General and Colorectal Surgeon

Associate Professor Matt Rickard

MBBS (Hons), MMed (Clin Epi), Dip Paed (NSW), FRACS

GENERAL AND COLORECTAL SURGEON

Associate Professor Matt Rickard is a Colorectal Surgeon at Macquarie University Hospital and Concord Hospital with extensive experience in advanced colorectal surgical techniques, colorectal cancer, laparoscopic colorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, anorectal physiology, anorectal ultrasound and surgical epidemiology. Following graduation from the University of Sydney, he undertook further surgical training locally (with Master’s degree) and internationally. He is on the Australasian Training Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and treasurer and member of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Associate Professor Rickard Consults from HHMP once a month on a Saturday morning.

To book an appointment, please call: 02 9812 3967

More about General Surgeons

A General Surgeon is a surgeon who has a wide range of knowledge and skills to deal with all types of surgical emergencies but often have extra training in a particular area of surgery such as colorectal surgery. They perform emergency (eg: appendicitis) and elective (eg: hernia) operations.  Some of the common areas that general surgeons deal with include: the stomach, small and large intestine, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts. They are also often trained in endocrine surgery, breast surgery and hernia surgery.

A General Surgeon is trained in the diagnosis, preoperative, operative and postoperative management of multiple conditions. The most common general surgery procedures include:

  • Cholecystectomy (Removal of Gallbladder)
  • Appendectomy (Removal of Appendix)
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Hernia Repairs
  • Debridement of Wounds, Burns or Infections
  • Cancer surgery of the colon or other abdominal organs
  • Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy

Many of the procedures done by General Surgeons can now be completed by laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. These operations are minimally invasive and generally offer patients less pain, better outcomes and shorter postoperative recovery.

A Colorectal Surgeon

A Colorectal Surgeon is a general surgeon who did extra training and now specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the colon, rectum and anus. In particular colorectal surgeons have been specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of colon and rectal cancer. They work in a multidisciplinary team with oncologists, gastroenterologists, dietitians etc to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

Common conditions treated by colorectal surgeons include:

  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures  and fistulas
  • Anal itching
  • Anal cancer, rectal cancer and colon cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Crohn’s
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Pilonidal cysts/sinuses
  • Anal condyloma
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Chronic constipation.

Patient resources are available from The Australasian College of Surgeons.

Please see your GP to get a referral to the appropriate surgeon for your conditions.

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