Korea University Guro Hospital, which was established in 1989, has grown into the sole tertiary hospital in the southwest region of Seoul. We provide 43 medical departments in addition to 20 specialized centers, including a comprehensive medical examination center and an international healthcare center. As the regional emergency center, KUGH is equipped with a CPR room, a negative pressure isolation unit and an intensive care unit to accommodate for domestic and foreign patients.
With the introduction of the 4th generation of surgical robot ‘Robot daVinci Xi,’ Gamma Knife Perfexion and linear accelerator for cancer radiotherapy, Hyper-Arc True Beam (Asia’s first HumediQ system to be installed), we practice the latest medical services.
About 1,500 doctors respond directly to medical inquiries from foreign patients, and possibly a one-day medical treatment system is applied for patients who registered in advanced.
Major Departments & Centers
◈ Robot Surgery Center
– Realization of advanced medicine
The highest specification surgery robot ‘da Vinchi Xi’ is being applied to various medical departments and surgery fields, including Oncology, External Medicine, Urology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thoracic surgery, ENT・Head and Neck Surgery, and etc. This center also expands scope of the minimally invasive surgery through R&D and provides the best medical service by actively utilizing the advantages of the robotic surgery.
– 5-year relative survival rate for colon cancer patients: 85% for 3rd stage, 40% for 4th stage
With multi-disciplinary treatment and surgical robot da Vinci Xi, the center successfully performed surgeries on a seriously ill cancer patients who were diagnosed as ‘untreatable’ at other hospitals, is maintaining 85% and 50% 5-year relative survival rate for third and fourth colon cancer patients, respectively, and is demonstrating sophisticated colon cancer surgery without complications.
– 90% 5-year average survival rate for prostate cancer
The 5-year average survival rate for prostate cancer is more than 90 percent, and the success rate is increasing by minimizing side effects such as postoperative urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction and etc. Compared to open surgery, robot surgery has significantly lower rate of complications such as bleeding, has high initial recovery rate, and has shorter hospitalization period after surgery, promoting fast recovery to daily life.
– Obstetrics and Gynecology surgery to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth after surgery
With robot surgery, not only safe pregnancy and childbirth are enabled through sophisticated hysterectomy, but also complications are reduced and quality of life is improved after performing complicated surgeries such as lymph node resection or uterine tissue resection through sophisticated gynecologic cancer.
– World’s first single-port cardiothoracic robot surgery
While cardiothoracic robot surgery used to be performed through 3~4 ports because of restrictions on the movement of robot arms due to ribs and others, the medical staffs in Korea University Guro Hospital succeeded performing cardiothoracic robot surgery using only single-port for the first time in the world. Domestic and international medical staffs are paying attention to the fact that it has low concerns for infection, has fast recovery, and opened the possibility of realizing complicated single-port cardiothoracic surgery in the future.
– Wide application to thyroid and hepatopancreaticobiliary diseases
The scope of robot surgery is expanding, including thyroid cancer, cranial cancer, gallbladder disease, liver cancer, pancreatic tumors, and etc. With sophisticated surgery techniques, the robot surgery is stepping up efforts to develop advanced skills that go beyond conventional surgical methods, as it is excellent in preserving the surgical function nd reducing scars and complications.
◈ Gamma Knife Center
– Excellent in treating brain tumors without cranial incision
The Korea University Guro Hospital is the first and only one in southwestern Seoul to operate gamma knife center, the state-of-the-art radiation brain surgery equipment. The gamma knife surgery is a method of treating brain tumors and brain cancer and cerebral sinusoidal deformities by using strong gamma rays without incising skull or scalp. Unlike conventional radiation treatment that radiates radiation throughout the brain, this method allows safe procedure through selective treatment, and can be performed without a general anesthetic as it does not cause pain. This is a state-of-the-art surgery method that has low adverse reactions such as dementia, and can be performed on elderly and people with cerebrovascular disease.
◈ Cardiovascular Center
– Providing Korea’s one and only single-day examination・procedure
As the best cardiovascular disease center in Korea, the cardiovascular center is designed to allow prompt medical treatment and aids by having professional cardiac medical team on standby for 24hours a day throughout the year, and is equipped with one-stop system that enables various outpatients to receive various examinations upon visit and to be admitted on the same day. The center is providing Korea’s one and only ‘single-day examination・procedure system’ that allows outpatients to receive medical examinations and procedures on the same day without being hospitalized. Furthermore, the center has over 98% of procedure success rate based on its abundant experience in cardiovascular surgery, stent, plastic surgery, and etc.
◈ Cerebrovascular Center
– Seizing the golden hour for cerebrovascular disease
Because of the characteristics of cerebrovascular disease that cannot be delayed, the cerebrovascular center is equipped with the cerebrovascular multidisciplinary system that allows cerebrovascular multidisciplinary team members to be contacted at the same time of the arrival of emergency patients to check test results and establish a treatment plan. All medical staffs from all departments are prepared and waiting simultaneously, even if it is sometimes unnecessary due to many variables in the treatment process. If a patient visits outpatient clinic through mini-stroke center with a preceding symptoms of stroke, single-day examination and single-day diagnosis allow the patient to be treated promptly before full symptoms of stoke emerges. Furthermore, the center is leading prompt and sophisticated cerebrovascular disease treatment by introducing advanced treatments such as mini craniotomy, radial angiography, and etc.
■ Specialized medical care for foreign patients
○ Cancer hospital (MDT: multidisciplinary team)
○ Pulmonology and Allergic disease (asthma, chronic pulmonary disease)
○ Center of Neurological disorders
○ Robotic operation (Rectal cancer, Lung cancer, Thyroid cancer, Gynecologic disoreders)
○ Gamma knife operation (Brain tumor), Vascular intervention (Heart, Brain, Extremities)
■ Global insurance company payment guarantee service
Direct-billing service: GAP, International SOS etc
western style cuisine
○ Pick-up : Airport -> Hospital
○ Concierge service: Hotel, Transportation and etc.
○ Emergency call: English, Russian, Arabic, Chinese
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