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Wooridul Hospital Seoul

Department of Spinal Surgery (301964)

Junseok Bae

Dr. med.

Junseok Bae

Specialized in: spine surgery

About the department

The Department of Spinal Surgery at the Wooridul Hospital Seoul offers the full range of conservative, minimally invasive and endoscopic treatment of spinal diseases. The surgeons of the department are the first-class specialists, they regularly undergo advanced training courses to keep pace with innovations in medicine. The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Junseok Bae.

The specialists of the department mostly have to deal with such pathological conditions as spinal deformities, scoliosis, spondylosis, herniated intervertebral discs, osteochondrosis, radiculitis, spinal canal stenosis, etc.

In order to make an accurate diagnostics, the doctors of the department use the five-stage principle of diagnostics:

  • General medical examination, determination of symptoms, X-ray examinations
  • Magnetic resonance imaging for the examination of soft tissues, intervertebral discs, nerve endings, etc.
  • Computed tomography for the examinations of the vertebrae, ligaments and spinal joints
  • Spinal cord myelography
  • Examination of the spinal nerve ending function 
    • Thermography
    • Discography
    • Electromyography
    • 3D examination of the human movements

After the comprehensive diagnostics, the patient is prescribed appropriate conservative treatments (for example, drug therapy, physiotherapy, deep muscle stimulation, flexible spinal therapy, exercises on a special Centar device) and only if they are ineffective, surgical interventions are performed. The surgeons in the department give preference to minimally invasive interventions, which are as safe as possible for the patient. The performance of operations with the help of a microscope helps to minimize the patient's pain, blood loss, reduce the risk of complications and the rehabilitation period. The department specializes in the use of such minimally invasive spinal surgery as percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy, percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy, open laser-assisted lumbar discectomy, complete replacement of the intervertebral disc.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Conservative therapy
    • Drug therapy
    • Injection therapy (blockades)
    • Physiotherapy
    • Therapeutic exercise
  • Discoplasty
    • Nucleoplasty
    • Neuroplasty
    • Annuloplasty
  • Percutaneous endoscopic interventions in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Open microsurgical spinal decompression on the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Spinal stabilization with the preservation of mobility
    • Replacement of the discs of cervical and lumbar spine with the artificial ones
    • Lumbar ligamentoplasty
    • Intervertebral spacer installation
  • Minimally invasive spinal fusion
  • Radical correction of the spinal deformities
  • Laser spine surgery
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Rehabilitation measures
  • Other therapeutic options 

Curriculum vitae

Education

  • Fellow of the American Board of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (FABMISS).
  • Internship, Department of Neurosurgery, Asan Medical Center, Seoul.
  • Residency, Department of Neurosurgery, Asan Medical Center, Seoul.
  • Internship, Department of Neurosurgery, Asan Medical Center, Seoul.
  • Magistracy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ulsan.
  • Baccalaureate, Faculty of Medicine, Kyungpook National University.

Professional Career

  • Chief Physician of the Wooridul Hospital Seoul.
  • Head of the Pocheon Hospital Gyeonggi.
  • Best Technical Innovation Award of the Wooridul Hospital (2011).
  • Best Specialization Award of the Wooridul Hospital (2010).
  • Member of the North American Spine Society (NASS).
  • Member of Korean Neurosurgical Journal.
  • Member of the Korean Spinal Neurosurgical Society (IMS).
  • Member of the Korean Society of Interventional Muscle and Soft Tissue Stimulation Therapy.

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