Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS)
Swedish provides the pioneering TAMIS procedure as an alternative treatment for some people with early-stage rectal cancer or precancerous polyps.
TAMIS is a minimally invasive alternative to rectal surgery that utilizes laparoscopic instruments through the anus to remove precancerous lesions and early rectal cancers without an abdominal incision. TAMIS allows for removal of lesions while preserving the rectum. Instead of spending days in the hospital and the major pain and risk of abdominal surgery, TAMIS allows patients to have outpatient surgery, minimal pain, and less risk of complications.
Your colon cancer physician at Swedish can help you determine if TAMIS is an appropriate treatment for you.