Since its establishment in 1982, Wooridul Spine Hospital (WSH) has emerged as one of the world’s leading spine-specialized treatment facilities. With more than 1,200 neurospine specialists and other professionals, its staff provides services ranging from neurospinal, spinal thoracic, and anterior spine surgery to spinal medicine, orthopedics, and rehabilitation within the hospital’s “Spine Total Care System.”
The hospital follows a philosophy of minimally invasive surgery and technique (MIST), striving for the least possible destruction of healthy tissue, and also endeavors to provide treatment without surgery whenever possible. WSH has developed an endoscopic surgery method that reduces the area of skin laceration, resulting in faster recovery, a high success rate, a reduced relapse rate, and a high rate of patient satisfaction. New surgical methods for spinal disc treatment are currently in development.
Wooridul Hospital currently manages 10 hospitals throughout Korea and has expanded into Indonesia (Jakarta), the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Turkey (Istanbul) and China (Shanghai).
The main Seoul WSH facility, opened in November 2007, boasts the latest high-tech equipment for treating spinal cancer and arthritis. WSH has taught its treatment methods to more than 530 neurospine specialists from more than 60 countries; a one-year training program for foreign doctors was launched in 2003. The hospital exchanges current surgery techniques with institutions in the US and France through conference and live-surgery video feed, hosts an annual International Neurospine Forum, and publishes research results in world-renowned medical journals.
The Wooridul International Patient Center, established in 2006 in the Gangnam district of Seoul, prides itself on one-stop care and administrative support. Through the 24-hour call center and online, prospective patients receive remote diagnostic examination and consultation, including detailed discussions of procedures, costs, and hospitalization. International services include on and offline medical consultations, assistance with visas and medical visas, airport pickup and dropoff, interpreters (Japanese, English, Russian and Arabic spoken in most Wooridul facilities), assistance with insurance; assistance with local tourism.
Wooridul has partnered with an extensive international network of large health plans, including Allianz, Bupa, Cigna, GeoBlue, HTH Worldwide, MetLife, Tricare and UnitedHealthcare.
Last updated on 9 December 2016
Get to Know Your Hospital or Clinic
Once you’ve chosen a date and destination for your treatment, you’ll be wise to do some additional sleuthing, beginning with your treatment center. Although detail-driven, this investigation is not as daunting as it sounds, and most of your research involves simple fact-checking.