Photo of Evaghelos XynosProfessional title: Professor of Surgery

Year of primary qualification: 1976

Current institution: Creta Inter-Clinic Hospital, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Keynote Lecture: Surgical treatment of rectal prolapse: which choice?

Learning objectives: Evidence of high level studies on the surgical repair of total rectal prolapse is limited. Transanal procedures (Delorme, Altemeir, Stapled Transection) are associated with very low immediate postoperative morbidity but higher rates of recurrence and worse functional results as compared to transabdominal repair. They are reserved for high risk patients. Transabdominal procedures are nowadays performed by laparoscopy with very low recurrence. Of those, posterior suture or prosthesis rectopexy is associated with increased rate of severe postoperative constipation as compared to resection rectopexy. Ventral prosthesis colpo-rectopexy by laparoscopy is rapidly gaining popularity, as being associated with very low morbidity and satisfactory functional results.

Clinical/research background


  • Member: General Surgery, Medical School, University of Crete (University Hospital of Heraklion (1992-2009)
  • Head of the University Department of General Surgery, University Hospital of Heraklion: 4/2002-12/2005
  • Supervisor of Colorectal Surgical Unit, Surgical Department, Agia Olga General Hospital: 2006 – to date
  • Scientific Supervisor of Surgical Unit, Creta Inter-Clinic Hospital, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


  • Gastro-Oesophageal Motility (Clinical)
  • Recto-Anal Function (Clinical, Laboratory)
  • Recto-Anal Functional Disorders (Clinical)
  • Laparoscopic Colon Cancer Surgery (Clinical)
  • Laparoscopic Rectal Cancer Surgery (Clinical)
  • Recovery from Colorectal Cancer Surgery – Fast-Track Protocols (Clinical)
  • Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer – Neo-Adjuvant Treatment (Clinical)
  • Molecular Biology of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (Clinical, Laboratory)
  • Metastatic Colorectal Disease – Neo-Adjuvant and Adjuvant Treatment (Clinical)

Relevant peer-reviewed publications

  1. Gouvas N, Gogos-Pappas G, Tsimogiannis K, Agalianos C, Tsimoyiannis E, Dervenis C, Xynos E. Impact of splenic flexure mobilization on short-term outcomes after laparoscopic left colectomy for colorectal cancer. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech 2014 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Xynos E. Functional results after surgery for obstructed defecation. Acta Chir Iugosl 2012;59(2):25-9. Review.
  3. Xynos E. Functional results after surgery for overt rectal prolapse. Acta Chir Iugosl 2012;59(2):21-4. Review.
  4. Gouvas N, Gogos-Pappas G, Tsimogiannis K, Tsimoyiannis E, Dervenis C, Xynos E. Implementation of fast-track protocols in open and laparoscopic sphincter-preserving rectal cancer surgery: a multicenter, comparative, prospective, non-randomized study. Dig Surg 2012;29(4):301-9.
  5. Gouvas N, Pechlivanides G, Zervakis N, Kafousi M, Xynos E. Complete mesocolic excision in colon cancer surgery: a comparison between open and laparoscopic approach. Colorectal Dis 2012 Nov;14(11):1357-64.
  6. Gouvas N, Tan E, Windsor A, Xynos E, Tekkis PP. Fast-track vs standard care in colorectal surgery: a meta-analysis update. Int J Colorectal Dis 2009 Oct;24(10):1119-31.
  7. Gouvas N, Tsiaoussis J, Pechlivanides G, Tzortzinis A, Dervenis C, Avgerinos C, Xynos E. Quality of surgery for rectal carcinoma: comparison between open and laparoscopic approaches. Am J Surg 2009 Nov;198(5):702-8.
  8. Gouvas N, Tsiaoussis J, Pechlivanides G, Zervakis N, Tzortzinis A, Avgerinos C, Dervenis C, Xynos E. Laparoscopic or open surgery for the cancer of the middle and lower rectum short-term outcomes of a comparative non-randomised study. Int J Colorectal Dis 2009 Jul;24(7):761-9.
  9. Tan E, Gouvas N, Nicholls RJ, Ziprin P, Xynos E, Tekkis PP. Diagnostic precision of carcinoembryonic antigen in the detection of recurrence of colorectal cancer. Surg Oncol 2009 Mar;18(1):15-24.

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