Best Hospitals for General Surgery in South Africa

About General Surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on the surgical treatment of the disease and disorders of abdominal contents including esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, thyroid gland, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts.

Conditions for which you should consider visiting a General Surgeon

Below are some of the medical conditions/ situations for which you might consider visiting a general surgeon:

  • You have been referred by to a general surgeon by your doctor in case the treatment plan requires a more invasive intervention or the medications didn't work or won't work
  • Surgical procedures needed come in the preview of the scope of the general surgeons
  • If you want to undergo a weight loss surgery
  • Need of an emergency care and/ or surgery
  • Requirement of both pre- and post-surgical care
  • Minimally invasive surgeries are advised

Cost Comparison

Below is the list of some of the most common surgeries undergone by people and their cost comparison in different countries:

Country of Treatment Appendectomy (Cost in USD) Microdiscectomy (Cost in USD) Hearing Implant (Cost in USD)
India 1150 3200 14000
Turkey 4000 8100 18500
United Arab Emirates 6806 11000 40838
US 13200 20000 111000

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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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Artemis Hospital is a 400 plus bed multi-speciality hospital, which aims at providing a depth of expertise in the spectrum of advanced medical and surgical interventions. Some of the features of the infrastructure include:

  • A 400 plus bed multi-speciality hospital.
  • A large number of ICU beds equipped with modern technologies.
  • Imaging techniques include 64 Slice Cardiac CT Scan, Dual Head Gamma Camera, |  16 Slice PET CT, Fan Beam BMD, RIS - HIS Integrated Department, High -end Colour Doppler Ultrasound Systems.
  • Cardiology department supported by Philips FD20/10 Cath Lab with Stent Boost Technology, C7XR OCT - Optical Coherence Tomography, Lab IVUS - Intravascular Ultrasound, Rotablator - for calcified lesions, FFR -Fractional Flow Reserve, Ensite Velocity Cardiac Mapping System, and Endovascular Hybrid Operating Suite.
  • ICU is backed by High-Frequency Ventilator for NICU, Central Venous Pressure Monitoring, Intra - aortic Balloon Pump, Invasive Intraarterial Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ab4 Monitoring, Bedside Percutaneous Tracheostomy, Portable X - ray Viewer, Temperature Regulating Blankets/Warmers, Bedside ECHO Cardiology.
  • Operation Theatre Technologies: Total Knee Replacement - Navigation System, Motor Evoked Potentials (MEP) for Spine Surgeries, Fiber Optic Bronchoscope, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pump, Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP) in DBS Surgery.

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Medanta - The Medicity located in Gurugram, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 1250 beds facility
  • 800+ professionally trained & experienced Doctors
  • Patient Support Services Team in International Patients Department, assists patients from different nation during their medical travel journey
  • Hotels and Lodging Arrangements
  • International Lounge
  • Medantas own Air-ambulance service can reach you in any part of the world (fully functional ICU at 30,000 feet above the ground)

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

  • The bed capacity of Sterling Wockhardt Hospital is 50.
  • Critical care and complex cases resolution is done with excellent results.
  • Emergency departments with 3 beds capacity and Intensive Care Unit with 10 beds capacity.
  • The healthcare delivery focus of the hospital is both on prevention as well curing the conditions.
  • Diagnostics are well developed with the latest technological developments.
  • Pharmacy, operating rooms, lab services are at par with the best in the country.
  • 24/7 ambulance services to cover healthcare requirements in Panvel and Vashi.
  • Accommodation, airport transfers, flight bookings and translation services are all available for international patients.

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

  • 24x7 emergency services are available.
  • In house pharmacy services are also present.
  • Highly regarded doctors and surgeons work day and night at the hospital.
  • This is in addition to numerous consultants who provide services to patients.
  • There are excellent preoperative and post operative care facilities at the hospital.
  • High success rates and faster turnaround times for patients towards excellent health.
  • An International patient care center enables international patients to avail the best of treatment in a seamless manner with minimal hassle.
  • 5 Centres of Excellence are present in Fortis hospital Bangalore.
  • The bed capacity of this hospital is 250.
  • Latest In Vitro Fertilisation technologies are present.

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The Hospital has world-class infrastructure with a capacity of over 1000 beds and much more-

  • 265 Licensed beds
  • 13 Operation Theatres
  • 24*7 Cath Lab
  • 24*7 available Blood Bank
  • 24*7 Emergency Department
  • 24*7 Open Pharmacy

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

  • The hospital has the latest healthcare facilities and world class infrastructure.
  • It has a 325 bed capacity and 100 beds for critical care.
  • There are as many as 10 operation theatres.
  • The Intensive Care Unit and blood bank is also present within the hospital.
  • There is complete support for international patients with facilities such as transfers, assistance for visa and accommodation, translators and insurance related assistance.
  • Some of the departments in which medical services are available are Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Cardiology, Neurology and Oncology.
  • The hospital also provides treatment for infertility, weight loss and has physiotherapy and pain management services.

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Supported by the first class staff, Medeor Hospital is dedicated to providing the latest in medical advances. The hospital’s professional expertise is regarded as one of the finest in India. The centre provides acute specialist services and aims at delivering top-quality medical and patient care.

Infrastructure & Facilities:

  • 24x7 Emergency, Diagnostics and Pharmacy services
  • State of the art instruments
  • Hi-tech ICUs
  • Modular OTs
  • High-end Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Highly Experienced Physicians & Surgeons
  • Zero Bacteria Operation Theaters
  • Modern Infrastructure Equipped with Advanced Facilities
  • Radiology department equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging technologies like 1.5 tesla MRI, high-tech 160 CT Scan and dual detector X – ray
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab having Hybrid Operating Room
  • Linear Accelerator, Brachytherapy Suite, Wide Bore CT Simulator
  • Slice CT Scan, CT Simulation
  • Slice PET CT, Dual Head 6 Slice SPECT CT
  • Facilitation counter at International Airport, New Delhi
  • Translator of different languages
  • Assistance in lodging, boarding and ticketing
  • Wi-Fi and local SIM cards
  • Tele-medicine, e-consultation and post discharge follow up
  • Foreign exchange services
  • Prayer and meditation rooms

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Vejthani Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is among the topmost private hospitals functioning in Thailand.
  • The bed capacity of the hospital is 263.
  • There are more than three hundred thousand patients visiting the hospital every year.
  • Vejthani hospital has more than 40 outpatient clinics and centers.
  • International patient care center with all kinds of services: air ambulance, transfers, travel, stay, embassy liaison, patient coordinators, prayer rooms, visa coordination and translators for 20 languages.
  • The special facilities are:
  • International Certified Laboratory
  • 10 Operating Rooms
  • Radiology Section: Portable X-ray, CT-scan and C-ARM and MRI
  • Neonatal Critical Care Unit
  • Water-jet technique applied for liposuction
  • Computer navigation and mini-invasive technique for Joint Replacement surgery

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Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • One of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in India
  • Facility is fusion of state of the art technology, competent clinicians, and world-class infrastructure
  • 230 beds
  • 70 bedded medical and surgical and Critical Care Unit
  • Ward Bed Options- Twin, Deluxe, Sharing and Economy
  • Pneumatic Tube System
  • Ambulance Services 24x7
  • 15 Bedded dialysis unit
  • Advanced Neonatal ICU
  • Advanced imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography scanning, digital mammography, ultrasound
  • 8 modular OTs
  • Flat Panel Cath Labs
  • LASIK - SMILE Suite
  • Wellness Lounge
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • 15 Dialysis beds
  • 24x7 ‘Trauma & Emergency Center
  • Dedicated blood bank
  • 24x7 comprehensive patient care.
  • Deployed high-end technologies & smart digital system
  • Robust Hospital Information Systems to meet complex medical needs of patients
  • Robotic assisted surgeries
  • International Patients Lounge
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Accommodation and Food for Attendant
  • Language Interpreter Services
  • 4 triage beds, a dedicated sample collection room, 6 observation beds, and highly skilled emergency staff
  • Robotic knee replacement surgery
  • ATM
  • Lounge for visitors
  • Internet Access: The whole facility is Wi-Fi enabled
  • Travel Desk: Provides an all-round patient care.
  • 24x7 pharmacy

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Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Multi-bed hospital with state-of-art infrastructure
  • Advanced medical equipment
  • High-tech labs
  • Modular operation theaters
  • Cath labs with Clarity Platform, 128 channel CARTO 3 version 4 with ICE mapping facility, FD 10 Prucka 2D EP system
  • High-end Intensive Coronary Care Unit
  • Dedicated Pre-Post Cath Unit
  • Multislice CT Scan, 1.5 Tesla MRI
  • 24 *7*365 functional cardiac Cath lab & operation theatre
  • Fifteen bedded Coronary Care Unit
  • 3D, 4D Echo & Trans-oesophageal Echo, Non Invasive cardiology (Holter, TMT, Echo, 24hrs ambulatory BP Monitoring
  • Radio Frequency Ablation like Complex Arrhythmia such as ischemic VT, AF with 3 D Mapping imaging
  • RFA using ICE Intra-cardiac Echo
  • Well-equipped inpatient and intensive care services
  • Ultra-modern Blood Bank Facility
  • Advanced Physiotherapy center, 24/7 Emergency &Trauma services
  • Gastroenterology department equipped with Capsule endoscopy, Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, Single balloon enteroscopy, High resolution esophageal and anorectal manometry, Endoscopic ultrasound, and hydrogen breath test
    Sustained low-efficiency daily dialysis and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Exhaled Nitric oxide (FeNO) and allergy testing for the management of asthma
  • Conventional PAP/ Liquid PAP/ HPV-DNA test for the patients with the High risk of cervical cancer

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Medicana International Istanbul located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by ISO, JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an indoor area of 30.000 m
  • Capacity of 191 beds
  • 34 ICUs
  • 8 NICUs
  • 8 Operation Theatres
  • Inpatient Floors
  • Outpatient Floors
  • Internal and Surgical Intensive Unit Care
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit
  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Patient comfort CIP, VIP and Standard Patient Rooms
  • Intensive care patient rooms
  • Technology Advancement- PET-CT, ERCP, BT/MR 1.5 Tesla

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Memorial Antalya Hospital located in Antalya, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 114 patients and 28 intensive care beds
  • 5 Operating theatres
  • Radiology Department with advanced technology
  • Intensive care units
  • Interventional Radiology Unit
  • Chemotherapy and Art Center
  • The Hospital uses advanced technologies like Hydra Facial, Cardiac MR, Heart Tomography-Coronary CT Angiography and many more
  • Patient rooms and living spaces with all the 5-star hotel features

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FAQ's Related to South Africa

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa?

Some of the world-class multispecialty hospitals in South Africa are:

  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.

The government of South Africa has strict healthcare regulations in place which all hospitals need to follow to ensure quality treatment. Supported by state-of-art infrastructure, advanced medical equipment, and highly qualified doctors, the hospitals offer various facilities to improve the patient experience.

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). COHSASA develops and evaluates standards in all areas and departments of a healthcare facility in order to make sure that integrated and coordinated care is provided. The SafeCare program introduced by JCI, COHSASA, and SafeCare Foundation aims at using internationally recognized standards to provide health care delivery. The accreditation bodies ensure that the hospitals are consistent in delivering quality care, so, initially, they grant accreditation to hospitals and clinics only for 2 years which gets extended if the quality is maintained.

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. Some other factors which contribute to the growth of medical tourism in South Africa are use of cutting-edge technology, new facilities provided by hospitals, doctors trained overseas, and a large number of accredited hospitals. South Africa has also liberal laws for the application of stem cells in medical practice, making the country a leading destination for patients who need advanced medical treatment. You get comprehensive treatment at world-class hospitals which assist you with all organization and administrative tasks and also provide you all-inclusive care and assistance on a 24/7 basis.

How is the quality of doctors in South Africa?

South Africa produces some of the finest doctors in the world who are well-trained and highly qualified to serve patients with quality care. 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. South Africa has world-class doctors due to several reasons like their education at reputed 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. A visa becomes valid the day it is issued by the High Commission and not on the date of departure. Also, an application for a visa is not be accepted more than 30 days before departure. Make sure you have the below-listed documents while 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?

Some popular procedures available in South Africa are hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, total knee replacement, meniscus repairs. Some other procedures which have gained popularity in South Africa are cosmetic surgery and infertility treatment. Fertility treatment through egg donation has seen a high success rate in South Africa wherein a person can opt for a surgical or non-surgical procedure, with quite 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?

Some popular cities of South Africa that attract a huge number of medical tourists every year are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. Cape Town a major tourist attraction that has a rich culture, world-class doctors, and modern health facilities. Most of these cities have an efficient public transportation system, cheap accommodation options, and connectivity through airlines. 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 of 6 to 11 months old are at greater risk of contracting measles, so they must get MMR vaccine before travelling to South Africa. 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.