A successful  hip joint dislocation surgery for a Canadian seaplane pilot

Only 3 days after emergency surgery for severe hip joint dislocation due to a traffic accident, seaplane pilot Mr. Dustin Spencer (34 year old, Canadian) was able to begin to walking again. Rapid recovery following his injury was very important to him and he was very pleased by his quick recovery after surgery at Vinmec International Hospital. .

Following a crash between motorcycle and a car, Mr. Spencer was unable to move his right leg, which is very painful. On admission to the Emergency Department of Vinmec, Times City International Hospital at 3:30 AM on 29/12/2016, he was diagnosed with total hip joint dislocation – right posterior column acetabular fracture. When realising that he had sustained a very serious bone and joint injury, Mr. Spencer intended to fly back to Canada for treatment.
However, as the retrieval procedure to fly to Canada would cause delayed treatment, he understood this would greatly affect his recovery with potential complication of femoral head necrosis. In the decisive moment, Mr. Spencer chose to put his trust in Dr. Nguyen Dac Nghia - Head of Orthopaedic unit at Vinmec International Hospital, Times City.  Dr. Nguyen Dac Nghia is an experienced expert in hip and knee joint surgery in Vietnam. He had successfully operated many knee joint, hip surgery and severe scoliosis cases over the 30 years of his career.

Dr. Nghia and his team conducted reduction of hip joint dislocation, and plate-screw acetabular fixation in a surgery which lasted more than 4 hours.

With this case, Dr. Nghia and his team successfully conducted reduction of hip joint dislocation, and plate-screw acetabular fixation in a surgery which lasted more than 4 hours. One day after surgery, Mr. Spencer was able to sit up on his bed and bend his knees. Three days after surgery, he started rehabilitation exercises. Six days after surgery, he was discharged and performed periodical rehabilitation sessions under intensive exercises in the hospital. 

Six days after surgery, Mr Spencer was discharged and performed periodical rehabilitation sessions under intensive exercises in the hospital. 

In mid-January 2017, before returning to Canada Mr. Spencer had his last follow-up visit with Doctor Doan Manh Hung (Orthopedic Unit and his direct treating physician). Mr. Spencer sent his thanks to all the team members - doctors, nurses and technicians at Vinmec for taking such good care of him. "Canada is a country with very high quality medical services. During my time in Vinmec, I found no difference in the service between Vinmec and the service in Canada. I was very touched because in my hour of need, Vinmec doctors made collaborated to ensure the best treatment for me. My surgery was performed by one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Vietnam. I am also thankful for the nurses at Surgical Department who took very good care of my wound and tried not to cause me any pain. The professionalism demonstrated in the smallest details has contributed to such good service quality at Vinmec"- said Mr. Spencer.

Immediately after surgery, the patient also needs the active support of Rehabilitation Department to exercise, so that he could quickly back to normal life.

According to prognosis, after one month of surgery, Mr. Spencer’s bone and joint injury would be recovered, hence, he hopes he could walk almost normally. Dr. Nguyen Dac Nghia said: "With the complex hip surgery, the 40-centimetre length incision from the thigh to the waist as Mr. Spencer's case, success is not related to good surgical techniques, but also from doctors and nurses’ care so as to ensure rapid recovery. In addition, the Mr. Spencer’s own active role and self-care, followed the doctors’ guidance of rehabilitation exercise, contributed to his good recovery. Talking more about orthopedic surgery at Vinmec Times City hospital, Dr. Nguyen Dac Nghia said: "In orthopedic department, there are doctors specializing in specific fields such as spine, knee, hip, with constantly updating new techniques. In Vinmec hospital, many orthopedic procedures have been done regularly with good results and so far the majority of the cases were treated with good outcomes. Especially the knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery, the scar is small and aesthetic, especially less painful when performing surgery. These orthopedic technique often require competency in skills and good cooperation skill among surgical orthopedic doctors, imagining diagnosis during surgery and nurses. Immediately after surgery the patient also needs the active support of Rehabilitation Department to exercise so that he could quickly back to normal life.".