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Bariatric Surgery

If you are thinking about weight loss surgery for yourself, a friend or a family member, the Welsh Weight Loss Surgery Clinic at Sancta Maria can help you. We are the only team of specialists who have been accredited by the Welsh Assembly Government to perform weight loss and metabolic surgery in Wales.

As the private medical arm of the Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery (WIMOS), we have many years of experience performing all types of bariatric surgery including intra-gastric balloon, laparoscopic gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. With the help of surgery, our patients have been able to enjoy significant improvements in their quality of life. We are immensely proud of these excellent rates of success and our high patient satisfaction.

Our focus is to give you the right advice, support and guidance that allow you to make the choices that are right for you.

As the only specialists in Wales who perform these types of operations in both the private sector and the NHS, we are able to offer you the highest levels of expertise and provide a service that is unmatched anywhere else across South Wales.

Consultants who perform this treatment: Mr J. Barry

Other treatments

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (LRYGB) Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) Gastric Sleeve

Breast Clinic

Sancta Maria’s Breast Clinic is a one-stop service for patients who may have found a lump and need further investigation.

For patients with symptoms such as breast pain, lumps, breast skin or nipple changes, we offer comprehensive rapid breast services, performed either all on one day or within 3 days.

Our one stop Breast Clinic uses the triple assessment approach. This is recommended for the investigation of breast changes or symptoms and has been shown to be the most effective means to reach an accurate diagnosis rapidly.

Triple assessment consists of

1. Clinical examination of the breast

2. Radiology comprising of mammography and or Ultrasound

3. Biopsy, if required. Please note not everyone will need a biopsy. This will depend on your symptoms and the findings of the radiological imaging (mammogram/ultrasound).

Mammography, if required, will be performed prior to your attendance at Sancta Maria Hospital using digital mammography, which is superior to standard mammography equipment still in use in some hospitals. Digital mammography is a very low radiation dose x-ray technique involving compression of the breast tissue between two plates of the x-ray machine for a few seconds. A radiographer performs this test and will check the technical quality of the films. The Radiographers are highly skilled in performing mammograms and will ensure that every care is taken to keep discomfort at a minimum. The Consultant Radiologist, Dr Patel, with over 20 years of expertise in breast diagnosis will interpret your mammograms in readiness for your subsequent appointment.

At Sancta Maria at our breast care clinic, our consultant breast surgeon, Mr Muralikrishnan with extensive experience in breast cancer ( and other problems) diagnosis and treatment including oncoplastic surgical techniques. He will examine you to look for any abnormalities, including lumps or other changes. A female chaperone will be present throughout your examination.

Ultrasound will then be performed by Dr Patel and this compliments the mammogram and clinical examination. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves (no radiation involved) to examine the breast tissue. An ultrasound scan is painless and it can generally be done in a few minutes. Ultrasound may be the only imaging test performed in younger (under 40) or pregnant women. Ultrasound is most useful in providing information about lumps or localized areas of breast changes.

Both consultants are present to discuss the result of your examination and imaging investigations and further management as necessary.

In a minority of cases a biopsy is required to further investigate findings of the mammogram and ultrasound. This will be undertaken on the same day you attend Sancta Maria Hospital under ultrasound guidance. The samples will be sent away for analyses by the pathology department . If you have had a biopsy your case will be discussed at a multidisciplinary breast team meeting (Breast MDT). This team consists of healthcare professionals – doctors (surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and oncologists), nurses, technicians and support staff. All are specialists in their field and will discuss the findings of your biopsy and further management. Following this meeting you will be informed of the results and outcome of the discussions by our doctors who are also members of the breast MDT.

Your Consultant will explain and discuss your results and any follow-up care you may need. If your results confirm that you have a breast cancer your diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with you by your Consultant and you will be introduced to a Breast Care Nurse.
Please note that for the majority of women the result of your assessment will show a benign (harmless) breast condition.

You can, if you wish bring a relative, partner or friend to your appointment at Sancta Maria hospital.

To arrange an appointment at the clinic please contact our Hospital Appointments team on 01792 479050

Consultants who perform this treatment:

Mr V. Muralikrishnan (Krishnan)

Dr B. Patel

Cardiology

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Consultants who perform this treatment:

Dr B. Bajaj

Prof J. P. J. H. Halcox

Dr P. Thomas

Chest Physician

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Consultants who perform this treatment:

Dr S. Packham

Other treatments:

Respiratory Medicine

Chronic Pain Clinic

Pain has been defined as ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’ by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

People who suffer from chronic pain suffer symptoms for longer than 3 months. Chronic pain is experienced differently from person to person and, as a result, it can be very difficult to describe your symptoms to others. Some sufferers of chronic pain can feel very isolated.

Our Chronic Pain Clinic is run solely by Consultants who specialise in chronic pain assessment, diagnoses and treatments. The clinic offers a unique opportunity to ensure that your pain management is always led by the same Consultant who will treat you personally at each appointment.

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Consultants who perform this treatment:

Dr C. Egeler
Dr A. Nigam

Clinical Neurophysiology

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Consultants who perform this treatment:

Dr U. Raasch

Clinical Neuropsychology

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Consultants who perform this treatment:

Prof R. Ll. Wood

Dermatology

Dermatology is the term used for the study and treatment of conditions relating to the skin, nails and hair.

Some of the more common skin complaints are:

Acne

Eczema

Psoriasis

Seborrhoeic keratosis

Skin lesion removal

Allergy testing and patch testing.

Diagnosis and management of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.

Consultants who perform this treatment:

Dr S. Blackford

Dr A. V. Evans

Other treatments

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors deal with conditions and diseases of the ear, nose and throat.

Ear infections, dizziness, nasal & sinus problems, tinnitus, skin cancer, snoring, wax, voice problems are some of the conditions that might be referred to an ENT specialist.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr S. T. Browning
Mr C. Marnane
Mr L. Pope
Mrs Kavitha Saw
Mr H. Whittet

Other treatments:
Otolaryngology
Rhinoplasty Nose Reshaping

Endoscopy

An endoscopy is an investigation which is recommended to gain views inside the body. An endoscope is a long, thin flexible tube with a fibre optic light source and video camera attached. The images obtained during the endoscopy are viewed by the Consultant on a screen.

An endoscope may be inserted through a natural opening in the body such as the mouth or anus and endoscopic instrumentation is also used in keyhole surgical procedures such as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) via a small surgical incision.

An endoscopy is routinely performed under a local anaesthetic or sedative medication.

An endoscopic procedure may take 15 to 60 minutes to perform and is undertaken as a day case out-patient procedure, not requiring an overnight stay in hospital.

An endoscopy is usually a safe procedure, but complications can include a risk of infection or bleeding in the area examined.

There are a number of endoscopic procedures available:

Arthroscope: Examination of a joint.

Bronchoscope: Examination of the lung and airways.

Colonoscope: Examination of the bowel (colon).

Cystoscope: Examination of the bladder.

Gastroscopy: Examination of the stomach.

Hysteroscope: Examination of the uterus (womb).

Laparoscope: Used in keyhole surgery, for example a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal).

Your treating Consultant will fully discuss the type of endoscopy recommended.Other treatments:

Colonoscopy
Gastroscopy
Gastroenterology Digestive system treatments

GP Service - General Practice (GP)

Sancta Maria Hospitals private GP service is run by the Independent General Practice. The Independent General Practice works in association with Sancta Maria Hospital, providing professional GP services, treatment and advice to indiviuals, families and businesses.

Patients of the IGP have direct access to the very best in Private Healthcare services, including:

Private GP Appointments, Referrals and Prescriptions

Sexual Health Screening

Child, Adult & Travel Vaccinations

Visa, Occupational & Wellness Medicals

Mole Removal & Minor Surgery

Non-Permanent Cosmetic Treatments

Family Planning Clinic

Appointments are available on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To make an appointment or for further information call 03456 252 252,

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system including the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Gastroenterologists treat conditions such as abdominal pain, ulcers, diarrhoea, cancer, and jaundice.

They perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using lighted scopes (viewing devices) to see internal organs.

They consult with surgeons when abdominal operations are needed.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Dr U. Dave
Dr J. G. C. Kingham
Dr M. Rahman
Dr L. Thomas
Prof J. G. Williams

Other treatments:
Colonoscopy
Gastroscopy
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

General Medicine

The major field of medicine which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of illness.

Other treatments:
Rheumatology Arthritis
Rheumatism

General Surgery

A surgical specialty that involves largely the surgical management of diseases of the bowel, gallbladder, stomach and other digestive organs.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr B. A. Al-Sarireh
Prof J. Beynon
Mr T. H. Brown
Mr M. Davies
Mr M. Evans
Mr J. M. Manson
Mr R. Morgan
Mr T. Sekaran

Other treatments:
Cholecystectomy Gall Bladder Removal
Colonoscopy
Colorectal Surgery Intestine surgery
Gastroscopy
Haemorrhoidectomy
Hernia Repair
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Laparoscopy
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery

Gynaecology

The branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of female diseases, in particular the reproductive system.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Miss M. Bonduelle
Mr A. Bunkheila
Mr S. Emery
Mr G. S. Kalra
Mr R. Llewellyn
Mr K. Lutchman Singh

Other treatments:
Hysterectomy
Laparoscopic Surgery

Neurology

A specialty of medicine dealing with the nervous system.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Dr S. H. Hadjikoutis
Dr M. Hill
Dr N. P. Hinds
Dr I. M. S. Sawhney

Other treatments:
Neurophysiology

Neurosurgery

The surgical specialty concerned with the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr J. L. Martin

Other treatments:
Microdiscectomy Spinal disc surgery

Ophthalmology

The specialty focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the eye.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr M. W. Austin
Mr E. G. Davies
Mr D. Janicek
Mr D. Laws
Mr G. N. Shuttleworth

Other treatments:
Cataract Removal

Orthopaedics

The medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment, including surgery, of diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr A. Bebbington
Miss I Collins
Mr A. P. Davies
Mr A. Evans
Mr H. C. Hoddinott
Mr M. Holt
Mr M. Mullins
Mr M. Pritchard
Mr I. D. Russell
Mr N Verghese
Mr P. R. Williams
Mr D. J. Woodnutt

Other treatments:
Arthroscopy
Foot & Ankle Surgery
Hand and Wrist Surgery
Hip Replacement
Knee Replacement
Knee Surgery
Lower Limb Arthroplasty
Paediatric Orthopaedic Treatment
Shoulder Surgery
Spinal Surgery
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Physiotherapy

Sancta Maria Hospital offers a comprehensive physiotherapy outpatient service.

Physiotherapy plays an important role in healing rehabilitation and pain relief following bone, muscle, nerve, ligament and joint injury.

The clinic is committed to professional and individual care in a relaxing and tranquil environment, providing a comprehensive assessment in order to make a clinical diagnosis and select an appropriate treatment, to be administered by our chartered physiotherapist, Andy Maggs.

What can we treat?

Physiotherapy can benefit all of the following conditions

Sports and Soft tissue injuries – sprains, strains and bruising of the soft tissue e.g. Muscles, ligaments, cartilage, nerve and tendon problems.

Neck and back disorders – Treating many conditions including prolapsed discs, joint degeneration, sciatica, lumbago, stiff and painful necks, whiplash, headache, leg and arm pain. These conditions can all be treated using physiotherapy.

Joint Problems – including arthritis, rheumatism injuries, pain/swelling and joint stiffness. All joints from the neck to toe disorders can all benefit from physiotherapy input.

Postural Dysfunction – Helping correct postural and muscle imbalances.

Orthopaedic Conditions – post operative outpatient physiotherapy programme is available for recuperation

How?

Following assessment, the physiotherapist will treat your condition using a variety of methods

Manual therapy – May include manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue techniques – deep tissue massage, massage, trigger point and muscle energy techniques.

Rehabilitation – Exercise programmes – patient specific to the individual’s condition

Muscle imbalance correction

Stability ball work

Gym and free weights advice

Preventative advice

Postural re-education

Appropriate strengthening and stability programmes

Electrotherapy

Ultrasound

Biofeedback

Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS)

Developments at Sancta Maria include the following additions to our physiotherapy service:

Pilates

Alexander Therapy

Bowen Therapy

Our physiotherapy service is supported by state of the art diagnostic equipment, including radiology access, aiding early diagnosis.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr A. Maggs

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the reconstruction of body structures that are missing, defective or damaged. Cosmetic surgery is a branch of plastic surgery specifically concerned with aesthetics or improving appearances.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr D. Boyce
Mr M. A. C. S Cooper
Mr A. Ghattaura
Mr L. Hiew
Mr R. O. S. Karoo

Other treatments:
Breast Surgery
Mastectomy
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Rhinoplasty

Radiology

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Consultants who perform this treatment:
Dr S. Dalavaye
Dr R. S. Davies
Dr B. Patel

Other treatments:
Ultrasound
X-Ray

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) became a recognised medical speciality in 2005 as a need was identified to manage SEM- specific problems that in the past had been part dealt-with by GPs and other specialists.

SEM Consultants commonly assess sports injuries, diagnosing and managing these as necessary. The majority of sport and exercise injuries are non-surgical meaning a SEM Consultant is ideally placed to manage them and coordinate rehabilitation. Patients that subsequently need surgery are investigated appropriately and referred on when needed. Many conditions that are not directly related to sports injuries can also be appropriately managed by a SEM doctor. These conditions often are called musculoskeletal problems (MSK).

Dr Mark Ridgewell offers the opportunity for patients to have a specialist consultation with a doctor who has been recognised by the GMC as a Specialist in SEM. This means that they will have had extensive training and hold considerable experience across various aspects of SEM.

Other medical issues that Dr Ridgewell consults on include:

• Pre-event screening and medicals
• Exercise prescription
• Managing medical problems in sports such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy
• Under performance and fatigue
• Female health issues in sports

Steroid Injections

These can be useful to reduce inflammation or swelling in a joint or soft tissue. They are often used for shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle problems. The injections are general very safe and are mixed with a local anaesthetic.

Hyaluronic acid injections (HA)

HA injections have been developed over recent years and are a useful treatment option for some conditions. HA is normally present in the synovial fluid of joints in the body. In Osteoarthritis it has been found that there is lack of this fluid and this can cause pain often seen in arthritis.

HA injections aim to restore some lubrication of the joint and can give pain relief for many months especially in mild arthritis. They are useful when a patient has osteoarthritis of a joint to delay any possible need for surgery such as joint replacement. This may be appropriate in a young patient when it is best to delay joint replacement for as long as possible or when playing sports and wishing to continue through the season.

ESWT (Shockwave)

In recent years it has been found that shockwave can be very effective in the treatment of various sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. It uses a high energy short burst of sound wave and is delivered to the area affected. Most conditions need between 3 and 5 sessions on a weekly basis to maximise the effect. It is thought that the treatment works but re-starting the healing process and by affecting pain signals in the body. It is commonly used and is accepted by many specialists as a useful option in some conditions.

It is mainly used in:

• Tennis and Golfer`s elbow
• Shoulder tendon problems especially when there are calcium deposits
• Patellar tendon pain
• Achilles tendon pain
• Plantar Fascia pain
• Shin splints
• Hip tendon problems

Dr Ridgewell is trained in delivering shockwave treatment and has been using this treatment with success.

Sports that Dr Ridgewell works in at high level are:

Athletics

Badminton

Boxing

Cricket

Cycling

Disability Sport

Football

Golf

Gymnastics

Hockey

Judo

Netball

Rowing

Rugby

Swimming

Tennis

Triathlon

Weightlifting

Typical conditions seen in Clinics

SHOULDER – frozen shoulder/ rotator cuff problems/ impingement/ ACJ injuries or arthritis/instability or shoulder dislocation

ELBOW – Tennis elbow/ Golfer`s elbow /bursitis of elbow/ biceps or triceps injury/ other muscular problems

WRIST – Carpal tunnel syndrome/ deQuervain’s disease/Intersection syndrome/ tendonitis/ wrist pain

NECK/BACK – chronic neck or back pain/ sciatica/ slipped disc/ pars defect/ spondylolisthesis/ nerve pain

HIP/GROIN PROBLEMS – overuse injuries: psoas tendon pain/hip arthritis and impingement/ osteitis pubis/ sportsman hernia/ groin strains

KNEE – cartilage tears of knee/ arthritis of knee/ ACL and other ligament problems/ patellar or quadriceps tendon pain/ Anterior knee pain/ ITB problems/ runner`s knee

ANKLE AND FOOT – ankle sprains/ talar dome injuries/ sinus tarsi syndrome/ arthritis ankle/ Achilles tendon pain/ high ankle sprain/ plantar fasciitis/ Morton`s neuroma

LEG PAIN – Shin splints/ medial tibial stress / compartment syndrome/ exercise-related limb pain

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Dr M. C. Ridgewell

Urology

A branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the urinary tract and urogenital system.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr P. Bose
Mr J. Featherstone
Mr N. Fenn

Other treatments:
Circumcision
Laparoscopic Surgery Laparoscopy
Urology

Vascular Surgery

The surgical specialty concerned with the blood vessels.

Consultants who perform this treatment:
Mr C. Davies
Mr L. Fligelstone

Other treatments:
Varicose Veins

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