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Helsinki University Hospital

Finland, Helsinki

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medical treatment at helsinki university hospital

Helsinki University Hospital - a multi-specialty institution has become a leader among the clinics in Finland during its working period. It consists of 23 hospitals, about half a million patients use its services every year. Each year, experts conduct more than 100,000 operations and take more than 20,000 deliveries of babies. The network employs over 25,000 specialists, about 13% of which are physicians.

In 2014, the European Oncology Organization awarded the status of the Comprehensive Oncology Center to the Cancer Department at the University Hospital of Helsinki.

In 2014, Finland was recognised as the best country for childbirth, based on its medical care, social security and education.

The hospital constantly introduces new methods of treatment that have been tested in clinical studies. Every year, 20 million laboratory tests are conducted at the University Hospital of Helsinki. There is also a biobank, the purpose of which is the study of genetic predispositions, environmental factors and lifestyle for the causes of diseases. Specialists are studying disease prevention, developing more effective and safe methods of diagnosis and treatment. It covers 1,9 million inhabitants. In 2015, the biobank received a license to operate from Valvira - the State Control and Supervision Service for Social Security and Health.

This clinic is the first in Scandinavia to receive such a high status. Since the clinic operates on the basis of the university, doctors are engaged in research activities.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AT HELSINKI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Specialists at the Helsinki University Hospital closely cooperate with Academic Medical Center Helsinki. This involved about 80 professors and lecutrers who produce more than 2,000 academic publications yearly. The discoveries found by the scholars are immediately implemented in the patients' care. Two biggest areas of research today are pediatric care and oncology. As a result, they provide the top quality research, teaching and medical care.

Patients at the Helsinki Hospital have an opportunity of participating in development of novel treatment methods. This is especially valualbe for people who are unresponsive to traditional treatments.

Features of the Clinic

ONCOLOGY IN HELSINKI

 

The largest oncology center in Finland operates in this hospital. Every year, 21,000 patients use their services, 8,000 of whom are new.

The diagnosis is carried out by a team of three specialists: an oncologist, a surgeon, and a pathologist (or another physician, if needed).

The Oncology Center performs 1600 breast cancer surgeries per year. Five-year patient survival after treatment is 90%, which is more than in the developing countries.

Doctors sucessfully use robotic surgery, especially in treatment of prostate cancer. They also perform photoselective vaporization and transurathral resection. Modern techniques used in the hospital are safer than traditional surgery and have less post-operational consequences.

Doctors use two types of radiation therapy: external and internal (brachytherapy). When an external source of radiation is outside the body, with brachytherapy, doctors inject a source into the tumor. Most often, radiation therapy is carried out in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery. Experts use it for metastatic lesions.

Neurosurgery at Helsinki University Hospital

Chemotherapy drug treatment of cancerous diseases at the University Hospital Helsinki is carried out by three types of drugs. The first ones are cytotoxins, these prevent the division of cancer cells, as a result of which the cancer cells die. Doctors injected drugs intravenously and orally, perhaps the introduction directly into the tumor, depending on the severity of the disease and localization. The second type - hormone therapy, is used for tumors whose growth is stimulated by the body's hormones. The third is selective drug therapy, it affects a certain substance in a cancer cell and does not affect healthy ones.

NEUROSURGERY IN THE HELSINKI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

The neurosurgical department is Europe's leading in microsurgical treatment of blood vessels and complex brain tumors. Experts perform 3,200 operations per year. Doctors treat aneurysms and deformities of cerebral vessels, brain and spinal cord tumors, spinal cord canal, perform neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy.

Juha Hernesniemi, a reknown Finnish neurosurgeon,operates within the facility. He treats:

    иконка галочки cerebral aneurism;  

    иконка галочки cerebrovascular diseases; 

    иконка галочкиbrain tumors;  

    иконка галочкиquick brain artery bypass surgeries.  

Doctors carry out an operation for the correction of arteriovenous malformation (AVM) - a plexus of the dilated vessels of the brain, the duration of this is several hours. The recovery period depends on the severity of the disease, age and general health status of the patient, lasts on average from one to two months.

To reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, treat dystonia of the cervical vertebrae and severe paralysis, doctors conduct a deep brain stimulation - electrically affect certain areas of the brain, reducing or eliminating symptoms. Duration of the operation is from 5 to 7 hours. After that, the patient stays in the hospital for about 5-7 days. The recovery period is different, on average it takes from two to several weeks.

CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY

The team consists of professionals in various areas, provides each patient with individual care, contributing to the rapid recovery after heart surgery. Increasingly, surgeons use new methods of treatment, preferring minimally invasive interventions to open operations.

The “keyhole” technique allows intervention through a keyhole-sized incision, as a result, the recovery period is shortened, after a month the patient returns to normal life. Catheter procedures also reduce the duration of rehabilitation, it is from 1 to 4 days depending on the method. In these operations the heart do not so there is no need to connect to the heart-lung machine, which in turn reduces the load on the body.

PEDIATRIC CARE

Helsinki University Hospital invests a lot of resources in providing the best medical care for child and adolescent patients. Professionals are able of taking care of newborns weighting less than 500 grams. Patients at pediatric departments are treated for infectious diseases, heart and blood diseases, allergies, diabetes, asthma, and organ transplantations. The survival rate after organ transplantation reaches up to 90%.

8 out of every 10 children undergoing cancer treatment in Finland fully recover. The surgeons perform over 500 different procedures. Hernia surgeries and endoscopic procedures are performed on a daily basis.

The doctors follow a wholistic approach and understand the importance of family in the fist years of development, which is why relatives are closely ingaged in the process of treatment and recovery.

Pediatric departments at Helsinki Hospital:

    иконка галочки General pediatric; 

    иконка галочки Pediatric Neurology;  

    иконка галочки Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;  

    иконка галочки Eye and Ear department; 

    иконка галочкиSkin and Allergy department.  

COST OF TREATMENT AT HELSINKI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Helsinki University Hospital emplys ombudsmen who make sure that no patient gets overcharged or made to undergo unnecessary tests.

Procedure Cost
Consultation with a specialist €354
Consultation with an oncologist €700
MRI from €1,500
PET-CT from €2,200
Heart angiography from €3,130
Procedure Cost
Thyroidectomy from €10,800
Endoscopic cystectomy from €7,600
Coronary stenting from €5,200
Brain tumor removal from €28,400
Da Vinci robot prostatectomy from €20,000
Testimonials (2)
Average clinic rating
Mark Nurmi
50
Patient Verified
  • 5
    5
The patient was treated
The treatment here is great. The cardiological department staff is all excellent. Never have I ever met medical workers so polite and helpful. They examined and discharged me very quickly.
Finland, Helsinki, January 28, 2020
Petri Virolainen
22
Patient Verified
  • 5
    5
The patient was treated
Wonderful service. I was hospitalized with abdominal pain, and by the morning they have already cut out my appendix. Great hospital, friendly nurses, delicious food!
Finland, Helsinki, November 21, 2019
Certificates:
ISO-9001
ISO-9001

Doctors

Neurosurgeons in Helsinki
Professor Mika Niemelä
Neurosurgery
Experience:
more than 20 years
Oncologists in Helsinki
Dr. Petteri Hervonen
Oncology
Experience:
more than 15 years
Urology in Finland
Dr. Mika Matikainen
Urology
Experience:
more than 20 years
Professor
Head of the Neurosurgery Department at the University Hospital Helsinki.
Membership in professional organizations: Finnish Neurosurgical Society; Scandinavian Neurosurgical Society; American Association of Neurosurgery; European Association of Neurosurgery; World Academy of Neurosurgery.
Specialization: Neurosurgery.
Neurosurgeons in Helsinki
Professor Mika Niemelä
Experience: more than 20 years
Neurosurgery
Dr.
Head of the oncology department at the University Hospital Helsinki.
Membership in professional organizations: Finnish Association of Oncology; Finnish Medical Society Duodecim.
Specialization: Oncology.
Oncologists in Helsinki
Dr. Petteri Hervonen
Experience: more than 15 years
Oncology
Dr.
Since 2012, the head of the Department of Urology at the University Hospital of Helsinki. Specialist in the treatment of prostate cancer. Conducts robotic laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.
Membership in professional organizations: Finnish Medical Association; Duodecim (Finnish College of Physicians); European Association of Urology (EAU); Finnish Medical Genetics Association; Finnish Surgical Society; Finnish Association of Urology; Academic Association of European Urology (AAEU).
Specialization: Urology.
Urology in Finland
Dr. Mika Matikainen
Experience: more than 20 years
Urology
Location of the Clinic
Tukhol­mankatu 8 A, Helsinki, Finland

You can reach to the hospital from Hilton Helsinki Airport by car or by public transport, in both cases it will take about an hour. At a distance of 380 meters is the museum Bronze age cairn tomb. Near the museum there is an ridge with beautiful views.

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