Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 463–469 | Cite as

Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery: State of the Art

  • D. S. Keller
  • E. M. Haas
Review Article


The treatment for rectal cancer and benign rectal lesions continues to progress in the arena of minimally invasive surgery. While surgical excision of the primary mass remains essential for eradication of disease, there has been a paradigm shift towards less invasive resection methods. Local excision is increasing in popularity for its low morbidity and excellent functional results in select patients. Transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) is a new technology developed to elevate the practice of local excision to state-of-the-art resection. The goal of this article is to evaluate the history, short-term outcomes, and evolution of the TAMIS technique for excision of benign and malignant rectal neoplasia.


Rectal cancer Transanal minimally invasive surgery TAMIS Transanal excision Local excision 


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The authors received no funding or support for this project.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colorectal Surgical AssociatesHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Texas Medical School at HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryHouston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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