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Training and accreditation in transanal total mesorectal excision in the United States
Annals of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery
The current standard of care for the surgical treatment of rectal cancer is the total mesorectal excision (TME). While laparoscopic TME has improved short-term postoperative outcomes relative to open surgery, its adoption has remained low and conversion rates high due to the technical difficulties associated with operating in the pelvis, particularly for low rectal tumors in obese male patients. Transanal TME (taTME) utilizes a "bottom up" approach to the distal rectum and mesorectum thatdoi:10.21037/ales.2020.01.03 fatcat:ewugq264kba5hosywa62dm2zqi