Home > Medical schemes > News Updated 01 August 2013 Discovery: spine surgery authorised After battling with her medical scheme for almost two months to approve a spine operation, Beverley Smith is finally heading into the operating room. 2 Basil and Beverley Smith in happier times. ~ Related Discovery scheme torment for Joburg woman Discovery nabs 51% of SA scheme members More to healthcare than price: Discovery Like us on Facebook » Subscribe to the newsletter » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz How long will you live? » Medical history Bacteria gallery Beverley Smith and her husband Basil have been locked in a battle with Discovery Health Medical Scheme for almost two months after her doctors told her she needed surgery on her spine – which the medical scheme refused to authorise. The surgery has now been authorised and she is due to be operated today.Despite numerous letters from both the Smiths and their doctors detailing her "urgent need" for an interspinosal stabiliser and fixator – known as a U-device – to be inserted surgically in her spine, as well as a decompression, Discovery refused to authorise the surgery until she had completed six months of conservative treatment. However, after a report in The Star and this report on Health24 yesterday, Discovery authorised the surgery, and according to Basil Smith his wife has been checked into the Bedford Gardens Life Hospital and is due to undergo surgery this afternoon. Basil said he is very relieved that the surgery his wife so desperately needs is finally going to take place, and added that he has received an apology from Discovery, which he is also pleased with. Amy Froneman More in Medical schemes The best and worst medical aid schemes in SA More: Medical schemesNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 2 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Young athletes shouldn't specialise too soon Medical Mediterranean diet may prolong lives of heart patients Medical Experts can spot breast cancer in 'milliseconds' Medical Just spraying adult mosquitoes won't curb Zika Lifestyle Dogs use same parts of brain as humans to process language Medical Many depressed adults not getting treatment From our sponsors Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Innovative hearing aids can now interact online Second Healthcare Innovation Summit set for Johannesburg Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Live healthier Nutrition crisis! » Good nutrition on the job will give you the edge Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. E-cigarettes less risky? » E-cigarettes not an acceptable alternative to most smokers UK health officials endorse e-cigarettes E-cigarettes less of a cancer risk than regular smokes A study indicates that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes reduce their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.