Saturday, August 13, 2011

Roadshow in Perú

This month of August I travelled to Perú to participate in various courses with live surgical transmissions as well as to give some lectures.

I started in Lima with two days of surgeries (7 patients) at the Clínica San Borja, with Dr. Elvis Sueldo. We operated in Perú for the first time with the new GreenLight XPS 180 watt laser. I also could demonstrate the technique of endoscopic enucleation followed by morcellation (GreenLEP). I also did a presentation for the attendees, who were very impressed  by the anatomic vaporization technique (that localises the prostatic capsule to ensure full removal of the adenomatous tissue), as well as by the side firing enucleation technique.

There I met, apart from Dr. Elvis Sueldo, my good friends Dr. Daniel Porto and Javier Zeballos
Then I travelled to the wonderful city of Arequipa, where we also did two sessions of surgery (6 patients), demonstrating the technique. The operations were transmitted to a room full of urologists, other specialty doctors and nurses interested in learning about this technique.

In arequipa I also took part in the National Congress of the Peruvian Urological Association. I participated with a lecture on GreenLight Laser, stressing that both the AUA (American Urological Association) as the EAU (European Association of Urology) recommend GreenLight laser as a standard option for the surgical treatment of BPH in their Guidelines.

Then I had a chance to visit Machu Picchu for a couple of days... It is one of the most impressive places I have seen, it was my second visit and I liked it even more than the first. One feels overwhelmed up there, trying to understand what would the Incas have in their minds to dare to build an impossible city in the top of a mountain...

Then I returned to Lima, where we had to operate at the Police Hospital, where I did a prostatic vaporization and the enucleation of a big prostate.

The enucleation case was a patient with a very high PSA, near 30 ng/mL, with two previous negative biopsies and a volume over 100 grams. The surgery was smooth and we got plenty of tissue for histology.

Lastly, that same day I gave a talk at the Peruvian Society of Urology. This ended my participation in this wonderful roadshow in Perú. Now I will take my holidays until September!