Colorectal Surgery

Unit

Clinical activity

Colorectal Surgery Unit carries out ordinary, outpatient, day hospital and day surgery activities in general and oncological surgery. Main interests are:

  • Minimally invasive cancer surgery
  • Colo-rectal cancer
  • Upper gastro-intestinal
  • IBD (Ulcerative rectocolitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Diverticular disease
  • Minimally invasive transanal surgery (TaTME technique)
  • HPB (hepato-pancreatic-biliary) surgery
  • Abdominal wall (primitive and incisional hernias)
  • Functional oesophagus-gastric disorders

Specific care protocols are applied for frail and elderly patients.

Colo-rectal cancer surgery is widely performed with laparoscopic access in most cases; the TaTME method is employed to treat distal rectal cancer preserving the sphincter in order to avoid a definitive stoma.

The ERAS protocol is routinely applied. Post-operative stay in colo-rectal surgery cases is 5,2 days.

In collaboration with the Gastroenterology Unit, a specific care pathway is offered to IBD patients.

Operating rooms of the Campus Bio-Medico Hospital are equipped with the most advanced technologies for laparoscopic surgery. Currently, the operating unit regularly carries out highly specialised operative activities, which in the last two years count more than 500 laparoscopic colo-rectal procedures and over 100 cholecystectomies each year.

The outpatient activity is carried out at the offices of the University Hospital in public and private practice. Professional activity is also carried out in clinics affiliated in Rome (Casa di Cura Mater Dei) and in Colleferro (IDP Medica).

An open outpatient clinic has been recently established for those patients with high diagnostic suspicion of colo-rectal cancer (positive faecal occult blood test). The clinic is open on Tuesday afternoons, booking an appointment is not necessary.

Research fields

  • Colo-rectal cancer
  • IBD (Ulcerative rectocolitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Diverticular diseases
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques (TEM, TaTME)
  • Oncological, inflammatory and functional digestive tract disorders

Clinical and research collaboration

  • International TaTME Registry, Pelikan Foundation e Oxford Colon Cancer Trust
  • Amsterdam UMC
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical spa
  • Medtronic
  • International University Cooperation Projects, St Damien Hospital, Ambanja (Madagascar) and Mvimwa Monastery, Rukwa Region (Tanzania)
  • American College of Surgeon (ACS) Italy Chapter, participation in the Surgical Review Course

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