Vietnamese endosurgery praised at Asian conference

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Dr Nguyen Thanh Liem (2nd, left) at a discussion at the 23rd Congress of Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons

Vietnamese surgeons were honored for developing new minimally invasive surgical techniques at a recent medical conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Eight Vietnamese journal articles were presented at the 23rd biennial Congress of Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons and a Vietnamese doctor also lectured at the event October 8-10.

Nguyen Thanh Liem, MD. PhD., director of the National Hospital of Pediatrics, presented two lectures to nearly 200 experts from 20 countries and territories.

One lecture introduced new Vietnamese techniques using the laparoscopic approach to treat anorectal malformation.

His other talk was about thoracoscopic repair to help treat congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

His were among 30 lectures heard at the conference. Many journal articles on pediatric surgeries were also presented.

Dr Liem has been in the spotlight ever since he and his Vietnamese colleagues drew attention while presenting seven journal articles on minimally invasive surgery at the conference two years ago in Malaysia.

At the 17th edition of the congress, he and other Vietnamese doctors successfully performed an endoscopic surgery to remove a cyst in the main bile duct on a 2-year-old girl at Mackey Hospital, one of the biggest in Taiwan.

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Taiwanese doctors told the congress that the performance prompted them to develop the technique as well while doctors from other countries said they wanted to visit Liem's hospital in Hanoi to learn more about it.

Liem will be one of two vice chairs at the next congress in 2014, which Vietnam will host.

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