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Diego´s participation in “La matemática del Espejo”

I published in 2017 a post in my Spanish blog version called “Less incisions, less healthcare costs” based on UNIPORTAL VATS technique lead by a group of thoracic surgeons from La Coruña Hospital (Galicia, Spain). It´s obvious how this technique has became mediatic at international level, and Diego as main speaker, but the most important thing is his idea of keeping his head over his shoulders, respecting his values from the beginning:

  • To understand Surgery to give patients years of life. Survival. Diego just pretends to help people.
Diego just pretends to help people. (Source: Twitter).
  • To share and spread knowledge, and not to limit it to a small group of professionals with the aim of becoming rich and getting hierarchical positions, like probably other generations in the past.
  • Nothing is impossible, from a small town in the NW of Spain, it has become a global reference for a lot of surgeons. For instance, in Asia but specially in China, the idea of keeping the body intact is a must, and that is where UNIPORTAL VATS has a great follow up, with this proposal of being minimally invasive.
  • Without resentment: this technique lead by Diego and colleagues was refused by their Hospital. Diego had to live all kind of situations lead by his Head of Service, for years. With the aim of stopping his innovator and disruptive proposal. But this situation helped a lot to grow and fight in order to leave behind all kind of obstacles. In fact, I remember the main newspaper in the City, trying to stain his name, accusing him of carrying out suspicious practices between public and private healthcare centers. Anyway. Finally colleagues like Mercedes and Ricardo stood by his side, and these are the results.
  • Robotization, apart from UNIPORTAL VATS technique has a great technologic input, due to all kind of special materials specially designed for this, an assisted video system is needed; Diego and Team are working in robotization process for years, and results are coming soon.

A few days ago, one of the most respectful Spanish journalist and the most sensitive about elaborating materials, Carlos del Amor, emitted at least for me, one of Diego´s best appearances in content at personal and sensitive level , that’s the reason why I want to dedicate this November 2021´post to Diego and team. Here you can watch the full version of this Spanish program.

Carlos del Amor: “This guy must not die”. (Source: Twitter)

Diego´s Math is simple: Less Is more. Less incisions, less healthcare costs, more simple post- surgery, more years of life with quality, to share content, positive sum, humility, low profile, sacrifice (specially at personal level).

In conclusion, an interesting global and digital proposal in healthcare environment, with the aim of leaving things better than they were.

Source: “La matemática del Espejo”. RTVE.

Spanish version.

Sources:

(Spanish) VIDEO: La Matemática del Espejo. Diego Gonzalez Rivas. RTVE.

(Spanish) Menos incisiones, menos costes sanitarios. Jose A. Vidal.

Diego González Rivas. Professional website.

UCTMI. Professional website.

(Spanish) Entrevista a Diego González Rivas. El Confidencial.

PUBMED: Uniportal VATS.

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