blignaut

  5. Dr. Dawid Potgieter

What is the success rate for Sclerotherapy in South Africa?

Spider vein treatment procedures have more success rates all over the world including South Africa. It is usually around 85% to 90%. Most procedures take some time for a patient to recover, hence with regular exercise one can see improved results.

Which are the best cities in South Africa for Sclerotherapy?

These are the most preferred cities for sclerotherapy in South Africa -

  1. Cape Town

  2. Johannesburg

  3. Midrand

  4. Pretoria

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FAQ's Related to South Africa

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa?

South Africa has several top-quality hospitals, such as:

  1. Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital
  2. Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital
  3. Busamed Gateway Private Hospital
  4. Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital
  5. Busamed Lowveld Hospital
  6. Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre
  7. Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital
  8. Life Bay View Private Hospital
  9. Lenmed Shifa Hospital

Below are some of the parameters which reflect the quality of these hospitals:

  1. Providing clear information about medicines to patients
  2. Effective engagement between nursing staff/doctors and patients;
  3. Suitability of the hospital environment for meeting the needs of patients
  4. Effectively managing pain.

South Africa is known to have strict government regulations for controlling the quality of care provided by the government and private hospitals. The hospitals have world-class doctors and top-notch infrastructure and provide a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of patients.

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Africa?

The healthcare system in South Africa is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA). In order to ensure coordinated and integrated care is provided by healthcare facilities, COHSASA sets and assesses standards for all sectors and departments of a healthcare system. The SafeCare program launched by COHSASA, JCI, and SafeCare Foundation ensures the implementation of internationally recognized standards to improve health care delivery. Initially, a two-year accreditation is awarded to hospitals and clinics that adhere to standards and the period can be extended if the hospitals continue to deliver expected quality care.

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Africa?

A large number of medical tourists visit South Africa every year due to low-cost treatment and modern infrastructure. South Africa’s growing popularity in medical tourism is also attributed to factors like a large pool of accredited hospitals, advanced technology, world-class facilities provided by hospitals, global exposure of doctors. Liberal laws for the use of stem cells in South Africa have helped it attract a large number of medical tourists for advanced medical treatment. The hospitals in South Africa strive to take the stress out of your medical holiday by helping you with all kinds of organization and administrative tasks, as well as provide all-inclusive care and assistance on a 24/7 basis.

How is the quality of doctors in South Africa?

With quality at their core, the well-trained and highly qualified doctors in South Africa provide world-class treatment. Majority of doctors in South Africa have received rigorous training in countries like Cuba and Australia which makes them competent in dealing with even the most complicated cases with great ease. The doctors deliver great results in dental procedures and fertility treatments and provide complete patient satisfaction through a holistic approach. Some important factors which contribute to the production of good quality doctors in the country are education at premier colleges, adherence to global standards, patient-centric approach, and incorporation of the human touch in treatment.

How to obtain a medical visa in South Africa?

You can avail a medical visa to South Africa and stay in the country for 90 days to seek treatment. Further extension of the duration of the stay is decided by the High Commission of the country where the patient belongs from. People need to apply for a temporary residency permit in case they have to stay in the country for more than three months. The validity of a visa begins the same day it is issued by the High Commission in South Africa. A visa application is accepted until 30 days prior to the departure date. Here is a list of documents that you will require for applying for a medical visa:

  1. Passport
  2. Passport-sized photographs
  3. Online Application form
  4. Full return flight reservation
  5. Proof of stay in South Africa
  6. Signed official medical letter from medical institution
  7. Signed medical letter from a recognized local practitioner
What are the popular procedures available in South Africa?

The most sought-after procedures in South Africa are total knee replacement, meniscus repairs, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. South Africa has also gained popularity for delivering excellent results in cosmetic surgery and infertility treatment. Egg donation program is available in South Africa and it is even possible to select your donor, as well as gives you the option of having a surgical or non-surgical procedure, all with very low waiting times. People select South Africa to avail these procedures due to several reasons, such as world-class hospitals with superior infrastructure and highly-skilled doctors, fast recovery, and use of cutting-edge medical technology.

Which are the most popular cities in South Africa for medical treatment?

South Africa has a number of modern urban centers, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. Cape Town a major tourist attraction that has a rich culture, world-class doctors, and modern health facilities. The reasons for the popularity of these cities are multiple food options, connectivity through airlines, and cheap accommodation. Johannesburg’s public and private healthcare industry coordinates with South Africa's medical schools to create internationally recognized medical specialists and the quality of medical care is on par with Great Britain.

Is it mandatory to take vaccinations before going to South Africa?

Yes, vaccination is compulsory before visiting South Africa. The vaccines recommended by WHO and the National Travel Health Network and Centre are Rabies and tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, Yellow fever, hepatitis A. Infants 6 to 11 months old travelling to the country should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. Typhoid vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas. You can connect with your doctor or the hospital in South Africa for the required vaccines. Also, refer to the travel advisory issued by the government.