Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Clínica Universitaria de Navarra

This thursday I took a flight to Navarra, in the north of Spain, to perform a Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate. The prestigious Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, a nation-wide reference hospital in Oncology, is interested in this technique and they wanted to see it in their own hospital. They prepared a relatively difficult case, to judge the real utility of this technique. The patient had a diagnosis of prostate cancer that had been treated with external beam radiotherapy, and he had developed a urinary retention, so he could not void on his own and had to carry a catheter. But, as I anticipated, the operation was uneventful... everyone was impressed by the absence of bleeding and by the endoscopic result after the operation. I was told later on that the patient voided well without the catheter and went home, very happy. His wife could not believe he had been operated on, as the urine was so clear. This is the beauty of the Greenlight laser, it can be used in all patients, no matter how weak or difficult the patient might be...

Tomorrow I will travel to Paris, to participate in a committee meeting of the Media Office of the European Association of Urology, and from there I will fly to Sevilla, where I will participate in a face to face debate at the plenary session of the Annual Meeting of the Spanish Association of Urology, defending Greenlight Photovaporization of the prostate against TURP.

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