Colorectal Surgery

A colorectal surgeon specialises in the diagnosis and manangement of disease that affect the lower digestive tract, particularly the colon, rectum and anus.

Medical Conditions

  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Abscesses
  • Fistulas
  • Cancer of the bowel, especially colon, rectum or anus
  • Polyps
  • Diverticular disease and diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Pruritis ani
  • Proctitis
  • Bleeding from the bowel
  • Change in bowel habit
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea

Specialty Areas of Interest

  • Cancer of the lower digestive tract

Associated Tests


  • Haemorrhoidectomy
  • Bowel resection
  • AP resection
  • Colostomy
  • Abcsess drainage

What to expect


History will focus on your presenting complaint. When it began, how it developed and how it effects your life are important. Other medical problems, previous treatments and medications are also very important.


Your colorectal surgeon will examine anus, and will probably perform a digital rectal examination. Here a gloved figner is placed into the rectum to detect any masses, bleeding, tenderness or other clues to the cause and severity of the relevant condition. The surgeon will also examine your abdomen, feeling for masses or tenderness.

Training and Qualifications



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