State of The Art Diagnostic Laboratory

The most advanced treatment in colorectal screening, diagnosis and treatment from Brisbane to Sydney is available at the John Flynn Colorectal Centre on the Gold Coast.

Operating out of the John Flynn Private Hospital and Tweed District Hospital, this fully equipped facility is the only one of its kind between Brisbane and Sydney to offer the sophisticated testing essential for the best practice in treating colorectal disease conditions.

With a state of the art laboratory treating 20 cases of bowel cancer a month, the John Flynn Colorectal Centre enables a team of specialists to perform comprehensive anorectal physiology testing – further distinguishing the centre’s commitment to providing enhanced care and service.

Boasting a highly experienced multidisciplinary team, the service–oriented centre has developed a reputation for using the most advanced surgical techniques to provide the most up-to-date technology in colorectal screening, diagnosis and treatment since opening its doors 18 years ago.

The anorectal physiology laboratory offers a range of diagnostic tests that provide important information about the function and anatomy of the anus and rectum. Tests include anal manometry, pudendal nerve motor latency testing and anal sphincter ultrasound mapping.

Milestones

The centre’s state of the art anorectal physiology laboratory, founded by leading colorectal surgeon and associate professor at the Bond University Medical School, Dr Stephen White, is celebrating some significant milestones in surgical procedures and new techniques this year.

Dr White has managed more than 2000 public and private patients with bowel cancer and is an expert in all forms of pelvic floor pathology ranging from fecal incontinence, to prolapse and obstructed defecation.

Dr White was recently recognized as being one of only three surgeons in Australia to have performed innovative sacral nerve modulation on 100 patients, an innovative day case procedure using a small implanted device to send electrical nerve impulses to the lower back to overcome the distressing condition of faecal incontinence.

“In the way a pace maker works for the heart the implanted device alters the way the rectum and sphincter muscles work and helps manage faecal incontinence,” he said.

“Patients will usually require anorectal physiology tests, endoanal ultrasound, video proctogram and transit studies to assess suitability for implantation,” he said.

The John Flynn Colorectal Centre was also one of the early pioneers of using BOTOX® to provide significant relief for patients who suffer complications from painful anal fissure.

Dr White’s use of BOTOX® in the treatment of painful anal fissure has been presented internationally. Modern management of Per Rectum (PR) bleeding includes innovative new techniques in stapling and suturing offering virtually painless haemorrhoid management and colonoscopy.

“While we traditionally do not think of BOTOX® as a drug for use in the treatment of sphincter related health complications, the technique has shown promising results in many patients,” he said.

“BOTOX® is an injection that works upon the neuromuscular function. For patients who suffer from anal fissure, the use of BOTOX® is becoming increasingly more common. Traditional sphincterotomy is no longer recommended, “ he said.

More than 200 anal fissure procedures have now been performed at the John Flynn Colorectal Centre. All BOTOX® costs are fully covered.

Dr White has also completed more than 200 rectal prolapse repairs using the minimally invasive laparoscopic mesh approach, an advanced surgical technique where a soft piece of mesh is wrapped around the rectum. The procedure, which may require an overnight stay, has become increasingly popular.

Wide Referral Base

Dr White’s referral base extends beyond Coffs Harbour, to Beenleigh and Armidale. Before surgery Dr White carefully reviews each patient’s condition during a half hour visit with costs fully supported by Medicare.

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Bond University