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Spine Center

This is Bumin Hospital Group’s Spine Center Information

We perform as a rule of
Non-surgical treatment

Minimally invasive spinal surgery

Long-standing experience and expertise in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Accurate diagnostic process and total spine care system Performed over 149,000 spinal cases

Clinical Statistics

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SPINE CENTER 2017 total
Surgery 12,653 40,326
Non-surgery 35,294 109,242
Total 47,947 149,568

Strategies of Bumin Hospital Spine Center

  • 1. We give priority to Non-surgical treatment and Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • 2. When surgery is needed, we always perform Minimally invasive surgery
  • 3. We have long-time experience and skill of Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • 4. Bumin hospital's spinal treatment is safe even for old generations (prevention of infection)
  • 5. Non-surgical treatment – Surgical treatment – Rehabilitation (Total spine treatment)

The principle of Bumin Hospital Spinal Center

  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Non Transfusion Spinal Surgery
  • Zero Defect Treatment
  • Spinal Total Care System
  • Team Diagnosis and Team Surgery System
  • Treatment based upon Principle
MISS-Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, maximum effect with minimum trauma

Key features of MISS

  • Less damages to nerves, tissues and bones
  • Less blood loss and less scarring
  • Reduced pain
  • Faster recovery, reduced hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of blood infection due to no need for blood transfusion– better results for patients with diabetes or elderly

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery for Cervical and Lumbar Disc Patients(Neck & Back)

1. Microscopic Spinal (Neck & back) Disc Surgery

Bumin's microscopic spinal disc surgery allows minimized tissue damage and blood loss as microscopic surgery can access even the most delicate areas with precision. This method has proven to lower the possibility of reoccurrence of spinal disc. This microscopic spinal surgery is one of the most standardized and effective treatment method and has proven to show outstanding results.

2. Endoscopic High Frequency Laser Surgery

Endoscopic surgery allows surgeons to view the real-time images of damaged or diseased tissue. Using the local anesthesia, surgeons can communicate with the patient during the surgery. This method allows the surgeon to make fewer cuts, reducing damage on surrounding tissues and minimize time spent in surgery and speed recovery time. Also there is very little scar (size of 6mm) after the surgery.

(Removed Herinated Disc using Endoscopic Spinal Surrery)

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery for Spinal Canal Stenosis

1. MISS Decompression Surgery (Laminectomy, Laminotomy)

This surgery is done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. During the surgery, damaged parts of your spine are removed and spinal canal is enlarged, ultimately relieving pressure on the nerves. Using the microscope allows surgeon to perform a precise surgery, minimizes damages to soft-tissue, and reduces side-effects or spine instability. Also, there is no need for bone grafting or blood transfusion, thus patients can recover faster than traditional spinal surgery.

Existing Surgery Technique

Existing Surgery Technique detach muscle from the vertebral body to expose the surgical area. Depending on the condition, certain bone needs to be removed. The size of scar is pretty large, and there is tissue damage.

MISS Decompression Surgery Technique

MISS Decompression Surgery Technique after minimally incising the skin, the tubular retractor of METRx System is applied by using microsurgical techniques to achieve nerve and spinal cord decompression and spine stability. The damage to the tissue and never is minimized.

(Tubular retractor using microsurgical techniques to enlarge the spinal canal)

2. Minimal Access Spinal Technologies – Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MAST-TLIF)

This surgery is performed to remove a portion of a disc that is the source of pain and fuse the spine. TLIF procedure puts a single bone graft between the vertebrae from the side. A short incision, approximately 1.5 -2.0 cm is made to the surgical area. Using the microscope, a thin wire or needle is inserted to the spine to increase the diameter to allow enough room for the surgical procedure.

After dilating spine to allow access to the section of spine to be stabilized, the bone graft is then inserted into the disc space. Screws and rods are inserted to stabilize the spine while the treated area heals.

Previous Spinal Surgery Scar
Scar size of 20cm

1 Scar size of 3cm, 2 Scar size of 1cm

This procedure can be done with a much smaller incision than traditional open spinal surgeries and decreases damage to the low back muscles. Also, patient can benefit from reduced post-operative pain and faster recovery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Spinal Fracture

1. Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a spinal procedure where bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin (percutaneously) into a fractured vertebra with the goal of relieving the pain of vertebral compression fractures. This procedure is a popular minimally invasive treatment and is proven to be a safe, effective and to provide more back pain relief than conservative treatment in patients with acute vertebral fractures.

2. Kyphoplasty

that attempts to stop the pain caused by the bone fracture and attempts to restore the height and angle of kyphosis of a fractured vertebra followed by its stabilization using injected bone cement. The procedure uses small balloon that is inflated in the vertebral body to create a void within the cancellous bone prior to cement delivery. Once the void is created, the procedure continues in a similar manner as a vertebroplasty, but the bone cement is typically delivered directly into the newly created void.

Spinal Surgery for Chronic Spinal Pain

1. Spinal Fusion

For patients suffering from chronic spinal pain with no improvement from non-surgical treatment, surgical treatment is considered. The disc, causing the pain, is removed. Then the bone graft is used to fuse the spinal vertebrae.

This bone graft will provide stability to the spine when it fuses with the vertebrae.

Spinal Fusion Suitable Patient

  • Chronic spinal pain lasting 4~6 months
  • Spinal pain without nerve symptom
  • Degenerative disc based on MRI
  • Positive discography
  • Without spinal disc, spinal canal stenosis, spinal instability symptoms

Bone Graft is used to fuse the spinal vertebrae after the disc is removed.

2. Disc Replacement

Artificial disc is a device that is implanted into the spine to imitate the functions of a normal disc. If necessary to remove the disc, there needs to be a device to keep the distance between the vertebra and to replace the function of the disc. In such case, artificial disc is replaced to degenerated disc.

  • Spinal flexibility enabled
  • Faster recovery compared to spinal fusion surgery

For less severe symptoms,

Bumin can treat neck and back pain through non-surgical treatment method.

Non-Surgical Spine Treatment

  • 1. Physio Therapy

    This surgery is performed to remove a portion of a disc that is the source of pain and fuse the spine. TLIF procedure puts a single bone graft between the vertebrae from the side. A short incision, approximately 1.5 -2.0 cm is made to the surgical area. Using the microscope, a thin wire or needle is inserted to the spine to increase the diameter to allow enough room for the surgical procedure.

  • 2. MedXSpinal Physical Therapy

    Using MedX, the latest rehabilitation equipment, Bumin experts performs spine evaluation to accurately diagnose patient's musculoskeletal and spinal strength, flexibility and pain level. Patients can check the improved musculoskeletal function using MedX's computerized spinal system. MedX Physical Therapy increases the musculoskeletal strength, endurance, flexibility to the maximum level in very short time period. Our patient can benefit from world's best rehabilitation equipment guided by our musculoskeletal experts.

    MedX Physical Therapy is also effective for patients with spinal pain requiring non-surgical treatment and for post-operative patients to prevent further recurring of spinal.


    • Precise evaluation of spinal function and spinal strength
    • Musculoskeletal exercise, flexibility exercise
    • Strengthening of spinal muscle and ligament and reducing of disc pressure
    • Maximizing exercise efficacy and reducing pain
    • Effective treatment for chronic spinal pain, post-operative rehabilitation treatment, sports rehabilitation, and early stage of disc.
    • Preventing the recurring of spinal pain.
  • 3. Pain Treatment

    Advantages of treatment at Pain Management Center at Bumin

    • Very little pain during the procedure
    • General anesthesia is not necessary, done by local anesthesia
    • No scar or bleeding, no risk of blood transfusion
    • Very little complications or side effects
    • Eligible for high risk patients with high blood pressure/diabetes/heart disease/osteoporosis
    • Quick recovery (less than 30 min procedure with overnight hospital stay)


    Special catheter with the diameter of 1mm is injected into the pain area to release medication Effective for patients with spinal and shoulder pain, post spinal surgery syndrome

    Nerve Block

    Injection of local anesthetic onto or near nerves to control pain. Effective for patients with spinal pain (Disc, Spinal Canal Stenosis, Acute/Chronic Back Pain), Frozen Shoulder


    Diameter of 0.8mm syringe is inserted into the spinal cord or nerve root and releases high frequency wave to eliminate the nucleus of disk, causing the pain Effective for patients with contained or mildly herniated discs.

    Intramuscular Injection

    Medication is delivered directly into a muscle to reduce pain

    Trigger Point Injection (TPI)

    Trigger point injections for pain are used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots that form when muscles do not relax. The knot can often be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched. The trigger point can trap or irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body


  • Jung, Taek-Gun Dong-Yeob Lee, MD, PhD

    · Chief of Spine Center
    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Jung, Taek-Gun Yang-Sun Lim, MD

    · Orthopedics Department

  • Jung, Taek-Gun Hyung-Bok Kim, MD

    · Orthopedics Department

  • Jung, Taek-Gun Han-Yu Seong, MD

    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Jung, Taek-Gun Yoo-Hyeon Cha, MD

    · Neurosurgery Department


  • Heung-Tae Chung Heung-Tae Chung, MD, PhD

    · Chairman
    · Orthopedics Department

  • Jung, Taek-Gun Hyung-Dong Kim, MD, PhD

    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Seong-Su Jung Seong-Su Jung, MD, PhD

    · President of Medical Affairs
    · Orthopedics Department

  • Chang-Won Cho Chang-Won Cho, MD, PhD

    · Chief of the Cerebrovascular Center
    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Chang-Bong Gong Chang-Bong Gong, MD, PhD

    · Chief of the Spine Center
    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Woo Sung Sun Woo-Sung Sun, MD

    · Chief of Spine Center
    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Jong-Chul Chung Jong-Chul Chung, MD

    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Hwan-Soo Kim Hwan-Soo Kim, MD

    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Hyun-Wook Park Hyun-Wook Park, MD

    · Neurosurgery Department


  • Jung, Taek-Gun Heung-Tae Chung, MD, PhD

    · Chairman
    · Orthopedics Department

  • Kim, Sang-Hyuk Hyung-Dong Kim, MD, PhD

    · President of Medical Affairs
    · Neurosurgery Department

  • Jung, Taek-Gun Jae-Young Jo, MD, PhD

    · Chief of the Spine Center
    · Orthopedics Department

  • Do-Geun Kim Do-Gyun Kim, MD

    · Orthopedics Department