I have had extensive training in colorectal and minimally invasive surgery at international level and pride myself on offering patients the most up-to-date treatment options in colorectal and general surgery.
I treat patients first and foremost as individuals – everyone has slightly different needs, and two people can experience the same clinical condition in completely different ways. I spend time on getting to know my patients, taking a careful history to make sure I clearly understand their symptoms and how these impact on their life. This helps me to formulate an individualised treatment plan together with the patient, which selects the surgical (or sometimes non-surgical) option that is right for them.
Where possible, I aim to offer minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopic and robotic surgery, which give the highest possible surgical precision, minimise surgical trauma and postoperative pain and help to speed up recovery after surgery.
I also apply this approach to common conditions such as haemorrhoids – a good example is the Rafaelo procedure, which aims to minimise the pain of haemorrhoidal treatment.
At King Edward VII’s Hospital, we have developed a colorectal surgery patient journey that is founded on best practice. All complex cases are discussed at our colorectal multidisciplinary meeting before and after surgery. We offer the latest minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery, with state-of-the-art high-dependency postoperative care nested within our intensive care unit. We have a fully developed enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programme, where patients are accompanied and guided by Faye Jones, our dedicated colorectal nurse specialist, including telephone support at home after discharge from hospital.