Dr. Kyung Hwan Ko

Dr. Kyung Hwan Ko

Orthopedics Specialist - Orthopedic Surgeon

  , Seoul, South Korea

  19 Years of experience

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Kyung Hwan Ko is one of the finest Orthopedics Specialist in South Korea. He is an experienced Orthopedic Surgeon in the South Korea. The Medical practitioner has been associated with various reputed hospitals in the South Korea. The physician is currently working as a Orthopedic Surgery, Asan Medical Centre, South Korea. The doctor is a well-reputed and sought after medical expert and is

  • Seoul National University, Bachelor of Medicine

qualified. Dr. Kyung Hwan Ko has been associated with many hospitals over the course of his illustrious and experienced career.

The hospitals include:

  • Present, Seoul Asan Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Director
  • 2018-2019, Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul Asan Hospital
  • 2014-2018, Assistant Professor, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital
  • 2012-2014, Seoul Medical Center
  • 2010-2012, Clinical assistant professor of orthopedics at Samsung Seoul Hospital
  • 2008-2010, Orthopedic instructor at Samsung Seoul Hospital (full-time doctor, fellow)
  • 2004-2008, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Samsung Seoul Hospital (Resident)
  • 2001-2004, Military service
  • 2000-2001, Seoul National University Hospital Training (Intern)

Dr. Kyung Hwan Ko has more than 19 Years of clinic experience. The Clinician specializes in and performs the following surgeries:

  • Ankle Fusion Surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Tendon Repair-Rotator Cuff
  • Orthopedics
Procedures
Ankle Fusion Surgery

What is Ankle Fusion Surgery

Ankle fusion operation, also known as ankle arthrodesis, is a surgical procedure conducted to close the joint space by joining the bones that make up the ankle joint.

Your ankle joint is an articulation of three bones. These three bones are known as the tibia, fibula, and the talus. During ankle fusion operation, the cartilage covering the bony surface of the ankle joint is scraped off. The diseased part of the bones is also trimmed.

Next, the newly exposed bony surface of the tibia and the talus are placed in close contact. Additionally, they are compressed using screws. New bone formation takes place in and around the joint resulting infusion of the bones into a single bone.

Candidates for Ankle Fusion Surgery

Ankle fusion operation is recommended for patients experiencing unbearable pain during the ankle movement. The pain may result because of the following reasons:

  • Joint wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Infection in or around the joint
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Failure of previous non-surgical treatment

Not all patients with the aforementioned conditions are always suitable for ankle fusion. Patients with the following characteristics are not suggested to undergo this surgery:

  • Insufficient quantity and quality of bone
  • Severe deformity in the leg
  • Vascular diseases that prevent proper healing
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction refers to the replacement of the damaged ACL with a tissue to facilitate normal functioning of the knee. ACL is a major stabilizing ligament in the knee, which connects the femur to the tibia. ACL helps provide proper movement of the tibia. ACL also facilitates pivoting or sudden change in the direction of the leg, preventing the damage to the knee.

 

Damage to the ACL Surgery 

The ACL can be injured in different ways, thus warranting a need for ACL repair. The following scenarios may damage the ACL:

  • Collision with a football
  • Slowing down while running
  • Landing incorrectly after a jump
  • Twisting of the knee and the foot in opposite direction

 

Initial Treatment for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

The ACL may not require surgery when the knee is stable when the ligament is not torn completely, or even when you don’t have to strain your knees by active sports. The alternate treatment in such a situation is “RICE” – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Physiotherapy, exercise, and braces for legs can help provide support to the knee. Exercises such as swimming, running in a straight line, and playing golf can be preferred by active individuals if they do not wish to return to an active sports life.

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the joints. It is performed with the help of a special instrument called an arthroscope. It comes with an attached video camera and a light. What is observed by the camera is recorded and can be viewed by the surgeon on a television monitor.

Arthroscopic knee surgery is an alternative to total knee replacement and other forms of knee replacement surgery. During the knee arthroscopic surgery, small incisions are made to insert an arthroscope and other surgical tools to correct a defect in or around the knee joint. Total knee replacement, on the other hand, refers to complete removal and replacement of the diseased joint with a prosthetic implant.

When is knee arthroscopy required?

Knee arthroscopy is conducted for the diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Inflammation of the knee
  • Injuries such as :

    • Fractures
    • Ligament tear
    • Tendon damage
    • Torn meniscus
    • Misalignment of kneecap
    • Bakers cyst
    • Meniscus tear
    • Loose fragments of bone or cartilage
Shoulder Arthroscopy

A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to inspect, diagnose, and rectify the problems involving the shoulder joint. During a shoulder arthroscopy, a small device attached to a camera is inserted into the shoulder to diagnose the reason for pain in the shoulder, among other problems.

Miniature surgical instruments are also inserted into the shoulder to rectify the identified problem. Such a surgery is known as arthroscopic shoulder surgery. When shoulder replacement is conducted with the help of arthroscopy, the procedure is known as arthroscopic shoulder replacement.

At each stage of the arthroscopic shoulder surgery, the surgeon is guided by an image displayed on the television screen. This is a minimally invasive procedure that ensures a quick recovery.

The shoulder has three bones, namely:

  • the clavicle (the collarbone),
  • scapula (the shoulder blade),
  • and humerus (the upper arm bone). 

 A rotator cuff tear, articular cartilage, labrum and surrounding soft tissues can be the cause of pain in the shoulder joint. These areas can get damaged or distorted as a result of some accident. The actual cause of pain can be diagnosed with the help of a shoulder arthroscopy. Sometimes, age-related wear and tear can is also responsible for shoulder joint-related pain and problems.

Symptoms of a shoulder injury include excessive pain in the shoulder joint and stiffness in the shoulder joint that may hinder easy movement of the arm around the shoulder joint. The patient may experience trouble while sleeping with the affected shoulder on one side. Slight swelling can also be observed physically in the joint region. 

 A physician may recommend a shoulder arthroscopy if your shoulder does not respond well to other alternative treatments such as exercising and physiotherapy. Common rotator cuff surgery can be used to conduct rotator cuff repair, removal or repair of the labrum, repair of ligaments and recurrent shoulder dislocation, and bone spur removal. Some of the less common procedures may include fracture repair, cyst excision, and nerve release.

Shoulder Tendon Repair-Rotator Cuff

The group of muscles and tendons form a cuff over the shoulder joint which is called as a rotator cuff. The rotator cuff holds the arm in the joint that aids in the movement. When one or more tendon muscle becomes damaged, stiffness, rotator cuff pain and soreness is developed along with decrease in the mobility. Rotator cuff repair is procedure that is used to repair the torn tendon and muscles in the shoulder which can be torn due to injury or overuse. The main goal of the rotator cuff repair is to restore the flexibility and movement of the joint and to decrease the pain.

Reasons for rotator cuff repair

Injuries – Athletics and construction workers are mostly involved in the rotator cuff injury. Repetitive movement and overuse may cause tendon tear.

  • Tear of rotator cuff
  • Inflammation of the tendon
  • Inflammation of the bursa

Advantages

  • Causes less rotator cuff pain
  • Requires less hospital stay
  • Causes less complications
  • Facilitates fast recovery

Treatment options

Partial rotator cuff injury tears can be treated non-surgically by taking rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroidal injections, and exercises. Severe rotator cuff injury tears require surgical treatment. The surgical techniques that are used to treat severe tears of rotator cuff include:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Open repair surgery
  • Mini open repair surgery

Arthroscopic surgery

Arthroscopy involves a small incision through which a narrow tube with a fiber-optic video camera is inserted that is connected to a television monitor. The arthroscope is inserted allowing the surgeon to visualize the internal structure of the joint. Small additional incisions are made to insert the surgical tools those are used to repair the joint.

Open repair surgery

This surgery is done for complex tears. During open repair surgery, a large muscle called deltoid muscle is slowly moved away to perform the surgery.

Mini – open repair surgery

The mini-open repair surgery is done by using an arthroscope. The damaged tissue or bone spurs are removed through arthroscopy. Mini-open repair surgery is a combination of both arthroscopy and open repair surgery.

Failure of the non-surgical treatment may cause the need for surgery.

 

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