Surgical Procedures

Dr. Du Plessis has expertise in most abdominal surgical procedures including laparoscopy, gastroscopy, colonoscopy and endoscopy, as well as emergency procedures such as appendectomy and intestinal obstructions. We also handle minor procedures such as removal of cysts and ingrown toenails.

Removal of ingrown toenails

How do physicians diagnose an ingrown toenail? It’s usually quite straightforward to diagnose an ingrown toenail. However, the signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails can vary quite dramatically, particularly if an infection develops. There may simply be some...

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Epidermoid cyst – Excision of cysts related to the skin

Epidermoid cyst These are small bumps that develop just beneath the skin on your face, neck, trunk and sometimes your genital area. They are slow-growing and often painless. Although many people refer to epidermoid cysts as sebaceous cysts, true sebaceous cysts are...

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Splenectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your spleen. The spleen is an organ that sits under your rib cage on the upper left side of your abdomen. It helps fight infection and filters unneeded material, such as old or damaged blood cells. The most common reason...

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Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the inside of the colon (large intestine or large bowel). The colonoscope is a four foot long, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger with a camera and a source of...

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A gastroscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to look inside the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It's also sometimes referred to as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The endoscope...

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A mastectomy is an operation to remove the breast It's used to treat breast cancer in women or men. It can also be used to reduce the risk of cancer developing in the breast. If your GP refers you urgently because they think you have cancer, you have the right to be...

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Thyroidectomy is the removal of all or part of your thyroid gland. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. It produces hormones that regulate every aspect of your metabolism, from your heart rate to how quickly you burn calories....

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Nissen fundoplication (Anti-reflux surgery)

Anti-reflux surgery is a treatment for acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD is a condition in which food or stomach acid come back up from your stomach into the oesophagus. Reflux often occurs if the muscles where the oesophagus...

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Umbilical hernia repair

Umbilical hernia repair surgery is a procedure that fixes umbilical hernias. An umbilical hernia* is a bulge or pouch that forms in the abdomen. This type of bulge occurs when a section of the intestine pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles, near the...

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Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair

What is an inguinal hernia? An inguinal hernia is a lump in the inguinal region (in the groin area) which is usually more prominent when the patient coughs or stands. In some cases pain is also experienced. Inguinal hernias usually develop as a result of a weak place...

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What are haemorrhoids? Piles, or haemorrhoids, are swollen veins in the rectum that supply the anal canal (anus) with blood. Piles are separated into two categories, namely internal and external. Their position is normally four, seven and eleven o’clock on a watch....

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Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your colon. Your colon, also called your large intestine, is a long tube-like organ at the end of your digestive tract. Colectomy is used to treat and prevent diseases and conditions that affect the colon,...

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Laparoscopic Appendectomy

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It’s a common emergency surgery that’s performed to treat appendicitis, an inflammatory condition of the appendix. The appendix is a small, tube-shaped pouch attached to your large intestine. It’s located in the...

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as a cholecystectomy, is a very common procedure. The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ in the upper right part of your tummy. It stores bile, a fluid produced by the liver that helps break down fatty foods. You don't...

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    “My 18-year old daughter, Shanice had an op with Dr. Du Plessis to remove a fibroadenoma in her breast. He handled Shanice with so much care and made her feel very comfortable … I would recommend Dr. Du Plessis as a surgeon to any patient.  His advice and his medical knowledge is the best.”

    - Rene Cole


    “I would like to thank you and your team for all the amazing service I received during my stay at Melomed Tokia for surgery for a bilateral inguinal hernia. From the moment I met you my mind was set at ease. The professional yet friendly way things were explained to me was refreshing.”

    - Tristan Lee


    The very thought of hospitalisation is scary and traumatising, but caring doctors like you make it friendly and pleasing.

    Your team took care of me as i was the most important person on earth 🙂 Nicole Andrews

    - Nicole Andrews

    Specialist Surgeon
    Dr. Maré Du Plessis, MBCHB (UP) MMED Surg (US) FCS (SA)

    Mediclinic Milnerton
    Suite 169, 1st Floor, Mediclinic Milnerton, Racecourse Road, Milnerton, 7441
    P.O Box 61, Plumstead, 7801
    Tel: 021 555 1877
    Office Hours:
    Mondays - Thursdays: 08h00 – 16h00
    Fridays: 08h00 - 13h00
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    Surgical Procedures & Endoscopies:
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    Emergencies: 021 529 9000
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