Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Da Vinci Xi Robot arrived at Clínica CEMTRO

I have dreamt for many years to have the opportunity to work with a Da Vinci surgical robot. At last it arrived at our hospital and we are going to be able to offer robotic surgery to our patients.

This robot is a true technological wonder. It seems so strange that only 15 years ago we were performing open surgery in urology and that now we can operate in a minimally invasive fashion with this sophisticated instrument.

What we really care about at ICUA and at Clínica CEMTRO is to do our work very well, to reach excellence in what we do, in the benefit of our patients. That is why we have prepared a very well structured robotic surgery program, with the active participation of anesthesists, nurses, hospital personnel and our team of surgeons to carry out a fantastic team work. It has been so emotive for me to see the amount of will the staff at Clinica CEMTRO is putting in the launch of the robotic program.

We have the great privilege to have worked and learnt with Dr. Richard Gaston during the last 7 years. Dr. Gaston works in Bordeaux, France and is a world reference in laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

With the acquisition of the new Da Vinci Xi system we have managed to bring him onboard exclusively in Spain as a team member. He will come to operate with us every month and he will have his clinics at Clinica CEMTRO and combine this activity with his work at Bordeaux.

We believe that summing up the experience of Dr. Gaston in robotic radical prostatectomy with our experience in lasers in the treatment of BPH is going to let us work at the highest level in urology in the treatment of prostate disease.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Live surgery at the UROLIVE meeting in Madrid at Hospital Clinico Universitario San Carlos

This time I was invited to perform a live surgical demonstration at the III UROLIVE course that was broadcasted to the main auditorium of the Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos in Madrid.

This was the third edition of this meeting and there were 4 surgeons invited, two of us work at ICUA- Clínica CEMTRO.

Dr. Richard Gastón, from Bordeaux, France and a team member at ICUA-Clínica CEMTRO in Madrid, performed a radical prostatectomy with the Da Vinci Xi robot, assisted by our colleague Dr. Estefanía Romero.

Dr. Gaston is considered one of the best robotic surgeons in the world and has been awarded many times by multiple international urological associations for his work. This time he showed a new technique for full preservation of the pubovesical ligament and neurovascular bundles with a lateral access that allows for urinary continence and erectile function preservation with a high success rate.

Dr. Gastón announced during the course that the colaboración that we have had for the last 7 years is now strengthened with the purchase of a new Xi Da Vinci system at ICUA- Clínica CEMTRO in Madrid, where we will continue working together, now using the most advanced robotic technology available.

My role in the course was to perform a live surgical procedure that was also transmitted to the main auditorium. I performed my technique, and en bloc enucleation with the green light laser in a patient with a big prostate gland, that went very well.

In summary, a fantastic course with the participation of more that 240 urologists from Spain where we could demonstrate the quality of the job we make at ICUA- Clínica CEMTRO in prostate disease.

We now become one of the leading centers in the world in prostate disease diagnosis and treatment with the combined experience of Dr. Gaston in prostate cancer surgery and myself on the minimally invasive treatment of BPH.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Surgical Session at Clínica TEKNON in Barcelona

This time I flew to Barcelona to operate with Dr. Batista at the prestigious Clínica TEKNON. He had prepared two patients for surgery.

I performed a Green laser en-bloc enucleation in the first patient, who had a big prostate gland and an anatomic vaporization in the second patient, and then returned to Madrid. Everything went very well.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Course at Hill Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria with 8 visiting urologists from France

This time I went to Sofia to give a training course to 8 French Urologists, who came to visit our surgical room and participate in two days of intensive surgery.

The session went very well and I could show them the easy and difficult cases, with small and bigger prostates. A very interesting session.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Paris to lecture at the IV Meeting of French-Belgium GreenLight laser users

Today I flew to Paris to give the opening lecture of the IV Congress of French-Belgium GreenLight laser users.

There was a welcoming cocktail and there I could see many friends as Dr. Vincent Misrai, who is now the leader in France in GreenLight laser enucleation.

I was honored to give the congress' opening lecture during the welcome dinner.

Then I went to sleep early as the following day I had to depart very early to Sofia, for another course.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Visitors to our surgical room at Clinica CEMTRO

Today we received many visitors at Clínica CEMTRO to see the operations with the GreenLight laser that we had programmed.

We hosted Dr. José Santamaría from the Hospital Clínico de Valencia, Dr. Cimadevila from the C.H.U at Santiago de Compostela, Dr. Luis Álvarez Castelo from the CHUAC, Dr. Carlos Vallejo from H. de Hospitalet, Dr. María José Ledo and Dr. Jesús Rosety from Hospital Puerta del Mar from Cádiz. We also had visitors from France, Dr. Charles Ballereau, Dr. Philippe Koenig and Dr. Olivier Montaigne.

We also received the visit of Dr. Rafael Castellanos, from Medellín, Colombia, a partner of our great friend David Rendón, who worked with us and now lives and works in Colombia.

All the operations went very well.

Monday, March 23, 2015

European Association of Urology Annual Congress in Madrid

This year we hosted the EAU congress in Madrid.

I was invited to participate in two hands-on courses with the GreenLight laser simulator and I had to perform a live surgical procedure that had to be transmitted to the audience in the congress.

This was the scheduled live surgical session.

Unfortunately, the program run late and the operation could not be transmitted live. Well after the session ended, I stayed at Hospital Universitario Clínico San Carlos to perform the operation that went very well.