Center for Reconstructive Surgery
The CMUH Center for Reconstructive Surgery (CRS) was thoroughly and purposefully planned with one objective in mind: to provide each patients in need of reconstructive surgery with unrivaled quality of care.
The CRS performs several multi-specialty procedures within disciplines such as gynecology, urology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pain management, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and oral and hand surgery.
Reconstructive surgery helps patients of all ages and types, whether it be a child with a birth defect, a young adult injured in an accident, or an older adult with age-related problems.
The goals of reconstructive surgery differ from those of cosmetic surgery. A Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumors, or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
Dr. HC Chen (陳宏基) and his expert team deliver cutting-edge treatment solutions that are personalized for every patient.
Breast implants and reconstruction, treatment of lymphedema, lymphatic reconstruction
Treatment for cystic fibrosis syndromes and craniosynostosis
Correction of cleft lip and palate
Ear reconstruction, orbital construction
Hand surgery/orthopedic plastic surgery
We are visited by two basic categories of patients: those who have congenital deformities, otherwise known as birth defects; and those with developmental deformities, acquired as a result of accident, infection, disease, or in some cases, aging. Some common examples of congenital abnormalities are birthmarks; cleft-lip and palate deformities; hand deformities such as syndactyly (webbed fingers), or extra or absent fingers; and abnormal breast development.
Burn wounds, lacerations, growths, lymphedema (after breast cancer surgery), and aging problems are also considered acquired deformities. In some cases, patients may find that a procedure commonly used for aesthetic purposes may be performed to achieve a reconstructive goal.
Free tissue transfer (including a variety of perforator flap techniques)
Esophageal reconstruction (cervical and thoracic) using various intra-abdominal visceral fat tissues
Brachial reconstruction: Primary repairs using nerve grafts and nerve transfers, or secondary reconstruction using functioning free muscle transplantations and tendon transfers
Head and neck resection for cancer therapy
Lymphedema reconstructions using free lymph node transplantation, direct excision, and reduction using microsurgical techniques and perforator concepts (radical reduction with preservation of perforators)
Bone reconstructions for traumatic and non-traumatic defects (open reduction internal fixation for fractures, and secondary complex reconstructions of the upper and lower extremities, spine, and head and neck regions)
Programs for international doctors as fellows, visiting scholars, or invited visiting professors
The Center for Reconstructive Surgery, in collaboration with the Department of Trauma, Orthopedic, and Hand Surgery, offers a comprehensive training program for all surgeons interested in one or all of these specialties. The staff of these departments have focused interests, but are still able to offer a broad spectrum of surgical subspecialty operations that include head and neck, upper extremity, torso, and lower extremity reconstructions using the latest microsurgical and non-microsurgical techniques.
The staff of these departments have extensive experience in these techniques and are enthusiastic about sharing and exchanging knowledge through discussions both in and out of the operating room. This is in accordance with our philosophy, which encourages the exchange of knowledge and experience.
The Center for Reconstructive Surgery and its leaders have dedicated a large fund to allow surgeons of all levels to visit and train at this center, receiving comfortable and convenient accommodations, and in most instances, a stipend to pursue these endeavors.
These foreign surgeons are welcomed as fellows, visiting scholars, observers, or visiting professors. We encourage applications from doctors at all levels including medical students, residents, and attending physicians. We welcome doctors of all levels and are particularly interested in having senior surgeons join our team, and will fund their visit appropriately.
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