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Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 167–168 | Cite as

Response to commentary on “Transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) for rectal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of oncological and perioperative outcomes compared with laparoscopic total mesorectal excision”

  • B. Ma
  • P. Gao
  • Z. WangEmail author
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Dear Sir,

We would like to thank Dr. Martínez-Pérez and his colleagues for their comments on our study “Transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) for rectal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of oncological and perioperative outcomes compared with laparoscopic total mesorectal excision” [1]. TaTME is becoming an attractive method with the potential to solve some problems associated with conventional total mesorectal excision (TME). Hence, it is time to explore whether taTME could be a more effective technique than laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (laTME). Therefore, we conducted the first systematic review and meta-analysis of taTME compared to laTME.

We, as surgeons, have to recognize that novel surgical techniques and concepts can promote the evolution of surgery. Yet we need always to be aware that “novel” does not necessarily equate to “better.” Hence, we need to examine and summarize evidence, to accept “novel” advancements, and then to confirm whether they are,...

Keywords

Rectal Cancer Total Mesorectal Excision Rectal Cancer Patient Circumferential Resection Margin Sphincter Preservation 
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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgical Oncology and General SurgeryThe First Hospital of China Medical UniversityShenyangPeople’s Republic of China

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