Our Colorectal Cancer team is made up of surgeons, gastroenterologists, specialist nurses, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and a palliative care rep to ensure the patient is getting the best treatment. Colorectal cancer can be operated on either through key hole surgery or through open surgery, this is assessed on a patient by patient basis and when appropriate for keyhole surgery, the patient will be consulted to make sure this is the route they want to go down.
All colorectal surgeons can offer open or keyhole surgery.
Keyhole Colorectal surgery
Keyhole surgery can be used to treat colorectal cancer, some large polyps, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, parastomal hernias and incisional hernias. Patients are assessed on an individual basis for their suitability for keyhole surgery.
Keyhole surgery involves the use of a fibre optic camera and special surgical equipment which are introduced through very small incisions. Benefits to having keyhole surgery can include smaller wounds which results in a quicker recovery and shortened hospital stay.
Other conditions treated in the colorectal department are;