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Journal of Coloproctology (Rio de Janeiro)

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MENDES, Carlos Ramon Silveira et al. Transanal minimally-invasive surgery (TAMIS): technique and results from an initial experience. J. Coloproctol. (Rio J.) [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.4, pp.191-195. ISSN 2237-9363.

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is a minimally-invasive approach for rectal lesions. Superior exposure and access to the entire rectum result in lesser risk of compromised margins and lower recurrence rates, when compared to conventional transanal excision. The aim of this study was to describe a single institution's initial experience with transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS). This was a prospective review of our database. Eleven procedures from January 2012 to June 2013 were analyzed. Results: eleven operations were completed. Five men were evaluated. Mean age was 62.9 (40-86). Mean follow-up was 9.3 (2-17) months. Average tumor size was 3.8 (1.8-8) cm. Mean distance from anal verge was 6.3 (3-12) cm. Mean operating time was 53.73 (28-118) min. Postoperative complication rate was 9.1%. There were no readmissions. Mortality was null. Operative pathology disclosed the presence of adenoma in four patients, invasive adenocarcinoma in two, neuroendocrine carcinoma in three, and no residual lesion in one case. TAMIS is a minimallyinvasive procedure with low postoperative morbidity at the initial experience. TAMIS is a curative procedure for benign lesions and for selected early cancers. It is useful after neoadjuvant therapy for strictly selected cancers, pending the results of multi-institutional trials.

Keywords : Rectal neoplasms; Adenomatous polyps; Minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

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