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Dr. Minette du Preez


Special interest in spinal surgery.

Dr. Minette du Preez qualified as a neurosurgeon with a cum laude MMed (Neurosurgery) in 1994 from the University of the Free State.

As the new democratic South Africa with its rainbow nation was born, she made history as being the first female neurosurgeon to qualify in South Africa. At the time it made headlines, but Dr du Preez always was modest and put the achievement down to hard work and being true to yourself! As dedicated as she is to her patients and to treat them passionately, she nurtures her family and describes them as her biggest supporters: they keep her grounded. She loves people and wishes for the best quality of life for all. The most satisfying part of being a neurosurgeon is that as a neurosurgeon you minimize the suffering of people and help them improve the quality of life and reach their full potential.

Over the years, neurosurgery and spinal surgery have evolved and today we offer state of the art treatment to patients: with different conservative and surgical options. When surgery is indicated, an approach of “less is more”, is usually followed. This entails conventional and minimal invasive surgical techniques. A lot of emphasis is also placed on rehabilitation and lifestyle changes to improve the outcome of treatment and ultimately the quality of the patient’s life.

Experience & Research

  • MB ChB (UOVS) 1986
  • MMed (Neurosurgery) Cum Laude (UOVS) 1994
  • Specialist Neurosurgeon 1994: Health Professions Council of South Africa
Society Memberships
  • South Africa Society of Neurosurgeons
  • South African Spine Society
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgey
    (ISSAS) (Previously Spinal Arthroplasty Society)
  • North American Spine Society
  • 1994
    – Junior Consultant, Dept of Neurosurgery, University ofthe Free State
  • 1994 – 2000
    – Neurosurgeon, Glynnwood Hospital, Benoni
  • 2000 – 2015
    – Neurosurgeon: Life bay View Hospital, Mosselbay
  • Plasmacytoma of the skull, NEUROSURGERY Vol.29, No.6, 1991
  • Evaluation of cerebral vasospasm after subarcachnoid hemorrhage with non-invasive transcranial doppler. 25 patients studied over a period of one year. Presented at annual academic meeting Universityof the Orange Free State SOUTH AFRICA 1990
  • Visual impairment in meningiomas 87 patients treated over a 12 year period. Presented at annual academic meeting University of the Orange Free State SOUTH AFRICA 1991 AND at the Bi-annual Neurosurgery Congress 1992 Cape Town.
  • Open treatment of brain abscess 100 patients treated over a 10 year period. Presented at annual academic meeting University of the Orange Free State SOUTH AFRICA 1992