doctors help local patients
Noi — A group of US surgeons have come back to Viet Nam to operate on
more than 75 patients, most of whom suffer from leg and foot trouble, making it
difficult or even impossible for them to walk.
The delegation’s head,
Dr Thomas H Lee, Chairman of the Outreach and Education Fund of the American
Orthopaedic Foot&Ankle Society (AOFAS), made the statement last weekend at
the sixth annual scientific seminar on lower extremity surgery, in co-operation
with the Viet-Duc Hospital, the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation and the American
Orthopaedic Foot&Ankle Society.
More than 200 professional
doctors and surgeons from the two countries have joined the seminar, which aimed
to provide new information on surgical techniques and rehabilitation to
"Over the course of
four weeks, we will operate with our Vietnamese colleagues in several healthcare
centres in Vinh City, Hai Phong, Ha Noi (at the Viet Duc Hospital), Ba Vi and
Thai Nguyen," said Lee.
"Our team of two
orthopaedic surgeons had a clinic to evaluate children and other patients for
surgery yesterday. We usually see over 50 people. The rest of week is dedicated
to the operating room," Lee said.
He said that over the past
seven years working with his Vietnamese colleagues, US surgeons had found the
exchange of ideas and camaraderie to be the most important aspects of the work.
And it was the fellowship that brought the doctors back, year after year.
Dr Ngo Toan, from the Viet
Duc Hospital in Ha Noi, praised the US team for bringing over technology to
teach minimally invasive surgery (MIS) with smaller surgical incisions.
"A number of local
patients have benefited from MIS hip replacements since it was applied in the
country last year," said Toan. — VNS