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When a colorectal surgeon is mentioned, many people’s minds skip immediately to colon cancer or bowl cancer and cancer of the rectum. However, a colorectal surgeon's job description goes beyond treatment of colon cancer and colorectal cancer. Health screening is essential in this case since colorectal cancer is the No 1 cancer in Singapore.
As part of his work on the colon and rectum, a colorectal surgeon also performs diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and explorative laparoscopic surgeries. During colonoscopy, colon polyps detected are nipped off to prevent development into cancerous tumors. Colorectal surgery includes a variety of procedures: to remove colon cancer tumours, for repairing damaged colon, rectum, anus and pelvic floor such as haemorrhoidectomy which is a common procedure to treat piles.
Colorectal surgery is performed on a variety of colorectal surgical disorders in addition to colon and colorectal tumours. These include varicosities, chronic constipation, birth defects such as megacolon and imperforate anus and chronic colon disorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Anal disorders such as piles and hemorrhoids also fall into this specialty.
Colon and colorectal cancer requires prompt colorectal surgery to prevent their spread. Colorectal and colon cancer may require colectomy (colon removal), polypectomy and ileo / colostomy. Severe hemorrhoids may require hemorrhoidectomy.
If you are interested to make an appointment with a qualified colorectal surgeon, easily on a mobile or webpage, you can use GetDoc, one of the more comprehensive medical Apps available, to help you find a clinic nearby.