Faecal Incontinence

Faecal incontinence is defined as “the uncontrolled loss of solid or liquid stools, or of wind (gas) with accompanying leakage”. It is a distressing and often embarrassing problem, however it is more common than you think. There are many causes of faecal incontinence and a detailed history and clinical examination is required, in combination with…

Colorectal (Bowel) Cancer

Colorectal (Bowel) Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Australia. It’s incidence appears to be slowly increasing and the risk of developing bowel cancer before the age of 85 is 1 in 12. Fortunately many cases of bowel cancer are curable and surgery has advanced over the last couple of decades…

Anal Fissure

An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the anal canal. It commonly causes some bright red bleeding and pain on opening the bowels. In most circumstances an anal fissure can be managed without surgery using a combination of ointments and medications to soften the stools. However, some fissures will not respond to…

Anal Abscess/Anal Fistula

Anal abscesses and fistulas are common conditions. They most commonly arise from an infection of a gland in the anal canal. When an abscess forms it is usually treated with a combination of antibiotics and drainage. Only a minority of abscesses will go onto form a “fistula”. An anal fistula is an abnormal tunnel that…