A hemicolectomy is an operation where a section of the large intestine is removed. It is usually done to treat a condition such as bowel cancer.
Itchy anus (pruritus ani)
An itchy anus, also called pruritus ani is a common complaint. The itch, in or around the anus, can be extremely intense and persistent, causing a constant urge to scratch. Read about causes, things you can do and when to see a doctor.
Injuries to the anal region can be the result of changes in bowel function or sexual activity. Learn when to seek urgent medical attention and how to relieve any pain.
It can be distressing if problems with normal anal function occur. Good anal hygiene, along with improving your diet may help reduce risk of pain and discomfort. Learn more about anal care here.
A bowel obstruction will cause you serious health problems and people with bowel obstruction usually need to be treated in hospital. Find out more here.
Although stools (faeces or poo) can vary, you should pay attention to what your stools look like. Learn more about what changes you should look out for.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes painful swelling and redness inside the digestive tract.
What causes haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids develop due to a weakening of the supportive tissue inside the anus. Find out about the causes of haemorrhoids.
Gastroenteritis (gastro) is an infection of the gut that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Learn here about the symptoms and how to treat them.
What causes appendicitis?
The exact cause of appendicitis is not known, but doctors believe it is caused by food or faecal matter (poo) getting lodged in the appendix.