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Stomas

Stoma is the term given to a surgically created opening in the bowel, to allow the diversion of faecal matter. They may involve the small bowel (ileostomy) or large bowel (colostomy). ...


 

Prolapse

Rectal prolapse (procedentia) is when the rectum protrudes through the anus. This may be partial (mucosa) or complete (full thickness). Rectal prolapse often occurs in isolation, but may be accompanied ...


laparoscopic bowel resection

Laparoscopic, or key hole surgery has dramatically changed bowel resections. It has allowed surgeons to remove both large bowel (colectomy) and rectal (proctectomy) specimens through much smaller incisions than was ...


 

IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD or Inflammatory bowel disease, encompasses two very different medical conditions; Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both of these conditions share signs, symptoms and to an extent, treatment. A ...


Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are blood vessels that are part of the normal anatomy of the anal canal. One of their functions is to aid in continence, but haemorrhoids may become problematic if ...


 

FOBT

What is the FOBT? Bowel cancer may be present for many years before symptoms (weight loss, rectal bleeding, change in bowel habit or pain) develop. Often by the time these symptoms ...


Colonoscopy

What is a colonoscopy? A colonoscopy is a procedure where a camera is passed through the anus to the very start of the large bowel (caecum). If necessary the very last ...


 

Bowel Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women in Australia, excluding skin cancers. 1 in 12 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer by the age ...


Anal fistula and peri-anal abscesses

Peri-anal abscess is the term given to an abscess, of any cause, that occurs around the anus. In general, all abscesses require surgical drainage to allow the infection to be ...


 

Anal fissure

An anal fissure is a tear in the lining (mucosa) of the anal canal. The classical presentation of an anal fissure is pain during, and particularly after defecation. It is ...