Friday, October 07, 2005

Today I travelled to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, the north-west part of Spain. I had time to walk around a little bit and visit the cathedral, and then I went to eat octopus (one of the wonderful tipical plates here) in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area. Santiago is definitely one of the Spanish cities worth visiting. Later on we had a training seminar on PVP, we did two live surgeries. The first case was extremely difficul and required all possible surgical tricks and strategies to be able to finish the operation successfully, so the teaching value of this session was very high. This patient had a very inflammed prostate and it bled just by introducing the telescope, I used a suprapubic trocar to enhance irrigation, to be able to see but it was still relatively difficult, in these cases the surgeon has more technical difficulty to perform the operation, but the patient is still totally safe. The second case was much easier, even being a relatively big prostate. Both patients did very well and I was told they both went home the following morning.

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