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Brisbane Surgeon News

The news articles featured here cover a broad range of topics, including news about the practice, news relating to advances in relevant surgical techniques or medical studies and commentary.

Possible future approaches to diagnosis of colorectal cancer

Future approaches to colorectal cancer diagnosis

Three new approaches to colorectal cancer diagnosis.


What does the pancreas do?

What does the pancreas do

The pancreas is around 22cm long and sits behind the upper section of the abdomen.


Focus on bowel cancer

focus on bowel cancer

Are gut bacteria linked to bowel cancer? Are current cancer statistics misleading? Bowel cancer screening to get easier.


What is sacral nerve stimulation?

sacral nerve stimulation

The sacrum is the large triangular bone at the base of the spine, composed of five fused vertebrae, connected to the L5 vertebra above and the coccyx (tailbone) below.


Recent research roundup

red meat

The following is a summary of some recent research relevant to conditions affecting the bowel, including colorectal cancer.


Lactose intolerance

glass of milk

It is estimated that around 4% of the Australian population is lactose intolerant, with the condition more prevalent in women than in men by a factor of three to one.


Latest research on colorectal cancer and gut health

glass of red wine

This month we have an overview of recent research in the field of colorectal cancer and gut health.


All you need to know about haemorrhoids

toilet sandpaper

Human beings have been suffering collectively from haemorrhoids for a very long time – 3,500 years ago Egyptians were writing about how to cure them.


Diverticular disease – should treatment guidelines be changed?

abdominal pain

Most people who actually have diverticulosis remain blissfully unaware of the fact unless a colonoscopy or CT scan reveals their presence, or if symptoms of diverticular disease occur.


New study gives hope for simpler diagnosis of Coeliac Disease

loaf of bread

Coeliac disease is a debilitating condition that can cause a range of symptoms from chronic diarrhoea to bloating of the abdomen and anaemia, fatigue and weight loss.


What are gallstones?


The gallbladder is a small 'sac' - a hollow organ - that is around 7-10cm long and sits under the right lobe of the liver.


Difficulties with bowel conditions – non-medical ones


There are two big issues when it comes to getting to the bottom of bowel conditions (pardon the pun).


Recent research into risk factors for colorectal cancer

Four recent research papers released this year have shed new light on colorectal cancer and how it may develop.


Recent study shows exercise is good for you if you want to reduce your risk of colon cancer

As we point out on our page on colon (bowel) cancer, Australia is near the top of world rankings for incidence of bowel cancer.


How does obesity affect surgery and recovery from surgery?

How obesity affects surgery

A study in 2007 concluded that obese patients run a much greater risk of potentially life-threatening complications after undergoing surgery.


How - and why – is obesity a risk factor for colorectal cancer?

Obesity is a risk factor for colorectal cancer

In Australia today two thirds of adults and one in four children are either overweight or obese.


Do you need your appendix?

Do you need your appendix?

One of the medical names for the appendix is 'vermiform appendix' which is quite an accurate description – in Latin it means a 'worm-like appendage'.


Research offers hope of future treatments for sufferers of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research offers hope of future treatments for sufferers of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In Australia it is estimated that Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), that is either Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis, affects over 80,000 people. This is one of the highest rates in the world and is only predicted to grow.


Cancer diagnosis and lifestyle

Photo of doctor giving diagnosis to a female patient

One of the first questions that a patient asks upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer is: what caused my cancer and could I have done anything to stop it? The simple answer in most cases is that we don't know. It implies that we know the cause of cancer, wherever it arises and, whilst we have identified certain risk factors for most, it's often several factors acting in unison, many of which we have yet to identify. This would explain why some patients who perceive that they've done all the right things, are still unlucky enough to be affected.


Reducing your risk of colon cancer

Diagram of an Intestine

Colon cancer, which is usually a preventable and highly curable disease, is the second cancer killer in the USA, say gastroenterologist Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.


What are the pros and cons of laparoscopic surgery and open surgery for hernia repair?

Surgical team performing laparoscopic hernia repair surgery

Laparoscopic surgery, also referred to as 'minimally invasive surgery' or simply 'keyhole surgery', describes a method of performing operations within the body without needing to make a large incision in the skin to access the internal organs.

A laparoscope is a long flexible tube equipped with a miniature video camera and light on the end that, along with a range of miniaturised surgical instruments, can be inserted into the abdominal cavity through a very small incision or set of incisions which are only 1 or 2cm in length.