Transanal Specimen Retrieval Using the TEM System in Minimally Invasive Colon Resection

Konstantinos I Makris, MD, Erwin Rieder, MD, Andrew Kastenmeier, MD, Lee L Swanstrom, MD. Legacy Health

The use of the TEM (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) rectoscope facilitates the transanal removal of the specimen in minimally invasive colon resection. It allows gentle dilation of the anus, provides stability during the extraction and protects the edges of the rectum, therefore decreasing the risk of rectal or anal canal injuries. Moreover, it allows maintenance of the pneumoperitoneum during the pelvic manipulations. This is a safe and feasible technique, which renders laparoscopic colectomy even less invasive.

Session: SS03
Program Number: V010

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