Sunday, October 23, 2011

Surgical Session in Gran Canaria

This weekend I went again to Gran Canaria, to collaborate with my old friend, Dr. Juarez del Dago, in a surgical session with the new GreenLight XPS 180 watt laser. We operated several patients that went really well.
In the photo, Dr. Juarez and his marvelous nurse, Loly, getting ready for the operations.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Surgical Session with Dr. Rix

Today we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Gerald Rix, an expert in the technique of Holmium Laser Enucleation of the prostate at Clinica CEMTRO in Madrid.

We commented the surgical technique at large and his convictions regarding this procedure. His advice was excellent and I carried out several procedures while he commented his ideas and tips and tricks. All surgeries were successful!

Dr. Rix interestingly speaks a perfect spanish as he was raised in Spain as a child. We had a great time and I am very grateful to him, he is a great teacher.

I am convinced that it is crucial that surgeons from different countries and hospitals share their knowledge, as this will improve our skills for the benefit of our patients.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

XVIII Congress of the Canarian Society of Urology

In this chance I travelled to Gran Canaria to participate in the Congress of the Canarian Urology Society, to speak about lasers. The congress was organized by the Gabinete de Urología y Andrología, captained by Dr. Juarez del Dago in a wonderful hotel in Mogán.

The congress started with a non-urological talk on the Timple from Canarias, a string instrument that is very popular over here. Very interesting, we had Germán López, one of the best timplists in the world and a fantastic spanish artist. I did not know him, but now I am his fan. Here a video of the artist with his Timple... a wonderful instrument.

The level of the scientific sessions was very high as we had the luxury of having Dr. Richard Gaston who spoke about laparoscopy and also Dra. Estefanía Romero, from our team, that also presented on the surgical indication of Benign Prostatic Hiperplasia.

I spoke, as always, about lasers, and my participation was reflected in the congress daily newspaper as well as in a local newspaper Canarias 7.

As always, going to Canarias is wonderful, and I had a great time among friends. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Surgeries in Naples, Italy

This wednesday I flew very early to Rome, and then to Naples, to visit Hospital Federico II.

There I met Professor Vincenzo Mirone and his team of urologists, that had prepared three patients so I could demonstrate the technique of anatomic vaporization of the prostate.

Dr. Mirone was the former president of the Italian Association of Urology and is currently its secretary general, he was very kind and we talked about the characteristics of GreenLight Laser and its interaction with prostatic tissue.

The three operations were successful and it was nice to see Naples on the way to the airport, it was a sunny and marvelous day. I had some time to try the local mozzarella, really good.

The return trip was tougher after such an early start. I arrived in Madrid around 12 pm, but happy.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Visitors from Vitoria-Gasteiz

Yesterday we had a surgical session at Clinica CEMTRO, where we operated several patients. This time we enjoyed the visit of a group of urologists from Hospital Santiago Apostol, from Vitoria-Gasteiz.

I could demonstrate to them a case of anatomical vaporization of the prostate and another case of Greenlight laser enucleation. We had a great time as they already have a big experience with the use of the GreenLight HPS 120 watt laser and are now going to start using the new GreenLight XPS 180 watt laser and we could share experiences and knowledge.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Surgery with Dr. Gastón at Clínica CEMTRO

The morning of the 8th I woke up early in Sofia to return to Madrid. And from the airport I went to Clinica CEMTRO where we operated with Dr. Richard Gaston in the morning.

Dr. Gaston is maybe the most important expert in the world in laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and has been a member of our team for five years, coming every month to operate with us to Clinica CEMTRO.

In this occasion Dr. Estefanía Romero and I helped him. Dr. Romero was trained in Bordeaux with Dr. Gaston.

I was impressed when Dr. Gaston decided not to leave a drain in the patient, a usual thing to do after a radical prostatectomy, and this allowed the patient to be discharged the following morning, because he was feeling perfectly well.

New surgical session in Sofia

The 6th and 7th I worked in Bulgaria, operating at the Hill Clinic of Sofia. We had a lot of patients and little time to operate them, so it was an intense surgical session, with patients with big and difficult prostates, but we could operate all of them successfully.

These two days were the last days of good weather in Sofia... I returned from there and it started to snow over Vitosha mountain.