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Procedures

The following procedures are offered by the Core Specialist Group for conditions affecting the colon, rectum and the anus...

Anorectal Physiology

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.

Anorectal Physiology

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.

Bowel Cancer 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.

Colonoscopy and 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).

Detecting Bowel Cancer

Fissure Surgery

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.

Fissure Surgery

Fistula Surgery

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.

Fistula Surgery

Haemorrhoidectomy

Most small or moderate sized haemorrhoids can be treated using a very straightforward procedure known as 'banding'.

Haemorrhoidectomy

Hernia Surgery

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%.

Hernia Surgery

Gastroscopy

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.

Gastroscopy

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.

Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

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.

Major Bowel Surgery

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.

Pilonidal Sinus Treatment

Prolapse Surgery

Modern surgical techniques employed to correct rectal prolapse involve surgery either via the anus or via the abdomen.

Prolapse Surgery

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.

Rubber Band Ligation

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Sacral nerve stimulation is a treatment option for patients with severe forms of faecal incontinence.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Sphincterotomy

This procedure, also known as a 'lateral internal sphincterotomy', is a treatment option for a chronic anal fissure.

Sphincterotomy

Stomal Therapy

'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.

Stomal Therapy

Intestinal Endometriosis Surgery

Endometriosis is where tissue similar to tissue that forms the lining of the womb develops in other parts of the body.

Intestinal Endometriosis Surgery

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 Endoscopic Microsurgery

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.

Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation