University of Cape Town Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery is literally at the cutting edge of clinical neuroscience, one of the most rapidly evolving fields of human endeavour. We treat various diseases of the brain and spinal cord including traumatic brain injury, brain tumours, vascular diseases of the brain and various types of stroke, spinal disorders, congenital abnormalities, hydrocephalus and functional disorders such as epilepsy.
The Division has dedicated neurosurgical facilities providing intensive-care, high-care and general ward level medical and nursing care. Operating sessions run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with teams performing surgery concurrently. We have a strong emphasis on minimally invasive interventions and have developed high-level expertise in neuroendoscopy, radiosurgery and interventional neuroradiology.
Outpatients appointments are routinely booked for Wednesdays, where the full complement of Neurosurgical staff attend. In addition, various special multidisciplinary clinics provide care for patients with brain tumours, pituitary disorders and congenital conditions such as spina bifida, neurofibromatosis and craniofacial abnormalities. Trauma and emergency neurosurgery is undertaken on a 24 hourly basis, seven days a week.
The Division comprises:
- 8 full-time consultants
- 5 sessional private consultants
- 11 trainee specialists
- 1 full-time administrator