Thursday, November 25, 2010

Surgeries at the General University Hospital in Valencia

This thursday I took an early flight to go to Valencia. I had to show the new GreenLigth XPS 180 watt laser. There I met my old friends Dr. Emilio López Alcina and Dr. Enrique Illueca.

The hospital was in a messy state, as they are refurbishing, but the surgical session was fantastic. We did two operations during the morning that were very succesful. Then I returned fast to Madrid. This laser is impressing everybody that gets to see it in action.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

More surgeries in Sofia

This weekend I was in Sofia. We had to operate on saturday and sunday, we had seven patients.

On Sunday we finished somewhat earlier than usual and Dr. Kalchev took me to see the Vitosha mountain, a wonderful place that belongs to the Balkan mountains, just near Sofia, where bulgarians use to sky in the winter. There was no snow yet, but one could feel that soon it will be really cold there.

It is an old vulcano, and it had this massive rocks flowing down... impressive!

On Monday I returned to Madrid early in the morning.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Live surgery in Santiago de Compostela

Thursday night I flew to Santiago de Compostela, the next morning I had to perform a live procedure on a patient with benign prostatic enlargement using the new GreenLight XPS 180 watt laser. The operation was transmitted to the meeting room at the Hospital de Conxo, where the congress was held.

The operation was uneventful and I could show the anatomic vaporization technique, in which the surgical capsule of the prostate is found to make sure that the adenoma is vaporized to completion.

Then I had to do a long trip Santiago-Madrid-Milán-Sofia to arrive in Sofia that same night.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Surgeries in Valladolid

This friday I went to Valladolid, to operate with Dr. Amón Sesmero, in the new Hospital Rio Hortega. A very impressive hospital, with very modern installations and all high quality.

As it is happening in many public hospitals now in Spain, they are considering the acquisition of a GreenLight XPS 180 watt laser. We did two operations and they could see the speed of this new laser and how it is perfectly possible to perform a "down to capsule" prostatectomy, a true endoscopic adenomectomy.

We had a great time, then I returned to Madrid, I had to see patients and operate in the evening.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Trip to South Africa

From Beirut I flew to Johannesburg. I flew during the night in one of the new Airbus 380, an impressive plane.

I arrived in the morning and we went directly to Linksfield Hospital, where my friends Dr. Fisher, Barmania, Cohen and Bowden were waiting to participate in a surgical session with two cases. First I had a good shower, shave and cofee, and then we started the operations.

We talked in detail of the subtle details of technique, that are paramount to obtain optimal results.

Then we went out for dinner and the next day we went to the Welgevonden Game Farm, an amazing Game farm. There we spent two wonderful days driving in the park and spotting wild animals.

We also saw Bushmen paintings on caves, really impressive.

A wonderful trip. South Africa is a really amazing place. (All animal photos are copyright Rai Landau).

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

New trip to Beirut

Again I was invited to go to Beirut. This time we were inaugurating a GreenLight unit in the Hospital du Levant. I flew through Paris and Air France lost my luggage where I carried my surgical instruments. Luckily we could find another set of instruments rather fast and we could perform four operations throughout the day. We also had time to meet the press. All cases went very well.

From there we went to Hospital Bahman to give a talk. Many urologists, radiologists and general practitioners attended. Then I went to the airport to finally get my luggage and then I took a flight to Johannesburg.