CREST® Weekly - Intersphincteric Resection (ISR) for Rectal Cancer

Intersphincteric resection (ISR) is a surgical approach that allows resection of low lying rectal cancers that abut or invade the sphincter complex while avoiding the creation of a permanent stoma. While removing a portion of or the entire internal anal sphincter, the goal of therapy is complete extirpation of the cancer while preserving the external sphincter for anastomosis and preservation of continence through the anal canal. The critical considerations revolve around cancer outcomes (local and distant recurrence rates), as well as bowel function/continence.

CREST® Core Subject - Foreign Bodies

This module describes the safe techniques for the extraction of foreign bodies that are retained after transanal insertion.

Upon completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Approach the work-up for a patient with a retained rectal foreign body.
  • Determine which approach is optimal: transanal versus transabdominal.
  • Utilize safe techniques for transanal extraction.

As a Core Subject, this module is eligible for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This module serves as an update on foreign bodies for colorectal surgeons.

New 2015 CPT Coding Changes for Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Dear ASCRS Members,

On behalf of the Healthcare Economics Committee, highlights of the 2015 CPT coding changes important to colon and rectal surgeons and a link to an ACS Bulletin article are provided below.   

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