What do colorectal surgeons do?

At The Wesley Hospital, our Brisbane colorectal surgeons are here to help with a full range of diagnostic tests, scans, consultations and treatments if you exhibit symptoms suggestive of diseases of the colon and rectum, including colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition to all colorectal surgical procedures, you will find a full range of endoscopic screening and therapeutic options for polyps and other large bowel conditions.

Our colorectal surgeons also operate within The Wesley’s Centre of Excellence for Robotics, providing minimally invasive surgical options to patients with colorectal cancer.

The symptoms of colorectal conditions, such as blood in the stool, should never be ignored. Even conditions such as haemorrhoids can cause pain and overall discomfort. Consultation with a colorectal surgeon could be the first step in improving your quality of life.

There are many types of colorectal surgery dependent on your condition. Modern techniques mean that many procedures are less invasive than in the past. Examples of colorectal conditions include:

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the colon. Signs of colon cancer include blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits. Tests that examine the colon and rectum are used to diagnose colon cancer before your colorectal doctor decides treatment options.

Diverticulitis is a condition that occurs when small pouches, or sacs, form and push outward through weak spots in the wall of your colon, sometimes resulting in abdominal pain and bleeding. Uncomplicated diverticulitis may be treated by change in diet and medication while chronic conditions may require surgical intervention.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are gastrointestinal disorders collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Both conditions affect the bowel. Crohn’s disease can cause inflammation and irritation in any part of the digestive tract, while inflammation from ulcerative colitis occurs in the lining of the large intestine or colon. Symptoms of IBD can vary depending on severity but commonly include diarrhoea, fatigue, abdominal pain and cramping and unintended weight loss. IBD can be managed effectively, and treatments may vary for each patient. Your Wesley doctor will discuss treatment options including medicines, bowel rest, and possible surgery.

Meet our colorectal surgeons

Note: The information here is for general reference only. To understand the benefits and risks specific to your condition and overall situation, please discuss any procedure with your treating doctor.

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