Seoul National University Hospital has been looking after public health over the past 100 years, leading
the development of medicine in Korea. It was established in 1885 as Korea ‘s first national hospital under the name of Kwang Hye Won. It was after, it became the affiliate hospital for Seoul National University ‘s College of Medicine and College of Dentistry before being recognized as a special corporate body under the name of Seoul National University Hospital.
Seoul National University Hospital Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Today the hospital is comprised of the Main Hospital , the Children’s Hospital, the Cancer Hospital,
the Dental Hospital , and the Clinical Research Institute. Over 1,700 hospital beds, approximately
2,000 inpatients and 8,000 outpatients are treated each day by 533 medical professors and 5,800 staff.
With the arrival of the 21 st century, Seoul National University Hospital is striving to develop into a world-class hospital, safeguarding the health of mankind. The hospital’s vision for the 21st century is based on patient-oriented care, respect for mankind, the creation of knowledge and public service.
International Healthcare Center
We also offer a 24-hour emergency contact service to respond promptly to emergency situations. At the IHC, we provide consistent medical care of chronic adult disease, medical examination, visa medical examination, cancer screening, children/adult vaccination, travel vaccination, and aviation medicine consultation.
Introduction of Seoul National University Hospital
Introduction of Seoul National University Children’s Hospital
Major Departments & Centers
SNU Cancer Hospital is composed of 26 specialized centers, including 15 Cancer Specialty Centers, 9 Multidisciplinary Cancer Treatment Centers, the Cancer Edu-Info Center and the Cancer Clinical Trials Center. Each center offers an integrated medical service for comprehensive cancer care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and education for cancer through close cooperation. Breast care center has completed operations more than a thousand cases per year. Gastric cancer center’s surgery cases reached 20,000 in 2007, which is the largest number in a single institution worldwide.
Gastric Cancer Center
Total Gastrectomy with Lymph Node Dissection The gastric cancer surgery in SNUH has outstanding treatment results based on great amount of experiences; successful gastric cancer surgery cases reached 20,000 in 2007, which is the largest number in a single institution worldwide. SNUH gastric treatment team pursuits multidisciplinary approach to treatment led by all the professionals related with gastric cancer, and tailored treatment strategy according to the conditions of individual patient. Gastric cancer surgeons in SNUH have a lot of experience and conversant to gastric surgery have shown the best quality
regarding low morbidity and mortality rate. Internationally recognized treatment results were used as the key data for the revision of the international standard cancer staging system. (UICC/TNMstage, 7th ed.) In the case of early gastric cancer (EGC) patients, function-preserving and limited surgeries such as pylorus preserving-gastrectomy and proximal gastrectomy are being performed on the purpose of enhancing patients` quality of life. Also, minimal invasive surgeries with smaller wounds such as laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery are actively performed as an alternative to open surgery.
Breast Care Center
Breast Surgery Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Although the prognosis of breast cancer patients is relatively better than other common malignancies, breast cancer is a potentially fatal
disease and has been a major cause of female mortality. If breast cancer is detected early, chance of survival is high. Surgical treatment now focuses on cosmesis and quality of life, as well as radical removal of the tumor. A woman with a newly diagnosed breast cancer must discuss her treatment options with her physician as soon as possible. Experienced surgeons at SNUH have completed operations more than 1,000 cases per year. Also, the cosmetic approach was applied recently, and thus total mastectomy was decreased dramatically. In other words, breast conserving surgery is more common in SNUH.
Major Thyroid Procedures Thyroid Surgery Center at Seoul National University Hospital provides the best care and treatment to patients with thyroid disease based on abundant interdisciplinary treatment
experiences under the slogan of “World’s leading medical center specializing in thyroid”. Thyroid Surgery Center has conducted more than 10,000 cases of thyroidectomy to date. The Thyroid Surgery team has conducted more than 1,000 cases of thyroidectomy each year since 2007. Its excellent treatment outcomes and low complication rate are the highest level throughout the world. In addition, in 2004, the Thyroid Surgery team had developed a world’s first endoscopic thyroidectomy of the Bilateral Axillo-Breast Approach (BABA) using the bilateral axilla and breast incisions, and had conducted more than 1,000 cases of endoscopic thyroidectomy to date. Since 2008, the Thyroid Surgery team has conducted 750 cases of robotic BABA thyroidectomy which combined endoscopic BABA thyroidectomy and da Vinci robotic technology. The analysis of first 109 cases of robotic BABA thyroidectomy showed that this procedure was as safe as open thyroid surgery and the completeness, control of complications, and cosmetic results were excellent. Furthermore, the center had developed a world first Postauricular Axillary Approach (PAA) using the bilateral postauricular and axillary incisions. By applying the state of the art neuromonitoring
technology to patients, who need voice preservation, such as singers, announcers, and teachers, almost 100% of voice preservation has been obtained.
Laparoscopic Colorectal Cancer Surgery Laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgery had short-term benefits with similar oncological outcomes to open surgery. Furthermore, laparoscopic surgery results in a better quality of life for up to 3 months after surgery. Patients prefer to undergo minimally invasive procedures even if the benefits are limited, possibly because aesthetic results are considered to be better. Laparoscopic procedures for low rectal cancer are regarded as technically demanding because total mesorectal excision and autonomic nerve preservation are prerequisites for functional and oncological safety. The Colorectal Cancer Center is taking initiatives as a global leader in the fields of colorectal medical practice and research. The Center performs over 1,200 operations, 2,000 colonoscopies, and 2,500 polypectomies yearly. We are focusing our every effort to develop new multidisciplinary treatment to improve the therapeutic outcomes of notorious areas in colorectal surgery such as advanced rectal cancer, metastatic or recurrent colorectal cancer.
Nephrectomy Nephron-sparing surgery is now considered the standard of care for small renal tumors ( 〈4 cm). With the development of laparoscopy, laparoscopic partial nephrectomy has been offered as an alternative to open surgery for small renal masses. Recently, after the introduction of surgical robots including the DaVinciⓇ surgical system (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, USA), partial nephrectomy has been successfully performed by using robotic technology. Robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy has also been used more with the development of surgical skills.
Compared with laparoscopic surgery with two-dimensional images and a long learning curve, robot-assisted surgery has many advantages such as the multiple joints with seven degrees of freedom, high-definition three-dimensional imaging, hand-held function, and elimination of tremor. These factors enable resection of a tumor located in a position often times too extremely difficult for laparoscopic partial nephrectomy.
Cardiac Intervention & & Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery As one of the largest center in Korea, our pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeon provide a complete range of services to about 20,000 outpatients each year for diverse congenital and acquired heart disease from simple atrial septal defect to single ventricle. More than 200 cases of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) are being performed in SNUH annually. Moreover, 99% of isolated CABG is done as Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass grafting (OPCAB) technique.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become the treatment of choice of the majority of severe coronary artery disease. With the development of newer devices and better techniques, many lesions that were treated in the past can now be treated safely and effectively with PCI. We here at SNUH have a long experience of PCI and we are combining our long standing technical expertise with cutting edge new therapy in percutaneous modalities including stem cell therapy, fractional flow reserve, intravascular ultrasound, rotational atherectomy, and etc. Experienced interventionists perform over 3,500 diagnostic
procedures and over 1,500 therapeutic procedures each year at the CV center, including the use of intravascular ultrasound and pressure wires. The one-year mortality in our institution is less than 1% and the rate of target lesion failure (defined as cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and target lesion repeat procedure) is less than 5%, which is one of the best in the world.
Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) has taken a leading role in six areas of organ transplantations including kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung, and cornea transplantations. Beginning with the first kidney transplantation in 1969, SNUH performed several organ transplantations for the first time in the country; the first liver transplantation in March, 1988, SNUH has performed 2753 cases of kidney and liver transplantation until 2011, and 344 cases of transplantation were done in 2011. The recent achievements of SNUH were highlighted by success in the world’s first laparoscopic hepatectomy in donor liver transplantation on April, 20, 2007. In addition, SNUH has shown a world-class clinical excellence with an operation success rate of 99% and 5 year patient survival rate of 82.2% for liver transplantation (7 year survival rate of 2.6% for adult living liver transplantation). The outcome of kidney transplantation at Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) is much superior compared to the
USA data. Five year graft survival is approaching 92% and 77%, respectively for living and deceased donor kidneys.
Neurosurgery : Gamma Knife Center
The Gamma Knife treats a lesion in the brain with highly focused radiation without opening the skull. It is safer and easier to the patient thanks to the modern computer and robot technology. The
principle of this method is similar using a magnifying glass to burn paper. Perfection, the latest model of Gamma Knifes, runs automatically from the beginning to the end and treats patients safely and efficiently. Advantage: Low chance of side effects and risks. Possibilities of complications are 3-7% (depends on different diseases). Perfect recovery is about 90%. Hospitalization is for two days, and you live as you were before the surgery without any significant scaring. The Gamma Knife Center at Seoul National University Hospital treated 5,000 patients since 1997.
After the introduction of the most up-to-date radiosurgery modality, Gamma Knife Perfection, in 2008, we have performed more than 1,500 surgeries. We are treating more than 700 patients these years.
Orthopedics : Hip Reconstruction
SNUH Orthopedics Hip Reconstruction team provides the best treatment to hip joint patients based on abundant treating experiences and clinical knowledge. We are also well known for world-class basic research for hip reconstruction surgery. SNUH introduced ceramic artificial joint surgery in 1997 which is suitable for Korean patients who suffer from hip joint disease developing from younger age compared to the western patients. Artificial joint surgery using ceramic bearing is the upgraded version of joint surgery which has decreased abrasion and lytic lesion after arthroplasty dramatically.
SNUH has performed this surgery to over 2,000 patients and started this surgery earlier than other world’s leading hospitals. Our 5 years & 10 years follow-up results are released as the world’s first thesis and approved as the model results in present. SNUH Hip Reconstruction team is producing most of ceramic artificial joint surgery related research results and all kinds of clinical problems and solutions, and this proves excellence and exclusiveness. In 2007, Doctor Yoo, Jeong Joon received the nation’s first International Biolox Award for the artificial joint surgery research achievement.
International Healthcare Center
IHC has served more than 30,000 foreign patients from over 80 countries since 2014 and provides One-Stop Service (consultation appointments, payments, examinations, and prescribed medication) to all foreign patients. IHC offers 24 hour emergency phone call service in English for counseling in emergency situations. All staffs of IHC are here to help and make international patients feel comfortable.
– One-Stop Service (Guidance & Interpretation)
– Medical Service : Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-5:30pm, Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm
· TEL : +82-2-2072-0505
· FAX : +82-2-2072-0785
· Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
– For Emergency : +82-10-8831-2890 (24h)
International Healthcare Center of SNUH
IHC serves more than 30,000 foreign patients from over 90 countries per year and provides One-Stop Services including guidance and interpretation. All staffs of IHC are here to help and make international patients feel comfortable. Our services include :
-Referrals reviewed by doctors
– Multilingual interpretation service for English, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian, Spanish and Arabic
– Cashless billing service/coordination with national embassies and international insurance companies
– Timely responses to requests from overseas patients, as well as: Primary and follow-up medical care for customers with chronic diseases, Medical examinations and screening, Vaccinations and international travel consultations
– 24/7 Emergency call in english
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