Thursday, July 10, 2014

Surgical session at the Hospital de Mollet del Vallés, Barcelona

Again I travelled to Barcelona to participate in a surgical teaching session, invited by Dr. Javier Sánchez, Head of the department of Urology of the Hospital de Mollet del Vallés, in Barcelona.

I performed a GreenLight en bloc enucleation in a patient with a relatively big prostate. There was Dr. Placer as well, he is a reference in Spain in the treatment of BPH with the Holmium laser. It is always a pleasure to meet with colleagues who share the same passion. We took a photo and laughed when Dr. Sánchez Macías took the warning sign from the operating room door saying DANGER!

I could then return home early, wonderful.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Surgical training session at Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz in Madrid

This time I did not have to travel far. It only took me 15 minutes to reach the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz from home where I had prepared a training session with 5 patients.

First I did an informal talk to the urology department staff and to the staff of the Hospital de Valdemoro, who attended via video-conference. I commented the controverted aspects of the use of the GreenLight laser, the relevant physics, how to use the fiber correctly and the new techniques I have developed and how to learn sequentially.

Then we went to the operating room where I performed two En-bloc GreenLight Enucleation and then I helped the urologists from the department to perform another three cases. Everything went very well. It was such a nice thing to finish the session at 10 pm and then be at home just in some minutes!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Surgeries in Gran Canaria

Again I travelled to Gran Canaria to help my friend and colleague, Dr. Juarez del Dago, to perform two En bloc Greenlight laser enucleations at Clinica San Roque in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The operations went very well and then I took the opportunity to spend the weekend with my friend and family.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Surgeries at the University Hospital Juan XXIII in Tarragona, Spain

Again I flew to Barcelona and from there I drove to the University Hospital in Tarragona, where they had prepared a surgical session with three patients.

The operations went very well and I could demonstrate to my colleagues at the urology department the different techniques of anatomic vaporization, vapo-enucleation and en-blog Green Laser Enucleation of the prostate. These techniques are very convincing, as the final result is exceptionally good.

The session finished a little earlier than expected and I could return earlier to Madrid and rest a little in the afternoon at home.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Live surgery in Italy at Ospedale Umberto I, Nocera Inferiore, near Napoli

Again I was invited to participate at a meeting in Italy, where live surgeries were performed from the hospital's surgical rooms to the main meeting hall. I flew to Rome very early and a driver took me all the way to the Hospital Umberto I in Nocera Inferiore, near Napoli.

First I gave a talk on the comparison of TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate) and the GreenLight Laser treatment of BPH.

Then I went to the operating room and I performed an anatomic vaporization that was retransmitted to the main hall. Everything went very well and then I returned to Rome to fly back to Madrid very late!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Surgeries in Lisbon, Portugal

From Barcelona I travelled to Lisbon to visit the Hospital Beatriz Angelo, where I was invited to participate in a surgical session.

Sadly, the organization of the session was terrible, and despite being there at 8.30 in the morning we did not start operating the first patient until 11 am, and then we could not operate the next until 4 pm... surgeries went very well, we performed an anatomic vaporization in a patient with a mid sized prostate and an en bloc enucleation in another patient with a bigger gland. The hospital is impressive with fantastic installations, but very bureaucratic.

I spent a very boring day there, waiting, and with the sensation of losing my time. My plane was delayed and I arrived at home at midnight. I do not think I will ever go back to that hospital.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Surgeries at Hospital de Martorell, near Barcelona

This time I was invited to visit the Hospital de Martorell, near Barcelona, where I performed three operations to demonstrate the versatility of the GreenLight laser in the treatment of BPH.

There we had time to talk extensively about the best way to start a program of surgery with the GreenLight laser. I explained that the learning process must be approached seriously, paying attention to the details and choosing the patients with small prostates, easier to operate, for the first cases.

In oder to learn to operate with the GreenLight laser one must have the attitude of the wise man " see the difficult things as easy, and the easy as difficult" I told them. Many people think it is an easy surgery, but the truth is it is not so much. It requires a thorough training and progressive and structured learning.