Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
The Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cheng Hsin General Hospital was established in 1994, and our vision is underpinned by the core value of Cheng Hsin General Hospital—‘Compassionate Heart, Dedicated Care’. In order to achieve our goal of providing the best services for our patients, we take a variety of approaches.
Firstly, the team consists of a range of different professionals; 12 cardiovascular surgeons (including 3 cardiovascular surgeons based permanently at the Cardiac Care Unit for 24hours services); there are 5 surgeons who are qualified instructors of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and 3 residents. In order to provide a delicate service, we also facilitate professional teams to treat patients with cardiac problems such as the Heart Transplantation Team, Heart Failure Team and Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP).
Secondly, we provide a wide range of specialties. We offer cardiac surgeries, such as Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Valvular Heart Surgery, Congenital Heart Disease Surgery, Heart Transplantation; various vascular surgeries include Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection, Surgery for Peripheral Artery Occlusive Disease, and Vascular Access. Additionally, a new skill of Hybrid Cardiovascular Surgery has been created by the team at Cheng Hsin, and was introduced in 2009, in the first Hybrid Operating Room In Taiwan at the same hospital. Moreover, mechanical heart assist devices such as IABP, ECMO and Ventricular assist device when patients suffer with acute cardiac and thoracic failure.
We approach our seemingly impossible mission with great enthusiasm. After our first case of heart transplantation (in 1988), the team successfully performed an indigenous Total Artificial Heart replacement (in 1996). Since then, the team has set records and achieved internationally recognized high standard. For example, we performed the first case in the world of Orthotopic Heart Transplantation without blood transfusion for a two-year old boy (in 2001), and we also successfully performed Orthotopic Heart Transplantation with a donor heart of 13-hour ischemic time, which was the world record for the longest ischemic time for a donor heart (in 2003). Additionally, we perform Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Video assist minimal invasive Mitral Valve repair and also successfully repaired a ruptured left ventricle with Auto-transplantation of the heart. Our Heart Transplant Team has also achieved the best post-heart transplant survival rates, which have been verified by the National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare. The results compare very favorably with other countries world wide.
During the last two decades, heart disease has become one of the leading causes of death in Taiwan. In order to address the important issues, our team have not only continued to keep up to date with professional knowledge and skills, but have also undertaken research and developed new skills in order to provide high quality services for patients experiencing heart problems. We take our responsibility to address the challenges faced by patients with heart disease very seriously, and use flexible teamwork to meet our goal- providing holistic services with Dignity, Choice and Safety.