Rectocele and enterocele

A rectocele is a bulge (hernia) that happens in the front wall of the rectum and pushes into the vagina. An enterocele is when the small bowel pushes into the vagina. Read more

Rectal prolapse

A rectal prolapse happens when the rectal wall (the bottom of the large bowel just above the anus) slides out through the anus. Read more

Pilonidal Disease

Pilonidal Disease is a chronic skin infection caused by hairs becoming embedded in the skin just above the crease in the buttocks. Read more

Pelvic floor dysfunction

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles just below the pelvis. Good pelvic floor muscles are needed for bladder and bowel continence. Read more

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids are cushions of swollen tissue in the anal canal that contain arteries and bulging, dilated veins. Read more

Faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence means the accidental loss of stools (poo) or wind. It affects up to 1 in 10 adults. Read more


Normal bowel function differs from person to person. Some people empty their bowel 3 times a day, others 3 times a week. Read more

Diverticulitis and Diverticular disease

A diverticulum is a small out-pouching from the wall of the gut. Diverticulae means more than one diverticulum. Read more


Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, known as CIPO, is a disorder of the gut’s motility. It happens when the nerves and/or muscles in the gut don’t work properly. Read more

Anal pain

Anal Pain is also called Proctalgia fugax and Levator ani syndrome. This means anal pain of an unknown cause and symptoms can vary widely. Read more

Anal itching

Anal itching, or Pruritis Ani is a persistent itchy feeling around the back passage (anus). It is a common complaint that can affect adults and children. Read more

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common form of functional bowel disorder. Somewhere between 10% and 20% of people can be diagnosed with IBS symptoms. Read more

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis (UC), along with Crohn’s disease, is often known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. UC affects around 150,000 people in the UK. Read more

Crohn's disease

Crohn’s disease, along with Ulcerative Colitis, is often known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Around 100,000 people in the UK live with Crohn's disease Read more