Sunday, March 24, 2013

Surgical session in Sofia, Bulgaria

I arrived early at Sofia from Istanbul, and I went directly to the Hill Clinic to start the surgical session. We had 14 patients to operate from Friday to Sunday.

My colleagues at Hill showed me this press article where they referenced our team at the Hill Clinic. The truth is that we work really well there with very high quality standards. Everything is efficient and patients do really well. This is certainly due to the great team we have formed there.

The operations went really well, the GreenLEP technique has improved over the years in our hands and it is now a fast operation (we take from 40 to 75 minutes, depending on prostatic sizes) and the new Vmax blades from the Wolf Piranha morcellator allow us to cut down the morcellation time and the total surgical time.

I am really happy with this operation and the Hill Clinic is no doubt the center in the world with more experience in this technique. I love to work there.

Then I returned to Madrid on Sunday, tired but happy as the easter holiday is starting.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Surgical session in L'aquila

I spent the day today at the wonderful L'aquila, in Italy, surrounded by white mountains.

In the hospital they had prepared four cases to demonstrate all the technical variants of GreenLight XPS 180 watt laser. I performed an anatomic vaporization, a vapo-enucleation, an en-bloc enucleation and another vapo-enucleation.

A very intense morning, with Dr. Luigi Clemente, and other urologists that joined the session from other Italian Hospitals. I had a great time.

From L'aquila I drove to the airport at Fiumicino, to fly to Istanbul. I slept at the airport Hotel and departed in the morning to Sofia, to operate during the weekend in Bulgaria.

Monday, March 18, 2013

28th Annual European Association of Urology Congress

This year the EAU congress took place in Milano, Italy.

My participation consisted in the presentation of our multi center experience with the GreenLight XPS laser (Dr. Henry Woo, from Australia, presented our data).

Later on in the congress I chaired two courses on advanced techniques with the GreenLight XPS laser, in conjunction with Mr. Gordon Muir, from London.

First we discussed briefly the fundamentals of advanced techniques and then the attendees could try this laser with the new computer simulator from AMS, a technological wonder that allows surgeons to train virtually before engaging in real operations with patients.

A very interesting congress, full of new concepts and ideas. Urology never stops moving forward!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Surgeries in Lodi, Italy

I had a very pleasant day at the Hospital in Lodi, headed by Dr. Lenardon, with the urology staff.

I did two operations with the GreenLight XPS láser that went very well. As always when urologists see these operations, and I teach them how to localize the surgical capsule of the prostate, they fall in love with the technique.

We took this photo, but the head of the department was not there to be in it...

Then I went to Milan to participate at the Congress of the European Association of Urology.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Surgeries in Prato Hospital

On wednesday night I departed to Rome, and I took a train the following morning to Florence, to reach the Hospital at Prato. There we performed three operations with the GreenLight XPS. The head of this department of urology, Dr. Bleferi, has a lot of experience with HoLEP, and was interested in getting to know this technology.

Then I went to Milan, where I had to perform surgeries the following day in a hospital in a city nearby, Lodi.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Training in Tivoli, Italy

This time I travelled to Rome to visit the Hospital at Tivoli, a nearby city, where I helped Dr. Antonino Laganà with his first cases of treatment of BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) with the GreenLight XPS laser.

We did two surgical sessions on thursday and friday, that went really well. Dr. Laganà is a great surgeon and he learnt to perform the anatomic vaporization technique, where the prostatic capsule is localized. He was very good and learned it fast.

This technique is a sophistication of the standard PVP technique, that I developed to ensure that the prostatic adenoma is completely removed. Some people think it is difficult, but if an unexperienced urologist is able to do it in his second case it is evident that it is not so difficult. It just has to be taught properly.

Then I returned to Madrid to spend the weekend and rest a bit.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Surgeries in Trento, Italy

This time I travelled to Milano at night, and the next morning I woke up early to drive to the Hospital in Trento, to visit the urology department chaired by Dr. Gianni Malossini. They had prepared four patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia to be operated with the GreenLight XPS laser. Trento is in the north of Italy, a very beautiful city surrounded by impressive mountains.

I performed four operations during the morning, surrounded by the urologists of the department, and I could show the technical aspects of the use of this laser.

We did three vaporization cases and a GreenLEP (GreenLight Enucleation of the Prostate) that went really well. It was a very nice morning.

We enjoyed a nice lunch and then I returned driving to Milano, to take a plane back to Madrid.