Bringing Our Vascular Expertise To Vietnam
Our Southeast Asian neighbour Vietnam is a fast-growing nation of tremendous potential. The country has an estimated population of about 87 million spread out across five municipalities (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho). Of this, 60 per cent of its population is under the age of 35 years old. With its rising economy, the country is seeing an emerging middle class, especially in the key cities of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hanoi.
In December 2015, a team from the Vascular and Interventional Centre led by our Medical Director Dr Benjamin Chua visited Hanoi. Our team was there to collaborate with fellow colleagues at the Hanoi Heart Hospital, sharing information and techniques on the treatment of vascular conditions.
During our visit, we were also able to administer treatment on a young Vietnamese lady, who was afflicted with a serious case of arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) on her lower limbs. This vascular condition has resulted in her legs swelling up considerably, affecting both her mobility and quality of life.
Supported by our friends at the Hanoi Heart Hospital, Dr Chua performed a surgical operation for the lady, clearing the vascular malformation on one of her legs. The vascular surgery was a success, with the leg operated on recovering from the malformation speedily. A date has been penciled in for March 2016, for our medical team to return and perform vascular surgery for her other leg.
All in all, this was a fruitful trip for us at the Vascular and Interventional Centre. Besides reaching out to our medical colleagues in the region, we were also able to set a young lady on a gradual road towards recovery from her vascular condition.
We’re definitely looking forward to our trip to Vietnam in March!