Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery
Surgery for cancers in the upper part of the rectum used to be performed through an incision in the abdomen. A new approach, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, now allows physicians to remove these cancers using instruments placed inside the rectum.
During the procedure, your physician will place a scope fitted with a camera and light into the anus. It is moved toward the tumor and the area of the rectum is filled with carbon dioxide. Microsurgical instruments are used to cut out the tumor and seal the surrounding blood vessels. The tumor can then be removed through the anus.
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery has advantages over traditional abdominal surgery:
- No incision
- Lower risk of complications
- Quicker surgery
- Shorter recovery time