|More than 280 domestic and international spine surgeons and researchers are attending the fifth annual conference of the Cervical Spine Research Society-Asia Pacific Section (CSRS-AP 5 Vietnam) in HCM City. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng
HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 280 international and Vietnamese spine surgeons and researchers are taking part in a conference today of the Cervical Spine Research Society-Asia Pacific Section in HCM City to discuss the latest advances in cervical spine care.
Viet Nam is the first country in Southeast Asia to organise the conference, which aims to improve cervical spine care in the Asia Pacific region, said Associate Professor Vo Van Thanh, who is president of the CSRS-AP 5 Congress.
"It's a great opportunity for local surgeons to learn about the latest knowledge about spinal deformities and cervical surgeries," he said.
"There is a severe shortage of cervical spine surgeons in Viet Nam, with around 60 cervical spine surgeons nationwide," Thanh, who is also president of the Spine Society of HCM City, said.
"It is a modest figure compared to other countries such as South Korea, which has 400 surgeons, and Japan, which has 3,000," he added.
The annual two-day conference, which began on Friday, has attracted 170 participants from 20 countries and territories, including the US, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, China, India and Spain.
Myelopathy, spinal stenosis, ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, laminoplasty and cervical pedicle screws are among the topics being discussed at the meeting. Also scheduled from April 3-5 is the 20th meeting of the Spine Society of HCM City. The Butterfly Foundation-SSHV Operative Spine Course with live surgeries, to be held on April 7-8 at the Hospital for Trauma-Orthopedics in HCM City, would help young spine surgeons learn about spinal deformities and cervical spine surgeries, Thanh said.
On April 9-12, the Spine Society of HCM City will take part in the fifth International Spine Symposium and Operative Spine Course organised at Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang. —VNS