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題目 KU Anam Hospital Celebrates 5,000th Robotic-Assisted Surgery Milestone
区分 News 作成日 2021-03-04 照会数 1086

 

Korea University Anam Hospital Celebrates 5,000th Robotic-Assisted Surgery Milestone




Korea University Anam Hospital (President Jong-Hoon Park) has completed the 5,000th robotic-assisted surgery. The first successful operation was performed in July 2007 with the opening of a robotic surgery center in July. The 1,000th, 2,000th, 3,000th, and 4,000th milestones were celebrated in 2012, 2016, 2018, and 2019 respectively. Since then, in about 1 year and 3 months, it performed the 5,000th case.

 

Members of the Robotic Surgery Center of Korea University Anam Hospital (Director Seok-Ho Kang) include luminaries in robotic surgery like Professor Jun Cheon of Urology, Professor Seon-Hahn Kim of Colorectal Surgery, Professor Seok-Ho Kang of Urology, Professor Sung-Gu Kang of Urology, Professor Jin Kim of Colorectal Surgery, Professor Hoon-Yub Kim of Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Professor Eul-Sik Yoon of Plastic Surgery and Professor Jae-Yun Song of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Professor Jun Cheon of Urology who introduced a surgical robot to Korea University Anam Hospital in 2007, is widely known as one of the ‘top robotic surgeons’ not just in Asia but also in the United States—a pioneer in robotic surgery. In 2009, he represented Asia in a robotic surgery that was broadcasted on four continents for the first time in the world. Professor Jun Cheon received the Minister of Science and ICT Award last April on the Science Day and Aquamarine Stripes of Order of Service Merit in December on the Cancer Prevention Day for his contributions to the prevention and treatment of cancer with robotic surgery.

 

Professor Seon-Hahn Kim of Colorectal Surgery made distinguishable achievements in rectal cancer robotic surgery which had not been widely applied even in the United States and introduced Korea’s robotic surgery to the world. Professor Kim’s rectal cancer robot surgery is one of those operations that has poor visualization as it is performed in the narrow pelvic cavity, but his robotic surgery makes it easier to identify anatomical structure using 3D images, enabling more precise surgery than conventional surgical methods.

 

Professor Seok-Ho Kang of Urology has recently performed the 200th case of robot‐assisted radical cystectomy and the 140th case of totally intracorporeal urinary diversion first time in Asia. This is the first in Korea and Asia, and it is a noteworthy achievement even in the world. In general, as the number of cases a surgeon performs increases, the outcome is better with accumulated know-how. Therefore, Professor Kang can be said to have the most outstanding surgical technique in ‘robot-assisted radical cystectomy and totally intracorporeal urinary diversion’ in Asia. Moreover, Professor Kang’s robot-assisted surgery has a higher attainment rate of Pentafecta, five factors used in assessing post-bladder cancer surgery outcome, and the patient survival rate is higher—demonstrating that Professor Kang’s surgery is one of the best in the world.

 

Professor Sung-Gu Kang of Urology has been gaining the attention and interest of the international academia with his outstanding technique in uniport robotic surgery (Da Vinci SP). As an honorary professor of the University of Central Florida’s Global Robotics Institute (GRI) in the United States, a global hub of robotic surgery, he is actively engaged in the research and development of new urologic robotic surgery techniques and training international surgeons on robotic surgery.

 

Professor Jin Kim of Colorectal Surgery raised the five-year survival rate of patients with recurrent colorectal cancer to the 40% range, which is one of the highest in the world. In recurrent rectal cancer, less than 40% is eligible for surgery and recurrent and metastasized cancer must be completely resected. The level of difficulty of surgery is higher than conventional colon cancer surgery and only few surgeons in Korea can perform this surgery. Professor Kim has been recognized as a global expert in Korea and the world and he is treating patients from Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Arab countries, promoting K-health around the globe.

 

Professor Hoon-Yub Kim of Breast and Endocrine Surgery is gaining global attention through robotic surgery of thyroid via the mouth leaving no scar. Professor Kim developed and adopted transoral thyroid robotic surgery that leaves no scar and reduces the risk of sequelae. In his surgery, the surgeon accesses the gland through the patient’s mouth with smaller incisions and less pain, protecting voice effectively. Another advantage is enhanced precision than conventional surgery and it leaves no scar.

 

Professor Eul-Sik Yoon of Plastic Surgery is the first in Korea to introduce and perform scar-free breast reconstruction with a robot. Professor Yoon’s surgery makes a small incision inside an armpit, leaving no visible scar, and minimizes neural and muscular damage. Not just for autologous transplantation using back muscle but also for surgery using an implant, the most natural look can be obtained with the hybrid surgery that combines elements of autologous procedures with an implant with a robot.

 

Professor Jae-Yun Song of Obstetrics and Gynecology has developed and performed robotic radical trachelectomy as a surgical treatment for cervical cancer. This robotic surgery preserves the uterine artery to maintain the fertility potential of women of childbearing age when treating cervical cancer. It allows partial resection of the cervix and preservation of major blood vessels. Compared with conventional surgical methods, there is a large amount of blood flow to the uterus even after the surgery, which can greatly increase the fertility and childbirth potential even after the surgery.

 

“The Robotic Surgery Center of Korea University Anam Hospital continues to adopt the latest robotic devices such as Da Vinci SP and train robotic surgeons by opening a training center, continuing efforts that befit the reputation of world-class robotic surgery,” said Seok-Ho Kang, Director of the Robotic Surgery Center. “In particular, seeing our surgeons’ robotic surgery skills not just simply recognized globally, but being recognized as the ‘world’s standard’, and their surgeries broadcasted alive to train other doctors, I feel proud and responsible. Going beyond the 5,000th milestone of robotic surgery of Korea University Anam Hospital, we will continue to strive and research to give new hope to patients around the globe,” expressing his ambition.


 

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