Thursday, September 11, 2014

Presentation to the media of the new Biopsee system for advanced diagnosis of prostate cancer using MRI-US fusion transperineal targeted biopsies

Today we had a press round at Clinica CEMTRO to present the new Biopsee system for the advanced diagnosis of prostate cancer, this is based in the fusion of 3 Tesla MRI imaging with tridimensional Ultrasound of the prostate and targeted transperineal biopsies. We call it "prostate mapping".

In the photo, Dr. Mario Padrón, Head of the Radiology department at Clínica CEMTRO, Dr. Estefanía Romero, from our team at ICUA and myself speaking to the press.

We are very proud to be pioneers in Spain in the application of this technique that triples the precision and minimizes risk of prostate biopsy for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Also we are introducing for the first time in Spain the Histological diagnosis in less than 24 hours, which is commonplace in other european cities but not available in Spain until today.

For more info, please follow this  link.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Invitation to lecture at the GreenLight for BPH course at the American Urological Association Annual Congress

Today I received the confirmation that I am invited to participate as lecturer at the course on "GreenLight Laser for the Treatment of BPH" that will take place at the American Urological Association Annual Congress that will take place in May in New Orleans.

I will share podium with Prof. Henry Woo (Sidney, Australia) and Prof. Oliver Reich (Munich, Germany). My role will be to discuss the techniques I developed, anatomic vaporization, vapo-enucleation and En bloc enucleation.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Starting the season in Sofia, Bulgaria

After the summer holidays I started working in Sofia, Bulgaria, as I do every month. This time we received visitors who travelled all the way from Japan to witness the session. They preferred to remain anonymous.

Two days of surgery that went very well. I am sad to see how the days are getting shorter as the summer comes to an end. I returned to Madrid to start the season, back to work!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Surgeries in Portugal

Again I went to Portugal, this was my last trip before my summer holidays, to operate with Dr. Antonio Oliveira at Hospital Sanfil in Coimbra. When I arrived the luggage handling company at the airport was on a strike, so we had to delay the start of the session significantly.

We performed three operations , all en bloc enucleations, that went very well. Then I returned to Madrid with great delay... late at night, really tired after a long day. Fortunately I started my summer holidays the following day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Online publication of my live surgery at Challenges in Endourology in Paris

At last the website of the congress Challenges in Endourology 2014 has published the video of the live surgical transmission I performed in Paris recently.

The video feed can be accessed here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New teaching session at Hill Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria

Again I went to Sofia, Bulgaria, to participate in a training session at Hill Clinic. This time we operated 24 patients with the GreenLEP technique for several days.

We received the visit of Dr. Antonio Oliveira, from Portugal, and we enjoyed much the interaction with him. Hill Clinic celebrated its 5 years and I think I can say that it is one of the best teams in the world for surgery of BPH. The quality of the team work we do there is exceptionally good.

At the end of the session I took a photo with all the specimens of the patients operated, more than 1 Kilo of prostatic tissue.

Also, we managed to extract 230 grams of tissue from a single patient with a huge prostate. I was very impressed myself to see the size of this prostate and how well the patient did postop. GreenLEP is a very solid technique, and of course, the Piranha system for morcellation with the Vmax blades help a lot.

Monday, July 21, 2014

7th Asia Pacific PVP Workshop in Sydney, Australia

Again I went to Australia, this time invited by the USANZ (Urology Society of Australia and New Zealand) to participate in the 7th Asia Pacific Photoselective Vaporisation of the Prostate Workshop that was held at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, directed by Prof. Henry Woo.

With Prof. Woo, we also had in the faculty Dr. Syd Weinstein and Dr. Tom Dean, also from Australia.

When I arrived at the course, they were carrying out the hands on part of the course, with many simulators in several working stations. I was impressed by the quality of the installations devoted to teaching at the hospital.

I had to give a talk on the development of the GreenLEP technique after a very kind introduction from Prof. Woo.

Then we went to the Hospital, for the live surgery part of the congress.

Prof. Woo performed a conventional PVP and then I performed three operations on three patients. An anatomic vaporization, a hybrid technique with enucleation of the median lobe and a GreenLEP procedure.

After the operations we came down to the auditorium where the surgeries were transmitted and we answered the questions from the audience. Everything went very well, and I think we managed to break the preconceptions of may attendees and showed the fantastic versatility of the GreenLight laser.

We had a great time and I think this is the best laser prostatectomy for the treatment of BPH course in the world. It was a great honor to participate.

Prof. Woo was a really nice and generous host and the USANZ gave me an exceptional present, a pair of Australian boots from RM Williams, the best manufacturer of boots in Australia. A great present!