International Thyroid Surgery Center (ITSC), KMUH, Taiwan
Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital(KMUH) has launched an innovative, evolutionary real time intraoperative neuro-monitoring (real-time IONM) system and an international standard procedure for IONM (2008) used in thyroid surgery, which has been adopted in the international guideline. This updated system can protect the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) in a more precise, safe and convenient way during thyroid surgery, and has received accreditation of Symbol of National Quality (SNQ) of Taiwan in 2011. Post-thyroidectomy risk of vocal cord palsy that causes hoarseness of voice and choking can be avoided. KMUH is the very first and leading hospital in Asia to apply IONM system since 2005.
The International Thyroid Surgery Center (ITSC) of KMUH was established in 2017 to provide regular training courses for surgeons, nurses and related medical personnel who are taking care of patients with thyroid diseases, and to provide full scale domestic/ international thyroid surgery services. Professor Feng-Yu Chiang and associate professor Che-Wei Wu, directors of the ITSC, are renowned international scholars in neuro-monitoring. They have published more than 50 clinical and basic research articles in international SCI journals as well as three teaching DVDs (2006-2008). Dr. Chiang and Dr. Wu are board members (7 as total) of the International Neural Monitoring Study Group (INMSG), and are frequently invited to give speeches and training courses worldwide, helping other hospitals to established neuro-monitering training centers in China, South Korea and Japan.
Services and Advantages:
Intraoperative neuro-monitoring (IONM)
a. To avoid post-thyroidectomy risk of vocal cord palsy that causes hoarseness of voice and choking of foods
The ITSC team consisted of 5 head and neck/thyroid surgeons, two endocrinologists, two anesthesiologists, four nurse specialists and one speech- language pathologist. Since 2005, using the up-to-date real-time and standardized IONM procedure during thyroid surgery, our team has provided a refined thyroid surgery protocol to ensure high quality services for patients who undergo thyroid surgery.
b. Training courses for intraoperative neuro-monitoring
The ITSC also provides regular training courses for better competency of domestic and international surgeons who involved in treating benign or malignant thyroid diseases. Up to 2017, more than 100 surgeons attended the training course (lectures and seminar, laboratory studies and operating room practice).
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