Bow Leg Correction in South Africa

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About the Bow Leg Correction

Bow leggedness, also known as Genu varum is referred to the medial angulation of the tibia and the femur. Recognized with varied terms such as bandiness, tibia vara, and bandy leg, the bow-legged condition is characterized by outwardly bending of the knee and inner inclination of the tibia from the thigh's axis, thereby giving a bow-like appearance to the affected. Blount's disease or bow-legged condition is more common among females than it is in other genders. Besides, most athletes are also seen to be bow legged.

The condition is mostly recognized among children and adolescents and may result from malnutrition, or various diseases such as rickets, that hinder ossification of the bones. Apart from that, physical trauma, as well as other occupational causes may result in the emergence and persistence of the condition. However, irrespective of the cause, bow leg correction is possible with proper treatment and management.

How is Bow Leg Correction performed?

The procedure for bow leg correction can be distinguished as minimally invasive and complete surgical.

  • Hemiepiphysiodesis Temporary Arrest: The procedure involves clipping one side of the growth plate by using two-point screws fixating a small plate. This restricts the abnormal growth towards any other direction and helps in proper growth and development of the child.
  • Gradual Correction (by the use of external fixators): The procedure involves cutting a part of the affected bone in place of which, an external bone is placed with the help of wires and screw pins. The procedure does not affect the daily activities of the child however, close monitoring is required.
  • Acute Osteotomy: This is a surgical procedure in which, a part of the bone is replaced with plates and fixed with screws, and the cast implanted is kept for a period of 6 months. During this period, the individual is not allowed locomotion.

Recovery from Bow Leg Correction

Recovery post bow leg correction depends on the type of treatment performed on the candidate. Where the non-invasive procedures allow people to walk a day or two after the surgery, the operative treatments take approximately eight to sixteen weeks to completely recover. However, complete recovery after surgical bow leg correction treatment may take up to six months. In most cases, the condition is given time to gradually adjust and straighten as need be.

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What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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