Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEM, is a procedure used to remove polyps and early cancers of the rectum. Developed in Germany, the technique was introduced in the United States in the 1990s. Certain early rectal cancers and polyps can be removed through the anus with TEM, avoiding a major abdominal operation.

TEM is for a very specific population of patients with very early rectal cancer or polyps.

It is a very advanced procedure. Surgeons must undergo specialized training to perform the surgeries, and hospitals must have advanced equipment to offer TEM.

We offer the procedure at the Mooresville campus. There are only a few surgeons in central Indiana performing the surgery.