Annie Schreiber, 36, developed a huge cancerous mass in her colon.
Her goal was to remove the cancer, of course, but she also wanted to avoid a colostomy, wearing a waste collection bag for life.
She came to the Cleveland Clinic for a new procedure.
Dr. Scott Steele, of the Cleveland Clinic, said, “T.A.T.M.E. stands for transanal total mesorectal excision. It’s essentially removing the rectum and all of its lymph nodes from both above and below. T.A.T.M.E. literally takes that hardest part of the case and brings it up front and first by going from the bottom through our natural orifice.”
Annie recovered quickly and then moved on to chemotherapy.
She’s cancer free and never needed to wear a colostomy bag.