Anal tags

One of the most common benign anal conditions is anal tags. These are just stretched skin around the anal area, usually as a result of past or existing haemorrhoids. There are NOT actual haemorrhoids but a remnant of skin from swelling associated with haemorrhoid disease in the past. Other conditions where anal tags are observed […]


What is diverticular disease?

What is diverticular disease? Diverticular disease refers to the little pockets or pouches that form in the bowel usually from the weakening of the bowel wall. This condition is mainly seen in the sigmoid colon (large bowel on the left side). This condition is very common in Australia and commonly found incidentally during a routine […]


What are Pelvic Floor Disorders?

There are three groups of pelvic floor problems: 1. Urinary incontinence related to bladder dysfunction 2. Faecal incontinence related to dysfunction of the anal canal, the rectum or both. 3. Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be related to the prolapse of either bladder, vagina, uterus, the rectum or both. Patients can be present with symptoms related […]


What are Haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids are normal part of our anal canal anatomy, we all have them. They act as a cushion in our anal canal and help us with fine continence, e.g. when you cough, they get filled up with blood and help make the anal canal wind and water tight. Haemorrhoids are only abnormal if they cause […]


Laser Haemorrhoidplasty – new innovative approach for managing high grade haemorrhoids

Symptoms from haemorrhoids or piles are one of the most common anorectal disorders in colorectal practice. It is estimated that more than 50% of the population will at some stage in their life experience symptoms from haemorrhoids. Although haemorrhoidectomy (simple excision) is one of the most effective surgical treatments available for high grade haemorrhoids it […]


Women in Surgery

At a recent colorectal journal club in Melbourne (photo below) , I realised how there is still a significant gender gap in Colorectal Surgery. As women colorectal surgeons, we are in a unique position to mitigate the embarrassment faced by most women when presenting with anorectal symptoms. My patients often remind me about how lucky […]


Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

A hernia is a condition where part of one’s internal structures protrudes through a defect or weakening in the surface of our body. A hernia can be in the groin, the abdominal wall, e.g. umbilical, a prior scar, e.g. appendicectomy scar or Caesarian scars etc. A hernia may give you no symptoms, or you may […]