About Us
Instructions for Patients
General Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Bariatric Surgery

Office hours

Consultations without appointments. Patients are seen on a first-come, first serve basis

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
8:00 - 12:00 and/or 15:00 - 17:00

Appointments can be made through my secretary by phone at (599-9) 736-5466.

Medical News

General- and bariatric surgery
Surgery patients are advised to look for a brief description of their operation under Instructions for Patients. Or type the name of the procedure you are about to have in the search field and press Enter. You will find a patient instruction brochure in PDF format about your specific operation. Please print it out to read before undergoing surgery and again after surgery. You will better understand what you can expect and what is expected of you.

The medical staff and nursing staff of the Taams Clinic understand your needs and rights as a patient, and will make every effort to treat you cordially and empathically in an environment as pleasant as possible. Medical care is a cooperative undertaking between patients and health care providers. You, as a patient, and the Taams Clinic staff have specific responsibilities in relationship to each other. Your responsibilities are to provide a full medical history, comply with hospital rules and to please ask questions when you do not understand instructions or advice.

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Dr Jan Taams jr, MD, FCS(SA)

Breast cancer

What is Cancer? 
The body is made up of various kinds of cells, which normally divide in an orderly way to produce more cells only when they are needed. Cancer is a group of diseases - more than 100 types - that occur when cells become abnormal and divide without control or order.

What is a Tumor?
When cells divide when new cells are not needed, too much tissue is formed. This mass of extra tissue, called a tumor, can be benign or malignant.

Colon cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is malignant cells found in the colon or rectum. The colon and the rectum are part of the large intestine, which is part of the digestive system. Because colon cancer and rectal cancers have many features in common, they are sometimes referred to together as colorectal cancer. Cancerous tumors found in the colon or rectum also may spread to other parts of the body (invade or metastasize).
Hernia repair
What is a hernia?
A hernia is the protrusion of an organ through the wall that normally contains it. Abdominal wall hernias are caused by a tear or defect in the abdominal muscle layers. The protruding organs cause a lump at the hernia site. Hernias usually occur in the weaker areas of the abdominal wall. These are the belly button, the groins and surgical scars. The belly button is the site through which embrionic blood vessels to the placenta pass through before birth, giving rise to umbilical hernias. The groin area in men is the site through which the blood vessels to the testicles pass leading to inguinal hernias.
Removing the gallbladder is called cholecystectomy. It is the preferred treatment for the majority of people who have gallstones that cause symptoms. Gallbladder surgery using a laparoscope (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) has become the gold standard in the early nineties, almost immediately after its inception.
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