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Bowel Cancer

With latest statistics showing bowel cancer affecting 1 in 12 Australians this is one aspect of surgery I deal with commonly. Your bowel cancer treatment will be managed via a multidisciplinary team approach including surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, pathologists and a range of cancer support nurses to ensure that you get the best individualised treatment and support for yourself and your family.

I would generally see new bowel cancer referrals within 2-3 days if possible. In terms of the surgery itself, it may be performed laparoscopic (keyhole) or open, depending on numerous factors which I would discuss with you beforehand.

Diverticular Disease

A diverticulum is essentially a small pocket or “blow-out” from the colon. These pockets, whilst often don’t cause any problems at all, could start to become symptomatic. Symptoms may include bleeding, infection, abscesses, narrowing of that segment of bowel, connections to other organs or occasionally may even burst.

Surgery would sometimes be appropriate for the management of diverticular disease, and I will discuss that with you.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

I work closely with the gastroenterologists in the management of patients with Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis ensuring that any surgery that may be required for their management is done as part of multidisciplinary team management for your condition.