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Dr. David T. W. Chiu provides surgical services in a number of different medical specialties for his patients.  Below you will find an introduction to each of his four main specialties with details on some of the procedures he performs.  For detailed information on a procedure please contact our office via phone or email.

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is commonly divided into two main fields, cosmetic and reconstructive, both of which are areas of expertise for Dr. Chiu. 

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgical procedures typically are intended to restore function and form to an area of the body that has been damaged or is deformed by birth.  Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) for the correction of breathing problems and surgical reconstruction for conditions like cleft palate or hare lip are both common examples of reconstructive surgery.  Dr. Chiu’s other areas of specialty, hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and microsurgery, also play an important role in reconstructive surgery. 

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic procedures are also referred to as aesthetic surgery.  Purely elective in nature, this area is comprised exclusively of procedures for the enhancement of appearance.  Rhytidectomy (Face Lift) and Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) are two of the cosmetic procedures that are regularly performed by Dr. Chiu. Cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance.

Hand Surgery

Hand surgery is labeled as a subspecialty of plastic surgery and requires additional training often coming in the form of a hand surgery fellowship.  For Dr. Chiu, the completion of a hand surgery fellowship at NYU Medical Center with Dr. Robert W. Beasley, creator of the Hand Surgery Service at NYU Medical Center, gave him the initial training to become the hand surgeon he is today.  Reconstruction of the hands due to trauma or congential disorders like Apert Syndrome are part of the scope of Dr. Chiu’s practice.  The surgical release of carpal tunnel syndrome is also a common procedure performed by Dr. Chiu.  He has been Board Certified as a hand surgeon since 1990 and continues to provide surgical hand care to his patients.

Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Compressed, damaged, or severed nerves in the extremities require a surgeon with exceptional credentials and skill.  Dr. Chiu is the credited inventor of the Autogenous Venous Nerve Conduit technique. Autogenous Venous Nerve Conduit is a surgical procedure that uses vein tissue from a patient’s own body to link severed nerves with a separation of as much as 3 cm.  Using this technique, feeling and function can be restored where it has been lessened or lost.  Other peripheral nerve issues that can be treated surgically include carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve entrapment.

Microsurgery

Microsurgery is the use of medical microscopes to perform complex surgeries on small blood vessels and nerves. It is generally concerned with the reconstruction of damaged or missing tissues. Perhaps the most significant result of the use of operating microscopes has been the ability to perform transplantation of tissue and re-attachment of severed body parts.  Surgeries like Toe to Hand Transfer, Free Flap Transfer, Nerve Grafting, and the Autogenous Vein Graft as a Conduit for Nerve Regeneration (AVNC) all make use of the techniques of microsurgery and are performed by Dr. Chiu.

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