Editor-in-Chief's top 10 reasons to read the March 2021 issue


Optimal Size Criteria for Lateral Lymph Node Dissection After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy for Rectal Cancer


Authors: Kazushige Kawai, M.D. • Hiroshi Shiratori, M.D. • Keisuke Hata, M.D., Ph.D.  Hiroaki Nozawa, M.D., Ph.D. • Toshiaki Tanaka, M.D., Ph.D. • Takeshi Nishikawa, M.D. Koji Murono, M.D., Ph.D. • Soichiro Ishihara, M.D., Ph.D.

Description: The optimal indication for lateral lymph node dissection was lateral lymph node size ≥8 mm before chemoradiotherapy. Cancer could be eradicated in >30% of patients with lateral lymph node metastasis by dissecting metastatic lateral lymph nodes.


Surgical Approach to Transverse Colon Cancer: Analysis of Current Practice and Oncological Outcomes Using the National Cancer Database


Authors: Jacopo Crippa, M.D. • Fabian Grass, M.D. • Pietro Achilli, M.D.  •  Kevin T. Behm, M.D. • Kellie L. Mathis, M.D. • Courtney N. Day, B.S.     • William S. Harmsen, M.S. • Giulio M. Mari, M.D. • David W. Larson, M.D., M.B.A.

Description:  Extended colectomy was not associated with a survival advantage compared with segmental resection. On the contrary, extended colectomy was associated with slightly poorer survival in mid transverse cancers and locally advanced tumors. Segmental resection was found to be safe when appropriate margins and adequate lymph node harvest were achieved.


The Impact of Transversus Abdominis Plane Block Within an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol on Length of Stay

Authors: Kyle Stoner, M.D. • Michael A. Preston, Ph.D. • W. Conan Mustain, M.D.  Jason S. Mizell, M.D. • Gregory Mehaffey, M.D. • Jonathan A. Laryea, M.D.

Description:  The use of transversus abdominis plane block in the setting of a well-structured enhanced recovery protocol was associated with a statistically significant decrease in length of stay by 1.5 days and a 36% decrease in narcotic use.


Safety of Allogeneic Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells for the Treatment of Complex Perianal Fistulas Not Associated With Crohn’s Disease: A Phase I Clinical Trial


Authors: Víctor Manuel Maciel Gutiérrez, M.D. • Sergio Giovanni Gutiérrez Guillen, M.D.   Manuel Willebaldo Centeno Flores, M.D. • Jesús Alonso Valenzuela Pérez, M.D.   Francisco Manuel Abarca Rendón, M.D. • Fernando Santiago Hernández García, M.D.  Liliana Faviola De la Cerda Trujillo, Ph.D. • Gustavo Ángel Gómez Torres, M.D.

Description: The use of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells as a treatment is a safe option for the management of complex perianal fistula not associated with Crohn’s disease.


Female Representation and Position Based on Facts and Members Views in the European Society of Coloproctology


Authors: Yu-Ting van Loon, M.D. • Rosa Jiménez Rodríguez, M.D., Ph.D. •  Deborah S. Keller, M.S., M.D. • Argyrios Ioannidis, M.D.     •David D.E. Zimmerman, M.D., PhD. • Peter Christensen, M.D., Dm.Sci.  • Gabriela Möslein, M.D., Ph.D.

Description: Female representation within European Society of Coloproctology as chair, speaker, attendee, and committee member was much lower than male representation, both in absolute numbers and relative to membership. Greater awareness of this disparity and inclusiveness are aims of our society. The impact of these initiatives will be determined by reevaluating these metrics at the 2020 annual meeting.


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