Dr. Eric Haas and His Fellow Surgeons Drs. Bartley Pickron and Ali Mahmood Highlight TEVA: Minimally-Invasive Rectal Tumor Removal
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with our colorectal surgeons, Dr. Eric Haas, Dr. Bartley Pickron, and Dr. Ali Mahmood, to discuss Transanal Endoscopic Video-Assisted (TEVA) Excision – a minimally-invasive procedure designed to remove rectal tumors without the use of incisions. Below are Dr. Haas’ answers to certain questions about the state-of-the-art technique offered at our Houston colorectal surgery practice.
Question: Is TEVA considered an alternative to another rectal tumor removal procedure?
Dr. Haas: This minimally-invasive technique is an alternative to the surgical removal of the rectum, which is a major procedure associated with a slow recovery, lengthy hospital stay, and the potential for major complications.
Q: What are the main benefits of the TEVA technique?
DH: For the right patient, this technique is curative, which is the most important aspect. Furthermore, after the procedure, patients typically remain in the hospital overnight just to be discharged home and back to daily activities the next day. TEVA is also incisionless, so the risks for the development of a scar or hernia are completely eliminated. In general, there are very few complications associated with this procedure.
Q: Who is an ideal candidate for TEVA?
DH: Any patient with a noncancerous tumor of the rectum, or with early, localized rectal cancer, is an ideal candidate and should consider this procedure.
Q: How does TEVA enhance patients’ results?
DH: Patient outcomes are enhanced with this technique due to its ability to completely treat the disease while resulting in fast, pain-free recovery.
Q: How does TEVA enhance both the surgical process as well as level of care you provide patients?
DH: From the technical standpoint, the TEVA approach facilitates the completion of the procedure using expert skills and advanced techniques. This is a state-of-the-art technique that is performed by only a handful of surgeons in the United States, and it currently represents one of the more recent advances in the management of rectal tumors.
Q: How do you feel this technique aligns with the advancements and progression of colorectal surgery?
DH: When talking about outcomes following colorectal surgery, ‘Quality Of Life’ and patient satisfaction often come up as important topics. Therefore, colorectal surgery is trending toward less invasive procedures, while maintaining similar curative results. TEVA is not only a safe, feasible, and efficacious technique of the minimally-invasive armamentarium, but it is also one of the least invasive colorectal surgical procedures. We believe that as time passes and experience is gained, this technique will be widely adopted in the colorectal surgical community.
Contact Colorectal Surgical Associates
For any questions or concerns regarding TEVA, please contact Colorectal Surgical Associates today. Our staff will be happy to help you schedule a consultation with Drs. Haas, Pickron, or Mahmood.