Colorectal Surgery

Royal Free Hospital’s colorectal department provides a comprehensive range of colorectal services. This includes a range of diagnostic procedures as well as minor and major colorectal surgery, wherever possible using the latest and most minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques – also known as keyhole surgery.

As a leading centre in this field, our colorectal surgeons have a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields, treating both NHS and private patients. Supported by our team of dedicated and highly-skilled nurses, we take pride in providing an excellent level of care for all patients.

We provide a 24/7 consultant-led service, treating both inpatients and outpatients. Wherever required, our colorectal consultants will also work closely with other departments and liaise on any additional care needs. For example, with colorectal treatments there is often overlap with gastroenterology too. We are proud to provide a multi-disciplinary and tailored approach, putting each patient’s individual needs first.

What colorectal conditions does Royal Free Hospital treat?

Colorectal medicine involves a wide range of conditions and problems involving the colon (also known as the large intestine/bowel), rectum and anus. These conditions can affect men and women of all ages, and many are very common, particularly as people get older. Royal Free Hospital’s colorectal specialists have a wealth of expertise in treating a large number of conditions involving these areas.

This can range from very common problems such as haemorrhoids (piles), which may in some cases require a minor surgical procedure, rectal prolapse and rectocele (when the front wall of the rectum bulges, or herniates, into the wall of the vagina), through to more major conditions such as colon cancer. In some cases, colorectal surgery may also be required for patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Treatment for cancer and severe inflammatory conditions may include colectomy surgery (surgery to remove all or part of the affected bowel) and colostomy or ileostomy surgery, where the bowel is diverted to an opening created in the abdomen (this is called a stoma), enabling waste to be passed through into a bag. The procedure may be reversed after a period of time, restoring normal bowel function.

What colorectal treatments does Royal Free Hospital provide?

We provide a comprehensive range of colorectal treatments. Wherever possible, the latest and most minimally invasive techniques will be used, to help ensure your recovery can be as speedy and comfortable as possible.

Our colorectal treatments include:

  • Abdomino–perineal resection
  • Anterior resection/low anterior resection
  • Colectomy – partial/total
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hartmann’s procedure
  • Haemorrhoidectomy / banding of haemorrhoids
  • Delormes rectopexy
  • Inguinal/umbilical/incisional hernia repair
  • Reversal of ileostomy
  • Laparoscopic anterior resection/Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy
  • Laparoscopic assisted right hemicolectomy
  • Perineal rectosigmoidectomy
  • Rectocele repair
  • Colonic conduit
  • Anal sphincter repair

Our colorectal specialists can advise on the most suitable course of treatment for you, and we will do our best to ensure all patients feel fully informed and well supported every step of the way.

Whatever treatment you require, our specialist consultants and nurses will work together to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible, and that you have all the aftercare information and advice you need before you go home. When required, we will also arrange follow-ups, and our team is on hand 24/7 should you require any further advice.