Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
About Plastic Surgery
In order to qualify as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in South Africa one must complete a further 5 years of training, after obtaining one’s initial undergraduate MBChB degree (usually a 6 year degree followed by internship and community service of one year each). This post-graduate training can only be done at University affiliated tertiary hospitals. During the 5-year period one must pass 3 sets of examinations offered by either the University or the College of Medicines of South Africa and complete a thesis. Once you have completed your training and successfully completed either of the examinations (MMed or FC Plast (SA)) you are eligible to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and start practicing independently as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. If you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery, please ensure that the surgeon is a trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon registered with the HPCSA. This will ensure that the surgeon is adequately trained and appropriately qualified. Unfortunately many doctors brand themselves as “cosmetic or aesthetic doctors” after undertaking cosmetic courses, usually presented by pharmaceutical or medical product companies. This is not a recognized specialty, so please be cautious when choosing your surgeon. Displaying “before and after” photographs on your website is prohibited in South Africa. This is because photographs are easy to manipulate and patient information must be kept confidential. If you do look at photographs, check the light exposure, make-up and shadows. Remember that your procedure is unique, and therefore your result will be unique to you.
Dr JC van der Walt Inc. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon The Stables 1 How Avenue St George's Hospital Port Elizabeth Reg. No. 015/218777/21 VAT. No. 4550270468
PO Box 20058 Humewood 6013 South Africa Tel: + 27 (0) 41 373-2261 Fax: + 27 (0) 41 373-2267