Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Surgeries in Sofía, Bulgaria

This Sunday I traveled to Sofía in Bulgaria to operate with Dr. Iliya Kalchev. He is a young urologist who has invested in the creation of a private hospital in Sofía, the Hill Clinic, and is determined to lead the technological change in urology in his country. He is the first user of the Greenlight Laser in his country. I met him when he came to visit me in April. I was very impressed with the quality of his installations.

We operated four patients together and everything took place smoothly. We had a good chance to discuss surgical tips and tricks and strategies to avoid problems and perform good operations. One of the patients was operated under general anaesthesia and we could remove his catheter two hours after the operation. This caused a great impact in the hospital's personnel and to the patient himself!

Then we did a brief tour of Sofia by car, with a lot of traffic, but I could see Sofía is a wonderful city. I could only take this photo of the cathedral. Then we had dinner in a typical bulgarian restaurant. I then took a morning flight back to madrid on tuesday.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Visitor from France: Professor Georges Fournier

Today I received the visit of Prof. Georges Fournier, from University Hospital of Brest, France, accompanied by Rivier Dominique, from AMS.

Prof. Fournier is a very prestigious urologist specially known for his dedication to laparoscopy and prostate cancer. He was interested to see the two greenlight laser operations we had programmed for today.

We had a good chance to discuss the vaporization technique as well as the new Greenlight laser enucleation of the prostate technique I am working on that will surely become a popular topic of urological conversation during this year.