Diagnosing and treating colorectal conditions
We provide team-based care that centers on the best possible outcome for your child. We will work with you to create an integrated and personalized care plan specific to your family's needs.
Depending on your child’s age and condition, we can:
Carefully examine your child's symptoms and diagnose any related conditions.
Help your child achieve independence with their fecal and urinary control.
Provide a second opinion or re-evaluation for children with complex conditions.
Coordinate complex, multi-system surgery to correct or reconstruct your child’s anorectal, urological and gynecological systems using the least invasive approach, always keeping the patient’s future in mind.
Evaluate internationally adopted children with colorectal or pelvic floor conditions in coordination with Children’s Mercy’s International Adoption Clinic.
What to expect during your visit
Families are usually referred to the center by their primary-care physician or another specialist for their first visit.
You can schedule a follow-up visit directly by calling (816) 234-3199.
You can expect to spend one to two hours at the clinic visiting with your care team.
Before your visit:
We will ask you to send any available tests, results and medical records you may have so we can review them ahead of time.
We will ask you to fill out some pre-visit online forms to customize your child’s appointment.
Sometimes additional tests may be ordered to help us determine the best course of treatment for your child.
“Instead of multiple appointments with different doctors who each have a separate plan of care, our team meets all together to discuss your child’s unique needs and create one, unified approach to treatment.”
Bowel Management Boot Camp
The Children’s Mercy Bowel Management Boot Camp is a week-long outpatient program in Kansas City for children who want to gain confidence with their bowel control. Learn more about this program.
One surgery means fewer complications
Because colorectal conditions can involve so many different systems of the body, our specialists look at your child's case all together to come up with a unified approach to treatment.
Whenever possible, our goal is to provide all the surgical procedures your child needs in one comprehensive surgery. This reduces the risk of complications and gives your child the best possible quality of life in the future.
Your team will answer all your questions and make sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan. You can always call and talk with them or message your care team through the MyChildrensMercy Patient Portal in between appointments as well.
After surgery, we’ll continue to see you for follow-up visits to make sure everything is going well. When it’s time for your teen to transition to an adult provider, we will walk you through the process and make sure your adult provider has all of your history and records.