Friday, June 29, 2012

"En-bloc" GreenLight Enucleation of the prostate (GreenLEP)

Today I found some time to put my voice to this video on GreenLEP (GreenLight Enucleation of the Prostate). I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Surgical session with Dr. Gaston

Again we had the pleasure of receiving the visit of Dr. Richard Gaston, from Clínique Saint Agustín in Bordeaux, France. He came to operate with us at Clínica CEMTRO. We did two laparoscopic radical prostatectomies.

Dr Gaston is a true master of laparoscopic surgery and has been coming to operate with us monthly for the last five years to perform radical prostatectomies, nephrectomies and cystectomies.

He told me that they have a GreenLight laser in Bordeaux, and that they will invite me in September to operate with them.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Surgical weekend in Sofia

Again I travelled to Sofia to operate at the Hill Clinic. We had another surgical session where we operated seven patients... I am delighted to see that GreenLEP (GreenLight Enucleation of the Prostate) keeps offering excellent results.

I am very grateful to the help provided at Hill Clinic by Dr. Kochev (right), Bochevski (left) and Georgiev, who is not in the photo. They look after patients when I leave and they are two top urologists in Bulgaria!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Visitors from Italy & Morocco

Yesterday we received the visit of two italian urologists Dr. Darvinio Melloni, from Palermo and Dr. Sergio Valenti, from Bérgamo. We also had the pleasure to host Dr. Elbikri, from Morocco.

I did two operations at Clínica CEMTRO to demonstrate the technique of anatomic vaporization of the prostate with the GreenLight XPS laser. The session was very fruitful as we had time to comment on all technical aspects of this operation. Dr. Melloni is an expert with the GreenLight HPS 120 watts and he was impressed with the performance of the new 180 watt laser. I think he also enjoyed the tips and tricks I shared.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekend in Casablanca

This weekend I went to Casablanca to operate in three hospitals. First I went on friday afternoon to the  Clinique Lina, with Dr. Benani, Dr. Tahiri, Dr. Haisam and Dr. Boueb, I did two anatomic vaporizations with greenlight that went very well.

Then I went to Clinique Massira, with Dr. Touabi and Dr. Bakali, who was trained in Fundació Puigvert in Barcelona. He told me that our common friend Dr. Ricardo Regalado had died some time ago and it was a hard blow for me. I had been time without news from him, but I did not know the cause. He was a good friend and a great person, I was extremely sad to learn this. I also did two surgeries that went out very well.

Finally, I did another case at Clinique Dar Salam, with Dr. Chefchaouni, that was also successful.

On Saturday afternoon I took the opportunity to make a tour around Casablanca, which to me is a city full of contrasts. I was very impressed by Hassan II's Mosk, an amazing building by the sea. Then I returned to Madrid to rest a little on sunday afternoon.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today I went to Torino in Italy to visit the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Molinette S. Giovanni Batista, where I had to demonstrate the GreenLight XPS laser to Dr. Fontana and Dr. Ceruti, who prepared four surgical interventions of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia.

The session was very good although we had some challenging cases, as an anticoagulated patient and a patient with a huge prostate. I also did a talk for the urology department. A tough working day, I had great fun.

This department has a lot of experience in Andrology and I enjoyed watching a presentation they showed me on a new technique for penile lengthening with penile implant insertion...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Surgeries in Modena, Italy

Today I travelled early to Modena in Italy to participate in a training session at Hospital Hesperia, with Prof. Giovanni Ferrari.

We have done four surgical operations with the GreenLight laser, the last one a challenging case, a huge prostate. Operating out of your own surgical theatre is always a challenge, things change quite a lot, the endoscopic camera is different, some times the quality is good, some other times not so good.

Laser cystoscopes also vary, as does the chair where I sit. There is always some variability to these surgical operations outside home, and it makes me to keep alert. It has always been a wonderful training and it has allowed me to get to know all possible combinations of instruments, camera, etc...

Prof. Ferrari is a great surgeon and a charming colleague. I tried parmesan cheese with home made Modena vinegar, so delicious!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New video: full time Anatomic PVP surgery

Today I had some free time to add my voice to this video in real time demonstrating an anatomic PVP (Photoselective vaporization of the prostate).

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Invitation to Torino for a live surgery at a congress

Today I received the program for the congress on Endourology Prof. Scoffone is organizing in Torino in November. My role will be to perform a live surgery that will be transmitted to the audience, and to sit in a round table. It promises to be a wonderful congress worth attending!!

Surgeries in Hospital de La Princesa, in Madrid

Today I spent the morning at the Hospital de La Princesa, in Madrid. In this hospital I trained as a resident many years ago. It has been fantastic to see my old colleagues and to operate in the same operating room.

I have demonstrated the use of the GreenLight 180 watt laser, operating three patients during the morning. Everything worked out perfectly. Dr. Mora organized the session and tried the laser with very good hand.

There I have seen my dearest Drs. Atanasio Fernández Borrell, Fernando Teba del Pino, Ramón Arellano, Mariano Rabadán, Lorenzo herrero, Pedro Albacete, Estefanía Romero. I saw Elena, the secretary of the department, and I also met the new residents.  A fantastic morning that brought back many memories, I spent some fantastic years there, and I learnt so much from all of them!!!