TaTME Course information

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Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) is a promising technique for those difficult mid and 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 training together with onsite proctoring has shown to result a short learning curve and safe implementation

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

The beginners 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 training with experienced international faculty.

The advanced course is aimed for colorectal surgeons who have introduced the TaTME technique but want to improve the technique, discuss difficulties and learn more detailed knowledge. Off course they 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 a adjusted cadaver training with male cadavers and a 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 enables surgeons to become familiar with 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 is a combination of a live TaTME procedure in theatre, lectures and discussions involving technique and pitfalls of TaTME surgery. We focus to a small group of participants ensuring optimal feedback and discussions.

The second day the surgeons will have hands-on cadaver training with proctors after a demonstration of the anatomy. In the cadaver lab the procedural setup, the purse string suture, the dissection and the anastomosis can be trained in fresh frozen cadavers, 2 surgeons/cadaver.

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A parallel course is running on the first day for the scrub team; The TaTME procedure is a team effort; The first day we offer specific technical scrub-course in the Amstel Academy. The second day the scrub nurse will participate in the hands on cadaver training. During the lectures there will be time for product information and lessons for both surgeons and scrub team. During the hands on cadaver training the industry is encouraged to help and participate in 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 original room of Rembrandt famous painting; The anatomy lesson.

Co-operation with us will be an unique opportunity to exchange thoughts how new developments in technology can be translated to daily clinical practice. We would like to collaborate with you during substantial time which allows a reliable partnership in clinical education. Patient safety is 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 outcome.


The contribution for this course will be determined soon. Tickets will be available for surgeons, obervers (no cadaver training, but will include theory, live surgery, model training and social event) and nurses. 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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