National No-Scalpel Vasectomy Conference
During a three-day sprint from July 5 to July 7, Dr. Curington was a guest and speaker at the National Conference for No-Scalpel Vasectomy in Cuernavaca, Mexico. This fantastic conference was hosted by the Mexican Secretary of Health and the state of Morelos. There were around 250 Mexican physicians attending, led by Dr. Jose Antonio Castro Garduño.
See below for photos of the conference and descriptions written by Dr. Curington.
I arrived in Cuernavaca a couple of days before the conference and had a great time strolling around and exploring a hilltop archeological site called Xochicalco. click here to see more photos of Xochicalco.
Our hosts took us to the Casa Rivera, a restaurant that was built in the beginning of the 20th century. Cantinflas (the famous Mexican comedian) once lived there and used the house as a weekend getaway.
One of the famous guests here was the master painter Diego Rivera, after whom the restaurant was named. We were surrounded by art from Maestro Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The whole scene was beautiful, and conversation was lively. We exchanged stories about our vasectomy practices and Jonathan Stack described World Vasectomy Day.
We had breakfast at the conference hotel and enjoyed the warm Mexican hospitality.
After breakfast, we took a van to the Centro de Salud Tlaltenango (Health Center of Tlalenango), north of the town center in Cuernavaca. When we pulled up, we saw their very nicely printed vasectomy advertisement on the clean exterior wall. The slogan on the sign is “Tranquilidad permanente, Paternidad responsible” (Permanent tranquility, Responsible fatherhood).
The health center has a special operating room just for vasectomies. The sign says "State Center for Training in No-Scalpel Vasectomy" (Centro Estatal de Capacitación en Vasectomía sin Bisturí)
Our hosts invited us into the operating room.
Here I am observing Dr. Labrecque and Dr. Yañez performing a vasectomy.
This operating table has physicians from Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
Here Dr. Labrecque shows his use of the Li dissecting forceps.
Dr. Delma Gaytan demonstrates how the clever entrance to the operating area essentially forces the physicians to stop and put on their surgical booties.
The cheerful Salvador Estévez Sánchez, also known as Chava, besides being a skilled surgeon was a friendly host.
We were impressed with the very well-written Technical Manual for No-Scalpel Vasectomy.
Dr. Ricardo Juan García Cavazos (Director General de Salud Reproductiva y Equidad de Género de la Secretaría de Salud ) led the opening ceremony.
The carambola, also known as starfruit, grew in a tree near the conference center.
The organizing team did a fantastic job and remained cheerful throughout the conference.