ASSERT hosts Inaugural TaTME Masterclass

Mr. Shane Killeen operating the da Vinci S Robot in the ASSERT Surgical Skills Lab

The ASSERT Centre, UCC, hosted the inaugural cadaveric masterclass in Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) in the surgical management of rectal cancer on the 2nd of March 2019. The masterclass was convened by Mr. Shane Killeen and was aimed at fellows and senior trainees in colorectal surgery, and was facilitated by a team of expert national and international faculty including Professor Andy Hunter, Mr. Emmet Andrews, Mr. Morgan McCourt and Professor Micheal O’ Riordain.

​Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) has become one of the most promising technical advancement in the surgical treatment of rectal cancer. However, TaTME requires specific technical expertise, as it is often difficult to identify the correct dissection plane potentially resulting in bleeding, autonomic nerve injury and urethral injury. Because of these technical challenges, hands-on laboratory training is imperative to successful outcomes and a training curriculum consisting of theoretical education, online modules, live surgery and hands on model and cadaver-based training has shown to result in a short learning curve and safe implementation.

Using a well explored and published technique this course demonstrated to 8 attendees specific visual features encountered during TaTME surgery and using both cadaveric and video demonstrations allowed the facilitators to guide the surgeon to perform the dissection in the correct plane facilitating a safe and accurate TaTME surgery.

The ASSERT Centre will also host another cadaveric TaTME masterclass on the 11th of July 2019.


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Mr. Shane Killeen operating the da Vinci S Robot in the ASSERT Surgical Skills Lab