Dr Richard Lawson performs digit separation surgery on a patient in Vietnam

Dr Richard Lawson performs digit separation surgery on a patient in Vietnam

Hue Central Hospital acts as a major referral centre to 16 provincial regions providing leading specialist services throughout the Central region of Vietnam. The hospital itself has an inpatient capacity of 2900 patients, and is categorised as a ‘super hospital’, one of only three designated in Vietnam. This ‘super hospital’ in Hue takes a leading role in teaching surgeons from remote provinces.

Orthopaedic Outreach supports a team annually travelling to Hue Central Hospital, in their mission to improve the surgical skills of hand surgeons throughout the region. Dr Peter Scougall led a highly credentialed team containing Assoc. Prof Graham Gumley, Dr Richard Lawson, Dr Damien Ryan & Dr Sean Nicklin to deliver a formal structured workshop targeting specialist paediatric hand and wrist microsurgical techniques using simulation and problem-based learning. These workshops are often attended by up to forty Vietnamese surgeons looking at expanding their skills into the area of microsurgery, with many more applicants than can be accommodated each year.

Micro surgery training Vietnam.As part of the workshop, each participant receives their own set of highly specialised microsurgical instruments, as well as magnification loupes, making the transition into this delicate speciality more achievable. One of the goals within the region is for the recognition of advanced hand and upper limb surgery by local Vietnamese doctors within their own country.