Loulé Hospital bets on an innovative and less invasive technique for the removal of rectal tumors

Laparoscopy is a less invasive technique than conventional surgery.

Loulé Hospital reinforced its team of surgeons specialized in laparoscopy, also innovating in the transanal component, a minimally invasive surgery that allows the removal of small rectal tumors, contributing to a faster recovery of the patient.

The procedure guaranteed by the specialist doctor Ruben Martins allows, according to the Hospital de Loulé, “a better surgical access in cases of small tumors of the rectum via the transanal route, in addition to colonoscopies and avoiding any incision in the abdominal cavity”.

The surgeon explains that, in these cases, hospitalization can be “reduced to half the time and recovery is less painful”, since no cuts are made in any tissues of the abdominal wall to access the affected organ. Furthermore, in selected cases, it does not compromise the oncological outcome.

The use of lenses for viewing the interior allows surgeries to be «more detailed, with better clinical results and less aggression for the patient», resulting in a «less painful» postoperative period and a faster recovery with less possibility of infections.

Ruben Martins graduated in Medicine in Coimbra, where he also carried out specific training in General Surgery. Subsequently, he joined the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve, having integrated the colorectal group and specialized in the technique of laparoscopy and the minimally invasive transanal route.

In general, laparoscopy is a less invasive technique than conventional surgery, performed through small incisions (5-12 mm), so it carries a lower risk of bleeding and infection.

Patients with other pathologies, which involve the removal of the gallbladder, hepatic cysts and spleen, the treatment of hernias, gastric surgery, small intestine (Crohn's Disease), gynecological and biopsies and oncological staging, can also benefit from the use of this procedure.