Over more than 200 international participants visited the state of the art lectures on the safe implementation of TaTME, with internationally renowned speakers. The conference was organized in cooperation with the COLOR workgroup, AIS Channel, ILAPP SURGERY foundation, International TaTME Registry Collaborative.
Transanal TME is a new treatment option, which is expected to revolutionize the surgical treatment of rectal cancer. During TaTME the rectum is dissected transanally according to TME principles with the use of endoscopic instruments, the down to up TME. The advantages are obvious. With the improved visualization of the surgical plains specimen quality is consistently good.
Even though expectations are high currently few center have a large experience and widespread adoption is slow. There are various reasons for the slow implementation of TaTME. New instruments and equipment is necessary which is sometimes difficult due to hard economic times. Second TaTME is considered a relatively difficult procedure with a long learning curve. Further more there are few surgeons with the time and expertise to travel around and teach this new approach. Reports on serious complications might make surgeons doubtful to start with TaTME.
On the other hand, TaTME brought together a new generation of surgeons. Sharing experience and results in an open and honest way. The TaTME worldwide registry is a great example of international cooperation.
TaTME has also resulted in the development of new training methods. Never before was it generally accepted that before starting with TaTME a cadaver course should have be completed. TaTME also resulted in the development of a new and unique app with an online personalized course on TaTME.
Thank you for attending and making the TaTME Congres a succes!
Joep Knol, Roel Hompes, Jurriaan Tuynman, Walter Brunner & Colin Sietses
Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands
Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo
The Kröller-Müller Museum boasts the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world: almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. The Van Gogh Gallery displays varying selections of about 40 works by Vincent van Gogh. Furthermore, you will also find masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan.