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For the first time in the western United States, a surgical team lead by Elisabeth McLemore, MD, has used a novel operating platform to perform the scarless removal of rectal tumors. Called Trans-Anal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS), the technique allows surgeons to excise large polyps and masses that cannot be completely removed during a routine colonoscopy.
Elisabeth McLemore, MD, Moores Cancer Center
“I am hopeful that with time, we may be able to safely remove the entire colon and rectum through the anus without the need to make incisions in the abdomen,” said McLemore.
“What we are seeing here is an evolution of natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery, the ability to perform complex operations through natural body openings,” said Mark Talamini, MD, professor and chairman of surgery and co-director of the Center for the Future of Surgery at UC San Diego Health System. “Four years ago we predicted that NOTES would evolve to treat early forms of cancers and that is what we are seeing now at UC San Diego. Dr. McLemore is making this a reality.”
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