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    ABSTRACT: Background Rectovesical fistula is a rare complication following prostatectomy, associated with significant symptoms such as urinary drainage from anus or faecaluria. While several surgical procedures have been described to treat this condition, none of them has been accepted as the universal standard. Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is a well-established endoluminal procedure for local excision of rectal tumors. But its application to the repair of rectovesical fistula has been almost unknown. Methods We performed TEM as a surgical repair for refractory rectovesical fistula developing after radical prostatectomy in 10 patients. Under the magnified three-dimensional view, through the stereoscope, the fistula and the surrounding rectal mucosa were precisely resected. The defect and the muscle layer of the rectum were closed by hand-sew technique in four layers. Results Fistula was completely closed in 7 patients, who eventually underwent enterostomy closure, while in the other 3 patients the fistula recurred. In the three recurrent cases, the fistula was associated with wide, tough scar tissue due to previous irradiation, HIFU, or repeated surgical repair attempts. Conclusions Rectovesical fistulas associated with wide, tough scar tissue due to multi-time attempt of surgical repair or any type of energy ablation should not be indicated for repair by TEM. However, for simple fistulas without tough, fibrotic surroundings, TEM can be indicated as a minimally invasive surgical option with very low morbidity, without any incision in healthy tissue for approach.
    Surgical Endoscopy 07/2014; 29(4). DOI:10.1007/s00464-014-3737-x · 3.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: The first author performed transanal endoscopic surgery (TEM) in 302 patients in Japan for the last 20 years, 153 of which were early rectal cancer cases. The short- and long-term outcomes of the early rectal cancer cases are herein reported. Material and methods: The original technique of TEM developed by Gerhard Buess was performed in all cases. The hospital records were reviewed to assess the clinical outcomes. A questionnaire was sent to the patients to analyze the long-term outcomes. Results:One-hundred and fifty-three early cancer cases included 115 T0 and 38 T1 lesions. Full-thickness resection was performed in 36 patients, while 117 underwent submucosal dissection. Conversion to laparoscopic low anterior resection occurred in one case. Mortality was nil. Major operative complication was noted in only one patient, who developed stenosis. Seven patients underwent immediate salvage surgery. Six patients died of recurrence of rectal cancer. Disease-free survival rate at year 5 was 93.7%. Conclusions:Our study, one of the largest series in the world, confirms that TEM is a preferable option in the surgical treatment of T0 and T1a rectal carcinoma. As long as early cancer cases are treated, submucosal resection seems to be sufficient. When risk of recurrence is found by pathological examination, immediate salvage operation is mandatory to improve the prognosis.
    Minimally invasive therapy & allied technologies: MITAT: official journal of the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy 12/2013; DOI:10.3109/13645706.2013.868814 · 1.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to reduce clashing between the instruments during single-incision endoscopic surgery or reduced port surgery we have developed a new multichannel port with wider distance between the channels. We used the newly developed multichannel port (x-Gate®) in 34 patients undergoing a variety of reduced port surgery procedures. The operation records of these patients were reviewed. Overall performance of x-Gate® was sufficient in the clinical experience. There have been no complications attributed to x-Gate®. We found that with the x-Gate® the conflicts among the forceps have been drastically improved compared with other multi-channel ports we had used before, which had a shorter distance between the channels.
    Minimally invasive therapy & allied technologies: MITAT: official journal of the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy 01/2012; 21(1):26-30. DOI:10.3109/13645706.2011.649291 · 1.18 Impact Factor
  • 01/2012; 82(6):457-462. DOI:10.4286/jjmi.82.457