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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Colorectal Surgery

Oxford University Hospitals is a national referral centre for complex colorectal disease, and provides a full range of services to the local community.

We care with compassion for a group of patients who often have complex and sometimes embarrassing conditions.

Our surgeons work closely with an expert team of medical colleagues including:

  • gastroenterologists
  • radiologists
  • oncologists
  • specialist nurses
  • stomatherapists
  • dietitians.

We have a reputation for high quality innovative surgical treatments for diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus, including:

  • cancer of the colon and rectum
  • advanced techniques for early rectal cancer where major surgery could be avoided
  • cancer of the anus
  • inflammatory bowel disease of the colon, small intestine and rectum including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • disorders of the anus including haemorrhoids (piles), abscess, fissure and fistula
  • pelvic floor problems including faecal incontinence, organ prolapse and disorders of defecation
  • endometriosis where it involves the colon and rectum.

Our results following major surgery for colorectal cancer compare favourably to other centres in the UK:

National Bowel Cancer Audit Annual Report 2018 (pdf)

We work at the Churchill Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

  • Major surgery is performed at the Churchill Hospital, where we have an inpatient ward called the Jane Ashley and Colorectal Ward.
  • Minor procedures are carried out in the Horton Day Case Unit
  • Endoscopy investigations carried out in John Radcliffe Hospital or Horton General Hospital
  • Our Stoma Care Team works across all three sites and sees patients in the community
  • Our Pelvic Floor Team is based at the Churchill Hospital
  • Outpatient Clinics run at the Churchill Hospital and Horton General Hospital

Outpatient appointments

It is natural to be apprehensive about seeing a doctor in the hospital.

Our patients often have problems they feel embarrassed about - but this is the nature of our work, and we treat all our patients with care and sensitivity.

No particular preparation is required for your clinic appointment. We will explain everything to you. The appointment may involve an examination of your tummy and bottom. This examination is normally brief, should not be painful and you will have a nurse to support you throughout.

You are welcome to bring a relative or friend to the clinic for your appointment. This is a good idea if another specialist has referred you, and we expect to discuss surgery.

It is often a good idea to write down your questions before your appointment, and you are welcome to take notes during the consultation.

Tests / investigations

Tests and investigations may be carried out at a separate appointment either before or after a consultation with a colorectal surgeon.

  • Endoscopy
  • X-rays (including CT scans and MRI)
  • Anorectal physiology and ultrasound
    The term 'anorectal' refers to the anal canal and rectum: physiology tests assess the strength of your pelvic muscles, sphincter and nerves whilst the ultrasound examines the structure of the pelvic floor muscles and any damage that has occurred to them.
  • Proctogram
    This is a specialised X-ray of the rectum (back passage) which examines how the rectum empties.

Find us and contact us

Tel: 01865 223912

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