• Has anyone ever had a TEM (transanal endoscopic microsurgery)?

    Asked by StegalMan on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Has anyone ever had a TEM (transanal endoscopic microsurgery)?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • KarenN@StF's Avatar
      KarenN@StF

      Not personally, but work with physicians who perform this surgery. Not available at all facilities- requires specialized surgeon. Appropriate for some benign rectal tumors, early stage rectal cancers and small carcinoid tumors. Hospital stay is usually only overnight. Benefits include, but not limited to, no abdominal incisions, shorter hospital stay and recovery.

      about 4 years ago
    • wolfinindy's Avatar
      wolfinindy

      I had a TEM in March of 2008 at IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. Rectal tumor next to the prostate, T2N0. After LOTS of research and finding out about the TEM, I approached my surgeon who was prepared to do a LAR. He had not been trained in it but another surgeon at the facility had and he agreed to go that route. They worked on it together. I have had fully clean six month checkups since then. I have a CAT scan coming up on Feb. 22 and after that will be turned loose to every three years. Most recommendations for TEM that you will see will be for no more than T1 tumors but I am glad I made that call. Feel free to ask any other questions.

      about 4 years ago

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