New Microsurgery at Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth Helps Treat Colorectal Cancer|
FORT WORTH, Texas — A new treatment option for early-stage colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., helps patients at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth return to their normal lives faster.
Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth is one of only a few hospitals in North Texas to offer transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), a minimally invasive procedure that removes colorectal polyps and early-stage cancers through the body’s natural orifice instead of through incisions in the abdomen. For patients, this can mean reduced recovery time, reduced risk of complications, and reduced post-operative pain.
“Some early cancers or benign tumors can be removed with great precision using TEM compared to the traditional method,” said Dr. Augustine Lee, a colorectal surgeon on the hospital’s medical staff trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques. “The goal is to improve the patient’s long term outcome after tumor removal while improving the surgical experience.”
According to Lee, the procedure helps reduce risks associated with major abdominal and pelvic surgery such as infections and damage to nerves that control bladder and sexual function.
The surgery is part of an emerging trend toward “natural-orifice” surgeries, which include techniques that allow some brain tumors to be removed through the nose and gall bladder operations done through the mouth. These types of minimally invasive surgery help reduce scarring, pain and recovery time.
Lee is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 and a medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1998. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, and the Tarrant County Medical Society.
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