TaTME Course information

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Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) is a promising technique for difficult mid and low rectal tumours. The surgical method is demanding and is associated with a relative long learning curve with the potential of TaTME specific complications such as urethral injury, nerve damage, pelvic side wall injury and sphincter damage.

A training curriculum consisting of theoretical education, online modules, live surgery and hands on model and cadaver-based training together with onsite proctoring has shown to result in a short learning curve and safe implementation:

  • We offer the entire curriculum from theory to hands on proctoring.
  • We offer a basic course and a more advanced course.

The basic course is aimed at colorectal surgeons who have experience in laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery, some TAMIS experience and want to start with the TaTME technique. We strongly encourage to bring a colleague and members of the scrub team since the technique in the two team setting is a real team effort. The course is a two day event with live surgery, theory, model and cadaver-based training with experienced international faculty.

The advanced course is aimed at colorectal surgeons who have introduced the TaTME technique but want to improve their technique, discuss difficulties and gain more detailed knowledge. Of course, they should have experience in laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery, TAMIS and are in the learning curve of TaTME. The course includes a difficult live case, theory and an adjusted cadaver-based training with male cadavers and an intersphincteric TaTME approach will be practiced or adjusted to your special needs. An experienced international faculty will be there to guide you and discuss specific problems.

General course information

The TaTME course is an intensive two-day, hands-on course enabling surgeons to become familiar with the ins and outs of the TaTME (trans anal reversed total mesorectal excision) technique. This requires both single-port and specific anatomical and technical skills.

The first day at the location VU medical center, is a combination of a live TaTME procedure in theatre, lectures and discussions involving technique and pitfalls of TaTME surgery. We focus on a small group of participants ensuring optimal feedback and discussions.

The second day at the location Amsterdam Skills Center, the surgeons will have hands-on cadaver-based training with proctors after a demonstration of the anatomy.  The procedural setup, the pursestring suture, the dissection and the anastomosis can be trained in fixed for life cadavers, in the cadaver lab, two surgeons per cadaver.


A parallel course is running on the first day for the scrub team; the TaTME procedure is a team effort. The second day the scrub nurse will participate in the hands on cadaver-based training. During the lectures there will be time for product information and lessons for both surgeons and the scrub team. During the hands-on cadaver-based training the industry is encouraged to help and participate in the course.

A website with accessible information and newsletters is supporting the course. 

At the end of the first day we have organized a social program with a dinner in the center of Amsterdam in the Medieval building where the room of Rembrandt’s famous painting “The anatomy lesson” is located.

Co-operation with us will be an unique opportunity to exchange thoughts on translation of developments in technology to daily clinical practice. We would like to collaborate with you during a substantial time which allows a reliable partnership in clinical education. Patient safety is our primary goal. Introduction of new surgical technology has to be accompanied with training guidance and monitoring in order to achieve patient safety and better surgical outcomes.


The contribution for this course will depend on the course type.

Basic course Advanced course
Surgeon: €1250,-
Observer: €650,-
Nurse: €250,-
Surgeon: €1500,-
Observer: €750,-
Nurse: €250,-

This fee includes the social program at the end of the first day. The fee does not include the travel & hotel arrangements. A cancellation within 14 days of the course date is not eligible for reimbursement.

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This course is sponsored by:

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