Bon Secours surgeons recently performed an innovative minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove a rectal tumor from a female patient. Philip D. Kondylis, MD, FACS, FASCRS, and Emily B. Rivet, MD, performed Bon Secours Hampton Roads’ (BSHR’s) first Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. Both surgeons are associated with Tidewater Surgical Specialists, Colon and Rectal Surgery Division.
Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows the surgeon to operate on the rectum without having to make an incision through the abdomen. “With this operative technique, a rectal tumor was fully removed without the need for any skin incision and, consequently, almost no pain medicine was needed,” says Dr. Kondylis. “Some patients, due to complex medical conditions, are not appropriate candidates for abdominal and pelvic surgery. However, a percentage of rectal tumors can be treated with this approach.”