National No-Scalpel Vasectomy Conference

Mexico 2016

John with Mexican vasectomy colleagues in Cuernavaca Mexico

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.

Zona Aqueológico de Xochicalco - pyramid

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.

Cena en la Casa Rivera - Cuernavaca Mexico

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.

dinner in Casa Rivera in Cuernavaca

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.

Chava Jaya Tonio John Michel Jonathan in Cuernavaca

We had breakfast at the conference hotel and enjoyed the warm Mexican hospitality.

vasectomy sign outside the health center

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).

Centro Estatal de Capacitación en Vasectomía sin Bisturí en el Centro de Salud Tlaltenango

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)

Chava John Delma en el quirófano

Our hosts invited us into the operating room.

John watching Michel do vasectomy en el Centro de Salud Tlaltenango in Cuernavaca Mexico

Here I am observing Dr. Labrecque and Dr. Yañez performing a vasectomy.

Michel Labrecque operating in Cuernavaca while the team observes

This operating table has physicians from Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Michel doing vasectomy dans la salle opératoire dans el Centro de Salud Tlaltenango in Cuernavaca

Here Dr. Labrecque shows his use of the Li dissecting forceps.

Delma modeling the surgical booties en el Centro de Salud Tlaltenango in Cuernavaca

Dr. Delma Gaytan demonstrates how the clever entrance to the operating area essentially forces the physicians to stop and put on their surgical booties.

Salvador Estévez Sánchez - Chava - in Cuernavaca

The cheerful Salvador Estévez Sánchez, also known as Chava, besides being a skilled surgeon was a friendly host.

manual técnico de vasectomía sin bisturí

We were impressed with the very well-written Technical Manual for No-Scalpel Vasectomy.

Opening Ceremony for 2016 Vasectomy Conference in Cuernavaca Mexico

Dr. Ricardo Juan García Cavazos (Director General de Salud Reproductiva y Equidad de Género de la Secretaría de Salud ) led the opening ceremony.

John Michel y Alicia in Cuernavaca
John Curington with Mexican vasectomy colleagues at Conference in Cuernavaca
carambola fruit - Averrhoa carambola - from tree in conference center

The carambola, also known as starfruit, grew in a tree near the conference center.

organizing team in Cuernavaca at NSV Conference

The organizing team did a fantastic job  and remained cheerful throughout the conference.

Reunión Nacional de VSB - panoramic view of the vasectomists in Cuernavaca 2016
Michel Labrecque y Elena y John Curington at Vasectomy Conference in Cuernavaca
Jonathan con Irma Elena Alonso Pérez de Tamulipas at conference in Cuernavaca
Hombres Responsables - Jonathan's back - Vasectomy Conference in Cuernavaca
Dr. Urania Contreras Rivera and Dr John Curington at vasectomy conference in Cuernavaca
Yolanda John Alicia Michel Liset Jonathan on the final day in Cuernavaca
El Ángel de la Independencia, Ciudad de Mexico
Palace of Fine Arts at night in Mexico City