FACE TO FACE International's medical trip to Vietnam, 2017

AAFPRS FACE TO FACE: VIETNAM 2017

On October 8-13, 2017, four AAFPRS surgeons with FACE TO FACE participated in a Facial Plastic Surgery Review Course at the ENT Hospital and Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  The FACE TO FACE team has been participating in the Facial Plastic Surgery Review Course since its start in 1999.  This year, over 100 participants registered for the course. 

The ENT Hospital serves over 9,000,000 people in Ho Chi Minh City alone and is dedicated to ENT/Plastic Surgery.  The hospital treats about 3,000 patients per year in the Plastic Surgery Department.  There are 57 ENT physicians and 3 Plastic Surgery attendings at the ENT Hospital. 

The FACE TO FACE trip was led by Dr. John Hodges of Memphis, TN and Dr. Albert Fox of Dartmouth, MA.  Other team members included Dr. Philip Young of Seattle, WA and Dr. Kaete Archer of Melbourne, FL.  Several other surgeons including Dr. Eduardo Yap from the Philippines also participated in the course. 

The course began with clinic at the ENT Hospital to select surgical patients.  We evaluated patients with a combination of reconstructive and cosmetic issues including cleft lip nasal deformity, augmentation rhinoplasty, Asian blepharoplasty, and eyelid ptosis.  Over the next 4 days, we performed surgery in the mornings and presented Facial Plastic Surgery lectures in the afternoons at the ENT Hospital.  On the fifth day of the course, we were welcomed at Cho Ray Hospital, performed surgery and gave several lectures to the ENT and Plastic Surgery Departments.  These surgeries included static repair for facial nerve paralysis, facial trauma, cleft lip nasal deformity, and reconstructive rhinoplasty.  At both hospitals, the cases were streamed live into a lecture auditorium on closed circuit TV with two-way audio allowing the audience to interact with the surgeons. 

At the end of each day, our hosts shared Ho Chi Minh City with us.  We enjoyed traditional Vietnamese food and wine, Vietnamese history and sight-seeing, visited the beach and shopped at the Ben Thanh market.  We were filled with inspiration, reward, and were extremely honored to be a part of this FACE TO FACE team. 

After returning to the United States and reflecting on the trip, we decided that our favorite part was experiencing the camaraderie between our group and the Vietnamese teams.  We enjoyed discussing surgeries and laughing around the dinner table.  It is so much fun to come home with new tips and tricks that we learned from each other as well as from our Vietnamese colleagues!  We look forward to our next trip in 2019!


 

 

  

 

 

Author
Kaete Archer, MD Facial Plastic Surgeon

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