The human body's ability to adapt is an amazing thing. Shawnee Mission Medical Center physician Bruce D. Graham, MD, has pioneered a technique that encourages this adaptability, giving patients with certain colorectal diseases a new lease on a normal life. Living with ulcerative colitis (UC) or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is anything but normal. UC symptoms range from diarrhea, rectal bleeding and mild cramping to fever, bloody diarrhear and severe abdominal cramps. Patients with FAP, an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome, develop hundreds of polyps in the colon and sometimes other organs, as well. Removing the colon and often the rectum is required to correct problems and, in the case of FAP, prevent the likely development of colon cancer.
With an outstanding laparoscopic team and dedicated nurses, Shawnee Mission Medical Center has been aggressive in bringing laparoscopic procedures to the hospital. Graham has been performing various colon surgeries for years, and has smoothly transitioned to the laparoscopic approach.