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Hialeah Hospital Among Select Few to Offer Minimally Invasive Abdominal Procedure

Feb 17, 2020

Patients can now have certain rectal cancers and polyps removed without abdominal incision

Hialeah, Florida (July 9, 2015) – Gastroenterologists at Hialeah Hospital now have the technology to perform a new procedure that may eliminate the need for major surgery for many patients. Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM) provides an alternative option for the removal of certain rectal polyps and early stage rectal tumors.

“With the constant advancements in surgical procedures and medical technologies, we want to help ensure that our patients have access to the most innovative and low-risk options available,” said Ben A. Rodriguez, CEO of Hialeah Hospital. “We are proud to offer this new service to our gastroenterological patients.”

The TEM procedure is designed to enable surgeons to have a longer reach and better visibility in the rectum. Benefits for patients may include no abdominal incisions, reduced blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery time.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. In 2011, more than 130,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 51,000 people died from the disease. Most cases of colorectal cancer begin as noncancerous clumps of cells, called polyps, in either the large intestine or rectum. If left untreated, these polyps become cancerous. Polyps may be small and produce few or no symptoms, which is why doctors recommend regular screenings.

For more information about TEM at Hialeah Hospital, please call (305) 693-6100 or visit

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