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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X The value of digital technology in addressing quality care 2017-05-17 04:48 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 Lifestyle Floater alert: Here’s what it means if your poop floats News 35 women fall pregnant despite using contraception app News 5 diseases you risk getting if we run out of water Lifestyle 5 photos of your cervix you need to see Fitness 4 sprint workouts to help you get faster News QUIZ: How many of these random health facts do you know? From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Terrific Tea! » Rooibos makes cocktails healthier Rooibos: an alternative energy drink More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you Today marks the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea. Healthy? Are you sure? » 5 diseases we can get from animals Could your salon visit make you sick? 7 terrifying diseases you could have without knowing it Not all serious illnesses come with tell-tale symptoms. There are diseases that can turn your body into a ticking time-bomb while you're unaware of any danger.