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21) Brazilian orthopedic surgeon hopes to learn new technique


Breno Frota Siqueira, an orthopedic surgeon from Brazil, has been participating in a fellowship course at Wooridul Spine Hospital.



Siqueira said he came to Korea because orthopedic doctors here use modern equipment, which facilitates learning, while those in Brazil can only find limited technology at a small number of private hospitals.

"Many people ask me here in Seoul why I did not go to take a fellowship program in the Unites States or a European country, which are much closer to Brazil. I chose Wooridul hospital because of its worldwide recognition for the clinical treatment of spine problems with minimally invasive techniques," he said in a recent interview with The Korea Times at the hospital in southern Seoul.

Operation costs and difficulties with Brazilian laws make it difficult to develop new surgical techniques in the country, resulting in a slow and expensive process, Siqueira said.

Siqueira, who began his career as an orthopedic surgeon in 2007, also participated in Wooridul's minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) course in 2017, which provides lectures, observation of operations and supervised hands-on practice of the surgical technique.

The MISS technique, developed by the hospital, preserves as much of the regular disc tissue as possible, leaving a minimal scar to help patients recover more quickly.

"I already knew that Korea was a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery and decided to come here to learn about that," he said.

The fellowship course provides easy access to operating suites, which allows the participants to ask any questions about the surgery directly to the surgeons. The large number of surgeries performed at the hospital is also one of benefits in the fellowship program, he said.

Although the hospital treats patients from many countries, he is especially pleased to see Brazilian patients here.

"I remember one patient from Brazil who already had surgeries three times in the last 10 years in Brazil without considerable improvement. She came to know about this hospital after her son's Google searching and visited here."

Siqueira said the patient had surgery with the MISS technique which takes 30 minutes with a shorter anesthesia time. He hopes someday he will treat patients in Brazil with the MISS technique and allow them to be free from worrying about the side effects of traditional open surgery such as backache and difficulty in mobility.

"I believe that one day the medical environment for spine surgery will change in Brazil, as my ultimate goal is to be able to help my patients there, offering less invasive surgeries," he said.

20) Wooridul's technique recognized internationally :Posted by Korea Times


When stepping inside the front door of Wooridul Spine Hospital in Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul, many can't help but be surprised by the number of foreign patients walking around in the building.

Since it was established in its first location in Busan in 1982, the hospital has been solely focusing on spinal treatment. Since 2006, more than 16,000 foreign patients from 130 countries including China, Japan, the United States and Russia have visited the hospital for spinal surgery.

Right before the interview with The Korea Times, Lee Sang-ho, a spinal orthopedic surgeon and chairman of Wooridul Hospital, asked Brazilian orthopedist Breno Frota to meet and consult with a patient from that country with Lee. Frota has been participating in a fellowship course at the hospital.



The Brazilian doctor also participated in Wooridul's minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) course in 2017. The MISS program is a training session on minimally invasive spinal therapy techniques, which provides lectures, observation of operations, and supervised hands-on workshops to practice the surgical technique.

Since the hospital started the course in 2004, 403 specialists from 41 countries have participated, with the 100th session being held in May.

"Despite unimaginable pain in their back or legs, many patients with herniated discs are afraid of having surgery because they are scared that such a large and long procedure will produce side effects affecting their daily lives, such as walking problems," Lee said.

"But with the MISS technique, patients don't have to worry excessively about side effects such as backaches and difficulty in mobility. Patients can sometimes even walk home on the day of the surgery," he added.

Based on a "small is better, less is better" philosophy, the hospital's signature MISS technique, researched and developed by the chairman in 1992, preserves as much of the regular disc tissue as possible, leaving a minimal scar and helping patients recover quickly with dramatically reduced complications.

Unlike conventional open spine surgery, surgeons don't have to use a large incision over the operating site to allow them to see and access the spine. The minimally invasive treatment is an endoscopic spine procedure, which is a way to operate on the intervertebral disc without a big incision. Under local anesthesia, an endoscope is inserted through the skin and a high frequency laser is used for the procedure. Using the high-frequency laser combined with the endoscope, surgeons can remove herniated disc tissue safely even on elderly patients with hypertension or diabetes.

"The key to this procedure is to treat only the disc segment bulging out of annulus fiber, while preserving normal tissue." Lee said. Lee came up with the idea of using an endoscope right after he established the hospital in Busan in 1982, when his mother was diagnosed with a herniated disc. "I wanted her to have surgery promptly without receiving a blood transfusion. But at the same time, I didn't want her to go through the side effects of spinal surgery."

Lee said he decided to go to France where he could learn the best microsurgery at that time. Lee was able to conduct clinical trials with donated corpses there, but later he flew to Uppsala University in Sweden which had the technology to freeze bodies immediately after death, so he could try operations on a body similar to that of a living human.

His new technique had a great ripple effect in Korea at that time. Patients were flooding into his hospital to get the procedure, but Lee said he soon faced strong resistance from other doctors as open surgery was the common operation method.

"The medical field puts the most value on verification and demonstration when it comes to a new surgery technique. I couldn't blame other doctors for condemning the new method as some kind of magic or fraud, because this MISS technique was radical and innovative. Besides, patients could return to their normal lives just a few days after the procedure," Lee said.

"So I decided to share this technique with my colleagues so that many patients could receive the benefits of this procedure," Lee said.

It is his belief that there cannot and should not be patent rights for medical techniques.

"I thought if I treat around 5,000 patients in my life here, I would be able to treat another 5,000 if I teach another doctor. This is how the MISS course was started," Lee said. The hospital's international course also provides a fellowship program, with two to three foreign surgeons taking intensive training in the MISS technique for one year. Since 2004, 396 people from 46 countries have attended the fellowship program.

Lee has been dedicating himself to making the MISS technique mainstream in academia for almost 30 years, with 346 papers written by Lee or other Wooridul Hospital surgeons registered on the Science Citation Index (SCI) or the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE).

His dedication has been recognized. He received the Paviz Kambin Award, an award given to the world's most prestigious spinal endoscopy experts, twice ― the Blue Award in 2017 and Gold Award this year. Lee now plans to set up a hospital in the United States, but the biggest hurdle is having a license to practice in the country. Wooridul already has 10 hospitals in Korea, as well as one in Abu Dhabi and another in Dubai.

In 2014, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) agreed to allow Korean doctors with three years of clinical experience in Korea to work as physicians there, a drastic cut from the previous eight years. But such an improvement in the medical sector is not making much progress between Korea and other countries, Lee said.

"We once had a hospital in Jakarta in Indonesia in 2010, but had no choice but to close it mainly due to license issues," Lee said. "I strongly believe doctors should find patients instead of waiting for them. I hope the government will help us find a breakthrough in the license matter," Lee said.

19) Chairman Sang Ho-Lee of Wooridul Spine Hospital has awarded
       “The Parviz Kambin Award Gold”


Only two awardees in the world with Dr. Menno Iprenburg.

Recognized great devotion to development of endoscopic spinal treatment for the last 37 years


Wooridul spine hospital has announced Chairman Sang ho-Lee has awarded the best honored“ The Parviz Kambin Award”in Gold which recognized great devotion to all of his life and the world-class masters who carried out development of endoscopic spinal treatment.

The awards ceremony was held during 7th ACMISST & 18th KOMISS (NASS: American Spine Society) session. Professor Jeffrey Wang chairman of NASS was presented this prize.

Dr. Parviz Kambin has introduced endoscopy for the first time to disc surgery so this award named after his devotion. And also, it has been awarded doctors who gave a great dedication and development of endoscopic spinal surgery by SMISS & Joimax from 2011.

The first Parvis Kambin winners of 2011 are Dr.Kambin, MD. Michael Schubert from Apex spine center in Germany and Dr. Menno Iprenburg from Herniakliniek in Nethlands. Next awardees are MD Anthony T. Yeung from New Mexico university in USA 2012, Chairman Sang ho-Lee from Wooridul spine hospital in Korea 2015.

Especially the best honored Parvis Kambin Gold is delivered someone who dedicate all his life to development of endoscopic spinal surgery. There are only two doctors received this best honored Parvis Kambin Gold in the world.

Professor Jeffrey Wang presenter of this prize said ”Chairman Sangho-Lee has developed spinal surgery which combined endoscopy and laser in 1992. He devoted all his lifetime to the growth of minimal invasive spine surgery. He is a grand master in the field of spine surgery and finally changed world standardization of spine treatment“

Chairman Sangho-Lee revealed his impression “ America has acknowledged endoscopic laser disc surgery as standard treatment and adjust medical insurance in 2017.

It is showing that very active movement to learn and introduce this technique to the world of medical community. This will be historic moment to clarify world status of Wooridul’s philosophy and minimal invasive surgery techniques”.

18) American doctors are paying attention "Transumbilical Anterior Lumbar
       Interbody Fusion"


Director. Bae has introduced this technique at ISASS in LA

Wooridul spine hospital has received great attention from international academics by announcing a spinal fusion that solves the scar problem with the approach to the umbilicus.

Director Bae at Wooridul spine hospital Seoul chungdam which designated as spine specialist by Ministry of health and welfare has introduced Transumbilical Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion for Degenerative Lumbar Disease at ISASS(International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery) in LA Anaheim.


Photo: Director Junseok Bae of Wooridul Spine Hospital presenting Transumbilical Anterior Lumbar Interbobody Fusion in LA Anaheim

"Transumbilical Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion" is dramatically improves the abdominal scar problem of anterior lumbar approach.
Conventional anterior fusion has been widely used because it can stabilize spinal fusion and reconstruction with direct decompression of the nerve, but has been pointed out as a disadvantage of large wounds and scars on the abdomen.

To overcome these shortcomings, Wooridul spine hospital has been developing mini-ALIF for more than a decade and have focused on minimizing wound size and improving surgical outcomes.

From 5 years ago, Wooridul has developed an anterior vertebral fusion through the transumbilical approach and it resulted almost no visible scar after surgery.

The core of umbilical approach is that the skin around the navel is folded and wrinkled, so that only 2 to 3cm small incision site is needed.

Director of Wooridul spine hospital announced “We had follow-up monitoring 107 patients for 20 months, surgical result was similar to Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion but after 3 month of operation, patient’s satisfaction is so high cause of invisible scar. If we take into consideration cosmetic side with same result, it stimulates patient’s better quality of life.

17) “Thoracic endoscope” developed by Korean Medical staff attracts high
       attention in Austria.


The "thoracic endoscopy" developed by Wooridul Medical Team in Korea was introduced to the medical staff of Austria and it brought a big sensation.
Director of Chongdam Wooridule spine Hospital Junseok, Bae has attended Joimax® Agenda Faculty & User Meeting on March 1st~ 2nd at Paracelsus Medical University (PMU), Salzburg in Austria.


Photo with Austrian doctors who has received thoracic endoscopy training.

He gave an invited lecture and demonstration on the latest treatment of endoscopic spine surgery.

The world 's leading medical development company, Joyimax, hosted this conference and more than 100 spinal experts participated from all over the world, with the highest level of academic research and Cadaver workshops.

Director Bae has received great attention reporting about “Thoracic endoscopic herniated disc and stenosis treatment”, “Ventral cervical: experience and long-term follow-up at Wooridul” which includes all about adjustable endoscopic lumbar, cervical and thoracic treatment.

Above all, the thoracic endoscopy which was designed by Wooridul spine hospital for the first time in the world & produced by Joimax was demonstrated.

Many spine specialists have asked questions about the latest technology.

Director of Wooridule spine hospital, Junseok- Bae has awarded Joyimax Educational Achievement prize, the "Hand Shake Award", for his contribution to the development and delivery of endoscopic spine treatment techniques. Endoscopic spine surgery is now recognized across the world beyond Korea. The United States recognized the endoscopic laser disc surgery as a standard treatment in 2017 and began applying medical insurance.

This is because Korea's endoscopy and laser surgery combined with laser treatment have proven its effectiveness and safeness at the US government level.

"Endoscopic spinal surgery technology is rapidly changing and evolving as it becomes a new paradigm of global vertebral treatment," said Junseok-Bae, a director of Wooridul spine Hospital. "Endoscopic techniques can be applied to anatomically and structurally complicated cervical and thoracic area. It will make a big contribution for technological innovation. " Many overseas doctors are visiting to learn about Korea's excellent medical technology.

Endoscopy technology looks simple but it requires highly sophisticated and delicate technique.

So more than 1000 procedures experience is quite essential.

Wooridule spine hospital is planning to educate and train these technologies so that it will continue to spread correctly.

16) Medical Tourism Association(MTA) has chosen Wooridul Spine Hospital as,
       Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations in the World 2018


MTA is a non-profit organization in Florida that connects quality medical services to patient with affordable costs. They issue bi- monthly magazines too. As the cost of medical care in the US grows every year, many Americans go abroad to get plastic surgery, orthopedics, and dental surgery at a 40 percent lower cost than the United States, and this trend will continue to increase sharply.

In 2016, over 11 million travelers left the shores of the US in search of different countries around the world seeking affordable healthcare. In a recent report by Visa and Oxford Economics, it was stated that this figure will grow by up to 25% every year for the next decade as the competition for health tourists between countries have becomes fiercer. As listed by Healthy Travel Media, publisher of Patients Beyond Borders, here are the top 10 medical tourism destinations around the world.



1.India : Patients visit India not only for the quality and affordability of healthcare service but also for the beautiful scenery and architecture in India’s landscape. In India, medical travel brings a mix of pleasure, luxury, and quality healthcare for medical travelers.

2.Brazil : Brazil is the hub of cosmetic and plastic surgery, being the third most visited country, below US and China, for patients needing those procedures. Brazil offers high quality cosmetic and plastic surgical services at affordable rates, drawing more and more health travelers to the country.

3.South Korea : Wooridul Spine Hospital South Korea is one of the most tech-savvy and technologically advanced countries in the world. In South Korea, patients receive advanced healthcare services with cutting-edge technology from well-trained staff.
The Wooridul Spine Hospital in Seoul ranks at the top in minimally-invasive spinal surgery in the country, performing over 20,000 of such procedures annually. This hospital provides exquisite accommodation with spacious rooms, a personal computer, and two beds in case a travel companion comes along with the patient. Another reason medical tourists are attracted to South Korea is the insurance coverage offered to medical tourists. South Korea reduces health cost by 30% to 45% for patients, compared to cost in the United States.

4. Malaysia : Malaysia offers excellent patient comfort with five-star rooms that look more like hotel suites than hospital rooms. In Prince Court Medical Centre, for example, there are indoor pools for hydrotherapy.

5.Thailand : Thailand is most reputed for advanced dental work as well as cosmetic and dermatological procedures. Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, accredited by Global Health Accreditation for medical services, is one of the best hospitals in Thailand, providing advanced healthcare services to over 400,000 medical tourists annually.

6.Turkey : Turkey is a strong contender in the medical tourism market. Turkey boasts of zero waiting times, affordable and quality healthcare delivery. Specifically, in the areas of transplant surgery, radiation therapy for cancer, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and genomic medicine.

7.Mexico : Mexico is most reputed for advanced care in dentistry and cosmetic surgery. Medical care in Mexico saves a patient 40% to 65% compared to the cost of similar services in the US.

8.Costa Rica : This Central American country has ranked high in dentistry and cosmetic surgery, above Canada and US, consistently in the last few years. The country is also building a name in the fields of eye surgery, cancer therapy, and bariatric surgery.

9.Taiwan : Taiwan boasts as the first in kidney transplant in Asia. The National Taiwan University Hospital, where the procedure was performed, provides affordable and high-quality treatment for medical tourists.

10.Singapore : Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world, maintaining the top spot in the World Health Organization’s ranking of healthcare in Asian countries. According to Bloomberg, Singapore ranked at the top of countries with the most efficient healthcare systems in 2014, above 50 other countries.Gleneagles Hospital is one of the best hospitals in Singapore, offering excellent medical services state-of-the-art facilities and well-trained specialists.

By Author: Renée-Marie Stephano
https://www.medicaltourismmag.com/top-10-medical-tourism-destinations-world/

15) Osteoporotic compression fracture threatens the spinal health of old age.


A compression fracture means broken bones by the external impact.
In the old age, osteoporosis weakens the bones and there is a high risk of compression fracture, that’s why much care is necessary. If a compression fracture occurs in the spine and hip joint, it is easy to lose a normal life until you die because you are sick in bed.


Photo:Dr. Shih Min,Lee Neurosergeon of Wooridul Spine Hospital

A female, named Ko 74 years old, started to feel back pain suddenly after field work from last autumn. She didn’t fall down or injured so that she was taking rest at home but her pain was getting worse and worse every. After all she has visited me to appeal for severe radiating pain of left buttock.

After the X-ray examination I found that lumbar 2 was broken. It is called ‘osteoporotic compression fracture.

Ko was revealed as a patient with osteoporosis who had been treated with injections every three months from three years before the accident. According to the data from the National Health Insurance Corporation, 855,978 patients in Korea are receiving osteoporosis treatment as of 2016. Due to an aging society, average age of the population is getting higher and the number of osteoporosis patient is also increasing.

Osteoporosis is more common in women than men because of the hormone changes after menopause (estrogen deprivation) and occurrence of the rapid bone absorption. Therefore, if you are older than 60 years, you should take a bone density test every 1-2 years to evaluate and prevent the risk of compression fracture. Taking calcium and vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis.

There are calcium-rich foods such as milk, dairy products (cheese, yogurt, milk fermented beverages, etc.) and anchovies. The recommended daily dose of calcium is 800~1000mg, vitamin D is 800 IU. In addition, regular exercise such as walking fast, proper aerobic exercise, stretching and strength exercise are beneficial for maintaining and strengthening bone density. Due to cold weather like these days, there is a lack of activity and it is easy to lose momentum. It also depresses the immune system and muscle weakness to elderly people. Furthermore, it is vulnerable to trauma owing to the physical characteristics of elderly people. In many cases, the spine and hip joint bones are broken with compression fracture when they slip on ice, lift the heavy stuffs.

The average age of the patients undergoing surgery for these compression fractures was 70.53. And overwhelmingly 85.69% of them are women. A total of 20,209 patients who underwent vertebral compression fracture diagnosis and had vertebroplasty at Chungdam Wooridul Hospital from 2000 to 2017 were analyzed. This means that if you are aged and suffering from low back pain after falling or lifting a heavy object as in the previous example, Ko(f/74), it means that you should not hesitate to visit neurosurgeons or orthopedic specialists.

Anyone who is a specialist can easily detect a moderate compression fracture with a simple X-ray examination. Of course, a slight compression fracture that is not seen in X-ray imaging can be diagnosed by more precise examination such as MRI. When osteoporotic compression fracture occurs it usually complains of back pain.

However, when the broken vertebral body is pushed backward, it presses spinal nerve so that stimulates radiating pain of lower extremities, abnormal sensation, lower body paralysis due to muscle weakness. The treatment is based on the medication therapy for osteoporosis, alongside with that medication treatment of a compression fracture & pain would be done preferentially.

Recently, there are many kinds of osteoporosis medications such as injections that are only injected twice a year, hormones that can be also used directly at home without visiting the hospital. It is convenient to consult with a specialist and choose your own suit. Under doctor’s consultation you can choose your own treatment in your convenience.

Compression fracture problems are resolved by vertebroplasty if the pain does not diminish after 2 weeks of fixation and medication, or if the degree of injury is worse. Vertebroplasty is a method to fix a fractured site by injecting bone cement using a percutaneous medical syringe at the fracture area. It is one of the most widely used procedures because it is safe even in old age, rare complication, performed under local anesthesia. After the procedure, the patient is discharged the next day and go back to their routine quickly with speedy recovery.

14) Wooridul Spine Hospital, hand down to endoscopic spinal surgery techniques
       to Doctors in USA


The president of Wooridul Spine Hospital Dr. Junseouk Bae has instructed endoscopic spinal surgery to American professors at a medical school in San Francisco.

Dr. Junseok Bae was invited as a faculty member and Keynote lecturer about endoscopic spinal surgery &treatment at UCSF( University of California San Francisco) Orthopaedic Trauma Institute.

The 20 participants were from University of California San Francisco medical school & faculty of Stanford medical school and they were trained advanced endoscopic spinal surgery techniques.

The world’s leading spinal experts Dr. Jian Shen from Nathan Littauer Hospital in New York, Dr. Paul Houle Cape Code Hospital in Massachusetts, Dr. Richard Ibrahim from Spine Competence Center Schreiber Clinic in Germany were attended as a faculty members.

Dr. Junseok Bae has compared how to approach Transforminal & Interlamina which is normally performed endoscopic disc discectomy for the successful surgery and delivered abundant clinical experiences. Also he performed lumbar decompression Hands-on courses to adjust real operation site.

American government acknowledged endoscopic laser disc surgery as a standard treatment, and it was covered by medical insurance from 2017. Endoscopic & laser grafted Korean style operation methods is recognized officially for its safety and effect.

Photo:Dr.Junseok Bae(center) is educating American doctors about endoscopic surgery

Dr. Paul Haul, a well known neurosurgeon, was educated advanced endoscopic surgery in Wooridul Spine Hospital .

Currently, he teaches these new techniques to doctors in Harvard medical school, Brigham.

He said “Korean style spinal surgery is spotlighting in USA. So it accelerates safe and precise treatment include lumbar, cervical which is connected to cranial nerves, thoracic which is spinal canal is very narrow also vital organs are get together. These cutting edge techniques will changing paradigm of American spinal surgery in the near future.

The president of Wooridul Spine Hospital Dr. Junseok Bae said " Endoscopic Spine Surgery has just starting in USA, Currently, 800 spine surgeons from 45 countries have learned medical practices from Wooridul; and they are actively serve patients in their countries. We have very strong self – confidence about spinal surgery and it is recognized from all over the world. So we will devote ourselves to clinical researches and hand down techniques for the medical innovation"

13) International Medical Textbook has published "Minimally Invasive Spinal
       Surgery" with 37 year's know-how


Wooridul Spine Hospital has published international medical textbook which is “Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery” for the first time in U.K on Jan 22nd 2019.

This textbook contains 37 years of research and operation know-how of Wooridul.
Wooridul Spine Health Academy hosted a symposium & presenting each chapter to commemorate historical moment in JeJu island on Jan 12th 2019.



Photo: Chairman of Wooridul,Dr.Sang Ho-Lee(The third in the left side of the front row)
and Wooridul Doctors are taking a commemoration photo in Jeju Wooridul resort.

It has a great significance that Wooridul Spinal Operation Team(Dr. Lee Sang Ho, Dr. Bae Junsuk, Dr. Jon Sang Hyup, Dr. Lee Ho Youn, Dr. Shin Sangha, Dr. Keum Han Jung, Dr. Moon Ki Hyoung, Dr. Jo Ji Young) has introduced advanced & cutting edge surgical technique about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in this textbook.

This textbook attracts attentions on public cause of many world famous surgeons like Orthopedic Dr. Lewanski South Arizona spine surgery center USA, Dr. Shubart Apex spine center in Germany, Prof. Peinburg North Western Medical University USA were participated to share their medical experiences.

As high interesting & attention is increased about ‘Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery’ in America and Europe, international medical publisher ‘JP Medical’ made this project.

It has described basic theory about lumbar, cervical, thoracic and various treatment cases with advanced & new techniques.

Wooridul spine hospital has focused on spinal treatment over 37 yeas and various minimally invasive surgery & treatment has developed until now.

They opened new age of endoscopic laser spine surgery to graft previous endoscopic laser surgery in 1992.

12) The Chairman of Wooridul Spine Hospital, Dr. Sang Ho Lee, was on SBS CNBC
       Doctor Q: ‘Build a Healthy Spine’


   On Saturday, June 9, the chairman of Wooridul Spine Hospital,
   Dr. Sang Ho Lee, has appeared on the 〈Doctor Q, talk about my
   body〉 of SBS CNBC in Korea.

  〈Doctor Q, Talk about my body〉is the program which introduces
   best doctors in the medical field.

   The doctors themselves share health information and
   communicate with viewers through counseling. Dr. Lee explains
   spinal diseases and cases to viewers more easily.

   There are five symptoms of disk-related backache:

   ▶ Hard to sit for long time
   ▶ Do not want to lift heavy objects due to discomfort/pain
   ▶ Unable to straighten your back right away when you stand up
   ▶ Severe backache after strenuous exercise or hard work


  








Major symptoms of spinal stenosis:

▶ Feel better to sit down. Stand up may cause pain in your back, buttock or leg.
▶ Weakness, heaviness or dullness in your body when you walk
▶ Body aches, electric sensation or heaviness in your leg may occur when you lying down flat.
▶ Unable to walk about 100 meters and take a rest repeatedly



He explained the main symptoms of spinal stenosis as well as treatment called ligament reconstruction.

The spinal stenosis can be treated with ligament reconstruction which is one of the cause treatments.

The advantage of ligament reconstruction is it does not require blood transfusion, bone transplant or screw/artificial bone insertion. The patient can walk right away on the operation day.

   Ligament Reconstruction
   Ø Method: Under general anesthesia, make around 5cm incision,
       through the endoscopic view, decompress the nerve with
       advanced equipment like laser, and tie up between instable
       spinous process with special ligament made of polyethylene.
   Ø Operation time: 2 hours (The operation time can be changed
       upon the surgical range.)
   Ø Anesthesia: General




There are a number of phone calls for telephone counseling during this talk show.

Dr. Lee tried to help people with spinal disease as possible as he can.

11) Meeting business partners in Khabarovsk, Russia


'Days of Presentation of Medical Tourism of Seoul'

Khabarovsk Russia - May 15 - 17 , 2018



Cheongdam Wooridul Hospital took sessions in this event. Medical coordinators of the hospital conducted an introductory presentation about the main methods of treatment for the spine and joints disease.

In the second session of the day, we met with our partners, whom we have long been cooperating and were glad to see representatives of new agencies.

WOORIDUL HOSPITAL & VIVEYA



Representatives of the administration of the Cheongdam Wooridul Hospital visited the Diagnostic Center of the Khabarovsk – Viveya.

During the meeting, further plans for mutual cooperation were discussed and Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the field of Healthcare and Medical Science.

10) Vietnamese national soccer player Nguyen Tuan Anh had surgery at Wooridul
       Hospital




During the second round of the V-League HAGL FC vs Hai Phong FC, Nguyen Tuan Anh suffered a knee injury during the match. He was replaced at the same time as he was injured, and he was immediately examined at the hospital. The result was right knee ligament injury, requiring rehabilitation for more than 3 months. Nguyen Tuan Anh, who had already had surgery history on both knees, had to leave the field again in the second game of new season.

Nguyen Tuan Anh, who had not been able to play well in recent years with continued knee injuries, wanted to return to ground after a quick rehabilitation. It was because the Asian Games in August and the Suzuki Cup in October were very important for his career. However, the idea of the head coach, the general manager and the president of HAGL FC were different. They thought that Nguyen Tuan Anh had a lot of knee surgery, so he had to be cured by proper treatment in this time. They hoped he would return to the ground after full treatment. And they wanted him to have surgery and rehabilitation in Korea where the rehabilitation treatment system is advanced.



On April 11, Nguyen Tuan Anh successfully completed ligament reconstruction at the 'Wooridul Hospital' in Seoul, Korea after an hour and a half operation. Surgery was carried out with the full support of the ‘Wooridul Hospital’, and all payments were made at the ‘Wooridul Hospital’ during the hospitalization.



Dr. Eun Sang Soo performed the operation of Nguyen Tuan Anh. He is one of the most prestigious knee surgeons in Korea. He is also the chief physician of the Korean national tennis team and is an authority on sports medicine.

Dr. Eun said, "Arthroscopic examination of the injured area revealed that the ligament was not completely ruptured. However, ligaments are strained too much, so it is not enough for him to return the ground by rehabilitation only. Therefore, ligament reconstruction surgery was performed and the operation was successful. In addition, the area that had previously operated on meniscal was not treated properly, so we treated this part also.”

Nguyen Tuan Anh is scheduled to undergo rehabilitation for a few months after admission in the ‘Wooridul Hospital’. He will return to Vietnam after rehabilitation is over.

09) Dr. Sang Ho Lee was invited to North American Spine Society as a invited
       lecturer


Section Specialty Day: Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Description:
Spine surgery is advancing towards ambulatory centers while same day surgical centers are gaining popularity among spine surgeons. As the number of complex fusion surgeries increase, especially in elderly patients with multiple comorbidities, more than ever there is a need to develop new minimally invasive revision strategies.

The endoscope has enabled spine surgeons to perform several surgeries, which previously required large incisions, through small keyhole incisions. Initial indications were routine discectomy, recurrent disc herniation, far lateral discectomy surgeries to interbody fusion through small incisions. The indications are continuously expanding to include several aspects of spine surgeries such as foraminal decompression at the level of previous fusion for optimal decompression, decompression of adjacent level, and repair and replacement of interbodies.

Patients with mild to moderate spinal deformity are often compensated and have tolerable levels of back pain. However, unilateral radicular pain resulting from foraminal stenosis can be debilitating. In select cases, an endoscopic discectomy or foraminotomy enables the surgeon to decompress the symptomatic foramen with preservation of essential biomechanical structures, delaying the need for a major deformity correction surgery.



Chairman of Wooridul Hospital, Dr. Sang Ho Lee was invited to North American Spine Society (NASS) in Orlando, USA, and gave a lecture on various cases of endoscopic disc procedure advanced techniques "Transforaminal Discectomy: What pathology can be accessed?".

Especially, he received great attention from academia by presenting successful cases of minimally invasive endoscopic procedure applied to spinal stenosis, spondylolysis, and disc disease that requires high techniques.



The North American Spine Society (NASS) was founded in 1984, as a global multidisciplinary medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest quality, ethical,​ value- and evidence-based spine care. At the 32th conference, 2,000 people from 54 countries including medical institutions and business people in a related fields were attended, and they shared their knowledge and state of the art techniques.

Moreover, this year, it has significant Implications that the endoscopy disc procedure has approved by United States health insurance for the first time, which Korea has established and developed as the leader.

08) Bệnh viện Wooritul tại Kangnam Hàn Quốc đã điều trị phẫu thuật miễn phí cho
       bệnh nhân Việt Nam là em Lâm Thị Huệ 14 tuổi

Bệnh viện Wooritul tại Kangnam Hàn Quốc đã điều trị phẫu thuật bệnh vẹo cột sống miễn phí cho bệnh nhân Việt Nam là em Lâm Thị Huệ 14 tuổi






Từ nhỏ em cột sống của em vẹo và hơi nhô ra ngoài thường bị đau nhức lưng và tức ngực,sự đau đớn của em ngày càng nặng Em được gia đình dẫn đi khám ở bệnh viện Đà Nẵng và được bác sỹ chuẩn đoán là bệnh vẹo cột sống bẩm sinh. nhưng do chi phí của cuộc phẫu thuật rất cao nên gia đình không đủ khả năng để thực hiện phẫu thuật và điều trị cho em.



Bệnh viện Wooritul là bệnh viện chuyên điều trị các bệnh về cột sống, khớp xương nổi tiếng và được biết đến trên nhiều thế giới, thông qua đó hội từ thiện và bệnh viện Việt Đức đã hỗ trợ giúp đỡ chuyển gửi, kết quả khám bệnh như phim ảnh và các hồ sơ cần thiết của bệnh nhân ,đến bệnh viện Wooritul để được tham gia vào chương trình chia sẻ y tế của bệnh viện Wooritul.



Khi đến Hàn Quốc em Huệ và mẹ được nhân viên của bệnh viện đón ngay tại sân bay, và được đưa thẳng về bệnh viện để tiến hành khám bệnh,chụp xquang, MRI và các xét nghiệm cần thiết.



Bác sĩ Jie Jin chuyên ve khoa chỉnh sửa dị tật cột sống đã giải thích kết quả kiểm tra xét nghiệm của bé LÂM THỊ HUỆ bị chứng vẹo cột sống bẩm sinh nghiêng về bên phải khoảng 74 độ và bị lộ rõ ra ngoài nên cần phải tiến hành phẫu thuật chỉnh sửa dị tật xương cột sống (Deformity correction)











Cuộc phẫu thuật được kéo dài trong khoảng 5 giờ và kết thúc thành công tốt đẹp, em đã ngồi dậy và tập đi vào ngày hôm sau phẫu thuật.

Kiểm tra sau phẫu thuật thì phần lớn độ cong của cột sống đã được điều chỉnh thẳng lại và chiều cao của Em đã tăng lên thêm được 5cm (từ chiều cao 148 lên 153 cm )hiện giờ Em đã hồi phục không còn đau đớn phần lưng cũng không bị cong và lộ ra ngoài như trước nữa.






Trong thời gian điều trị ở bệnh viện wooritul em Lâm thị huệ đã được điều trị hết bệnh và trở về đà nẵng với tâm trạng tươi sáng khỏe khoắn,chúng tôi sẽ không bao giờ quên được khoảng thời gian mà Lâm Thị Huệ lúc ở cùng chung tôi.





〈giới thiệu về bệnh viện Wooritul〉
*Bệnh viện Wooritul được thành lập vào năm 1982, điều trị tập trung chủ yếu các bệnh về cột sống và khớp xương. *Hơn 30 năm bệnh viện không ngừng bảo tồn, nâng cao và phát triển các phương pháp mổ xâm lấn tối thiểu cũng như việc điều trị và làm giảm thiểu các biến chứng nguy hại cho bệnh nhân. *Với chương trình phục hồi chức năng chuyên môn hóa của bệnh viện giúp cho bệnh nhân mau chóng bình phục,và trở lại cuộc sống sinh hoạt bình thường một cách nhanh nhất. *Bệnh viện tiến hành các bước điều trị chăm sóc cho bệnh nhân như người thân trong gia đình đồng thời tiến hành các bước kiểm tra xét nghiệm một cách nhanh nhất để tiết kiệm thời gian chờ đợi cho bệnh nhân. *Hơn 400 chuyên gia về cột sống từ nước ngoài đã đến bệnh viện Wooritul tìm hiểu và học hỏi kỹ thuật công nghệ mổ xâm lấn tối thiểu của bệnh viện. *Trong vòng 10 năm qua bệnh viện đã cung cấp các dịch vụ tiện ích với chất lượng tốt nhất cho khoảng hơn 12.000 bệnh nhân người nước ngoài. *Hiện tại bệnh viện có 10 chi nhánh tại Hàn quốc và hai trụ sở chính tại UAE (Ả RẬP).

07) Wooridul Hospital Care Share 2017



We have been introduced to Lam Thi Hue by Viet Duc Hospital, the local hospital and Wooridul Hospital’s partner. While with the spinal deformity, Lam Thi Hue was troubled with lying flat and was in intense pain, the family circumstances only allowed a monthly income of approximately 100 dollars and getting treatment was hardly thinkable. Scoliosis is a serious disease that does not only bring about problems in appearance but it can also translocate or press organs, and lead to dysfunction. The sad situation has made us Wooridul Hospital to support the sufferer.

We checked the medical record and X-ray result for planning and saw that a surgery would be needed from the 4th Thoracic Vertebra to the 1st lumbar vertebra. The surgery was to be a tough one for a 14 year old girl but with positive heart, we welcome her and her family. In the early morning on the 28th of June, we came to meet Lam Thi Hue and her mother in a very tired and nervous look. We could understand that all the way from a small town in Vietnam to a whole another country, South Korea, with the hope to be treated, the mother and daughter must have been through numberless tensed moments. From their hands firmly held together, we could feel their fear and also their desperate courage. We made up our mind to do our very best.

Arriving to the hospital, Lam Thi Hue went through a couple of examinations for diagnosis and we came up with the final surgical operation plan and then the preparations. The examination for the surgery preparations was nice and quick. We were worried that both the patient and parent would be tired since all steps were proceeded in the date of entry day due to the visa issues, but they looked relaxed during the doctor’s explanation and the examinations. They looked as if they realized about the treatment.



Before the surgery, we, by the curative procedure of Wooridul Hospital, reconfirmed the plan to find the best treatment and to maximize the rate of success, based on the knowledge and experience of our neurosurgeons, orthopedists, physicians, specialists in rehabilitation, radiologists, and doctors in general surgery.





Lam Thi Hue headed to the operating room at 8.30 in the morning. She endured the tough 5 hour long surgery and from the next day, she started walking and showed fast recovery. The pain from the surgical site and the influenza must have been hard but Lam Thi Hue was bright enough to comfort her worrying mother and carried on with her brave life of hospitalization.





However, the Korean and European meals could not replace the local Vietnamese meals and so we provided the Vietnamese meals from outside the hospital to be a help in her fast recovery.

Lam Thi Hue could enjoy our surprise present of visiting Coex and the S.M. Town. And in the dashing figure posing like celebrities to take photos, and in the straight and upright position in the aquarium, she did not look different from any other teenager girls.


On the discharge date, giving a hug to the doctor and saying “Gam-sa-ham-ni-da!” repeatedly, Lam Thi Hue expressed with her whole body, her feelings about the kindness she experienced in Korea, and said that she would really love to come back to Korea. Wooridul Hospital wish and pray for the forthcoming happy life and dreams of Lam Thi Hue.



06) 30 Most Technologically Advanced Hospitals in the World

Medical research is constantly pushing the boundaries of health care and redefining what is and isn’t possible. Keeping pace with this vigorous progress, hospitals across the globe are continually updating their equipment and services in order to offer the latest in high-tech medical care. From specialist cancer centers with state-of-the-art digital imaging scanners, to multi-disciplinary mega-hospitals featuring cutting-edge medical robots, these are 30 of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the world.



Offering a “Spine Total Care System,” Wooridul Spine Hospital is acknowledged as being among the top spinal treatment hubs in the world. Founded in 1982, today Wooridul is staffed by over 1,130 neurospinal specialists and various other personnel. The hospital network’s state-of-the-art central site was opened in Seoul in 2007; and now, according to Patients Beyond Borders, Wooridul “manages ten hospitals throughout Korea and has expanded into Indonesia (Jakarta), the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Turkey (Istanbul) and China (Shanghai).” Wooridul’s advanced services cover computer-aided navigation surgical treatments, biocompatible artificial joint surgery, and bloodless 5th digital spinal operations – including 3D C-arm, O-arm, X-MR and CT-guided procedures.

05) Spine medical hub welcomes foreign doctors to learn its techniques

Framed articles on the New York Times, CNN, and Tokyo TV are proudly displayed in Wooridul Spine Hospital’s MISS Training Center in Gangnam, Seoul. Among their headlines are, “Wooridul Hospital; an example for the excellence of Korea’s medical tourism,” and “The spinal destination of choice for foreign patients.

Wooridul has solely been focusing spinal treatment for the last 36 years since its establishment in Busan in 1982. It now manages 10 hospitals scattered throughout Korea and two overseas hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.


Based on its “Patient First” philosophy, Wooridul has researched and developed an advanced spine surgical technique called the Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) in the mid-1990s, which preserves as much of the regular disc tissues as possible, meeting patient’s expectations for minimal scarring and fast recovery with reduced complications.

“The global trend was open surgery back then; this entails opening the operative site with a long incision so the surgeon can view and access the spinal anatomy,” said Dr. Bae Jun-seok, director of Wooridul Research Center, and one of the attending surgeons who teaches foreign doctors in the MISS course.

But that all changed when patients kept complaining about the pain, for specialists needed to destruct back muscles and destabilize the spine itself to see the herniated disc, Bae said. “We think differently. With MISS, we focus on treating the pathology with different clinical presentations and interventions,” he added.

With almost 16 years of training and 20 published articles under his medical belt, Bae is a recognized spine specialist with expertise in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgeries. He received the “Best Paper Award” at the 2016 Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) Annual Forum, the only major meeting focused entirely on MISS.




“We believe our technique should be taught around the world, through which we develop it further every year,” Bae said. “I perform about 40-50 surgeries a month. We have 10 spine specialists here, meaning we can treat around 500 patients at most. If we teach other doctors, we can share our knowledge and treat more patients through them."

Wooridul’s International Training Course provides not only the MISS Course but also a fellowship course and an operation observation session as well.

Bae said, “We can only offer limited seats; seven participants on average for a course. We don’t want a big audience like a lecture, for we need to discuss in depth to be efficient for the convenience of patients.”




The fellowship course provides two or three foreign surgeons with a year of intensive training in diagnosis and treatment of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques (MISST). This includes observations in operating rooms, participation in Friday teleconferences with Wooridul’s hospital network, clinics research projects, and writing their papers and journals.


“Wooridul received many positive feedbacks from foreign doctors once they returned to their country,” the spine specialist said. “We had beginning surgeons start their endoscopy clinics. By the app called Whatsapp, we can discuss, review and follow-up their developed skills and to help their patients.”

Foreign doctors are not the only ones impressed with Wooridul’s medical techniques and services; over 12,000 international patients have visited the global spine medical hub, attracted by the fact that months or even years of back pain could be lifted in a simple 30-minute surgery and could walk home the very same day.

Patients with severe diseases require 10 hours of surgery, but with two to three specialized consultant doctors for assistance, the operating time decreases by half.

“Arab patients tend to stay as long as possible; between one or two months for rehabilitation in our physical therapy clinic,” Bae said. “Other patients such as Chinese, Japanese and Russians wish to go back to their countries as quickly as possible, so they stay in Korea for a week.”

Although Wooridul’s programs are small and elusive, Bae confirmed plans for a two-day cadaver course in their wet-lab next year and welcomed Korean and foreign doctors alike.

04) MISS Course (Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Course)

"We choose Wooridul Hospital, because it is the world’s best hospital in the field of endoscopic spinal procedure and minimally invasive spine surgery. We are very satisfied with their 'MISS Course program', and we have seen that patients are receiving high quality treatments in Korea." Dr. Rustam Djabbarov, OS Barzilai University Medical Center Israel, expressed satisfaction with the 91th MISS Course program, which was held on the 20th of Februrary for a week.

The 'MISS Course program' is a specialized training course of Wooridul Hospital that focuses on minimally invasive spinal procedure through systematic education programs consisting of lectures, surgery observation and a spine model hands-on workshop. Since 2004, 325 specialists from 37 countries have participated. The curriculum is divided into basic and advanced courses including interventional spine procedures such as neuroplasty, and minimally invasive spine surgery such as fusion (MIS surgery) courses. Wooridul provides a step-by-step, customized training course.

There are 6 specialists from Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan and Israel participated in this MISS Course. As the popularity of the training program has grown over the years, the competition for participants has become fierce. Since the number of people to be recruited is limited to six people per the training session, there were many applicants who were delayed their course session to Advanced Course in April and Basic Course in August due to an early deadline.

"The next 92 missions will be held in April, but there have been a lot of inquiries from many participants." Most of the participants were working as spine specialists in their own countries and many doctors who want to revisit and refine the curriculum. So we recently take part in the training programs. Endoscopic spinal treatment requires a lot of experience and skills, so we are trying to be more accurate and correct when passing on our skills. We are pleased that foreign doctors are participated in the curriculum." Dr. Jun-Seok Bae said.

03) Diplomatic Corps. are cordially invited for the Hospital inspection tour

Praises, "Treatments are very advanced & specialized, being better than general hospitals, poured out from the mouthes of Ambassadors, Madames & Senior Diplomats who visited to see at firsthand Wooridul Hospital's spinal facilities and its advanced treatment processes.

Organized by The NDNnews(www.ndnnews.co.kr) & Seoulcity magazine in close partnership with Wooridul Hospital (www.wooridul.co.kr) on July 21st morning, 2016, Diplomatic Corps' tour to the Wooridul Hospital became a valuable opportunity which awakens Diplomatic Missions, spouses & senior diplomats from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. that Wooridul Hospital plays a leader role of world spinal medical world in terms of hospital name & reality.


Visiting Diplomatic Corps' group photo session to commemorate their visit to the Wooridul Hospital, a worldwide spinal-specialized hospital.

As ambassador-notch envoys, Egypt Amb. Hany Moawad Selim Labib, Iran Amb. Hassan Taherian, Myanmar Amb. Thura H Thet Oo Maung and Latvia Amb. Peteris Vaivars showed keen interests with their spouses by attending firsthand. Participating countries of senior diplomat level included UAE, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Iraq, Romania, Afghanistan & last but not least Vietnam etc.

On behalf of chairman Sang-Ho Lee from Wooridul Hospital who was not able to join owing to his earlier engagement, president Kim Ho-jin of Gangnam Wooridul Hospital said through his welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony: "Wooridul Hospital sincerely hopes to be served as a stepping stone to contribute to the medical cooperations & development of each nations if each nations' medical world, Korea's medical world and personal exchange & academic field and joint R&D with Wooridul Hospital will be proceeded together."


President Kim Ho-jin of Gangnam Wooridul Hospital said through his welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony: "Wooridul Hospital sincerely hopes to be served as a stepping stone to contribute to the medical cooperations with many countries".

As a return address, Egypt Amb. Labib revealed his happy mind, saying that he is very happy by being here personally because he has spine disc problems. Conceding that ambassadors & diplomats are not experts, he pointed out that we also do not think surgery is always the best way to treat patients. In that regard, we value highly for Wooridul Hospital's approach method which considers the patient conditions first, and then provides step-by-step treatments, Labib said.


We value highly for Wooridul Hospital's approach method which considers the patient conditions first, and then provides step-by-step treatments, Egypt Amb. Labib said. Director Choi Jin's presentation from Wooridul International Patients Center garnered special attentions from participants because of total care solutions of Neuro-Musculoskeletal system including Endoscopic Spine Surgery, Laser-assisted Spine Surgery, & CT-guided Spine Surgery to name just a few. Non-Surgical Offerings include Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Internal Medicine, Conservative Care and Physiotherapy, he explained interestingly for Excellencies, Madames & Senior Diplomats.

Following a presentation ceremony of their Appreciation Plague by the names of visiting Diplomatic Corps. and a group photo session with Wooridul Hospital staffs, visiting Diplomatic Corps. toured foreigner wards located in its 14th floor, movement treatment room including treatment experience as well as stretching, and MRI or CT-related medicine room etc, by the guide of experienced Wooridul Hospital staff.



Spine treatment as well as spine endoscope lecture dating back to 30 years such as waist & neck disc etc., another highlight for visiting Diplomatic Corps. Experiencing such treatment & stretching at its movement treatment room at firsthand, Egypt Amb. Hany Moawad Selim Labib & Latvia Amb. Peteris Vaivars revealed satisfactory minds, adding such treatments are interesting and impressed unanimously.

Last but not least, spine treatment as well as spine endoscope lecture dating back to 30 years such as waist & neck disc etc. which were explained by Mr. Keum Han-joong who serves as representative of its International Patients Center, was another highlight for visiting Diplomatic Corps. so that they can understand for example about the real cause of back pain, symptoms of disc herniation, benefits of Minimally Invasive techniques, Endoscopic spine surgery etc. to name just a few.

Excerpts of welcome remarks by president Kim Ho-jin, Gangnam Wooridul Hospital Spine diseases can bring about many problems in terms of both economically and time in modern society where we have to do brisk activities. In a nutshell, Wooridul Hospital is a hospital which paved the way for the era of spine-specialized hospital for the first time in Korea, heralding the importance of things which are to enhance the quality of life through fundamental & proactive treatment of spine diseases.


Presentation ceremony of their Appreciation Plague by the names of visiting Diplomatic Corps.

Since its inception in last 1982, Wooridul Hospital has been treating only spine disc one field on the basis of its treatment philosophy which is love and human respect and under current chairman Sang-Ho Lee's minimally invasive treatment principles.

The advanced spinal surgical technique developed by Wooridul Hospital is bloodless and minimally invasive to save normal disc tissue. Short term admission, small incision, minimal scars, and reduced complications, this is what we are doing for patients.

In particular, endoscope disc treatment field is an area for Wooridul Hospital which is assessed to have been accumulated its exclusive accomplishments all over the world, among others. Through not only its treatments, but also many researches, Wooridul Hospital is developing more better treatment methods and as a result, Wooridul Hospital published a total of worldwide SCI-notch 300 papers. Through such R&D treatment performances and paper publications, many patients from all around the world are visiting Wooridul Hospital and in addition, spine doctors of many countries are visiting Wooridul Hospital to learn minimally invasive treatment techniques.

Wooridul Hospital sincerely hopes to be served as a stepping stone to contribute to the medical cooperations & development of each nations if each nations' medical world, Korea's medical world and personal exchange & academic field and joint R&D with Wooridul Hospital will be proceeded together.

02) Sharing the warmth with neighbor

Wooridul Hospital
Sharing the warmth with neighbor
Creating the Healthy and Happy life through the technological transfer and sharing service

Jun Seok Bae-Neurosurgeon, Medical director of Gangnam Wooridul Hospital, returned back to South Korea on July 14th with tanned black face after completing his schedule of 5 days from Maharashtra in western India.

Medical Director, Jun Seok Bae had tough schedule with daily 2~3 hours of movement to consult and caring patients as much 900 patients a day in unfamiliar named wilds that takes 10 hours to get there by car from Mumbai (capital city of the Maharashtra state). “Local circumstances were very poor to get enough medical care and most of them were first time to getting the medical benefits. Women were marring at their young age and does heavy work. There were no one without anemia, with bad nutritional status and back pain and knee pain, severe systemic pain…Also most patients needed urgent treatment.

We prepared necessary equipment and medicines as much as possible with supports of Indian NGO organization, the Spring of Desert and South Korea Love community society, Wooridul Hospital Social Responsibility support program, but the number of patients who wanted to have treatment were over than our expectation. That’s why we returned the people who were waiting until the end. It was really regretful and felt so sorry for them.

However we delivered the hopeand all staffs who participated in Medical healthcare Volunteer, everyone have done their best. Although medicine and injections were all, but patients shed tears of gratitude. It was precious time that realized me sense of duty as a doctor once more.”

Wooridul Spine Hospital, We specialized and focused on Spine treatment field for over than 30 years and national representative Spine Hospital that provides “Spine total care”.

The Principles of minimum invasive treatment is to develop varies treatments to relieve the spinal disorder pain who is suffering, so that patients are able to return to their normal life as possible as faster.

Currently spine treatment technology of Wooridul Hospital is leading in the world, from the surgery of curable disease that required high-level surgery to Minimal Invasive Procedure that treats only the lesions with small wounds by using high-tech equipment such as Endoscope microscope and Lasers etc

Wooridul hospital is non-exclusive latest technology and has generously invested in technology transfer and sharing the knowledge. As a result, we flooded in requests of international technical training and knowledge sharing.


Orthopedic medical director of Gangnam Wooridul Hospital, Gene Cheh visited Orthopedic Hospital of Myanmar Mandalay for second Medical care service in June.

Medical Director Cheh selected surgery patient and established treatment plan by exchanging email with local doctors several months before his visiting Myanmar. He had surgeries for 17 patients with severe spinal abnormalities in 5 days of residing and each day 3 to 4 people operated.





Director of “Butter Fly Foundation ” Dr. Andrew Morton said “Myanmar children and patients with spinal deformities treatment. so that they can have a normal spine, deformity surgery technology transfer to local staff and further wishes to exchange knowledge we chose the hospital medical staff in Korea. When surgery proceed we felt that our choice was right and Korean Spine treatment technology was with amazing level.

Director Gene Cheh said “My heart breaks when I see the unattended patients who did not receive treatment at right time. “Feeding the way with how to catching fish is much better than giving a fish”. Treating patient is important but technology transfer is needed more than anything, Technology that we have gotten is, technology transferring is necessary more than anything to be carried to the patients in right place.

01) Wooridul Hospital has been focusing on spine treatment since 1982






As a world leading spine hospital, Wooridul Hospital has been focusing on spine treatment for the last 35 years after it was established in Busan, Korea on 1982.

At home, Wooridul Hospital operates a total of 10 newwork hospitals in the nation such as Seoul Gangnam, Seoul Gangseo, Seoul Gangbuk, Busan Dongrae, Daegu, Pohang, Kwangju & Jeonju etc.

In particular, Wooridul Hospital has acclaimed its exclusive accomplishments in the field of endoscope disc treatment, having established 'Open Laser Discentomy in 1991, 'Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy' in 1992, & 'Percutaneous Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy' in 1994 respectively and since 2000s, the Hospital is spearheading more fast & precise digital spine surgery era by grafting state-of-the-art computer equipments.

In terms of worldwide academic accomplishments as well, Wooridul Hospital registered over a total of 200 papers until 2012 innovationally into SCI-notch medical journals which boasts worldwide authority and had a honor which has been selected as one of world 10 hospitals for medical tourists during 4 consecutive years recently, announced by U.S. MTQUA;Medical Travel Quality Alliance.

Wooridul Hospital side says that such accomplishments are a result of cooperations between 130 special doctors who have equipped with their special competency in each spinal fields and 1,200 staffs who are specialized in spinal fields. Wooridul Hospital committs itself to playing its helper role continuously for the patients all over the world, to say nothing of Korea so that they can escape from the pains of back ailments.