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Bowel surgery (Colorectal)


The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Colorectal Unit is one of the largest tertiary referral colorectal surgical units in South Australia, performing approximately 300 major colorectal (bowel) surgical procedures and approximately 600 colonoscopic procedures per year.

The colorectal unit undertakes high volume major open and laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery, complex pelvic malignancy and inflammatory bowel disease cases, interventional colonoscopy and trans-anal endoscopic microsurgery. Pelvic floor and continence surgery is supported by a full anorectal physiology service and a dedicated continence clinic. Robotic surgery is offered in highly selected cases, utilising facilities in the private sector. Involvement in weekly formalised multidisciplinary oncology and IBD meetings is strongly promoted within the unit.

Research is an important part of the unit and has recently undergone significant expansion. Details about current research activity can be viewed here:

Colorectal cancer patient outcomes are prospectively audited using the The Bi-National Colorectal Cancer Audit (BCCA) database. Details about this audit can be viewed here:

Enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery (ERAS) is routinely employed for all patients undergoing elective colorectal cancer surgery. Details of this program can be viewed here:

For more information

Please view the Colorectal Surgery outpatient service in CALHN web page.

Appointment location at RAH

The Colorectal Ward is located on Level 5E, in the RAH.

Colorectal Outpatients is located on Level 3F, in the RAH.

Please refer to the outpatient map below and present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.

How to access this clinic

Referral from your general practitioner (GP)

You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.

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