Spinal Surgery_Clinical Departments_The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University
Spinal Surgery

The Spinal Surgery department was found in 2004 in our hospital. After nearly ten years’ endeavour, the department of Spinal Surgery has been officially found in Aug, 2013, with a total of 33 beds in Ward 391 in the new hospital. Now there are 2 senior doctors, 2 attending doctors, and 1 resident in this team, of whom 2 obtained doctoral degrees, 2 Master degrees, and 2 associate professors. Dr Teng got the Discipline leader in Wenzhou Medical University in 2010. He and Dr Wang had the New Century Talents’ Project in Wenzhou several years ago.

Within 9 years from 2004 to 2013, the members in this spine team has been growing steadily and they are making their great efforts to satisfy every patient and to achieve the success of every surgery. Over 2,500 spinal operations have been performed ever since its foundation in a period of 9 years, most of which were minimal invasive surgeries and the more challenging surgeries at the cervical spine. More than 600 spinal operations have been achieved annually in these years. The annual out-patients averaged up to 10,000 cases.

Cervical Spinal Surgery was and is one of the leading operations in the department of spinal surgery. Since 2004, Dr Teng has performed a large number of cervical operations including ACCF (anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion), ACDF (anterior cervical discetomy and fusion) on the patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy, trauma, infection, tumor and deformity at the cervical spine. He also performed the first operation, transpedicular screw fixation and reduction of the atlanto-axial dislocation at the upper cervical spine, in the spinal field in Wenzhou. These were, especially at early stage of department development, with the helps of his postgraduate mentors from Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, the cradle of the spine surgeon in China.

Spinal minimal invasive surgery is one of the features in our department. The patients with either cervical spondylosis or lumbar disc herniations could be treated with MIS, MIS-TLIF, PLIF or small incision surgeries. Percutaneous kyphonplasty (PKP), or percutaneous vertebral plasty (PVP), has showing its distinguished and dramatic outcomes in treating osteoporosis vertebral compression fracture, metastatic spinal tumor and spinal hemangioma for more than 8 years since 2006. In this year, percutaneous lumbar endoscopic discetomy has been performed in many patients with lumbar disorders while achieving better surgical outcomes with really minimal invasive trauma.

Many doctors also have been to American and European countries to further study the MIS, tumor and deformity at the spine in recent years. More than 10 SCI papers on the spinal surgery were published with the first or correspondence author in this department. Now they are in charge of 1 national scientific fund (NSF) and are participating in 4 NSFs. They also have been presided over 2 provincial scientific funds up to now. They attended or hosted various spine meetings both home and abroad. The medical staffs are in charge of teaching both the undergraduate students and the international students in the Medical University.