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Colorectal Surgery

Singapore General Hospital is the only specialised department in Singapore for colon and rectal surgery.

Colorectal Surgery is a field of medicine in which a variety of surgical procedures are performed to repair damage to the colon, rectum and anus caused by injury or diseases of the lower body region such as cancer, hernias etc.

Within the SingHealth Group, the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) is the only specialised department in Singapore for colon and rectal surgery, providing comprehensive investigative and emergency services for the whole range of colorectal and peri-anal conditions and diseases. It is also an internationally renowned centre for laparoscopic colorectal surgery. These procedures are performed in an operating theatre specially designed for minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery, with state-of-the-art digital camera systems, staplers and instruments.

Additionally, the Department of General Surgery at Changi General Hospital (CGH) also offers a colorectal surgery service.

Common Procedures

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Procedures in Colorectal Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is suitable for most colorectal operations. However, it may not be suitable in certain cases, such as when the patient has severe cardiorespiratory disease, if the tumour is too large, or if the patient has had multiple abdominal operations previously. Some advantages of the laparoscopic surgery include less post-operative pain, faster recovery and lower wound infection rates. There are also fewer complications.

Treatment for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer is a cancer that develops from the cells of the large intestine and is the second most common cancer in Singapore.

The mainstay of treatment is surgery. The cancer, its surrounding fat and lymph glands are removed in one piece. The two ends of the cut section are joined together. During surgery, the surgeon will normally inspect the liver and other surrounding organs for signs of cancer as well.

Related Conditions & Treatments

Find a Doctor

Find your Colorectal Specialist

This clinical specialty is available at:

Singapore General Hospital
Dept of Colorectal Surgery

Tel: (65) 6222 3322
General Surgery

Tel: (65) 6788 8833
Colorectal Service

Tel: (65) 6930 6000
KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Women's - Colorectal Surgery

Tel: (65) 6225 5554