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Diseases of the ear

Surgical treatment may be necessary for inflammatory acute, chronic otitis media, and exudative otitis media, and we perform not only microscopic surgery but also up-to-date endoscopic surgery using various approaches. Also, we provide diagnosis and auditory rehabilitation for impaired hearing and operate a hearing aid clinic to increase satisfaction. We perform cochlear implantations for patients with severe bilateral hearing loss. Many medical personnel and researchers put the utmost effort into basic and clinical research for patients with impaired hearing in the Hearing Impairment Clinic, with excellent results. We also run a Dizziness Clinic to improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment provided to patients with dizziness. We perform surgical treatment in co-operation with the Department of Neurosurgery for brain tumors of the cranial base, such as acoustic neuromas.

Diseases of the nose

We treat various diseases related to the nose, and provide diagnosis and appropriate treatment including surgery for allergic rhinitis, which is one of the most common diseases of the respiratory system; deviated nasal septum; and acute and chronic sinusitis. We have recently begun to use endoscopy to treat benign tumors of the nose, and perform endoscopic surgery for tumors of the cranial base such as hypothalamic tumors in co-operation with the Department of Neurosurgery to help improve the surgical outcome and decrease post-operative complications.
We also perform functional rhinoplasties to improve nasal symptoms, such as nasal congestion and improve patients’ satisfaction. We run a Snoring and Sleep Apnea Clinic to provide not only accurate diagnoses for various sleep disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, but also versatile treatments including surgery and positive airway pressure treatment.

Head and Neck Section

We are a sub-division treating benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, and provide diagnosis and surgical treatment for vocal disorders such as vocal cord nodules; inflammatory diseases or benign tumors of the head and neck, including laryngopharyngeal reflux disease and sialolithiasis; and cancers such as oral cancer, laryngeal cancer, pharyngeal cancer, sinus cancer, and salivary gland cancer. In particular, head and neck defects created after the removal of cancer cause not only aesthetic problems, but also functional disabilities such as in swallowing, speech, and mastication which need appropriate reconstruction, and our head and neck sub-division performs reconstructive surgery using free flaps to cover the defects and to aid in maintaining post-operative function. Also, we operate a spoken language clinic to diagnose and adequately treat various diseases that can occur in vocal cords.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.