Colorectal Service at Vale Healthcare
Vale Healthcare provides a specialist Colorectal Service. This service offers comprehensive assessment and management of Colorectal conditions and symptoms, and provides patients with expert care delivered in a friendly and welcoming environment.
NEW - From January 2013 Vale Healthcare is launching it's One-Stop Rectal Bleeding Clinic - providing rapid access appointments and diagnosis in a same day visit - find out more…
The Colorectal team
The Colorectal Consultant team at Vale Healthcare offers the best possible assessment of colorectal and general surgical conditions with the support of radiologists, pathologists, oncologists, nurses and other experienced health professionals.
The team of consultant surgeons are available to diagnose and manage the full range of colorectal symptoms and conditions. Their areas of expertise include:
- Laparoscopic or minimally invasive colorectal surgery
- Colorectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Rapid access diagnostic clinics
- Pelvic floor disorders
Colorectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of bowel problems. They have completed advanced training in the management of bowel disease in addition to full training in general surgery. Colorectal surgeons diagnose and treat benign (non cancerous) bowel conditions as well as bowel cancer, with various treatments including surgery where necessary.
What to expect at the Colorectal Clinic
Whether you have referred yourself, or been referred by a GP or other medical specialist, the consultant surgeon will discuss the nature of your problem and any other relevant information, such as your general medical history and family history. An examination will follow, where a nurse will be present on request.
The colorectal clinic is open to patients with medical insurance and those who self-pay. If you are an insured patient you will most likely require a GP referral (have visited your GP) before you attend the colorectal clinic.
Any of the following symptoms should be investigated urgently:
- Rectal bleeding and change in bowel habit age>40
- Rectal bleeding without anal symptoms age>60
- Persistent change in bowel habit ( more than 6 weeks) age >60
- Iron deficient anaemia without obvious cause
- Palpable abdominal or rectal mass
Source: NICE Guidance 2005
Colorectal cancer screening
The earlier that bowel cancer is detected the higher the likelihood of cure given timely treatment. Bowel cancer does not cause symptoms in its earliest stages.
The possibility of bowel cancer increases with increasing age, if there is a family history of bowel cancer or if there is a personal history of colonic polyps or inflammatory bowel disease. We can offer a risk assessment for colorectal cancer taking these factors into account and advise if screening for bowel cancer is appropriate for you.
The following are colorectal conditions / disorders that can be assessed and treated at Vale Healthcare's Colorectal clinic. Click on the links below for more information on each condition.
- Anal fissure
- Bowel cancer
- Diverticular disease
- External rectal prolapse
- Fistula in ano
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Internal rectal prolapse
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Obstructive defaecation
- Pilonidal sinus
- Rectovaginal fistula
- Stoma care (colostomy/ ileostomy)
The following are symptoms that are associated with colorectal disease and warrant specialist assessment. Click on the links below for more information on each symptom.
- Rectal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Weight Loss
- Mass / lump at the anus
- Faecal urgency
- Faecal incontinence
- Pain at / or discharge from anus
- Pain at / or discharge / or lump in natal cleft
- Difficulty with defaecation/ obstructed defaecation
Once you have had a consultation appointment, Your consultant may advise that you need an investigative procedure, to find out more about your condition.
Common investigations for colorectal symptoms (click on the links below for more information):
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Barium enema
- MRI Scan
- Anorectal physiology
- Endoanal/ endorectal ultrasound
- Colonic transit study
Colorectal Surgery Clinic - What to do next:
- The Vale One Stop Rectal Bleed Clinic - find out more...
- Meet the Consultants practicing at the Colorectal Clinic, at the Cardiff Bay Clinic
- Find out more about Colorectal Symptoms
- Find out more about Colorectal Investigations
- Make an appointment at the Colorectal Clinic