MODERN MEDICINE Christchurch Colorectal is the largest specialist colorectal surgical unit in the South Island. The facility serves over 2500 patients a year and its five surgeons – Richard Tapper, John Frye, Frank Frizelle, Tim Eglinton and Chris Wakeman - all have extensive experience in the management of colorectal and general surgical conditions.
hese are often not easy issues to discuss or to admit suffering from,” say surgeons John Frye and Richard Tapper. “But with New Zealand having one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, it is really important for people to put aside any squeamishness and be checked by a doctor if you notice any of the common symptoms or have any concerns at all - especially if there is a family history of bowel cancer.” Those common signs and symptoms may include changes in the normal pattern of going to the toilet that continue for several weeks (such as diarrhoea, constipation, or a feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely), blood in your bowel motion, tiredness and weight loss. “Bowel cancer is more common as you get older, particularly from the age of 50 and affects more men than women. People can make an appointment with us at Christchurch Colorectal and we can carry out a diagnostic colonoscopy. Bowel cancer can be more successfully treated, with a 90 percent chance of long-term survival if detected early. If there is a delay in diagnosis and the cancer is more advanced, it is harder to cure. So our advice is not to delay.” Apart from bowel cancer, Christchurch Colorectal specialises in a number of other colorectal health conditions. “For example we can help with the treatment of
a number of benign but troublesome anal conditions such as haemorrhoids, fissures and fistulas.” All of the surgeons at Christchurch Colorectal are members or fellows of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. They are all recognised by the NZ Conjoint Committee and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia as providing excellence in colonoscopy. In addition, Richard Tapper, Tim Eglinton and John Frye
perform general surgical operations such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy and hernia repair. “If you have concerning symptoms please contact our rooms and be assured that you will receive effective, safe and professional treatment from our team.” Christchurch Colorectal is based at Specialist Centre@21, Level 2, 21 Caledonian Road, St Albans - on the Southern Cross campus. These are new, modern rooms with easy access, including a lift and discreet covered and uncovered parking.
All of the surgeons at Christchurch Colorectal are members or fellows of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand.
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