Upcoming week: more thoracics!


It’s good to be back in Bogota!  Now, if only I could line up all my appointments as easily.

I had anticipated more neurosurgery this week, but with the big neurosurgery conference in Mexico, it’s not turning out that way.  So far, it looks like it’s going to be more of a Thoracic surgery week – with some orthopedic surgery and general surgery mixed in..

I’m going to see Dr. Osorio again, at the hospital in Chia this time, (if I can find it…)

I’m hoping to meet with Dr. Stella Martinez too.. I’ve heard a lot of great things about her from several of her colleagues, so I am really looking forward to it.

I’m still trying to arrange a meeting with Dr. Jimenez sometime this week – so I will keep you updated with how that turns out..

Tomorrow, I’m interviewing Dr. Klaus Mieth, an orthopedic surgeon – and I am hoping to catch up with Dr. Roosevelt Fajardo, (general surgeon) over at Santa Fe de , to get together later this week..

There are a few other physicians, I am still hoping to hear back from – so we’ll see how the week unfolds.

Update: 6 April 2011

Met with Dr. Klaus Mieth yesterday – interesting gentleman; speaks three languages; english, german and spanish.. Works full time as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee procedures – but also serves as the Director of the largest (and non-profit too) bone and tissue bank in Colombia..

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Dr. Constanza Moreno Serrano, Hand & Microsurgeon


Dra. Constanza Moreno is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and microsurgery.  She specializes in the treatment of traumatic injuries such as digital and limb re-attachment, reconstructive surgery and correction of congenital deformities.  Next week she is traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to give a presentation at the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society on the Hand Transplant Program she is developing at Santa Fe de Bogota.  Her aim is to restore limbs (and functionality) to the lives of Colombians affected by landmines. 

I hope to follow her to the operating room when she returns.. Look for more exciting news from this gracious physician in the future..

Colombia and Landmines

21 April 2011 – since I originally posted, I’ve received a lot of questions about hand tranplantation.. Here’s a Yahoo article discussing a recent hand transplant.

Dr. Francisco Cabal, Dr. Jaime Rojas, Orthopedics


Dr. Cabal, (left) and Dr. Rojas, Orthopedic Surgeons

Good morning over at Clinica del Country with Dr. Francisco Cabal, and Dr. Jaime Rojas in an interesting orthopedic case this morning.. Everything was beautifully smooth – great anesthesia with Dr. Douglas Leal.. Attended a nursing lecture on orthopedic patients..

Interview with Dr. Edgar Prieto, General and Biliary surgeon this evening.. Clinica de la Mujer is reviewing my credentials before I check out their OR. Supposed to hear back this evening – in time for Dr. Prieto’s cases..

To the OR with Dr. Abello, Orthopedics


Going to the OR today with Dr.  Sergio Abello, the Foot and Ankle surgeon I mentioned previously. He has six cases today, so it will be a full day. It’s several different procedures, so it should be pretty interesting – and a change from what I’ve been seeing for the last few weeks..

Dr. Sergio Abello, prior to ankle arthroscopy case

 

Met with Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, Plastic Surgeon yesterday – despite his over-the-top website, he seemed pretty down to earth. I’ll be going to the operating room with him at the Santa Barbara Surgical Center on Thursday. He’s actually a pretty interesting guy, and I am really interested in seeing the sculpting liposuction.

Tried to chase down Dr. Camilo Prieto and Dr. Alan Gonzalez yesterday. I heard Dr. Gonzalez is getting married this weekend – so I’ll give him a bit of a pass – I’m guessing his life is probably pretty hectic right now, (so we’ll come back to him later).

Stopped in at Dr. Prieto’s office, hoping to catch him, since my messages haven’t gotten a response – and got stuck leaving another message, but we’ll see if we get any response. I hate to give up – he’s one of the most popular plastic surgeons down here, and well advertised on the internet – so I think he should definitely be included.. But I can’t make people talk to me, so if I don’t get a response this time, I may have to reconsider.

Haven’t gotten anything booked for Saturday, but I am still working on it – I hate to miss any day when the ORs are running..

(center) with nurses at Shaio

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I apologize to all the great doctors who gave me their time and effort – but didn’t make it on the web page (don’t worry, they will be in the book!)

Dr. Sergio Abello and Dr. Felipe Roa


Met with Dr. Sergio Abello, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery and Dr. Felipe Roa, plastic surgeon.. Dr. Roa is the son of Dr. Tito Roa, and they share a practice..

Planning to follow both of them to the OR tomorrow and next week..

Dr. Francisco Cabal, Orthopedics


Met with Dr. Francisco Cabal, orthopedic surgeon and international medical advisor (for Colombia) again, and he bids me to extend a warm welcome on his behalf to all North American patients coming to Colombia.  He also states that he is here to help ANY patient, interested in going to ANY city in Colombia for surgery including Medellin, Cali, Cartagena, Bogota and all parts in between.  I’ll be following him to the OR soon – more later.. 

Lest you think surgeons aren’t sympathetic to your discomfort – Dr. Cabal recently had ankle surgery, so he is definately walking a mile in your shoes..

Also met with Dr. Tito Tulio Roa, plastic surgeon, who has the distinction of having taught most of the plastic surgeons here in Colombia.

Filled up my date book with more interviews, and surgeries for the next few weeks..

Meeting with Mauricio Pelaez, Thoracic Surgeon later this afternoon, so I’ll post and let you know how that goes..

Rescheduled with the famous Dr. Hoyos – more on that next week.