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Date:12/1/2009

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After demonstrating the safety and efficiency of the TEM technique in pigs, the two teams carried out studies on human cadavers. Unlike other NOTES procedures, which require incisions in order to access the surgical field, the transanal approach is the only route where the tissue perforated to gain access to the diseased area is part of the tissue that will ultimately be excised.

In the future, this new technique will be available to treat other diseases of the colon and rectum.

Dr. Lacy states: "We are convinced that this type of surgery will bring additional advantages to those already shown by laparoscopic surgery, reducing surgical invasiveness by eliminating abdominal incisions, and resulting in fewer postoperative complications and a speedier recovery".

Dr. Sylla states: "Based on this first case, I am encouraged that in the near future we will be able to offer this type of procedure to more patients. This approach could have wide use for patients with colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, and other diseases of the colon and rectum."


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