Understanding Low Anterior Resection Syndrome: Definitions, Treatments and Ways to Improve Quality of Life

Date: June 23, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM Central
Speakers: Marylise Boutros, MD, Sami Chadi, MD, MS, FRCSC, FACS, FASCRS, Amber Traugott, MD, FACS
Moderator: Syed Husain, MD and Vincent Obias, MD 
CME Credit Hours: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM 

Low anterior resection syndrome is a constellation of symptoms that can affect a rectal cancer patient that has undergone previous proctectomy with neorectal reconstruction. This webinar will review the diagnosis including the symptoms that are typically observed, why these symptoms manifest and will touch on various non-surgical and surgical treatment options that are currently available. 

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 

  1. Understand the constellation of symptoms that may affect their patient after rectal resection and be able to utilize the LAR scoring system in their practice. 
  2. ​Describe non-invasive measures that can be used to treat the symptoms of this syndrome. 
  3. Identify surgical options for this syndrome to incorporate these into their treatment plans. 
Marylise Boutros is a Staff Colorectal Surgeon at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Having completed General Surgery residency at McGill University and Colorectal Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, her clinical interests are advanced minimally invasive approaches to benign and malignant colorectal and anorectal diseases. She treats colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, fecal incontinence and all anorectal disorders. Dr. Boutros is the Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Residency at McGill. She also leads the JGH-McGill Colon & Rectal Surgery Outcomes Research Program that is focused on innovation and outcomes research. Dr. Boutros plays an active role in General Surgery resident education at McGill University. 

Sami Chadi, MD, MS, FRCSC, FACS, FASCRS is a Colorectal Surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital and an assistant professor with the University of Toronto. He is the Gastrointestinal site lead responsible for establishment of institutional disease-treatment guidelines and treatment policies. His clinical and research practice focuses on colorectal surgical oncology in both optimizing outcomes in minimally invasive surgical techniques and organ preservation, as well as improving post-operative and long-term functional outcomes. 

Amber Traugott, MD, FACS received her B.S. from the University of Georgia and MD from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed a residency in general surgery and clinical research fellowship. Dr. Traugott completed a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Louisville. She is Associate Professor of Surgery (Clinical) in the Department of Surgery at the Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty since 2015. 

Syed Husain, MD is a Colorectal Surgeon serving as Associate Professor of Surgery-Clinical at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is the Program Director for the Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship Program and Medical Director of Surgical Units. Dr. Husain earned his medical degree from Dow Medical College Karachi, Pakistan. After completion of General Surgery residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, Dr. Husain went on to complete a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at University of Rochester, NY followed by a Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Brown University, RI. Board Certified in both General and Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dr. Husain is a member of several professional organizations and the recipient of several teaching and achievement awards. His clinical interests include evaluation and application of new surgical techniques and technology to the field of colorectal surgery with special focus towards utilization of minimally invasive platforms. Dr. Husain has a keen interest in clinical research and has been awarded several society grants. He has extensively studied clinical outcomes in surgery and has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in the fields of Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery. In addition to clinical research, Dr. Husain is also engaged in surgical education research and investigating skill assessment in surgical trainees. 

Vincent Obias, MD is currently a Professor of Surgery at George Washington University and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and an incoming Clinical Professor of Surgery at John Hopkins University and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery in the National Capital Region. Dr. Obias undertook a residency in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He further specialized in Advanced Laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery by undergoing a fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center the following year. Dr. Obias’s specialties include robotic and minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery. Dr. Obias has written multiple peer reviewed articles on a variety of topics including robotic colorectal surgery, rectal cancer, post-operative recovery, trauma-critical care, and transplant surgery. 

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

ASCRS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM upon successful completion. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.