Professor of surgery J. Calvin Coffey is refuting a century's worthy of knowledge about abdominal anatomy, claiming it is wrong and remapping the human mesentery as has never been done before. If proven correct, the research led by the Graduate Entry Medical School at UL Colorectal Surgeon may change the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases, leading to less invasive surgeries, fewer complications, faster patient recovery, and lower overall costs.
“The blood vessels which supply the gastrointestinal tract (gut) travel through the mesentery — a structure which attaches the intestine to the abdominal walls, and holds it in place and defends against the spread of disease, including cancer," explained Coffey. "However, for over 100 years the anatomy of the mesentery has been incorrectly described. Our research has found that this critical part of abdominal anatomy is a simpler structure than previously thought, and this is having a major impact across all related scientific and clinical disciplines.”
Coffey conducted a series of combined multiple investigations, using tools such as 3D imaging, in order to fully map the anatomical structure of the mesentery correctly, in partnership with Professor Peter Dochery and Dr Fabio Qunadematteo (NUIG), and Professor Colum Dunne (GEMS/UL). Their research was already published in the