Colorectal services

Spire Edinburgh Hospital's colorectal service delivers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of gastro-intestinal diseases and related conditions. Our colorectal team is comprised of Consultant Colorectal Surgeons, Consultant Radiologists, Specialist Radiographers and a dedicated specialist colorectal nursing team.


Colorectal surgery

Colorectal surgery is the main treatment for many common diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, including:

  • Bowel cancer
    Bowel cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, is the third most common form of cancer in the UK. Surgery is the main treatment for bowel cancer and is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Spire Murrayfield Hospital to ensure all cancer cells are destroyed and to prevent it coming back. Spire Murrayfield Hospital is a BUPA approved Bowel Cancer unit.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, crohn's disease)
    Surgery aims to remove the inflammation caused by diseases such as ulcerative colitis or diverticular disease when medical treatment is no longer effective. Most surgical patients can avoid the need for a colostomy or ileostomy.
  • Rectal prolapse and incontinence
    Surgery can be used to successfully repair rectal prolapse, where part of the rectum protrudes through the anus or into the vagina. The condition is most common in people with a long history of constipation and women with weak pelvic floor muscles, and can result in bowel incontinence or constipation. One of the treatments for this condition is sacral nerve stimulation, or neuromodulation, (SNS). Read more about it here.
  • Anal diseases
    Common anal conditions that cause much distress include haemorrhoids, fissures, abscesses and other forms of infection. A large majority of such cases can be treated successfully through surgery.

Specialist diagnostic tests

CT colonography

Also known as virtual colonoscopy, is a non-invasive way to screen for polyps or cancer in the colon (large intestine). It is a much more comfortable alternative to using an endoscope (a tube with a camera at the end), inserted into the large intestine through the rectum. Polyps are growths on the lining of the intestine. Some polyps may grow and turn into cancers. CT colonography uses low dose x-rays and computer technology to find these growths in their early stages so they can be removed before cancer has a chance to develop.

Capsule endoscopy

The procedure is most commonly performed for obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, possible Inflammatory Bowel Disease and obscure abdominal pain. It is most commonly carried out after endoscopic examination of the colon or stomach fail to determine the cause. 

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