Department of Thoracic, Breast and Endocrine, and Pediatric Surgery
We provide surgical care for diseases relevant to the chest other than the heart and blood vessel above the diaphragm, and for children. Thus we perform surgery of the respiratory, mediastinal, breast and thyroid diseases. Our department members are qualified for medical specialists and teaching doctors certified by the relevant medical societies. We hold a conference for all our patients, and the treatment is determined accurately based on the present medical standard. Our mission is to make full use of the best technology and to perform safe and effective treatment for difficult diseases by surgical intervention. The present annual operations amount to 650 cases, which include approximately 150 cases with primary lung cancer per year, and we are regarded as one of the best facilities in Japan. Especially, in thoracic surgery, which is the main area of our department, mediastinal disease, primary and metastatic lung cancer, benign lung tumor and pneumothorax are treated them according to the safest protocols that are based on our extensive experience.
Recently, thoracoscopic surgery including robotic surgery has moved towards a minimally invasive surgical procedure from open surgery. Fukuoka University was one of the earliest institutions to adopt this new method in Japan. Many patients have visited the hospital for treatment from all over the country as well as from the Fukuoka Prefecture. Our educational programs foster endoscopic surgeons and many doctors have visited our institution to learn our techniques.
Lung transplantation is applied to younger patients with severe respiratory failure. There are only nine brain death lung transplantation facilities officially approved in Japan now. We performed the first brain death lung transplantation in Kyushu, and succeeded in the living donor lung transplantation of the youngest patient in the world. We are one of the few facilities to undertake lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema mainly for the elderly, reaching 100 patients, which have been carried out under the strict criteria.
Fukuoka University Hospital provides comprehensive breast cancer treatment. In addition to standard surgical treatment, breast reconstruction by the plastic surgery department, imaging studies and radiation therapy by the radiology department and systemic chemotherapy by the medical oncology department are carried out by the multidisiplinary approach to obtain the best treatment outcome for patients.
Fukuoka University Hospital has been designated as the Comprehensive Perinatal Medical Center in Fukuoka. The number of surgical interventions for all newborn infants is increasing. In addition, very advanced endoscopic surgery for children can also be performed.