Total mesorectal excision – Past, present and future
Since the total mesorectal excision technique was described in the early ‘80s, a lower risk of locorregional recurrence in rectal cancer has been achieved. This has also allowed an improvement in cancer-specific survival. Richard J. Heald, the father of the total mesorectal excision, elegantly discusses the past, the present and especially the future of the technique.
“Surgeon’s work – reverse the steps of embryology precisely” RJ Heald