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Plastic Surgical

Introduction of Plastic Surgical Section (整形外科)

National Cheng Kung University Hospital Plastic Surgical Section was accredited as a Training Program for Subspecialty in the year of 1990, and ever since attained a prosperous development through persistent hard work and the joint efforts of former director Haw-Yen Chiu, incumbent director Jing-Wei Lee and all the colleagues. Its professionalism had been highly appraised in southern Taiwan. The clinical arena is highlighted with microscopic replantation, complex craniofacial reconstruction for congenital deformity, free flap restoration following oncological ablation or major traumas, critical care for burn patients, as well as all types of cosmetic surgery, and so forth. The department not only is deemed the benchmark unit in southern Taiwan region, but also the referral center for patients with challenging problems.
Knowing that continuous learning, steady enhancement of capability, and innovation are the essential elements for maintaining the vitality of an organization, and keeping its competitive advantage, we attentively exert special and sustained efforts upon teaching and research tasks. Through rigorous teaching activities like pre- and post-operative case conference, ward round, journal meeting, research seminars, and a variety of academic events, we are pledged to strengthen the clinical expertise, reasoning agility, and presentation skills of our trainees, the ultimate goal is to breed confident, self-esteemed, proficient and ethics-minded professionals.
The clinical field of plastic surgery covers a wide range of anatomic and physiological domains, and therefore intimate and constructive interaction with other medical professional is mandatory. With that in mind, we had been engaged in dialogue with colleagues from various disciplines on a long-term basis, so as to share experiences, nurture partnership, and exchange knowledge, with the ultimate goal of optimizing the service quality and patient safety.
To date, a total of over six hundred finger replantation and more than two thousand hand injury repair had been accomplished in our department, more recently our service extended to the more sophisticated brachial plexus injury reconstruction with reasonable result. The reasons behind such achievement include: solid microscopy surgical training, rigorous and intensive technical rehearsal in animal laboratories, which gave rise to the outstanding successful rate for digital replantation beyond 85%, and that is a great blessing for the victims of industrial accidents.
Since 1995, treatment of facial paralysis has been progressively advancing, so as the reconstruction for breast cancer patient, there are over two hundred cases of autologous tissue transplantation for mastectomy defect with impressive results. The use of three-dimensional computerized imaging and simulation system, together with 3-D printing technique helped us to execute many a craniofacial restorative or recontouring works, either owing to developmental disfigurement, trauma or oncological ablation.
Over the years, our research activities encompass interscholastic, intercollegiate as well as an international academic conferences, so as to enhance vision and knowledge of our members. Our department subsidies and encourages residents to actively participate in academic conferences abroad and present their experience back home. Every resident is required to submit an article and get it published in the peer-review journal prior to graduation. Attending physicians are required to visit internationally renowned programs, so that they may grasp the new trend of technology and learn about the research frontier. Most of our colleagues use their spared time to attend graduate school, which makes great contribution to enhance the overall momentum and quality of the research work. Up to now more than eighty percent of our faculties have acquired master or PhD degree.
The effective integration of basic and clinical knowledge sparks off a unique professional competence within our team. Currently our research works are focused on engineering tissue regeneration, stem cell research, autologous fat transplantation, bone substitute biomaterials exploitation, and computerized simulation and image guided surgical reconstruction.
The governance emphasizes upon the principles of rationalization, democratization, transparency, and respect for individuality, taking into account the overall team efficiency and image. The life quality of our colleagues is also of great concern, as such, each resident is bestowed with his/her own official space, fun retreats are held annually, with an aim to fasten the cohesion within the entire family.
Since the founding of this program, we have trained over 30 plastic surgical specialists; a lesser proportion of the graduates stayed in National Cheng Kung University Medical Center, others thrive in private practice or serve as institutional leader. They all pose as superb examples alluding to the positive future prospect of this career or role model for the newcomers