MEET THE TEAM
Our team of professionals are highly qualified in successfully undergoing uterine artery embolisation and in providing a supportive role in the operation. The UFE procedure is suitable for treating uterine fibroids, adenomyosis and to relieve the symptoms of advanced pelvic cancers.
Meet Dr Gary Sudwarts – Interventional Radiologist
Dr Gary Sudwarts is a Radiologist with a special interest in Interventional Radiology. He has received medical training in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London.
Gary works in private practice but retains his appointment as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town and a Specialist Radiologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, where he has a number of research interests and teaches junior doctors.
Gary is proud to have founded The Microsurgery which is now the busiest independent Interventional Radiology practice in Southern Africa. The Microsurgery has branches in 4 cities and offers mico-invasive treatments for fibroids, prostatic enlargement, haemorrhoids and oncology (cancer treatments) as well as a diverse array of Interventional Radiology procedures in the chest and abdomen.
Gary loves travelling, his reading is wide and varied and he keeps fit by being pretzlised by tough men in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Meet Dr Maja Wojno – Interventional Radiologist
Dr Maja Wojno is a Specialist Radiologist with a special interest in Interventional Radiology.
She achieved her primary medical qualification at Wits University in 2004 and ran her own GP practice before specialising in Radiology at the University of Cape Town. Dr Maja brings her own special love and energy and she is passionate about patient care.
Dr Maja is an identical twin. Her sister Tina is also a doctor, a Microbiologist.
Meet Bianca Ferreira – Senior Administrator
Bianca Ferreira is responsible for taking you through the administrative process of assessment and booking your procedure. Bianca is hyper-efficient and a stickler for the details. She has two children and loves spending time with her family when her fisherman husband isn’t at sea.
Meet Banoyolo “YOLO” Mbangxa – Administrator
Yolo had a long background in the hospitality industry before she joined our practice.
She is responsible for assisting our patients with their pre-operative process and helps to make their gynaecology and MRI appointments. She is very dedicated to patient care and making your prehospital process as effortless as possible.
Yolo has massively improved our patient communication as she speaks English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa as well as a little Sotho.
Yolo volunteers at an old age home every Saturday in Langa and is a mom to a gorgeous daughter Liyakhanya, and son, Xolela who pop in to the office to say hi.
Meet CAMILLO – Medical Practitioner
Dr. Camillo Coccia, known as “Milo” at the practice is the resident Medical Practitioner. Milo is responsible for the the pre and post-operative care of our patients. He is very knowledgable and is the practice’s ‘Professor’ with his genius humour and wisdom not only about medicine but also the world. His patient care and attention to detail is exceptional and he is very dedicated to our patients well-being.
Outside of the practice Milo loves listening to classical music and has an impressive collection of exotic fish!
Meet Ilze Els – Practice Development Manager
Ilze joined the team in 2017 and has brought an incredible burst of enthusiasm to the administration team. She is at the frontline of patient contact and will guide you through the process of your inquiry and manage the initial stages of your treatment process.
Furthermore Ilze is tasked with marketing the brand through social media and developing the practice, actively liaising with crucial partners in the industry, like hospitals, specialist practices and general practitioners.
What is an Interventional Radiologist?
Interventional Radiology is a specialised field of medicine where the doctor uses images to guide the procedure. Medical imaging techniques like X-rays, ultrasound and MRI show the radiologist where to effect treatment. The entry point into the body is through a small skin puncture which means there is little to no scarring and recovery is rapid.
Sometimes interventional radiology is described as Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) or Surgical Radiology. This procedure is also used for diagnostic purposes. Doctors qualified to do these procedures are called Interventional Radiologists, after obtaining a medical qualification they require further years of study to gain sufficient skills and experience. It’s a specialised field growing in scope and popularity and constantly evolving. The benefits are extensive and also lessen post-operation complications. Besides being used for uterine fibroids it is used in conditions in many of the body’s systems like vascular, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, and in the central nervous system.