Thursday, July 20, 2006

Surgery in Vienna

Today I have operated at the Urology department of the General Hospital in Vienna, invited by Prof. Marberger. This hospital is the biggest I have seen in my life. Apparently every day there are 70.000 people coming in and out the hospital, it has 50 surgical theatres and it employes 250 anaesthetists.... it is unbelievable, I had never seen anything like this. It is a huge place, a true health city.
The urology department is going to adopt the greenlight PVP (Photoselective vaporization of the prostate) technique, and I was invited to demonstrate the technique. I have operated three patients, two with relatively small prostates and one with a big gland and a huge median lobe. All three patients did really well. We also had time to talk slowly about the technical and scientifical issues about this technique. Tonight we will go out to dinner and although we thought we would operate also tomorrow, the session has been cancelled, apparently patients have suddenly decided they wanted to go on holiday... It is really hot in Vienna (35 degrees celsius), and they seem to have escaped heading north.
It was a great honour to be invited to operate at one of the best urology centers in the world, we will celebrate tonight dining in Vienna.

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