Reconstructive Microsurgery Center

Plastic Reconstructive Microsurgery Center

  • Chang Gung Memorial Hospital remains on the leading edge of advancing  reconstructive microsurgery techniques. As part of a world-reputable academic medical center, the Reconstructive Microsurgery Center offers state-of-the-art services to patients. Annually, the division performs over 1,000 cases, allowing it to reach a cumulative volume exceeding 22,000 cases, with a success rate of 98%. Our goal is to achieve optimal functional and aesthetic outcomes using tissue engineering, bioscaffolds, stem cell therapy, composite tissue allotransplantations, as well as tissue and stem cells regeneration so that patients may feel and look their best. 
  • The Division of Microsurgery in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has been distinguished among the best medical centers in the world, not only for prowess and expertise in clinical medicine, but also for its quality educational programs and basic science research. Every year, the Reconstructive Microsurgery Center receives a large number of foreign surgeons and researchers-- most of whom are reputable physicians themselves that come from advanced countries like the United States, Europe, South Korea and Japan-- for training. Furthermore, the division has also been known to produce the highest volume of scientific publications among major academic centers in the world. 
  • Led by  Fu-Chan Wei, MD  and Chewi-Chin Chuang, MD, the Reconstructive Microsurgery Centern integrates a complete network of interdisciplinary studies, along with the first ICU in Asia that is specifically tailored to offer microsurgical postoperative care, to assure patients the highest caliber attention and care in a comfortable and quiet environment.

Featured specialties and services include:

  1. Head and neck reconstruction
  2. Breast reconstruction
  3. Lymphedema treatment
  4. Lower and upper extremity reconstruction
  5. Hand reconstruction
  6. Peripheral (Brachial Plexus) reconstruction
  7. Others

Fu-Chan Wei, MD

  • Professor Fu-Chan Wei is a world renowned pioneer in reconstructive microsurgery. Over the past 30 years, he has assembled and led a team that pioneered in developing microsurgical free tissue transfer and its related basic research on ischemia reperfusion injury and microcirculation as well as vascularized composite allo-transplantation. He has also applied his research findings into clinical practice, introducing multiple methods of toe-to-hand transfer for reconstruction of mutilated hands, as well as fibula osteoseptocutaneous flap for reconstruction of extremity and mandibular bony defects. His contributions to the concept of perforator flap and free-style free flap have not only advanced the reconstructive algorithm for tumor resection and traumatic defects, but have also turned microsurgical reconstruction into the gold standard for reconstructing these types of defects. His achievements are evident by his election as one of the twenty most important innovators in plastic surgery over the past 400 years (American Society of Plastic Surgery in 2006), and as one of the one hundred greatest scientists in hand surgery “A Life for Hand Surgery – 100 Life-Portrants (Ein Leben Für die Handchirurgie – 100 Lebensbilder)” in 2007. His publications have been cited more than 8000 times.

1990 - now

Professor in Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taiwan

1992 - 1994

President, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Association, R.O.C.

1994 - 2000

Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

1996 - 1999

Secretary, International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

1996 - 1998

President, R.O.C. Society for Surgery of the Hand

1997 - 2003

Vice Superintendent, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

1997 - 1999

President, International Microsurgical Society

2001 - 2003

President, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

2003 - 2011

Dean, Medical College, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

2007 - 2011

Deputy General Secretary, International Confederation for Plastic  Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

2011 - now

International Associate Editor for the Journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

2011 - now

Chairman of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

2012 - now

Academian of Academia Sinica

1987 - now

Visiting Professor : 63 times

1982 - now

Textbook: editor/author for 11 books, authors for 83 chapters; International journal publication: 436

1982 - now

Invited Special Lectures or Panelist at Major Conference / Medical Centers : 557 times;  Faculty at Independent Instructional Courses or Instructional Courses in Major Conference : 90 times

1994 - now

Training fellows and visiting scholar: 1312 people from 71 countries

  • To learn more about Dr. Fu-Chan Wei, please click here: Link to Yu-Shan Profile
  • Specialties: Reconstructive Microsurgery (Head and Neck, Breast, Upper and Lower Extremity Reconstruction)
  • 1. Various toe-to-hand transfer. Develop many new concepts and techniques for toe-to-hand transplantation: Amputated digit reconstruction with free toe transfer became a common practice and its full-blown application today has achieved better function and esthetic result.

  • A: Pre-op.
  • B,C: Isolated L’t great toe and combined 2&3 toe
  • D,E,F: Appearance and function

 

  • 2. The first to identify the possibility of harvesting fibula with a skin paddle for reconstruction requiring bone and soft tissue. Thus, previously unsalvageable segmental long bone loss, particularly those with soft tissue defects, became reconstructable; saving numerous patients from imminent amputation. This technique has since expanded to reconstruct mandibular and maxillary defects resulting from tumor excision; further allowed osteointegration of teeth into the fibula-reconstructed mandible and maxilla, therefore achieving a total restoration of function and appearance.

  • Giant Ameloblastoma of the mandible
  • Huge segmental mandibular defect after excision of Ameloblastoma;
  • Design of a fibula osteoseptocutaneous flap
  • Harvested fibula osteoseptocutaneous flap
  • Contourred fibula and reconstruction plate
  • Appearance after initial fibula osteoseptocutaneous flap reconstruction
  • G: Dental implant
  • H: Complete dental rehabilitation

 

  • 3. Pioneered the perforator flap and Free Style flap: Developed the perforator flap concepts and techniques which allow harvesting skin flaps without sacrificing muscle, giving surgeons more option for donor sites. Dr. Fu-Chan Wei has taken one step further and introduced the Free Style Flap which allows surgeon to harvest skin flaps from almost any part of the body.

  • A: Tongue cancer 
  • B: Defect
  • C,D: Design and harvest of perforator flap
  • E,F: Appearance and function