Transanal endoscopic microsurgery is an advanced, minimally invasive surgical approach that allows a surgeon to remove tumors from the colon or rectum without an abdominal incision.
Traditional rectal tumor removal surgery involves an abdominal incision, but this minimally invasive approach enables the expert surgeons at West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center to access issues in the mid to upper rectum without making that large incision through the use of specialized tools.
Patients will be required to cleanse their bowel using a medication similar to that used for a colonoscopy before their surgery. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia so that the patient will be fully asleep and will not experience discomfort during the surgery. The rectum will be filled with carbon dioxide to hold it open, allowing the surgeon to visualize and access the tumor for removal. A camera and magnifying lense will be used for even better visualization, and the surgeon will use long instruments to remove the tumor and suture the area without any external incisions on the abdominal wall. The approach has the benefits of reduced blood loss, shorter recovery time, less trauma to the structures of the body, and less discomfort to the patient.
As with any surgery, there is some risk with transanal endoscopic microsurgery, which should be discussed with your surgeon prior to the procedure.