The following procedures are offered by the Core Specialist Group for conditions affecting the colon, rectum and the anus...
Anorectal physiology is a diagnostic test to measure pressures in the rectum and the anus. No anaesthetic is needed and the tests are carried out on an outpatient basis. No preparation is needed.
Bowel Cancer Surgery
Surgery for bowel cancer (also referred to as 'colorectal' cancer) generally involves the removal of a section of the bowel/rectum. Cancer of the rectum may require radiotherapy or chemotherapy before surgery.
Colonoscopy and Polypectomy
Colonoscopy is a mechanism for diagnosing problems with the colon (bowel). During a colonoscopy polyps (protrusions) may be detected in the lining of the bowel. Most of these can be removed during the colonoscopy with a procedure known as a Polypectomy.
Detecting Bowel Cancer
Bowel cancer generally has no symptoms until it has reached an advance state. This is why, from the age of 50, Australians with no symptoms of bowel cancer should be screened every 1-2 years using the Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT).
The surgical procedure to treat an anal fissure is known as an 'anal sphincterotomy'. Anal fissures generally form towards the rear of the anal opening and are caused, and exacerbated by a spasm of the internal anal sphincter.
A variety of different surgical approaches are used to treat an anal fistula, and the choice of which one is most appropriate will depend on the location and extent of the fistula itself.
Most small or moderate sized haemorrhoids can be treated using a very straightforward procedure known as 'banding'.
Most surgery for managing inguinal hernias (located in the groin) is carried out using minimally invasive techniques (also referred to as laparoscopic or 'keyhole' surgery). The benefits of this approach are a significant reduction in pain and long-term success rates of around 99%.
A gastroscope is a type of 'endoscope' used to examine parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Endoscopes, in use in medicine since the 1950s, allow medical specialists to view inside the body and perform some surgical procedures, without the need for open surgery.
Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
Also referred to as 'minimally invasive' surgery or more colloquially as 'keyhole' surgery, laparoscopic surgery is where small incisions are made to the skin to allow advanced surgical tools to be inserted and used within the body cavity.
Major Bowel Surgery
Major bowel surgery may be required where a section of the bowel needs to be removed. This surgery may be performed using laparoscopic or conventional surgical techniques, and your surgeon will be able to advise which of these techniques is likely to be most suitable in your specific case.
Pilonidal Sinus Treatment
Where a pilonidal sinus has become infected, the resulting pus will need to be drained from the abscess. This is achieved via surgery, where an incision is made to allow the pus to drain away.
Modern surgical techniques employed to correct rectal prolapse involve surgery either via the anus or via the abdomen.
Rubber Band Ligation
Commonly referred to as 'banding', rubber band ligation is a treatment which is effective in treating haemorrhoids. It is most effective where the haemorrhoids are of moderate size. No anaesthetic is needed and the procedure is carried out in the office.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation
Sacral nerve stimulation is a treatment option for patients with severe forms of faecal incontinence.
This procedure, also known as a 'lateral internal sphincterotomy', is a treatment option for a chronic anal fissure.
'Stomal therapy' is the medical term used to describe the assistance you need if you have had surgery requiring either a colostomy or an ileostomy.
Intestinal Endometriosis Surgery
Endometriosis is where tissue similar to tissue that forms the lining of the womb develops in other parts of the body.
Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery
Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery, often abbreviated to 'TEM', is a surgical procedure that is used to remove polyps from the rectum that cannot be removed during a colonoscopy.
Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation
Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation ('THD') is a surgical technique used to treat haemorrhoids in situations where other approaches, such as rubber band ligation, are unlikely to fully treat the condition and where the patient would prefer not to undergo full surgical removal of the haemorrhoids.