Children are not just simply small adults and require an individualised and unique approach to both their underlying problems as well as treatment options.
Accompanying Dr G Moolman from Pretoria, I attended a rare and complicated case involving skull base surgery at Tygerberg Hospital. Professor Loock from the Department of ENT at The University of Stellenbosch kindly allowed me to observe in this very difficult case learning a great deal from their years of experience and skill.
Pretoria is absolutely lovely this time of year and I made my weekly trip to the Capital again to observe and assist in another case of Vestibular Schwannoma. Dr Bingle proceeds with a retro-sigmoid approach and the wonderful world of neuro-anatomy is once again revealed!
I am lucky enough to attend the first Endoscopic Ear Surgery course in Africa! Held in the Storz skills lab at Red Cross Childrens Hospital we are treated to lectures and demonstrations by Dr David Pothier (Canada) and Professor Joao Nogueira (Brazil).
The dissection takes place on fresh frozen cadaver heads and is a bit like looking into the ear for the first time again, exhilarating!
Once a week I am lucky enough to travel to Pretoria to assist and learn in base of skull and neurotology cases under the guidance and auspices of Professor Louis Hofmeyr (Otologist and Neurotologist), Dr Gerrie Moolman (General ENT and Skull base surgeon), Dr Thomas Bingle (Neurosurgeon). Professor Hamersma is also often in attendance and is kind enough to regularly put me on the spot!
These gentlemen have kindly offered to teach me this very difficult yet fascinating field of ENT and though it will take time, I look forward to gleaming from their extensive experience and unique expertise!
Some of the operations I have attended this year include, amongst others, surgery for vestibuar schwannomas, cerebello-pontine angle meningiomas, Glomus tumour
New challenges and new adventures await as I make my journey into private practice at Hillcrest Private Hospital in 2013. I will really miss the patients and people of Addington Hospital where I was the Head of Department in 2012. Working together with the team of academic surgeons and registrars in training from the University of Kwazulu Natal at Addington, King Edward VIII and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital was part of my daily routine for the last 5 years and was sincerely appreciated.