Friday, May 23, 2014

Live surgical transmission at the University Hospital of Coimbra, Portugal

This time I went to the University Hospital of Coimbra, Portugal, with Dr. Capitán, from the Hospital Fundación Alcorcón of Madrid. We had been invited to participate in a course on the treatment of BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) with the GreenLight laser.

My role was to perform two live surgical procedures that were transmitted to the meeting room at the Hospital. I performed an anatomic vaporization that went very well, and a GreenLEP procedure of a very large gland, that was difficult and laborious, but ended very well.

My colleague Dr. Capitán presented the results of the GOLIATH study that demonstrates that GreenLight vaporization has similar results to classic TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate) with shorter hospitalization, catheterization time and complications. Also presented some publications on cost-effectiveness that showed that GreenLight is cheaper for the public health system than conventional surgery.

And finally Dr. Alfredo Mota, head of the department of Urology of the University Hospital of Coimbra did his final remarks, very impressed for what he had seen that day, seeing is believing!!!

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