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 Could PMBs be on the way out? More: Medical schemesNews SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 2 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Parenting 4 Danger signs in children you should not miss Lifestyle Is there a hand-washing crisis in SA state hospitals? Parenting Three reasons why wool is good for your health Medical Obesity, smoking and depression linked to back pain Medical Two experimental Ebola vaccines appear safe Parenting Scientists spot gene linked to severe autism Live healthier Hypertension » Salt may be bad for more than blood pressure Regularly salting foods heightens death risk How potassium fights high blood pressure Are you eating too much salt? Did you know that high blood pressure affects as many as 25% of adult South Africans? Do you have a sweet tooth? » What’s SA’s most sugary drink? Craving sugar? Blame your brain WHO says we're eating too much sugar 10 foods with hidden sugar Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might still be eating far more sugar than you think.