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Colorectal

At The Wilmslow Hospital, our experienced team of colorectal surgeons, radiographers and nurses offer a wide range of services from diagnosis to treatment of colorectal conditions such as faecal incontinence, severe constipation, hernia, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, colon cancer, chrohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS). The following procedures are available:

Upper GI endoscopy

This involves passing a small, fibreoptic tube (the endoscope) through the mouth into the stomach, allowing the doctor to look directly at the lining of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum (the first section of the small intestine). If a sample of tissue needs to be taken for analysis (a biopsy), it will be removed painlessly through the endoscope, using miniature forceps.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

This examination involves a fibre-optic camera examination of the rectum, sigmoid and left colon. Often performed without sedation, a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is commonly used to look for bleeding or noncancerous growths (polyps) and is one of the main screening tests for colorectal cancer.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy involves a long, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger (the colonoscope) being inserted into the rectum and gradually advanced through the colon, allowing the physician to examine the lining of the rectum, diagnose colon and rectal problems, perform biopsies and remove noncancerous growths (polyps).

Banding of haemorrhoids

This outpatient procedure involves the surgeon taking hold of the haemorrhoid with forceps or a suction device and placing a rubber band around the base of the haemorrhoid. This cuts off the blood supply and causes the haemorrhoid to wither and drop off after a few days.

Stapled haemorrhoidectomy

This is a new technique for treating haemorrhoids. It removes the excess lining of the bowel, raising the haemorrhoidal tissue back to its regular position and thus reducing the blood supply to the haemorrhoids, causing them to shrink. The procedure is relatively painless and can be performed as a day case in most instances.

Diathermy haemorrhoidectomy

This is the surgical removal of haemorrhoids, where the anal cushions are excised using diathermy (a high frequency electric current to produce heat). This is usually performed as a day case procedure.

Anal fissures

An anal fissure is a small tear in the skin, just inside the anus, usually towards the back. Treatments include the use of GTN (a drug used to relax the internal anal sphincter) or a sphincterotomy, which involves cutting out that part of the internal sphincter to relieve tension. A similar effect to the sphincterotomy can be achieved using non-surgical methods such as diltiazem for a chemical sphincterotomy and botulinum toxin (BOTOX®). A Botox fissurectomy lasts approximately three months, until the nerve endings regenerate. This three-month period may allow acute fissures to heal – if not, a surgical sphincterotomy may be recommended.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition in which the lining of the digestive tract becomes inflamed and covered with ulcers. Two common types of inflammatory bowel disease are Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Colorectal cancer surgery

Although harmless in themselves, if non-cancerous growths (polyps) continue to grow, they may develop into a cancerous tumour. If this occurs, colorectal surgery may be necessary to treat the subsequent colon and rectal cancer.

Primary colorectal cancer surgery

This form of surgery includes all colonic and rectal resections, including low anterior resection of the rectum (where the tumour is removed without affecting the anus) and abdomino-perineal excision (where the rectum and anus are both removed) with myocutaneous flap repair of the perineum. Some cases are performed laparoscopically, involving minimally invasive surgery and micro-video cameras.

Recurrent rectal cancer surgery

This form of surgery can involve multivisceral resection (surgery involving numerous organs) including total pelvic exenteration (the removal of the bladder, urethra, rectum, anus and supporting muscles and ligaments, together with the reproductive organs) and abdominosacral resection (which treats midrectal cancer while preserving the function of the anal sphincter).

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Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can write a referral letter to us and if you know the consultant that you would like your patient to see, please outline this on the letter. We also accept unnamed referrals. In this case our team will assign the most appropriate consultant to suit your patient’s needs. You then either email your referral letter to us on thewilmslowhospital@hcahealthcare.co.uk or fax it to us on 01625 545 099

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