Laparoscopic TaTME for Low Rectal Cancer (Video)

Surgeons advise how to prevent intraoperative injuries

Transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) is a promising new surgical approach for patients with low rectal cancer tumors. It makes the hardest part of TME, in the narrow pelvis, easier to dissect.

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In this four-minute video, watch Conor Delaney, MD, PhD; Stephen S. Brandstetter, MD; and Sherief Shawki, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute perform sequential laparoscopic TaTME on a 49-year-old man with a 3 cm rectal mass. Learn recommendations for preventing injuries during the procedure, particularly to the prostate and seminal vesicles in males and the vagina in females.