One in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder in their lifetime, which can manifest as bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic organ prolapse. While these problems are generally not life-threatening, they can have a dramatic impact on patients’ quality of life.
“Many women believe that pelvic floor disorders are a normal part of aging or they feel ashamed and embarrassed so they avoid seeking care,” said Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) urogynecologist Patrick Nosti, MD. “I think it’s critical that women understand that these conditions are common and that there are many safe and effective treatment options.”
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According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in both women and men combined. A former Shawnee Mission Medical Center patient knows far too well the effects this disease has on a person, but now after defeating cancer, she is dedicated to living her life to the fullest and educating those who may be at risk.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and a great opportunity to learn how you can minimize your risk for a stroke. Here are a few things to keep in mind and information to share with friends and family.
On Wednesday, February 27, the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics at Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) performed its 2,000th robotic surgery. The procedure was a robotic cholecystectomy, which is the removal of the gallbladder. Scott Ellison, MD, performed the surgery.
SMMC was the first hospital in a five-state area to begin using the da Vinci® surgical robot in 2002. The da Vinci is used for a variety of procedures at SMMC including urology, kidney, thoracic, single and multi-site general surgery, as well as gynecologic surgeries including myomectomies.