What is hypertensive bleeding?
Hypertensive bleeding occurs when there is bleeding in the brain as a result of high blood pressure. This can cause haemorrhaging on the brain and stroke.

What is an external ventricular drain?
An external ventricular drain is a tube that is inserted in the brain in order to relieve intracranial pressure and to treat hydrocephalus. It is inserted under general anesthesia and the procedure typically takes around ninety minutes. Your surgeon will make an incision behind the ear and drill a small hole into the skull through which a tube is inserted. This allows excess fluid to drain from the brain into other parts of the body where it can be reabsorbed. The procedure is very safe and effective, but it is necessary to stay in hospital for a few days after surgery so that the medical team can monitor your recovery.

What is a decompressive craniotomy for stroke?
A decompressive craniotomy is conducted when there is severe brain swelling caused by stroke. The procedure helps to prevent pressure building up inside the skull and is performed by opening up a part of the bone in the skull.


I am a qualified neurosurgeon following my pre- and postgraduate studies at the University of Stellenbosch and currently have private practices at Netcare N1 City, which caters for the northern suburbs of Cape Town and Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, which caters for the west coast of Cape Town and Western Cape.


Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital
Tel: +27 (0)21 554 0779 / Fax: +27 (0)21 554 2144

Netcare N1 City Hospital
Tel: 021 595 4633 / Fax: 086 684 8004