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  • 2013-03-11

PROGRESS - Transanal TME with colo-anal anastomosis without trans-abdominal assistance for rectal cancer in a male patient

Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2013;13(03). URL:
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The authors put forward an original oncologic Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) technique combined with distal sigmoidectomy followed by a mechanical colo-anal side-to-end anastomosis using a purely transanal route. The originality of this technique lies in the strictly transanal approach without any laparoscopic assistance as well as in the oncologic dissection of the rectum around its fascia propria. In addition, the technique is outstanding in the mobilization of the sigmoid mesocolon’s root as well as in the retroperitoneal mobilization of the vascular inferior mesenteric axis, hence avoiding contact with intra-abdominal organs. This technique is called PROGRESS (Peri Rectal Oncologic Gateway for Retroperitoneal EndoScopic Surgery) due to the retroperitoneal endoscopic dissection using a perirectal access. The video shows images of remarkable quality, especially of anatomical nerve structures, due to the use of a 4mm, 30-degree scope and a Karl Storz High-Definition camera introduced through the TEO™ device.