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US doctors help local patients

Update: May, 26/2008 - 00:00

US doctors help local patients

(27-05-2008)

Ha 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 Vietnamese doctors.

"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

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