Currently we are experimenting with an even newer technique in which robotic surgery is used to perform transanal surgery. Robotic-TAMIS or RTS was recently presented at the 2011 World Robotic Symposium in Miami. In January 2012, the world's first RTS resection of neoplasm was successfully performed by Drs. Parra-Davila, Atallah, and deBeche-Adams at the Global Robotics Institute in Celebration, FL. This novel approach has now been published.
Atallah S, Parra-Davila E, deBeche-Adams T, Albert M, Larach S
Excision of a rectal neoplasm using robotic transanal surgery (RTS): a description of the technique. Tech Coloproctol. 2012 May 15. [Epub ahead of print]
Video Clip Below - filmed during the first RTS resection of neoplasm
Video Clip Below - Early experiments in Robotic Transanal Surgery
RTS: Robotic Transanal Surgery. Below is a photograph taken in January, 2012, during the first robotic transanal resection of a neoplasm. This work has been submitted for publication.