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

experts, surgery has taken a step forward, with a successful operation to excise a rectal mass without leaving surgical scars, whereas even laparoscopic surgery requires four or five minimal incisions.

Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) has many advantages

The transanal route presents many advantages. One essential point is that it can be used in both men and women, unlike the transvaginal route (through the vagina). Another advantage is the possibility of opening and closing the colon or rectum under direct vision. This is possible due to the use of techniques developed for the local treatment of rectal lesions, known as Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM).

The TEM technique uses rectal endoscopy to introduce a specially-designed proctoscope connected to a CO2 insufflation system that dilates the rectum. This creates a working space that allows the instruments required to section and dissect the mass to be introduced. This route allows the dissection of the rectum and surrounding tissue until the abdominal cavity is reached, a wholly innovative technique.

The importance of international collaboration between hospitals

This landmark surgery, presented simultaneously today in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Massachusetts General Hospital, was made possible due to the experience of the two surgical teams, who both specialize in minimally-invasive surgical approaches to treat diseases of the colon and rectum. Dr. Lacy has played a fundamental role in the widespread application of laparoscopic surgery, using small incisions in the abdomen, to treat colorectal cancer. Dr. Sylla has been developing techniques for application in colorectal surgery since 2007 in collaboration with Dr. David Rattner, Professor of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, an authority on NOTES and co-founder of NOSCAR (Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessme
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