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Comparing functional outcomes between transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) and laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (LaTME) for rectal cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Kay T Choy, Tze Wei Wilson Yang, Swetha Prabhakaran, Alexander Heriot, Joseph C Kong, Satish K Warrier

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COLORECTAL DISEASE | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is concern that transanal total mesorectal excision (TaTME) may result in poorer functional outcomes as compared to laparoscopic TME (LaTME). These concerns arise from the fact that TaTME entails both a low anastomosis and prolonged dilatation of the anal sphincter from the transanal platform. OBJECTIVES: This paper aimed to assess the comparative functional outcomes following TaTME and LaTME, with a focus on anorectal and genitourinary outcomes. DATA SOURCES: A meta-analysis and systematic review was performed on available literature between 2000 and 2020 from the PubMed, EMBASE, Medline, and Cochrane Library databases. STUDY SELECTION: All comparative studies assessing th..

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