Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital hosted the Southern Hemisphere’s first colorectal masterclass demonstrating Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME) in March 2015.
Led by our colorectal surgeons Associate Professor Andrew Stevenson and Dr David Clark, this 3D live surgery was transmitted from our theatres into the Sister Edith Centre for Education to 20 nationally recognised and invited colorectal surgeons.
taTME - an important new technique in the treatment of rectal cancer
taTME is one of the most important techniques to emerge recently, as it provides real benefits to patients and improves surgical access in the treatment of distal rectal cancer. International experience over the past four years has informed the improvement of surgical outcomes, including the preservation of the sphincter for some cases, which would not have been feasible with standard approaches.
Hands-on surgical training experiences
This masterclass demonstrated the tips and tricks that doctors Stevenson and Clark have acquired throughout their surgical learning process. Recognising that it is important to train surgeons so that taTME can be safely implemented in practice, the surgeons moved onto the Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF) on The Prince Charles Hospital campus for individual surgical experiences.
About Associate Professor Andrew Stevenson
Dr Stevenson recently participated in a select international consensus forum into the development of new minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of rectal prolapse (laparoscopic ventral rectopexy). He also participated in the recent international consensus on taTME for rectal cancer.
Dr Stevenson is Chairman-Elect for the CSSANZ Training Board of Colorectal Surgery. He began using robotics and assessing its utility in colorectal surgery in 2009. He performed the first reported robotic male pelvic exenteration in the Southern Hemisphere and in combination with colleagues in Korea, published as the first case series.
Dr Stevenson, Dr Clark and his Brisbane colleagues have conducted over 100 workshops on minimally invasive techniques, many of which are held at HSNPH.