Patient Resources

We feel your experience with the Specialist Surgeons’ Team should be as pleasant and productive as possible, and that starts even before your first consultation. The information below will help familiarise you with what to expect during your first consultation, common conditions for which you may have been referred and possible treatment approaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a colorectal surgeon?

A colorectal surgeon is an expert in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal conditions. In Australia, a colorectal surgeon has completed general surgical training to be a specialist general surgeon (FRACS). A minimum of 2 years of clinical post-fellowship training is then undertaken in high volume accredited institutions through the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).

There is also a research requirement and a written examination on colon and rectal conditions. An equivalent domestic or international experience may qualify a surgeon for CSSANZ accreditation.

How long will it take for recovery?

Laparoscopic surgery has shown, compared with traditional open surgery, to provide shorter recovery times, allow patients to return to work and regular activities faster, and produce better cosmetic results.

To ensure the benefits of laparoscopic surgery are achieved an adequate recovery time must be followed as guided by your surgeon. The length of recovery time will be dependant on a number of factors including the condition to be treated, the length of surgery and the patient’s overall health. Discuss with your surgeon, prior to surgery, the recommended recovery time so appropriate planning can be made to support recovery.