|Doctors at Thủ Đức District Hospital on Tuesday performed the country’s first open heart surgery at a district-level hospital. — Photo courtesy of Thủ Đức District Hospital |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Doctors at Thủ Đức District Hospital in HCM City on Tuesday performed the country’s first open heart surgery at a district-level hospital.
The operation was conducted on a 23-year-old man with congenital heart defects.
Three years ago, the patient from the south central coastal province of Bình Định was diagnosed with atrial septal defects, a common congenital heart defect that causes shunting of blood between systemic and pulmonary circulation. Recently, his health had deteriorated.
The man was admitted to Thủ Đức District Hospital for examination where a Doppler echocardiography showed that he had secundum atrial septal defects 20x23 millimetres in size as well as tricuspid regurgitation, which is an insufficiency of the tricuspid valve, affecting blood flow from the right ventricle to the right atrium.
He also was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.
The hospital’s doctors consulted doctors at the HCM City Heart Institute, who worked with the Thủ Đức Hospital doctors to perform the three-hour surgery, which closed the secundum atrial septal defects.
The patient is recovering and being monitored at the hospital’s Cardiac Intensive Care Department.
Thủ Đức District Hospital has been investing in advanced equipment for a long time, according to Dr Nguyễn Minh Quân, the head of the hospital.
The hospital’s doctors, nurses and other staff were trained at the HCM City Heart Institute for more than four years after the city’s Department of Health approved open heart surgery at the hospital, Quân said. — VNS