Prof. Tran Binh Giang, “ Golden hands” of laparoscopic surgical field in Vietnam

16/07/2019 08:30

Prof. Tran Binh Giang – Director of Viet Duc University Hospital, Executive Committee Member , Former Vice president of Pacific – Asia Laparoscopic surgical committee, President of Vietnamese Association of Endo-laparoscopic Surgeons, President of Vietnam Society of Surgery.

Prof. Tran Binh Giang – Director of Viet Duc University Hospital, Ha Noi – the leader of laparoscopic surgery in Vietnam. Source: Journalist

Life changing


In family, no one ever thinks the boy Tran Binh Giang will study medicine. The incident in his family made a student who received 3rd prize in Literature contest in the North in 60s of previous century decided not to enter literature major in Vietnam National University but to study medicine.

Prof. Tran Binh Giang has told the story that change his decision to choose medical major, his family has 9 children, but unfortunately lost 5 because of illness. The stories told by his mom during his childhood makes he think a lots, as the impotent when we face diseases. Sad story from his sister that he witnessed created a formidable obsession. She gave birth 5 times, but 3 times she saw her children had fever, convulsions and dead. Once he drove his sister and the child to hospital he had to see the suddent dead of his nephew, without understading the reason for his illness. Those sad memories ingrained into his subconscious and he decided to study medical major.  


From the first days of studying, the student Tran Binh Giang had aimed towards surgical major. Right after his graduation, Tran Binh Giang has many opportunities to approach world medical, especially surgical field. The times visit French, Prof. Giang “interested in” organ transplatation. Especially, at Cochin Hospital where Prof. Giang joined a group that deploy laparoscopic surgical technique the first time held by Prof. Bernard Delaitre. This is the chance made Prof. Tran Binh Giang stick with laparoscopic surgery.


In the following years, Prof. Giang spent much time studying and researching laparoscopic surgery. He is one of the first doctors in Vietnam to study laparoscopic surgery. In Vietnam, the field of laparoscopic is still quite new but after only 5 years (the world’s first laparoscopic surgery was 1987) in 1992 Vietnam also conducted laparoscopic surgery. That success has a significant contribution of Prof. Tran Binh Giang.


Enroll the laparoscopic field on the world map


In the  years, Tran Binh Giang was able to work with the leading professors of the country’s medical profession such as Prof. Ton That Bach. Prof. Tran Binh Giang continues to study and implement the technique of laparoscopic surgery that has been studied, including the adrenal laparoscopic surgery. The adrenal glands are very deep, so open surgery is difficult to reach, very large incisions must be made, not to mention just touching the blood pressure increasing high. Hence, in the past, each time an adrenal gland was prepared, it was necessary to prepare medication, thorough options, because of the risk of vascular damage, paralysis, and even life-threatening. However, with the use of laparoscopic surgery, the doctor only needs to make a small incision that is easy to detect the tumor and during the surgery, it is completely possible to control the vascular system so there is no complication which is often serious and easy to occur during open surgery. In particular, instead of 3-port laparoscopic surgery, Prof. Giang only needs 1- port laparoscopic surgery. The patient had little bleeding, recovered quickly, only 2-3 days was discharged. Scientific research of Prof. Tran Binh Giang on laparoscopic adrenal gland surgery has been published internationally since 2002. So far, there have been thousands of patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery and Viet Duc University Hospital has become a center in the world about surgery on adrenal glands.



A special contribution to Vietnamese medicine by Prof. Tran Binh Giang is the treatment to preservation of  organs injuries. In the past, liver rupture, spleen rupture, and kidney rupture were immediately surgery. With the spleen, only a little bit of tissue damage must be removed because fear of not being able to stop bleeding will be dangerous to patient’s life. But then, by reading the international documents in the world, Prof. Giang discovered that the liver, spleen, kidneys can be seamless, surgery is uneccessary, therefore can use preservation treatment. This finding is extremely important, because keeping organs important for health, especially the spleen, produces antibodies against disease.


In recent years, Prof. Tran Binh Giang has been researching deeper in laparoscopic surgical application in intensive pathologies, complicated such as  laparoscopic surgery creates esophagus, laparoscopic surgical 1-port remove appendix (appendectomy)  or gallbladder (cholecystectomy) , CDP – cephalic duodenopancreatectomy by laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic surgery for morbid obesity…


Laparoscopic surgical technique has reduced treatment fees for patients, length stays for hospitalized also shorter, patients are treated with high techniques in the country. Especially, laparoscopic surgical would reduce shock, no needs using pain killer after surgery or a little, remain the aesthetic aspects…


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