Saturday, August 07, 2010

National Congress in Lima, Perú

Finally, to finish working prior to my summer holidays, I went to Lima, Perú. I had been invited to the National Congress of the Peruvian Urological Society. I had to talk about lasers and BPH and also about cryosurgery and HIFU for the treatment of prostate cancer.

During the weekend I took the opportunity to visit the city of Lima and the ruins of Pachacamac. I enjoyed thoroughly.

There I met my Peruvian friends, Dr. Elvis Sueldo, César Quincot and Jorge Saldaña. On Monday they had arranged four operations. I could demonstrate different technical variants with the GreenLight HPS laser, including the anatomic PVP and the principle of the GreenLEP technique.

We had time to perform a presentation where I commented all the aspects of basic science and surgical technique.

As always it was a great pleasure to be with them and we had a great time. They later told me that patients fared very well. I returned to Madrid a little tired, but wanting to start my holidays after a very tough year, with lots of work and travelling.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Surgeries in the Military Hospital of Ammán, Jordan

I flew from Beirut to Ammán. It is a short flight, one hour or so. From the airport we went directly to the Military Hospital of Ammán, where I did two GreenLight laser vaporizations.

As we were in military instalations I did not take any photos of the hospital or the surgical theatre. The following day we had a second session with two additional cases. I was impressed with the urology department, a building with three dedicated surgical rooms, and a very capable and trained personnel, with experience in war surgery. It was a great pleasure to share two days with them.

Ammán gave me a very good impression, but I did not have time to visit Petra, a real pity... I had to go back to Madrid to catch a flight to Lima, Perú. I will return to Jordan, for sure.