Colorectal Surgery

da Vinci Surgery is used to treat a number of colorectal conditions including colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). Surgery to remove all or part of the colon is known as a colectomy. Rectal cancer surgery is known as a low anterior resection.

The potential benefits of this procedure, for patients facing colon surgery include low blood loss, quicker return to bowel function and diet, and a shorter stay in hospital. The potential benefits for patients facing rectal cancer surgery (low anterior resection and APR) include quicker return to bowel function and diet, low blood loss, a shorter stay in hospital and a faster recovery time.

If your doctor recommends colorectal surgery (low anterior resection or colectomy) to treat a colorectal condition, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits.


The following colorectal surgeons utilise the da Vinci at Macquarie University Hospital. To make an appointment visit your GP and ask for a referral, then call us to make an appointment.

For more information and contact details for our specialists just click on the links below.

Associate Professor Anil Keshava
Associate Professor Matthew Rickard


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