Journal article

Surgical techniques in the management of rectal cancer: a modified Delphi method by colorectal surgeons in Australia and New Zealand

SW Bell, AG Heriot, SK Warrier, CK Farmer, ARL Stevenson, I Bissett, JC Kong, M Solomon

TECHNIQUES IN COLOPROCTOLOGY | SPRINGER-VERLAG ITALIA SRL | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Technological developments have allowed advances in minimally invasive techniques for total mesorectal excision such as laparoscopy, robotics, and transanal surgery. There remains an ongoing debate about the safety, benefits, and appropriate clinical scenarios for which each technique is employed. The aim of this study was to provide a panel of expert opinion on the role of each surgical technique currently available in the management of rectal cancer using a modified Delphi method. METHODS: Surveys were designed to explore the key patient- and tumor-related factors including clinical scenarios for determining a surgeon's choice of surgical technique. RESULTS: Open surgery was fa..

View full abstract