Thursday, December 01, 2005

Invitation to operate in Chile 3

Today we performed three new cases of PVP (Photoselective vaporization of the prostate) at the Military Hospital at Santiago de Chile. We did two simple cases with prostatic weights of 40 and 50 grams and a more difficult one, with 79 grams, that was very successful and I was able to complete it in one hour and fifteen minutes. We visited the patients operted the previous morning, and were catheter-free and voided wonderfully, their flow rate was 12, 14 and 18 mL/s, and it will improve further day by day. The personnel working at the military hospital was very surprised to witness the results of this technique.

The Military Hospital in Santiago is very nice and it looks as a wonderful hospital, but they are building a new one and they will move there next year. The theatre's personell is really nice and efficient. The urologists working here have enjoyed this experience because they thought this technique was something different. They thought PVP was a slow and less spectacular than it really is. I have taught them all the tricks I know to perform it safely and efficaciously.

During the afternoon, I dictated the conference "PVP (Photoselective vaporization of the prostate, a new horizon in the treatment of BPH" in the auditorium at the Military Hospital. After my presentation we had a discussion that was very fruitful, with very good questions from the floor related to the technique.

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