Mr Arun Shanmuganandan

Personal profile

Arun is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon in a busy surgical unit at Croydon University Hospital, specialising in laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery for diseases of the bowel including cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and Colitis.

He is an advanced endoscopy practitioner, fully accredited by JAG(Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) and carries out endoscopic removal of large polyps of the bowel and early cancers of the rectum. His special interests also include screening for bowel cancer and treatment for benign anorectal conditions including haemorrhoids, anal fistula and fissure. He also offers surgery for a wide range of general surgical problems including various types of hernia (groin/umbilical/incisional).

He takes a keen interest in training junior surgical trainees and is Surgical Tutor to the Royal College of Surgeons. He has published in international, peer-reviewed journals and is currently the Principal Investigator for a multi-centre, NIHR approved trial. Arun qualified from a reputed medical university in the south Indian city of Chennai. Following basic surgical training in India, he moved to the UK to pursue higher surgical training.

He underwent most of his specialist surgical training, in general and laparoscopic colorectal surgery, in south London, which resulted in his entry on the GMC’s specialist register.

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England

Clinical Interests

General Surgery

  • Surgical treatment of various types of hernia including groin, umbilical and incisional
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstruction and perforation
  • Skin lesions-lipoma
  • Sebaceous cysts

Colorectal surgery

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy(OGD)
  • Endoscopic removal of polyps
  • Transanal excision of early rectal cancers and large polyps(TEMS/TAMIS)
  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Laparoscopic(key-hole)surgery for bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Treatment for haemorrhoids, anal fistula and fissure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anal pain
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Pilonidal sinus

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Croydon University Hospital

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