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Hospital Clinic Barcelona and Massachusetts General Hospital extract rectal mass through anus
Date:12/1/2009

Barcelona, 30 November 2009. Performing surgical operations without leaving scars has ceased to be a chimera and has become a reality. This is demonstrated by the recent surgical advances made using NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy Surgery), an innovative surgical approach that allows surgical access using the body's natural orifices. The results are all advantageous for the patient: lack of scars, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. Currently, this type of minimally-invasive surgery is still in the research and development stage. Surgery through the mouth and vagina has been successfully used, but the transanal route (through the anus) is less utilized.

On November 9 2009, a team of surgeons carried out the first surgical removal of a rectal mass using the NOTES approach and TEM (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) technique in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. The successful (deleted outcome) surgery was due to a collaboration between the Gastrointestinal Surgery team of the Hospital Clinic, headed by Dr. Antonio M de Lacy, and a team of surgeons from the Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston (Harvard University), headed by Dr. Patricia Sylla, Instructor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. This is the first time in the world that a rectal tumor has been excised using an approach through the anus.

The patient, a 76-year-old woman diagnosed with a malignant rectal tumor, was discharged home with no complications and excellent postoperative recovery on November 14 - only five days after surgery. During the operation, nearly all surgical instruments were introduced through the anus to avoid painful abdominal incisions. This new technique has been developed to achieve better results than laparoscopic surgery, and is a minimally-invasive technique with many advantages: less pain, shorter hospital stay and safe oncologic results. Thanks to the joint work of this international team of
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Contact: Marc de Semir
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0034-932-275-700
IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer
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