General Surgery | Croydon Day Hospital

General Surgery

Here at Croydon Day Hospital we offer local and convenient outpatient appointments with expert consultant general surgeons, on-site diagnostic services and access to other specialists as required.

We routinely perform surgery for patients suffering from hernias, polyps, gallstones, appendicitis, anal fissures and haemorrhoids. Keyhole surgery is recommended when appropriate for a less invasive approach and faster recovery.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows your surgeon to look at the inside of your large intestine. It’s quick and easy, and usually takes around thirty to sixty minutes.

A long, flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, called a colonoscope, is inserted through your back passage to your intestine whilst you’re under sedation. Your surgeon will use the colonoscope to examine your bowel through images displayed on a monitor. It can show any irritated and swollen tissue, ulcers, polyps and cancer.

They may take a small tissue sample, called a biopsy. If polyps are detected during a colonoscopy, they may be removed painlessly during the procedure by passing a wire loop down the colonoscope tube. All tissue samples will be checked for any abnormal cells that might indicate cancer. Your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy if you are experiencing changes in your bowel activity, abdominal pain, bleeding from your anus or unexplained weight loss. It’s the most effective way to diagnose bowel cancer.

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Haemorrhoidectomy

A haemorrhoidectomy is an operation to remove piles, also known as haemorrhoids. Piles are soft fleshy swellings inside and around your back passage caused by enlarged blood vessels. They are associated with increased pressure of your blood vessels such as straining on the toilet and pregnancy. Haemorrhoids may show no symptoms or they can be painful, itchy and may bleed easily.

A haemorrhoidectomy is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes about twenty minutes. Your surgeon will either cut away your haemorrhoids or use a staple gun to reduce their blood supply so that they shrink. Your surgeon will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment option for your haemorrhoids.

Lateral Sphincterotomy

A lateral anal sphincterotomy is performed to treat an anal fissure. An anal fissure is a common problem where the skin around your anus becomes torn or split. It’s often caused when you are constipated, passing hard stools or in childbirth. An anal fissure can be very painful, especially after a bowel movement and it can cause bleeding.

Most often, an anal fissure will heal quickly, but if not then surgery may be the best option for you.

A lateral sphincterotomy is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately fifteen minutes. Your surgeon will make a small cut to the ring of muscle surrounding your anal canal (sphincter) to reduce the tension and increase the blood supply to this area and to allow healing of your fissure.

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