Our colorectal cancer team is made up of surgeons, gastroenterologists, specialist nurses, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and a palliative care representative to ensure patients get the best treatment.
Colorectal cancer can be operated on either through keyhole surgery or through open surgery. This is assessed on an individual basis and you will be involved to make sure this is the route you 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.
The department is very well equipped and knowledgeable in dealing with ano-rectal prblems such as inflammatory bowel disease, piles (haemmorhoids), fistula and anal fissure.
Other conditions treated in the colorectal department are:
- Anal pain/discharge
- Abdominal pain
- Bleeding from the bottom (rectal bleeding)
- Anal abscess, incontinence, tags and warts
- Crohns disease
- Ischaemic colitis
- Pilonidal sinus
- Rectal prolapse