Frequently Asked Questions
Can I stay in hospital after my procedure or do I have to go home?
Dr McGregor operates at all north Brisbane Hospitals. Patients can either be treated as day patients or stay overnight as required depending on individual needs and the hospital of choice.
I am uninsured. Can I still have surgery?
We have treated many uninsured patients. A fixed quote can be given for your surgery. There are various ways of funding it including accessing superannuation funds and clinic staff can discuss this with you at your request.
Does surgery involve an anesthetic?
The bottom is very sensitive and all surgical procedures and need to be done under general anesthetic. Your anesthetist will discuss this with you on the day of your surgery.
Can I see Dr McGregor directly?
You are welcome to see Dr McGregor directly. You will require a referral from your General Practitioner. His rooms can be contacted on Tel: 07 3910 5150 Fax 07 3910 5160 He consults at Redcliffe and North Lakes.
Waiting times to see Dr McGregor are longer than to see Dr Watson. If an urgent appointment is necessary please let Dr McGregor’s staff know by ringing 07 3910 5150.
I am having a lot of pain in my bottom but I'm not sure it is a haemorrhoid. Can you still help me?
We are experts in all anal problems. Many problems do not require surgery but can be improved by appropriate diagnosis and treatment regime. We can guarantee that you don’t have a problem we haven’t seen before.
Will the problem come back?
HALRAR and Selective Stapling are relatively new techniques in that they have only been used for 8-10 years. The data about their long-term effectiveness is therefore restricted to a few years. Multiple studies have confirmed that about 95% of patients are happy with the result of the procedure.
From examining patients on multiple occasions after the procedure it is clear that if the patient is happy after 2 months then the long term effects will be permanent. Certainly in our practice we find that 90 % are happy immediately at 1 month with 5% having minor problems and another few % requiring further intervention to get the desired result.
After the procedure you will with your consent be contacted every few months for the first few years to check whether you are having any problems. This will allow us to collect long-term data to eventually publish about this amazing and life changing technique.
Of course not changing contributing factors, such as constipation, poor diet, sitting on the toilet for long periods etc will make any long term repair unsuccessful.
I am on blood thinning medicine and am bleeding from my bottom. Can I still have surgery?
Haemorrhoidal bleeding in patients on blood thinners can be life threatening.
Dr McGregor has operated on many patients who require daily blood thinning medications and he will have to manage each patient and their medication individually, often in concert with the prescribing physician. Often a colonoscopy is also required to rule out bleeding from the colon. This can be performed at the same operation.