Dr CL Steyn Orthopaedic Surgeon Cape Town

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Dr CL Steyn is a full-time Cape Town orthopaedic surgeon at N1 City Netcare Hospital, that offers advanced orthopaedic care.

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Doctor Steyn is a successful knee, hip and shoulder specialist, patients travel from all over South Africa to benefit from his skill and experience. We have created this website as a resource for you, keeping you well informed pre, during and post operation, for a speedy, successful and pain free recovery.

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Shoulder Surgery

The shoulder is the group of structures in the region of the joint. The shoulder joint is the main joint of the shoulder. It is a ball and socket joint that allows the arm to rotate in a circular fashion or to hinge out and up away from the body.

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Knee Surgery

Your knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in your body. The knee joins the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). The smaller bone that runs alongside the tibia (fibula) and the kneecap (patella) are the other bones that make the knee joint.

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Hip Surgery

The hip joint is the junction where the hip joins the leg to the trunk of the body. It is comprised of two bones: the thighbone or femur, and the pelvis, which is made up of three bones called ilium, ischium and pubis. The ball of the hip joint is made by the femoral head while the socket is formed by the acetabulum.

What are the different types of orthopaedic surgeons?

Orthopaedic surgeons are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of orthopaedic problems. There are many types of orthopaedic surgeons. The most common type is a general orthopaedic surgeon, or someone who does not have a specific area of interest. This type of surgeon will perform all types of procedures, from knee surgery to spinal surgery. There are also specialists such as pediatric orthopaedics, hand and upper limb surgery, sports medicine and trauma surgery.

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Thys Kachelhoffer
Thys Kachelhoffer
Excellent doctor. Extremely friendly, always sorts all of my patients out without any problems. Can highly recommend. Superb surgeon.
Melodie Hertslet
Melodie Hertslet
I have had 2 full hip replacements with DR Steyn. I am overwhelmed at how successful both ops were and with his pleasant patient doctor manner. Thank you DR Steyn. The ladies at his office were also always most helpful, efficient and friendly as well.
Robbie Robinson
Robbie Robinson
Many thanks for assisting and helping my wife. I really appreciated the call you made shortly after the operation. Regards R Robinson
Malik Latief
Malik Latief
I attended the doctor’s rooms twice for a cortisone injection for a tennis elbow.I had a good interaction with doctor as well as the friendly staff.I had a good briefing regarding my condition and I was pleasantly surprised with the communication and doctor’s response after hours.
Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan
I wasn't recommended by anyone, I found the practice via Google. After calling several specialists, only to be told they not contracted in, I was about to give up! Was a very pleasant experience from calling in, to my first appointment. Receptionist is very friendly and helpful. Dr Steyn is amazing, he was very friendly and professional. He was very thorough and explained everything in detail to me. I can definitely recommend this practice and rate it 5 stars!
Bernard Tome
Bernard Tome
Excellent doctor and staff. I can highly recommend Dr Steyn.
Viola Pienaar
Viola Pienaar
Excellent Professionalservice. Friendly doctor and staff.
Tonie Konig
Tonie Konig
Very caring practice and Dr. Steyn is very experienced and knowledgeable, I highly recommend him as the Orthopaedic Surgeon to see in Cape Town
Johlene Lourenco
Johlene Lourenco
Excellent recovery in rotary cuff surgery in 9 month period. Full use of arm
Jeanette Olivier
Jeanette Olivier
Dr Steyn is one of the very few doctors I have come across that genuinely cares for their patient and shows compassion. If he can not assist you, he goes out of his way to get someone who can and will! He also runs on time, never leaving you to wait around in his rooms and always returns your calls. He operated on my fiances knee and my hip, he knows his stuff and I would recommend him a 100 times over!!!

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What does an orthopaedic surgeon do?

An orthopaedic surgeon is a medical professional who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. They are also called orthopaedic surgeons or orthopedic surgeons. An orthopaedic surgeon’s main responsibility is to diagnose and treat patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Orthopaedic surgeons also perform surgeries for fractures and other injuries to bones or cartilage.

The types of procedures that an orthopaedic surgeon might perform include:

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Dr CL Steyn MB CHB PRET(1997), FC(Orth)SA(2009)



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Frequently Asked Orthopeadic Surgery Questions

What is the difference between a general surgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon?

A general surgeon is a physician who specializes in surgery of the abdomen, chest, and extremities. An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician who specializes in surgery of the bones and joints.

What are the most common orthopedic surgeries?

Orthopedic surgeries are surgeries that involve the bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. Common orthopedic surgeries include total knee replacement, total hip replacement, arthroscopic surgery of the knee or shoulder, rotator cuff repair or reconstruction.

What are the symptoms of a broken bone?

  1. Constant pain in the affected area.
  2. Swelling in the affected area.
  3. Deformity of bone, skin discoloration, or skin ulceration at break line or healing site.
  4. Limitation of joint motion due to fracture displacement or persistent stiffness caused by the fracture site being immobilized for a prolonged period of time without healing movement

When should orthopeadic surgery be considered?

In the absence of a fracture, surgery is not usually necessary. In the presence of a fracture that needs to be reduced quickly, surgery may be considered to avoid similar problems in the future.

A few warning signs that may indicate when orthopeadic surgery should be considered are:

  1. Reduced range of motion in the joint/s
  2. An inability to function normally in daily life due to pain
  3. An inability or difficulty with weight-bearing
  4. Persistent problems with the joint after 2 weeks from injury

What are the risks of orthopaedic surgery?

Medical professionals use orthopaedic surgery to correct or treat problems with the bones, joints, or supporting structures. These include the spine, the hip, shoulders, knees and elbows.

There are some risks involved in any kind of surgery. But orthopaedic surgeries, in particular, have a higher risk of severe complications than other surgeries.

Some common complications that may occur with orthopaedic surgery are infection, blood clots in veins leading to your lungs (deep vein thrombosis), nerve damage and internal bleeding.

What is arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder?

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is a minimally-invasive surgery that is done to repair damage to the shoulder. The surgery involves making small cuts through which a probe and surgical instruments can be passed to inspect and repair damaged tissues.

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is used in both inpatient and outpatient settings. It can also be used to diagnose and/or treat injuries that are too small or too difficult for other procedures or surgeries, such as rotator cuff tears.

Why is arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder necessary?

Arthroscopic surgery is a type of surgery that requires the use of an arthroscope to visualize the inside of a joint.

Arthroscopic surgery may be used to diagnose problems with the shoulder. The doctor will examine the joint, remove any loose pieces of damaged tissues, and fix any damage that needs to be repaired.

Arthroscopic surgery is mostly used for pain relief or to prevent further injury. It can also be used if you have had an injury to your shoulder and there are pieces of bone or pieces of tissue floating around in your joint.

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder?

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is a minimally invasive procedure that can help with chronic pain, limited range of motion or rotator cuff issues.

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is a minimally invasive procedure that can help with chronic pain, limited range of motion or rotator cuff issues. Following this surgery, patients have been shown to have higher satisfaction rates and faster recovery times than those who have undergone open surgical procedures.

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is a minimally invasive procedure that can help with chronic pain, limited range of motion or rotator cuff issues. A study published in “The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery” found that arthroscopy for arthritis was more successful at reducing pain and disability than both physical therapy and cortisone injections alone.

How long does arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder take?

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about one hour. The patient will be encouraged to get up and walk around soon after the surgery is complete.

It’s often not necessary to stay overnight at the hospital following arthroscopic shoulder surgery, but it is recommended that you plan to take one or two days off work or school following your operation.

What are the symptoms of a knee injury?

The knee is one of the most complex joints in the body. It’s possible to experience pain, swelling, weakness, and instability in the knee.

Some of the symptoms that can indicate injury or damage include:

  1. A sudden twisting force to the knee
  2. Sudden stopping or slowing down after running
  3. Sudden impact with a hard or immovable object
  4. A sudden or forceful downward movement of a heavy object onto a bent knee
  5. A blow to the front of a forcefully flexed knee


What is arthroscopic surgery of the knee?

Arthroscopic surgery of the knee is a procedure that utilizes small incisions to treat various conditions in or around the knee joint. The surgeon makes one or more small, half-inch incisions in the skin, inserts a camera called an arthroscope into one incision, and uses special instruments to examine and perform surgery on the inside of the joint.

In some cases, arthroscopic surgery may be required as an alternative to open surgery. Conditions that may be treated with this procedure include anterior cruciate ligament tears, meniscal tears, patellar dislocation, and osteoarthritis.

Who should get arthroscopic surgery and when should they get it?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses an arthroscope and tiny instruments. It’s done through small cuts (incisions) in the skin.

The procedure is generally advised for those who have pain, limited mobility, and/or trouble with daily activities because of their joint problems.


What are the indications for total hip replacement?

Total hip replacement (THR) is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures performed in the United States. It is generally considered when other treatments for hip pain, such as medication or physical therapy, have not helped.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), indications for THR are:

  1. Significant hip pain and limitations in mobility due to osteoarthritis
  2. Hip fracture
  3. Severe deformity or narrowing of joint space
  4.  Leg length discrepancy greater than 3 cm that cannot be corrected with shoe inserts or surgery to shorten the longer leg
  5. A labral tear that can’t be repaired

What are the reasons for failure of total hip replacement?

The failure rate of total hip replacement is around 8% to 10%.

The reasons for this are many. The person may not have adhered to the post-surgery advice they were given. They may not have been fully committed to following a strict rehabilitation programme. Their immune system might not have been fully functioning, due to an infection or chemotherapy treatment.

Some people are born with too much bone on the ball of the hip joint or too little bone near the socket. These people are more likely to experience problems with their new hip joint later in life. A problem with the implant, for example a fracture in one of its parts, can also lead to failure.

What are the complications of total hip replacement?

Hip replacement surgery recovery is different for everyone. Some people will be able to get out of bed and walk the same day; others will take weeks or months to recover.

Complications can occur during or after surgery. They can depend on the type of procedure, your age, your health before surgery if you smoke or have other chronic health conditions and your activity level.

Some complications that may occur are:

  1. Extreme pain in the groin, back, buttocks, pelvis, or thigh
  2. Blood clots forming in the leg(s)
  3. Nerve damage causing numbness or weakness in one or both legs
  4. Infection in the hip joint

What is the success rate of total hip replacement?

A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure to replace one or both of the hip joints with artificial surfaces. The success rates are dependent on case factors, such as the severity of the disease before surgery, pre-surgical functioning, and post-surgical rehabilitation.

The most common revision operations are due to loosening or breakage of the prosthesis. A revision operation may be undertaken if bone loss caused by the natural process of aging is too great for implant stability. Additional reasons for revision surgery can include pain from mechanical instability in an implant, malpositioning of a prosthesis (e.g., dislocation), poor bone stock (e.g., osteoporosis), and infection in an implant (septicemia).

There is no guarantee that one will need revision surgery.

Revision surgery is a highly complex procedure that requires both an experienced surgeon and the person undergoing the revision surgery. It is not guaranteed that one will need this type of surgery. There are many factors that can affect the final results, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about what you should expect from this specific procedure.