Advancing the Cutting-Edge Therapies to Overcome Intractable Brain and Spinal Diseases

The Department of Neurosurgery is a medical practice that treats diseases in the nervous system such as brain and spine. Medical staff specialized in specific conditions offer fast yet accurate treatment of high quality for brain tumor, cerebrovascular diseases, spinal diseases, functional brain disorders and so on.

Brain Tumor: Surgical Treatment by Top-Class Surgeon and the State-of-the-Art Equipment

In the field of brain tumor, Korea’s top-class brain surgery team performs not only surgical excision but also radiotherapy, immune cell therapy and the latest technology of gene therapy. The automated neuronavigation and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) program are employed to make sure that the operation is carried out safely through real-time monitoring to check the exact location of brain tumor and the blood circulation in vessels. The surgical team also uses pentero microscope that allows for clear visibility for surgeons. In order to put the patient safety first, intraoperative CT was installed in OR to check on bleeding and complications after the operation.

Cerebrovascular Disease: Systematic Interdisciplinary Treatment and Minimally Invasive Endovascular Surgery

The cerebrovascular specialty cares for diseases like cerebral aneurysm, cerebrovascular malformation, hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage and moyamoya disease. It vigilantly works side-by-side with Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Neuroradiology and Rehabilitation Medicine to provide fast yet accurate diagnosis and treatment for acute patients, and offers proper treatment and care for patients with subacute or chronic diseases. Especially, the team is specialized in endovascular surgery to treat cerebrovascular diseases, which means that it performs minimally invasive surgery instead of open craniotomy. As a result, patients can recover more rapidly and easily from the procedure.

Stereotactic Functional Disease: Deep Brain Stimulation

The stereotactic functional specialty of brain delivers the best treatment results through microvascular decompression to treat hemifacial spasm and through deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders. The staff use Novalis radiotherapy that offers fast and safe treatment for tumor and cerebral arteriovenous malformation that are difficult to remove with conventional surgery.

Spine: Surgery and Injection Therapy

The medical staff refrain from just recommending procedures not covered by the health insurance, but rather provide minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) for patients for whom nonsurgical treatment is no longer an option. Among other things, the team of our faculty members specialized in spine provides surgical treatment for patients who could not find a right hospital capable of such treatment.

Future-Oriented Clinical Trials on Intractable Diseases

The medical team is conducting a clinical trial on Parkinson’s disease medication using fetal midbrain-derived neural progenitor stem cell for the first time in the world. In the field of brain tumor, the team is carrying out clinical research on the use of immune cell therapy (NK Cell: Natural Killer Cell) for patients with recurrent glioblastoma. For patients suffering from chronic pain due to degenerative lumber disc herniation, they provide the treatment using autologous adipose-derived stem cells. The Department of Neuro Surgery of CHA Bundang Medical Center is committed to providing expert care and improving the quality of life for patients through future-oriented clinical studies to overcome intractable diseases with the highest levels of medical staff and equipment.