A prospective evaluation of anorectal function after total mesorectal excision in patients with a rectal carcinoma
van Duijvendijk, P × Slors, F Taat, CW Heisterkamp, SH Obertop, H Boeckxstaens, Guy #
Surgery vol:133 issue:1 pages:56-65
Background. Rectum resection with total mesorectal excision (TME) and neorectal anastomosis often compromises anorectal function. Insight into the underlying mechanisms is lacking. Therefore, a prospective study was designed to investigate the relationship between clinical and functional outcomes preoperatively and postoperatively.