Excellent surgical outcomes and postop care

According to the recent trend of emphasis on surgical expertise and high expertise of each sub-division, it is composed of gastrointestinal, liver-biliary-pancreas, anorectal, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, transplantation surgery, breast and thyroid endocrine surgery. A large number of professional medical staff in charge of each field are available, and based on professional knowledge and various experiences, we are fully committed to patient care.

In particular, after the establishment of Cancer Center in 2011, we have maintained the 1st grade in performance evaluation of the four major cancers (stomach cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer) announced by Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service since 2016.

Suurgical staffs of Gachon University Gil Medical Center are in charge of surgery and treatment of critical and life-threatening diseases, and they are faithfully taking care of life with responsibility and commitment to life.

Gastrointestinal tract

Stomach cancer is a malignant tumor originating from the gastric mucosa. Curative treatment is surgery. Depending on the location of the stomach cancer, surgery is performed for partial or total resection of the stomach, and it is important to perform accurate and safe surgical resection of the lymph nodes around the stomach along with gastric resection. Recently, due to the increase in early gastric cancer, many surgeries are being performed by laparoscopy. Laparoscopic surgery has many advantages, such as less pain after surgery, faster recovery, and minimal scar. Gastric stromal tumors develop on the walls of the gastrointestinal tract (extramucosal), with the potential for malignancy, mainly laparoscopic gastric wedge resection.


Liver, biliary tract, gallbladder and pancreas are closely related structurally and functionally in the abdomen. When a disease occurs in one of these organs, other organs around it are affected, so it is common to treat them together medically. Hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery diagnoses all types of cancer and benign diseases that occur in the liver, biliary tract, gallbladder, and pancreas and ultimately selects patients who need surgical surgery. Various laparoscopy - the latest surgical technique - is applied not only to the most common disease 'gallstones' but also to various cancers. We also have excellent experience in the treatment of liver cancer, gallbladder cancer, biliary tract cancer, and pancreatic cancer, which require precise and advanced level of surgery. In addition, liver transplantation for patients with end-stage cirrhosis and liver cancer and kidney transplantation for patients with chronic renal failure are provided.

Anorectal clinic, vascular surgery, breast surgery and thyroid surgery are also available.

Obese children

The most effective treatment for obesity is laparoscopic surgery. The clinic has been performing high-obesity surgery since 10 years ago, and is currently actively performing sleeve gastrectomy. Laparoscopic surgery has the advantage of less pain, quick recovery, small incision and little scar.

Gil Medical Center High Obesity Surgery Patient Group: Pediatric surgical diseases have very diverse pathophysiology and classification that are not easy to treat. This clinic provides more specialized treatments by pediatric surgeon. Laparoscopic/endoscopic surgery has been actively performing in the field of pediatric surgery.

Peritoneal metastasis recurrence cancer

HIPEC and other treatments for peritoneal surface malignancies
Malignant tumors of the peritoneal surface are rare but serious cancers that develop in the abdominal lining called the peritoneum. These often occur when tumors of the appendix, rectum, colon, stomach, ovaries, or other organs have spread to the peritoneum.
Surgical oncology team at Gachon University Gil Medical Center is one of the most experienced teams in Korea for advanced abdominal cancer treatment, including intraperitoneal hyperthermal chemotherapy (HIPEC) after peritonectomy.
However, not all patients are candidates for gross resection and HIPEC surgery. For more information, you should visit our clinic and visit the peritoneal metastasis cancer clinic.

Understanding HIPEC

HIPEC, a form of chemotherapy during surgery, is used to remove residual tumor cells in the abdominal cavity after gross lesion resection or tumor reduction. Once all visible tumors are removed, the surgical oncology team circulates the heated sterile anti-cancer chemotherapy solution continuously in the abdominal cavity for 90 minutes. The HIPEC procedure is the task of killing any remaining cancer cells that are difficult to see visually. The anticancer drug solution is then removed and the incision is closed again. High-temperature (41 to 43 degrees) chemotherapy on the abdomen during surgery can increase drug concentration where needed. There are three advantages to adding heat.

  • - Heat above 41 degrees celsius effectively kills cancer cells and does not affect normal cells.
  • - Heat allows chemotherapy to penetrate several millimeters to kill invisible cancer cells.
  • - Anti-cancer chemotherapy administered directly in the abdominal cavity can kill cancer cells at a higher concentration than intravenous injection. This way, you can avoid the normal side effects of chemotherapy.

There is substantial clinical evidence that HIPEC is an effective treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, unexplained peritoneal metastasis, pseudomycosis, peritoneal metastatic appendix cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, and ovarian cancer. In addition, peritoneal metastasis from colorectal cancer can be successfully treated in a significant number of patients.

Clinical Expert

Over the past 60 years, Gachon University Gil Medical Center has been striving to grow and develop into the best hospital through scientific research in medicine, treatment facilities and medical fields. In order to achieve this goal, hospital members are making continuous efforts with challenging spirit and passion to establish themselves as the best hospital in Korea. In addition, we are leaping to become a world-class hospital that can shoulder one another alongside the world's leading hospitals.

Gachon University Gil Medical Center Peritoneal Metastasis Clinic is one of the most experienced teams in Korea. Prof. Won-Seok Lee is a surgeon specialized in peritoneal metastatic cancer and trained with HIPEC in Hamburg, Germany in 2012. He trained at the Cancer Center Peritoneal Metastasis Clinic and is an expert in complex abdominal surgery for peritoneal metastasis. Currently, we perform tumor reduction surgery (cytoreduective surgery and HIPEC surgery) and one or more surgical treatments per week.

In addition to the development and application of these treatments, we believe that surgical treatment is the most important treatment. It is a difficult and difficult task that takes an average of 5 to 10 hours, but tries to eradicate cancer cells by operating with all the power of the whole body without missing a single nodule that spreads like a grain. We have skilled staffs, including experienced nurses, medical oncologists and staffs familiar with patient needs.

Lastly, the peritoneal metastasis/recurrence cancer clinic, which opens at Gil University Medical Center, is based on the basic theory of the cancer center and the concept of the latest treatment process along with the best treatment methods not only in the United States but also worldwide. We promise once again that we will have to focus on researching and realizing the best treatment for cancer.