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Surgical specialist registrars can safely perform resections for carcinoma of the rectum.

By Matthew Tytherleigh, James Wheeler, Meg Birks and Ridzuan Farouk


AIM: To assess morbidity, mortality and cancer-related outcomes after supervised rectal resection for cancer by surgical specialist registrars (SpRs). PATIENTS: A total of 205 consecutive patients (115 male; median age 64 years [range, 24-90 years]) under the care of six consultant surgeons, who underwent elective rectal resection of their rectal cancer between 1995-1999 were studied. The modified Dukes' stages were A in 28 patients (13%), B in 47 (21%), C in 103 (51%), and D in 30 (15%). RESULTS: Sixty-eight patients (35 males) of mean age 64 years (range, 38-82 years) underwent supervised resection (60 anterior resections. 8 abdomino-perineal resections) by a SpR. Of these, 7 (10%) were modified Dukes' stage A, 16 (22%) stage B, 37 (54%) stage C, and 8 (13%) stage D. Postoperative morbidity (SpRs 32% versus consultants 41%; P = 0.25) and mortality (SpRs 3% versus consultants 6%; P = 0.1) were comparable with consultant outcomes. Local recurrence rates (SpRs 9% versus consultants 9%; P = 0.5) and crude survival (SpRs 64% versus consultants 61%; P = 0.31) were also comparable after a median follow-up of 48 months (range, 24-72 months). CONCLUSION: Operative and cancer-related outcomes are not compromised by supervised SpR resections of rectal cancer in selected patients

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Publisher: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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