Colorectal conditions we treat

Colorectal conditions we treat

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If you suffer, or suspect you have one of the following conditions, let us help you get some answers and relief; make an appointment today:


Anal Fissure

A very painful tear of the anal canal related to passage of hard stool and high anal pressures.

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Anal Fistula

Can arise after an infection of oil glands within the anal canal. Symptoms often wax and wane and include pain, swelling and discharge.

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Bowel/Colorectal cancer and polyps

Australians have a 1/13 risk of developing colorectal cancer over their lifetime. Polyps are precursors of cancer and can be removed at colonoscopy, reducing the risk of colorectal cancer developing. Early diagnosis is best for a successful outcome of treatment.

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Crohn's disease

A type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease, it’s an autoimmune condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease affects the entire tract including the anus. Surgery is required in 2/3 of Crohn’s disease patients over their lifetime.

Diverticular Disease

Diverticulae are outpouchings in the colon at points of weakness, thought to be related to high pressure. The disease is common in Australia, with half of all people over the age of 50 having diverticulae. About 25% of patients develop symptoms such as pain (“diverticulitis”) or less common problems including sudden bleeding, narrowing of the bowel or fistulae.

Read more about Diverticular Disease.

Faecal incontinence

Unintentional loss of faeces or mucus from the rectum, or significant faecal urge, can be socially isolating and debilitating. 15% of Australians suffer from these symptoms and many suffer in silence.



Haemorrhoidal problems are common, with symptoms including rectal bleeding, prolapsing piles, anal itch or leakage and cleaning or cosmetic problems from skin tags. Acutely incarcerated haemorrhoids can be very painful.

Read more about Haemorrhoids.

Obstructed defecation and constipation

Constipation is infrequent bowel movements, usually considered less than three per week. Obstructed defecation is the feeling that the rectum is still full or needing to return to the toilet later for further evacuation. Some people need to use manoeuvres or their finger to assist with defecation. 30% of the population suffer from these symptoms at some stage and abdominal pain is often a feature. Severe cases where pelvic organ prolapse or post-obstetric injury are the cause can sometimes benefit from surgical intervention.

Pilonidal sinus disease

A skin condition related to ingrown hairs within the natal cleft (the skin cleft between the buttocks).

Rectal Prolapse

Abnormal protrusion of the rectum outside the anus is quite disturbing and is an indication for surgical repair.

Ulcerative colitis

A type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease, it’s an autoimmune condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the colon and surgery is required in 1/3 of ulcerative colitis patients over their lifetime.

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Hernia and miscellaneous conditions

We also treat a number of conditions, as both subspecialty colorectal surgeons and trained general surgeons. These include hernia, gallbladder problems, appendicitis and other abdominal issues.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

If you’ve been advised or suspect that you have a condition and it’s not listed here, please, call us on 07 3010 3360 and speak to our friendly team to see how we can help.