Monday, September 29, 2014

Live surgery at the Italian National Congress in Florence

I arreived to Florence from Rome in the morning to participate at the Italian yearly National Congress of Urology.

First I wandered through the congress venue for a while and then I was taken to the Hospital to perform a live surgical retransmission to the congress main auditorium, where more than 1200 italian urologists attended.

The operating rooms were impressive and the organization of the retransmission was fantastic. I could perfectly show the steps of the anatomic vaporization technique, and it had a great impact, as it allows to visualize the surgical capsule of the prostate in a way urologists are not used to, and it went very well.

Then I returned to the congress to moderate a round table on new technologies in the surgical treatment of BPH, with my friend Dr. Carlo Terrone, which was also very interesting.

Finally I took a train back to Rome to return to Madrid that same night.

Friday, September 26, 2014

New surgical session at Hill Clinic

Again I went to Sofia to operate at the Hill Clinic, where we had 14 patients waiting to be operated from their BPH during the weekend.

Everything went very well, and we did a great team work.

In this photo with Dr. Georgi Georgiev, who is part of the Hill Clinic Urology team with Dr. Botsevski and Dr. Kotsev. On Sunday night I went to Rome as I was participating in the Italian Congress on Monday.

Talk at a meeting in Madrid on BPH laser surgical treatment

This time I participated in a meeting on BPH organized by our colleagues at Clinica La Luz in Madrid. They were so kind to invite me to talk about the technique I developed, Green Laser Enucleation of the Prostate.

Other surgeons sat at the round table on BPH laser treatment. It was a nice session masterfully guided by Dr. Bernardino Miñana. I was very happy to meet my elder resident, Dr. Peinado. Then I went to the airport on my way to Bulgaria where we had a tough surgical weekend ahead.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Visitors to our operating room

Today we received the visit of Dr. Luis Labiru, from Hospital de Donosti, San Sebastián and Dr. Alberto Martín Marquina, from the University Hospital from Alava, Spain.

They joined me in the surgical session at Clínica CEMTRO, in which I performed four operations on patients suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. The session went very well and I could show them the new surgical techniques, GreenLight vapo-enucleation and En Bloc enucleation.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Surgical session at Clinique Pasteur, Toulouse, France

Yesterday I travelled from Madrid to Toulouse to participate in a surgical session with Dr. Vincent Misrai at Clinique Pasteur.

Dr. Misrai has been very adamant in adopting the new techniques I developed to operate patients with Benign prostatic hyperplasia with the GreenLight Laser, specially the En-Bloc Enucleation technique. He has come to visit us in Madrid and Bulgaria to see surgeries and learn. He told me that he has already performed 50 cases.

We did three operations in the morning, all En-Bloc enucleations. He performed the fist case and I could ascertain that he now dominates the technique and has overcome his learning curve.

I did the second case, a patient with a 190 gram prostate, and also the third, a patient with a 120 gram prostate that I operated while Dr. Misrai explained the procedure to the local press who came to witness the session.

Everything went very well and we both learnt a great deal. This technique requires specific instruments, very specialized team work with an assistant that knows the instruments and is confident to manipulate the morcelator. It is also fundamental to stick to a few surgical principles, delicate dissection technique, perfect hemostasis and attention to detail during the morcellation.

It is fantastic to have friends who share the same passion and to be able to share experiences and knowledge. Then I returned to Madrid, with some delay, as always... but happy!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Presentation to the media of the new Biopsee system for advanced diagnosis of prostate cancer using MRI-US fusion transperineal targeted biopsies

Today we had a press round at Clinica CEMTRO to present the new Biopsee system for the advanced diagnosis of prostate cancer, this is based in the fusion of 3 Tesla MRI imaging with tridimensional Ultrasound of the prostate and targeted transperineal biopsies. We call it "prostate mapping".

In the photo, Dr. Mario Padrón, Head of the Radiology department at Clínica CEMTRO, Dr. Estefanía Romero, from our team at ICUA and myself speaking to the press.

We are very proud to be pioneers in Spain in the application of this technique that triples the precision and minimizes risk of prostate biopsy for the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Also we are introducing for the first time in Spain the Histological diagnosis in less than 24 hours, which is commonplace in other european cities but not available in Spain until today.

For more info, please follow this  link.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Invitation to lecture at the GreenLight for BPH course at the American Urological Association Annual Congress

Today I received the confirmation that I am invited to participate as lecturer at the course on "GreenLight Laser for the Treatment of BPH" that will take place at the American Urological Association Annual Congress that will take place in May in New Orleans.

I will share podium with Prof. Henry Woo (Sidney, Australia) and Prof. Oliver Reich (Munich, Germany). My role will be to discuss the techniques I developed, anatomic vaporization, vapo-enucleation and En bloc enucleation.