DIAGNOSIS OF COLORECTAL DISEASE
Surgeons at the Alan Woodward Surgical Group will use a range of tests to diagnose colorectal conditions.
Colonoscopy; this is an exam of the entire length of the colon and rectum using a camera attached to a thin tube known as a colonoscope. This is the gold standard for investigating colorectal disease.
CT colonography; this may be a suitable alternative to colonoscopy for some patients. If any abornalities are found, a colonoscopy is then recommended.
Tissue removal; if any suspicious areas are found during an internal investigation, small surgical instruments can be inserted through the colonoscope to take biopsies or remove polyps.
TREATMENT OF COLORECTAL DISEASE
Endoscopic mucosal resection; cancerous or suspicious tissue is removed from the colon through an endoscope.
Bowel resection; during this surgical procedure, the diseased part of the colon or rectum is removed. If the remaining portions of the large intestine cannot be reattached, a colostomy is performed and a stoma or artificial opening is created.
Haemorrhoid surgery; if lifestyle changes or medication has not alleviated the symptoms, the haemorrhoids can be surgically removed.