Colorectal surgery a quality-of-life saver for GI sufferers

March 8, 2023
Rodrigue Fontem, MD

For many with people dealing with lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract issues, the pain and discomfort can be unbearable — and often embarrassing. If medical treatments and lifestyle changes haven’t corrected the issue, a colorectal surgeon may be able to help improve your quality of life.   

Colorectal surgeons in the Garden City and Dodge City area can diagnose and treat conditions that impact the lower digestive tract, including the large intestine (colon, rectum, pelvis floor, and anus).  

Meet your local colorectal surgeon

Dr. Rodrigue Fontem and his team of caregivers are dedicated to stopping the suffering patients with chronic GI issues experience each day.  

Dr. Fontem’s years of medical training took him from Garden City Community College and Olivet Nazarene University to medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an internship at the University of Texas in Houston; residency at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Pennsylvania; and a colorectal surgery fellowship at Southern Illinois University. 

As a colorectal and general surgeon, Dr. Fontem understands a wide variety of conditions and works with patients to determine the best treatment plan. His team regularly treats colon and rectal cancers, gallbladders, stoma complications, diverticular disease, pilonidal disease, and fecal incontinence. Procedures may include colon resections, colonoscopies, thyroidectomy, hernia repair, and more.  

Dr. Fontem sees patients at St. Catherine Hospital in both Garden City and Dodge City. To make an appointment with our local colorectal team, please call 620-275-3740.