The focus of this clinic is to bring the expertise to the complex field of urogynaecology and laparoscopy in a team based approach. Our doctors work closely with other urologists and colorectal surgeons in the management of more complex cases. Our main passion is managing women with pelvic floor disorders and benign gynaecologic conditions to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Stephen Jeffery
Dr Stephen Jeffery is a Royal College (London) accredited subspecialist urogynaecologist. He is the first Gynaecologist in South African to have received specialised training and accreditation in pelvic surgery and reconstruction. Following 5 years training in Groote Schuur Hospital, he went on to do additional specialist training in two London Hospitals, St Mary’s followed by Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. He stayed in London and completed a three year fellowship in pelvic and minimal access surgery at St George’s Hospital. His Subspecilaty Degree was awarded with Distinction.
With 20 years of surgical experience, he is widely considered to be, not only a national, but international expert in Urogynaecology. This involves addressing important women’s health problems including urinary incontinence (leakage), pelvic organ prolapse (“bulges, dropped bladders”), pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and menopausal problems. He has extensive experience in laparoscopic (keyhole) and vaginal surgery. Under his care, whether it’s a laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomy, myomectomy, bladder repair or hysteroscopy patients are in safe, experienced hands.
He is one of the only accredited Urogynaecologists in South Africa. As president of the South African Urogynaecology Association, Dr Jeffery was instrumental in formalising the accreditation of Urogynaeocology as a Subspecialty in South Africa. He was recently on the International Advisory Board of the International Urogynaecology Association and chaired their International Congress in 2016. He is also Head of the Department of Urogynaecology and Pelvic floor Reconstruction at the University of Cape Town and part of his time is spent teaching students and residents at UCT.
He is a prolific speaker, having been invited to deliver more 50 international talks at congresses in the USA, the UK, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. Tied in with this, he has an active research program and collaborates closely with the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. Due to his skill as a surgeon and teacher he has travelled extensively to demonstrate surgery. He has trained surgeons from the USA, UK, Ghana, Pakistan, India, UAE, Kenya, Philippines, Germany, Nepal, Mozambique, and Mauritius both in Cape Town and in their own countries.
Dr Jeffery’s main passion, however, is good patient care. He enjoys getting to know his patients and walking with them as they journey to a better quality of life. Patients like his relaxed and personable bedside manner.
Dr Jeffery also prioritises a healthy lifestyle and has completed an Ironman and 10 Half-Ironman competitions.
Mrs. Thiart is a highly resourceful, energetic and competent medical secretary with over 8 years of experience providing the highest standard of patient-centered administrative support. She is passionate about people and finds great joy assisting patients with their needs in the clinical practice setting. Mrs. Thiart is married to her husband Wiaan and is a proud mom to a very busy toddler and two furry creatures! In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities and just being a mom. She is an integral part of our clinic and we are proud to have her on board!