This focused issue on “Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (taTME)” is edited by Dr. Satish Kumar Warrier and Dr. Alexander Heriot from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Epworth Healthcare and Alfred Hospitals, Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Satish Warrier is a consultant colorectal surgeon who works at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Alfred Health and Epworth Healthcare groups. He is the current chair of the training board for General Surgery in Victoria and is committed to surgical training in Australia. He is also the lead surgeon for taTME at Peter MacCallum and operates live during national courses conducted at the facility. Apart from proctoring taTME procedures, Satish also proctors Robotic operations around Australia and is a high volume robotic surgeon and is competent in many advanced robotic procedures.
Dr. Alexander Heriot is the Clinical Director: Cancer Surgery at Peter Mac. He is Chairman of the Research Support Committee for the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and is a member of the Australasian Training Board in Colorectal Surgery (TBCRS). He is an active researcher focusing on complex colorectal disease. He leads a busy clinical practice with a particular interest in advanced and recurrent pelvic malignancy, peritoneal disease, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery.
Focused issue outline:
- Challenges of MIS proctectomy
- Argument for taTME
- Argument against taTME
- Anatomy for taTME
- Training and accreditation in taTME (UK)
- Training and accreditation in taTME (Australasia)
- Training and accreditation in taTME (USA)
- Training and accreditation in taTME (Europe)
- Online training program in taTME
- Assessing implementation of taTME and the role of registries
- Oncological outcome of taTME
- Complication profile of taTME and how it differs
- The role of taTME in IBD surgery
- Advanced applications of taTME
- Controversies in taTME
- Robotics and taTME
- taTME into the future