West China Hospital, Sichuan University—Chengdu, China

Department of Orthopedic Surgery
West China Hospital, Sichuan University
No.37 Guo Xue Road, 
Chengdu, Sichuan, 610041


Spine Center Director: Hao Liu

Team members:
Yueming Song
Limin Liu
Quan Gong
Jiancheng Zeng
Tao Li
Litai Ma
Lei Wang
Ganjun Feng
Chunguang Zhou
Zhongjie Zhou
Beiyu Wang
Jing Xue
Xi Yang
Chen Ding
Yuxiao Deng
Liang Wang
Hua Chen
Peng Xiu
Xin Rong

Center description: 

West China Hospital (WCH) is one of the largest single-site hospitals in the world and a leading medical center of West China, treating complicated and severe cases. The hospital has 6,000 beds and has more than 7,800 medical staff working among 38 clinical departments and 16 non-clinical and laboratory departments. Each year, more than 5.5 million patients visited the outpatient department, 233,000 patients were discharged from inpatient departments, and more than 132,900 operations were performed. Since 2009, the hospital has ranked second on the China Best Hospital List each year.

Most frequent pathologies

Cervical spondylotic myelopathy, occipitocervical deformity, spinal trauma, adolesent idiopathic scoliosis, adult spinal deformity (scoliosis or kyphosis), degenerative lumbar disease, spinal tuberculosis 

Most frequent surgical procedures

C3-7 CDR, C3-7 ACDF or ACCF, C3-7 expansive open-door laminoplasty, T12-L5 ACF (anterior corpectomy and fusion), L4-S1 TLIF, T1-L5 PSO+PF, L4-S1 endoscopic discectomy


Number of cases per year: More than 2,600 patients
Number of instrumented cases per year: 2,100

Total estimated number of procedures:

  • Cervical deformity
  • Cervical trauma 
  • Cervical tumor 
  • Rheumatoid cervical spine
  • Chronic pain
  • Degenerative cervical spine 
  • Degenerative lumbar spine
  • Dysraphic conditions  
  • Special procedures
  • Thoracic & lumbar trauma 
  • Thoracic, lumbar and sacral tumor 
  • Thoracolumbar deformity 

Other techniques performed:

  • Correction of scoliosis, Percutaneous spine endoscopy surgery

10 per month  
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5 per month 
10 per month 
30 per month
5 per month
15 per month 

Types of fellowships

  • National fellowship
  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Long-term fellowships (6 to 12 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in

Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: 6 – 10