FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is a colorectal surgeon?
A colorectal surgeon is a surgeon who specialises in the management of disorders of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus. This includes both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) problems such as:
• Colorectal cancer and polyps
• Inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
• Diverticular disease of the colon
• Anorectal conditions including haemorrhoids, fissures, abscesses and fistulas
• Pelvic floor disorders including bowel prolapse
• Functional bowel problems such as constipation and incontinence
In particular colorectal surgeons have been specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of rectal cancer. Rectal cancer treatment requires special investigations prior to surgery and specialised skills to remove the rectum. Colorectal surgeons have additional experience in this type of surgery.
Colorectal surgeons who are members of the CSSANZ have undertaken further specialist training in colorectal surgery to become experts in their field. This usually consists of a minimum of two years of additional training in accredited clinical positions as well as performing research into aspects of colorectal surgery. – cssanz.org
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring your referral, medicare card, private health fund details, any previous scans and reports relating to the reason you are seeing Dr Taylor.
Where do I park?
There is a multi-story car park available at The Wesley Hospital. The car park uses number plate recognition for payment so please ensure you know your details in order to pay for parking prior to leaving the carpark. Paid street parking is available however this usually fills quickly. Please allow plenty of time for parking to ensure you are on time for your appointment. Read more about The Wesley Visitors Parking.
Will there be an out of pocket expense for my surgery?
If you have private health cover, there will likely be a gap payment for your surgery. Other fees that may apply include anaesthetics and a hospital excess. You will need to confirm with your health fund if you are covered for the surgery Dr Taylor has suggested. We will provide you with item numbers in order to facilitate this process.
What if I don’t have private health insurance?
If you do not have private health cover, we can provide you with an estimate of fees associated with your procedure. We can also arrange for you to be referred to your nearest public hospital after your appointment if necessary.
Haemorrhoidectomy – is it normal to have bleeding after surgery?
Yes it is normal to have a small amount of bleeding. Please consult the post-operative instructions, or contact the rooms if you are concerned.
Where will I have my procedure?
Dr Taylor operates at the Wesley Hospital, Auchenflower, Brisbane.
Do I need a colonoscopy?
Dr Taylor may recommend you have a colonoscopy prior to surgery.
You may require a colonoscopy for the following reasons:
- Altered bowel habits including bleeding, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain or a change in your usual bowel habit.
- A family history of bowel cancer
- Unexplained weight loss
- A positive faecal occult blood test
- You are over the age of 50
I have been diagnosed with bowel cancer, should my family members have colonoscopies?
It is recommended your first-degree relatives (mother/father/siblings/children) undergo screening colonoscopies. The rooms are able to arrange this for you.