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Dr Graham Stapleton is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a General Surgeon.

He specialises in liver and pancreatic surgery, with particular emphasis on removal of tumours of the liver and pancreas as well as other gastrointestinal cancers. He also supervises palliative treatments such as endoscopic and percutaneous stenting of obstructed bile ducts for those patients whose cancers are advanced and not resectable.

Liver metastases from colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancers provide him with most of his work, but other important cancers that he treats are primary liver tumours, both benign and malignant (hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma and others), gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours and their metastases (GEPNETs), gastric, duodenal and intestinal cancers and gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs).

Gallstone disease also provides Dr Stapleton with a lot of work, with laparoscopic cholecystectomy and operative cholangiography being one of his most frequent operations. Occasionally Dr Stapleton is also referred patients with injured bile ducts for repair after complicated cholecystectomies.

Dr Stapleton also does laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operations and sleeve gastrectomies to treat morbid obesity associated with diabetes and other co-morbid diseases. This metabolic (bariatric) surgery is done within the context of a multidisciplinary team, the Chrysalis Clinic, which is accredited as a bariatric surgical centre of excellence.

Acute and chronic pancreatitis and bleeding oesophageal varices are other special interest areas.

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About Dr Stapleton

Dr Stapleton graduated M.B.Ch.B. from the University of Cape Town in 1978. He completed his post-graduate training at Groote Schuur Hospital and qualified as a general surgeon with a Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (F.C.S.) in 1989. He also, subsequently earned a M.Med. degree from the University of Cape Town for his dissertation on gastric mucus in a porcine peptic ulcer model....

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