ATHENS COLORECTAL LABORATORY was founded in June 1996 with the intention to promote the laboratory investigation methods and therapeutic management of colorectal diseses in Greece. Just a few years ago, anorectal diseases were treated almost empirically with the diagnostic help of digital and endoscopic examination only. Nowadays, these diseases can be effectively treated with the help of objective findings which reflect the underlying pathologic and pathophysiologic processes. Moreover the pathogenesis of anorectal disorders has been investigated in detail. There has been significant progress in the management of perianal fistulas, fecal incontinence, constipation and rectal prolapse.
Anorectal functional diseases (fecal incontinence and constipation) can be managed with the so-called behavioral treatments (biofeedback), where the patient himself tries to modify the mistaken performance of specific functions with the help of direct visual or auditory signals concerning crucial parameters of the abnormal function (biofeedback). Besides,the progressively earlier detection of anorectal neoplasms with minimal infiltration of the bowel wall has brought into foreground new operative modalities of local resection (transanal endocopic micro-surgery). This progress is comparable to the simplification of surgical management of breast cancer, from radical extirpation to local resection. Extensive use of screening procedures for early diagnosis of rectal cancer and ultrasonic staging with endorectal ultrasound are required. ATHENS COLORECTAL LABORATORY intends to communicate broadly the up-to date advances in these fields and to contribute in the effective management of anorectal diseases after a sound diagnostic investigation. It is equipped with modern infrastructure such as endoanal and endorectal ultrasound, computerized manometry, biofeedback, transanal endocopic microsurgery and colonic endoscopy. We believe that our experience concerning the above guarantees the successful pursuit of its objectives with the indispensable help of the medical community, which we sincerely thank for its support.
APOSTOLOS STAMATIADIS M.D.