About us

The NNUH colorectal surgical team perform more than 250 major colorectal cancer operations and is amongst the one of the highest resectional volume centres in the UK. Operations include laparoscopic colonic resection, laparoscopic low rectal surgery, and Robotic colorectal surgery. These include laparoscopic complete mesocolic excision (CME) and robotic CME surgery for colon cancers.We continually meet the highest national quality benchmarks and oncologic standards. In addition we offer locally advanced pelvic cancer surgery and complimented by our urology/plastic and gynaecology surgery colleagues. The team also provides minimally invasive IBD surgery (crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis) supported by highly reputed gastroenterology unit. The IBD surgery includes minimally invasive ileoanal pouch surgery, single port laparoscopic surgery.

Our team also use the latest in diagnostic and treatment modalities, including transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) , ileoanal pouch with (taTME technique) and robotic colorectal surgery. We already run minimally invasive colorectal courses in our cadaveric laboratory and a cadaveric pelvic exenteration workshop.

Robotic Colorectal surgery

The colorectal team performed the first colorectal robotic surgery in October 2017 in collaboration with Prof Amjad Parvaiz. The team has performed over 85 colorectal robotic surgeries over a 27 month period meeting national quality markers for oncologic outcomes and exemplary perioperative outcomes. The NNUH team was the first to perform robotic colorectal cancer surgery in East Anglia and were awarded a HSJ Value Award for Surgical Service Initiative of the Year 2019. We envisage to run robotic colorectal surgery courses and case observation and proctorship for interested surgeons.


27th-28th April 2020: Optimising surgery for locally advanced and recurrent pelvic cancer: PELVIC SIDEWALL EXCISION



Right hemicolectomy. CME surgery. Exposure to major vessels.