Colorectal Surgery

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Colorectal surgery at Fitzwilliam Hospital


Colorectal surgery involves repairing: obstruction/blockage, injury, damage caused by disorders, and ischemia (compromised blood supply) in your colon, rectum, and anus.

It is used to treat: inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, colorectal cancer, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, bowel incontinence, and rectal prolapse.

Investigative colorectal tests include:

  • Colonoscopy – a flexible tube with a camera is inserted through your anus to look at the lining of your large intestine (colon).
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy - a flexible tube with a camera called a sigmoidoscope is used to look inside the lower part of your large intestine (sigmoid colon), remove tissue samples (biopsies) and polyps.
  • Lower GI (gastrointestinal) series – generates a series of x-rays of your colon and rectum using a barium enema.

There are many different types of procedures your colorectal surgeon may use to treat your problem of the colon, rectum or anus. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is most often used, whereby your surgeon inserts a laparoscope (a tube with a tiny video camera attached) and surgical instruments through small incisions in your abdomen.

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