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Colorectal cancer ( bowel cancer ) is a very common cancer in Australia. It affects about 1 in 20 persons in Australia.  Colorectal cancer  becomes more common with age. Most patients with colorectal cancer develop the condition between 55 and 75 years of age. Men and women are equally affected although cancers of the rectum occur more frequently in men . Colorectal Cancer Our team of well trained colorectal surgeons are committed to the diagnosis and treatment of your  colorectal condition . Our surgeons consult from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Medical Centre, and if required organise procedures at RPAH and Sydney Day Surgery.


Do you know what is Colonoscopy ? Colonoscopy is an examination to inspect the inner lining of the large bowel (rectum and colon) using a flexible tube with a camera at its tip. It is inserted via the anus and gently guided to the start of the large bowel (caecum). During colonoscopy, carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the bowel to allow a safe passage of the colonoscope through the bowel. If an abnormality is encountered a tissue biopsy can be taken through the colonoscope and sent for histological examination. If polyps are found, these small growths of the bowel lining can be removed with either cautery (hot biopsy) or a wire loop device (snare). This allows tissue to be retrieved and sent for histological examination. Early detection and removal of polyps protects from developing colorectal cancer. A colonoscopy allows an examination of the entire colon (1200–1500 mm in length). A sigmoidoscopy allows an examination of the distal portion (about 600 mm) of the colon, which may be sufficient because benefits to cancer survival of colonoscopy have been limited to the detection of lesions in the distal portion of the colon.


Are you aware of Open or laparoscopic surgery ? Open (also known as laparotomy) surgery is an operation performed through either a vertical midline incision in the abdomen or via a horizontal incision in the abdomen. This was the conventional method of performing any major abdominal procedure until about10 to 15 years ago when laparoscopic (also known as keyhole) surgery became increasingly common. The main difference between open and laparoscopic procedure is in the incision on the abdomen. Internally, the procedure is performed in the same way. Laparoscopic surgery offers significant advantages over open surgery in that patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery have less pain, faster recovery of intestinal function, shorter hospital stay and earlier return to work. With technological advances, more complex procedures are being undertaken laparoscopically including colorectal cancer surgery. However, in some patients and in certain procedures, laparoscopic can be unsafe and open surgery remains necessary. Some of these situations include: patients with severe lung disease, patients with severe abdominal adhesions from previous operations and patients undergoing major redo pelvic surgery.




Contact US CSCS, RPAH Medical Centre, Suite 415/ 100 Carillon Ave, Newtown NSW 2042 Phone: 02 9519 7576 Fax: 02 9519 1806 Thank you

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