Sunday, November 26, 2006

Conference in Leuven, Belgium

This weekend I took a flight to Leuven in Belgium. I was invited to the International Symposium State of the Art in Urology organised by Professor Van Poppel at the University Hospital K.U. Leuven. The title of my lecture was "Why PVP rather than TURP or other MITs" - or why do I think that PVP is better than transurethral resection of the prostate and much better than TUMT (Transurethral microwave termotherapy) and TUNA (Transurethral needle ablation of the prostate). I had a chance to talk about my experience with the new HPS laser.

This time I was able to stay for the whole congress and the truth is that the programme was of the highest quality, all the speakers were international experts and I have really enjoyed it. The panel of experts was impressive Piechaud (robotic prostatectomy), Possover (laparoscopic neuronavigation), Van Velthoven (laparoscopic cystectomy), Stolzenburg (laparoscopic radical prostatectomy), Dasgupta (robotic surgery), Marberger (ablative kidney cancer energies), Emberton (HIFU), Langley (Brachytherapy), Kirkali (EORTC), Janetschek (centinel node in prostate cancer), Tombal (new agents in prostate cancer), etc...

Two urologists of the University Hospital in Leuven have confirmed that they would like to come to Madrid in January to see some PVP cases with the HPS laser.

Leuven is a university city full of students driving bicicles, and the atmosphere is very nice, the city is really beautiful.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Visitors from India

Today I had the pleasure of welcoming two Indian Doctors. The prestigious Urologist Shailesh Raina and Col. Manesh Sadhuram Masand from Jaslok Hospital from Mumbai, India. They want to be the first buyers of an HPS laser in India, and they wanted to see some Greenlight HPS Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate procedures.

We have programmed four patients this morning, with prostates weighing 150, 80, 60 and 50 grams, the last of the cases was an obstructive prostate cancer. We have managed to operate all patients from 9 am to 3 pm, and all surgeries were uneventful. I think they liked what they saw and I guess they will decide to go for it.

Tonight I will take them to a Flamenco Show. They have to see some of our culture before they return to India... Olé!!!