As a top surgery teaching hospital, we have advanced equipment like choledochoscope system, laparoscopic system, mobile ultrasound, radio frequency liver tumor cautery, ultrasonic hepatectomy equipment, and electro-thermo bipolar electrosurgical coagulator to provide quality medical services.
Our living donor liver transplantation team has achieved remarkable results under the leadership of Dr. Zheng Long-bin. Two consecutive operations in one day time was a new record in Taiwan. In 2011, the team went on to create another record of three consecutive operations in two days. By the end of November last year, we already had nearly 100 cases of living donor liver transplantation under our belt, and had an impressive one-year survival rate of 95.4%. The five-year survival rate of all living donor liver transplants was 85%, indicating a world-class performance.
Laparoscopic weight loss surgery
In recent years, the biggest progress in weight loss surgery is the use of laparoscopic surgery. Many randomized clinical studies have shown that laparoscopic surgery is better than traditional surgery, with the biggest advantage being minimal abdominal wound complications.
Up to 30% of patients suffer wound complications and hernia after traditional surgery. Laparoscopic surgery has no such problems. Other benefits include less pain, faster recovery, fewer days of hospital stay, and better appearance of the wounds.
The most commonly procedures are laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery.
Laparoscopic liver resection
Laparoscopic surgery has had many new applications in recent years, such as bariatric surgery, gastric countercurrent surgery and large intestine resection, and kidney surgery. Minimally invasive surgery has the advantages of small and less ugly wound, and shorter time for recovery and hospital stay.
Laparoscopic surgery for hepatectomy was first reported in 1994, but is still limited in its development and applicability after more than a decade, mainly due to the fact that 1) bleeding control is still a challenge for surgeons, 2) The surgeon must master both laparoscopic surgery and hepatectomy, and 3) gas-filled thrombus caused by inflation is still a big concern.
We started laparoscopic hepatectomy 10 years ago and have accumulated quite some successful experience. Laparoscopic liver resection is safe for selected (not all) patients. It shortens operation time and avoids complications caused by a large wound.
Treatment for endocrine and digestive system cancer
Traditional thyroidectomy approach cuts open a wound 3-6 cm long in the patient's neck so as to remove the thyroid tissue. The incision in endoscopic thyroidectomy is in the front of the underarm and areola.
Endoscopic thyroidectomy has a longer surgical path than traditional surgery, and the removed tissue is limited to less than 3 cm, but the scar is shorter and can be covered with clothes. It is a good option for patients who mind scars.