US volunteers give new knees and hips to poor patients in Vietnam

By Dang Hanh, TN News

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Michelle Burdette, a nurse volunteer with Operation Walk, gets a hug from Nho Nguyen after she found out her surgery date. Photo courtesy of Operation Walk Michelle Burdette, a nurse volunteer with Operation Walk, gets a hug from Nho Nguyen after she found out her surgery date. Photo courtesy of Operation Walk
Around 80 poor Vietnamese patients received free knee and hip replacements from the US’s Operation Walk between September 9 and 12 in Hanoi.
The Los Angeles-based volunteer medical service organization screened around 100 patients, at the Hanoi-based 108 Military Hospital, and assessed their orthopedic concerns before choosing 80 patients eligible for surgery.

A patient does physical therapy exercises for her knee after her operation. 

The rest were treated with physical therapy and hormone injections. 
The patients were soon up and about, testing out their new knees and hips with help from physical therapists, just one or two days after the operations, doctors said.
Deputy head of the hospital’s Orthopedic Department Le Van Doan said that the operations, if performed in US, would have cost between US$ 30,000 and 35,000. The program offered an unusual and excellent opportunity for the impoverished patients to receive such high-tech medical services for free.
Doan added that it was also a good opportunity for his health care workers to learn from the US doctors in terms of surgical technique and their professional working style.
 
 

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