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Renowned thoracic surgeon Dr Diego Gonzalez teaches Waikato Hospital doctors

Surgeons at Waikato Hospital are the first in New Zealand to learn a less invasive lung surgery technique that is quicker, not as painful, and enables patients to recover faster.

The pioneer of the technique, Dr Diego Gonzalez, spent several days last week teaching cardiothoracic specialists at Waikato Hospital how to conduct major lung surgery through one small incision in the chest.

Gonzalez is considered a “global megastar” in the world of uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery [VATS], and runs the international training programme at the biggest thoracic centre in the world at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital in China.

Usually doctors must travel to Shanghai to learn the technique but Gonzalez, who works as a thoracic surgeon at Coruna University Center in Spain, brought uniportal VATS lobectomy training to Hamilton in his first visit to New Zealand.

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