Friday, May 12, 2006

Puigvert Foundation II

I visited Puigvert Foundation today, in Barcelona, to participate as a mentor in a surgical teaching session. We operated two patients with the GreenLight PV technique (Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate). We had the chance to try two new prototypes of cystoscope from a company specialised in the design of surgical instruments, so the session was specially interesting. Some surgeons very used to TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate) need to adapt to this new technique, because the scope is handled with the left hand unlike the resectoscope for TURP. Also, the laser fiber has to be rotated in a sweeping motion that is different from the in-out excursions of the resection cutting loop. The manufacturers of endoscopes try to make this adaptation easier for surgeons adopting PVP. In an case, I thought these prototypes have a long way to improve to fulfil that goal...
I then came back to Madrid, I have to operate this saturday, my workload is increasing and most weeks I am operating 5-10 patients now.

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