Innovative minimally invasive bowel procedure in Aretaeio Hospital – Dr. Georgios Markides

Removal of early rectal cancer without external scars by using Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)

Recently, a patient with early rectal cancer has been treated with a minimally invasive technique avoiding the potential need for a stoma or more major surgery such as colectomy. The patient underwent the procedure successfully under the care of Dr Georgios Markides and his team using a technique called Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS). The cancer was entirely removed from the bowel and the defect was sutured closed, with all steps performed inside the bowel without any external scars. The patient was discharged home the next day.

This is probably the first time in Cyprus that such a procedure has taken place, avoiding the requirement for a major bowel resection and its potential complications, with much faster recovery, minimal pain and enabling a complete treatment of the cancer by preserving the rectum.