Preparing for your consultation

Whether you prefer to schedule an appointment over the phone or request one online, we make it easy for you. You may use whatever method is most convenient for you, but if you have any urgent requests, please call 018 293 3474.

Scheduling your Appointment

Whether you prefer to schedule an appointment over the phone or online, we make it easy for you. You may use whatever method is most convenient for you.

However, if you have any urgent requests, please call us at 018 294 3474.

Phoning for an appointment

Requesting an appointment online

  • Call 018 293 3474

  • Medical Aid Information

    Please have your medical aid information ready when you call for an appointment.

  • Referral information

    Inform us if your primary care doctor or another physician is referring you to Dr Jonker, or if it is a self referral.

  • X-rays / CT scan images

    Please tell us if you have any X-rays, MRI, or CT scan images related to the condition you wish to be treated.

  • Click on any link

    On each of our web pages is a button where you can request an appointment. Follow the link to the application where you complete a basic information to submit your request for an appointment. Please note that this is not a confirmation of your appointment. We will contact you to confirm a date and time of your appointment.

  • Complete contact form

    On our contact page is a contact form. Simply complete the form with your basic contact details and we will get in touch to arrange your appointment.

  • Send an email

    You are also welcome to send an email to Natasja at or throughout the website you can find various direct links to her email address and with one click access an email for requesting an appointment.

Preparing for your Surgery

Getting ready for surgery in general

  • Temporary rearrangement of living area

    It can be helpful to arrange your living area for the comfortable reach of items that you will use regularly, for example the telephone, radio, TV remote, bathing items, plates and drinking glasses, and medications.

  • Limit your risk of falls

    Take action in advance and move items to limit the risk of falling, for example pick up any throw rugs or other objects that could cause you to trip and fall. Safeguarding your home

  • Meal plans

    Consider preparing and freezing a few meals in advance that you can easily re-heat.

After surgery - what to expect in hospital

Outcome of the surgery

After surgery Dr Jonker discusses the outcome of the surgery with his patients.

Pain control

During surgery, you will receive a pain block (by way of epidural) helping with pain control throughout the night.

Ward rounds

Early mornings Dr Jonker visits his patients during his ward rounds to make sure that they had a good night and that their pain is under control. Depending on each patient's specific situation, he discusses their progress, treatment plans and expected discharge dates.

Multidisciplinary approach to patient care

Dr Jonker follows a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, collaborating with physiotherapists, biokineticists, sports practitioners and specialist physicians to the benefit and best surgical and treatment outcome for his patients.
This also means that you will meet your physiotherapist in hospital and start with mobilisation, with the assistance of your physiotherapist, as soon as possible after surgery. Your physiotherapist will show you how to dress, use the necessary aids on discharge and demonstrate the correct way to do the exercises.

Wound care

Our practice nurse, will inspect, clean and dress your wound. Do not open the wound unless it is necessary. The wound should remain dressed and stay dry. The steri-strips are waterproof and you can shower with it.

On discharge

Please remember to request your prescription for pain medication and your sick note on discharge. Also make sure you take your MRI / CT images and X-rays on discharge. Hospital staff will assist you with scheduling your Two-week follow-up appointment.

The Post-Operative Period

Routines and Follow-up visits

General arthroscopic procedures of the knee

For the following six to eight weeks you will follow this regime:

Use ice for swelling.

Wear the prescribed socks to prevent blood clots.

Only use as much weight on your knee as pain allows.

Use the crutches for 10 to 14 days.

You will be able to drive 4 to 5 days after a general arthroscopy.

Your physiotherapist will assist in your mobilisation and show you how to use your walking aids.

Your follow-up appointments are:

  • Two-weeks  after surgery with our practice nurse for wound inspection, and with your physiotherapist for your next exercises.


  • Four-weeks after surgery with your biokineticist to start with your strengthening rehabilitation.


  • Eight-week after surgery your consultation with Dr Jonker.

Routine after a total shoulder arthroplasty

Most people can return to normal everyday activities like dressing themselves within the first two weeks after a successful shoulder replacement surgery.

Dr. Jonker will confirm when it is safe to drive and perform other specific tasks.

Total recovery time ranges from three to six months.

It is important that you stick to your physiotherapy treatment plan, especially for the first six to eight weeks to gain range of motion with the new joint.

Wear the sling every night for at least the first month.

Initially, push yourself up in bed or from a chair using your non-operated arm.

Exercise at home as your physiotherpist advised but do not exceed the  prescribed …. Overuse of the shoulder can be harmful.

No sports or heavy lifting for at least six weeks. 

Arrange for support at home when living on your own.

Leave the dressing on for three days. The steri-strips are waterproof and will slowly peel off in time by themselves.

Routine after shoulder instability surgery

After you had any shoulder instability procedure, follow this regime:

Wear your sling for the first few weeks.

Use your unoperated arm to carry out everyday tasks like cooking and dressing for the first three weeks.

Sleep on the side you were not operated on. While lying on your side, fold one pillow slightly under your neck. This will give you enough support. A pillow folded in half supports the arm in front, and a pillow tucked along your back helps to prevent you rolling onto the operated shoulder during the night.

Dr Jonker together with your physiotherapist will advise you when it is safe to resume your sport and leisure activities. This will vary according to your type of sport and the level you participate and play, as well as the period required to retrain your shoulder muscles with physiotherapy.

You will not be able to drive for a minimum of six weeks.

Returning to work will depend on the size of your tear and your occupation. Dr Jonker will discuss this with you during consultation.

Dr Hannes Jonker, orthopaedic surgeon

Potchefstroom, North West, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jonker is well respected for his shoulder and knee surgery. Some of his treatment methods and techniques include minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, patient-specific instrumentation, and kinematic alignment.

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