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About Me | Dr Ché Venter

I am a general practitioner who completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. I then went on to Port Elizabeth, where I completed my internship at the complex of tertiary and secondary hospitals. I later moved on to do my Community Service in the intensive care unit, where I also spent six months in the Department of Nephrology. In ICU I managed acutely ventilated patients and was actively involved in ventilator weaning.

Because of my keen interest in internal medicine, I moved on to the department of Cardiology within the PE Hospital complex and worked as a medical officer for a period of two years. I then decided to do my registrarship in internal medicine.

While waiting for a registrar post, I spent a total of 10 months working in the casualty departments at private hospitals in Port Elizabeth as well as GP practices, where I gained greater experience of private vs state practice of medicine. I wrote my primary examination before entering the department of medicine at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, where I spent six months in 2012. After deciding that I wanted a family and better quality of life, I moved back to Port Elizabeth, re-joining the department of Cardiology in 2013.

After the birth of my daughter, Isabella, I moved to private practice completely, spending almost four years at Aurora Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for neurorehabilitation. While there, I gained vast knowledge and experience in the management of spinal cord injuries, traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and a variety of complex neurological problems including multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré syndrome etc. I also managed chronically ventilated patients and assisted with the commencement of and training of chronically ventilated ICU patients for ventilator weaning

Over this period, my depth and understanding of acute and chronic pain grew, as I witnessed prolonged inpatient stays as well as the challenges faced by patients, dealing with pain and varied neurological complications.

At the same time, my passion for the management of chronic pain grew and I attended various courses on chronic pain management, became involved in the management of patients with intra-thecal pumps as well as the management of spasticity with Botulinum Toxin (Botox). I am a member of Pain South Africa.

I also hold a certificate with the Foundation of Professional Development in Evaluation of Permanent Medical Impairment Rating, Based on the American Medical Association Guidelines – 6th Edition. I am completing my Diploma with the American Board of Independent Medical examiners. I currently do Road Accident Fund (RAF 4) assessments as well as medico-legal report writing, in my field of expertise.

I firmly believe that the management and treatment of chronic pain and other complications in the field of neurorehabilitation requires a multidisciplinary approach if it is to be to truly effective. My time at Aurora has taught me this, and I am grateful for it. You are only as strong as the other cogs in your wheel.

In May 2017, I moved to Cape Town to take up a post at Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. This is a specialised centre and the only one of its kind in the Western Cape. I have gained a new perspective here as well as learning many new skills and further honing my existing skills as an integral member of our interdisciplinary team.

Moving back to the Mother City meant being closer to my family and finally returning to my hometown. I met Dr. Peyper while we were doing a course in Barcelona on the insertion and management of Intrathecal pumps. We are like-minded individuals with the same philosophy and were planning on going into practice together, but an opportunity arose for her in Canada and I am now the proud owner of the Cape Town Pain Clinic.

I am currently completing my certificate in interdisciplinary pain management. I am also currently working as a rehabilitation practitioner at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

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Treatments
  • Nutritional deficiency correction
  • High dose Vitamins and anti-oxidants
  • Assessment of patients pre-pump insertion
  • Necessary motivations to medical aid
  • Management of refills and making adjustments
  • Medical management of spasticity
  • Referral to the interdisciplinary team for mobilisation and splinting if needed
  • Ultrasound to assist with distribution of Botox
  • Patient specific home programmes are also developed
It has been proved the gold standard with minimal side effects for
  • Focal and regional spasticity
  • Bruxism (jaw clenching)
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Specific dysphagia’s (swallowing impairments) and dysarthrias (speech impairments) caused by spastic muscles
  • Initial assessment and patient evaluation
  • Injection of Botox for age related aesthetic decline
  • Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) can also be managed by Botox
  • Bruxism
  • Interventional pain blocks
  • Percutaneous radiofrequency treatment of damaged nerves
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Joint injections
  • I will focus on the medical components of neurorehabilitation which is a lifelong commitment, as is my commitment to the management of chronic pain
  • Here a multidisciplinary team is essential in achieving the results and the goals set out by the patient and the family

Services offered:

  • Full assessment
  • Managing hemiplegic shoulder syndrome
  • Managing neuropathic pain
  • Management of neurogenic bowel and bladder as a complications of neurological injuries or impairments
    • Commencement and establishment of a bowel regime which is regular and predictable
    • Appropriate bladder management and re-insertion of supra-pubic catheters
    • Urodynamic evaluation of neurogenic bladder dysfunction and appropriate management and referral
    • Botox for the management of spastic bladders
  • Management of neurological sexual dysfunction in men and women
    • Sexual education and advice
    • Contraception and advice
    • Trimix injections for male sexual dysfunction
  • Management of decubitus ulcers caused by loss of sensation
    • Wound management
    • Pressure relief techniques
    • Assistance with pressure relieving devices
  • Management of tracheotomised patients
    • Assessment of complications
    • Changing of tracheostomies in uncomplicated patients
    • Management of chronically ventilated patients’

RAF 4

  • Referrals are made by law firms and my assessments are independent and objective
  • Patient assessment and clinical evaluation and review of previous specialist assessments and reports
  • If there is no claim at all, a consultation fee will be charged
  • If there is a claim but it is not serious enough based on AMA Guides of Whole Person Impairment but impairment does exist, an additional fee is charged for a brief medical report
  • If there is a Serious assessment Claim, then a RAF 4 serious assessment form will be completed, followed by completion of a narrative which will be sent to lawyers or advocates directly
  • If travelling is required out of Cape Town this can be arranged but is for the account of the law firm requesting the assessment

Medico Legal

  • Referrals are made by law firms and my assessments are independent and objective
  • Patient assessment and clinical evaluation and review of previous specialist assessments and reports
  • If there is no claim at all, a consultation fee will be charged
  • If there is a claim, then a narrative will be written detailing my findings, the impact on patient and family will be highlighted and my report will be provided, the cost of which will be dependent on the complexity of the case and time spent writing the report
Botox and Dermal Filler

Aesthetic

  • Facial Botulinum toxin injection
  • Treatment of hyperhidrosis
  • Additional use of dermal filler as required
  • Please note that quotations are available upon request and are dependent on the amount of Botox or filler used

Non-aesthetic

  • Severe spasticity, upper and lower limb
  • Spasmodic Torticollis – Severe neck spasm
  • Bruxism – Jaw clenching
  • Spasmodic dysphonia – abnormal voice production due to spasms
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Migraine
New at Cape Town Pain Clinic
Support groups

Patient support groups

We offer a patient support group every Wednesday at 15:30pm – 16:30 pm. We try to keep the groups small, with a maximum of 6 people per group, and it is held at the practice. It provides a safe space to talk about your struggles, get advice as well as pain neuroscience education, which is essential to understanding and the management of pain. These groups will be facilitated by Dr. Venter.
Support groups

Movement groups

Movement is important in the management of your pain, here we focus on gentle movements, light aerobic exercise as per your individual tolerability, and relaxation techniques. We can accommodate a maximum of 6 people and these sessions run every Monday from 15:00 – 16:00. These groups will be facilitated by Dr. Venter or a Physiotherapist at the practice.
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Meet the Team
  • Dr Ché Venter

    DR. Ché Venter

    MBChB (UCT) CIME (AMA)

    Dr Ché Venter is a General Practitioner with a special interest in acute and chronic pain management.

    More About Dr Ché Venter >>
  • Mariska on Reception

    SALOME | Nursing sister

    Salome is a registered nurse and has been working in a wide field of nursing since completing her degree in 1991. She started working at the Cape Town Pain Clinic in 2016. This is her ethos "Nursing is my passion, my purpose in life and my aim is to the serve my community and support patients in whichever way I can". "Salome has proven to be compassionate and empathetic, a modern day Florence Nightingale"
    Dr. C Venter

  • Mariska on Reception

    Lindie Mosehuus | Dietician

    Lindie completed her degree in Dietetics at The North West University, Potchefstroom. She then moved to Johannesburg, after marrying at the end of her final year. She served her community internship at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.
    After her community service year she started working as a clinical dietician in private hospitals and consulted with outpatients in the afternoon. She values daily research to motivate treatment regimes, she believes in an individualised approach to patient care and diligently adheres to well researched protocols.
    https://lindiedietician.co.za/

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    Annemie Baasden| Front office manager

    I’m Annemie, at your service, always willing to help and make your experience with us as easy as possible. I understand it was hard to make that first call but you did, and I am grateful to have been on the other side.

Frequently Asked Questions About Infusion Therapy
Infusion therapy refers to specially prescribed treatments administered into a vein, straight into the blood stream via a plastic cannula inserted through the skin in your arms or hands.
A qualified nursing sister administers the treatments in the clinic while you relax in a recliner chair.
Depending on what your diagnosis is, Dr Venter will prescribe a specific regime for you. We give nutritional support, correct any deficiencies and treat mild to moderate painful conditions.
Most of the ingredients of the infusions are harmless in our recommended quantities, but some may cause light-headedness, nausea, itching, headache and a mild burning sensation at the injection site. Most people do not have any side effects.
Dress comfortably with something to read or listen to while the infusion is in progress. The treatment room is air-conditioned. The plastic cannula will be inserted into a vein, connected to a drip bag and fixed to the skin to allow you to move freely. Try to not wear any restrictive clothing, as this will impair access to your arms and hands for this.
You may eat and drink as normal before the infusion. We provide some water to drink but you are welcome to bring your own liquids or food items. You may also take all your regular medications at their usual times.
Please discuss this with your doctor as there are some medications that can interfere and some conditions not suited to this kind of treatment.
Depending on what Dr Venter prescribes for you, the infusion can be given over 45-90 minutes.
It depends on what Dr Venter prescribes for you. Often you can go home or return to work straight away.
We will work out a quotation for you at the practice, depending on the ingredients of your infusion. Each infusion is made specifically for you.
Some of the vitamins are covered by some medical aids depending on the type of plans. We do however not claim from the medical aid. Instead, you should submit the claim to your medical aid with the information we provide you before you go home.
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Please note that we work by appointment only.

icon 1 Suite 6, 2 Somerset Crescent, Durbanville, 7550

Phone Pain Clinic Office : +27 21 975 7093

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