John Paul II Hospital Krakow

Krakow, Poland
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John Paul II Hospital Krakow
John Paul II Hospital Krakow
John Paul II Hospital Krakow

About the hospital

John Paul II Hospital Krakow has been operating since 1917 and gradually changed its medical profile. Currently, it is one of the largest cardiopulmonary surgical centers in the country, which also conducts multicenter clinical research. The academic staff and cooperation with Jagiellonian University provide patients access to the most innovative treatment with high recovery efficiency.

The medical center complies with ISO 9001:2000 standards and is an accredited institution of the Ministry of Health. The complex consists of 17 buildings with 612 beds. Also, the organizational structure includes 19 inpatient departments, 27 departments for outpatient counseling, and 40 specialized laboratories. The clinic serves 150,000 patients annually and performs 1,460 open-heart surgeries and 2,150 lung and chest surgeries. In addition, due to many interventional interventions, doctors can improve existing treatment methods and gain invaluable experience implementing new ideas.

As early as 1957, the hospital performed the first open-heart surgeries and catheterization interventions in Poland. And in the 2000s, heart surgeons traditionally took precedence in seamless implantation using 3F Therapeutics technology and percutaneous aortic valve replacement TA-TAVI and TAVI. Also, doctors mastered the closure of an aneurysm of the left ventricle of the heart by a minimally invasive method on a beating heart. This approach was a real breakthrough for the country. Furthermore, a mini-invasive mitral valve correction with the HARPOON system without cardiac arrest became a unique discovery for the whole world at John Paul II Clinic Krakow. Numerous findings surgeons also made in pulmonology. In particular, the first Poland implantation of an intrabronchial valve in a patient with pulmonary emphysema and the first in the world pulmonary artery embolectomy with an innovative system. In addition, doctors could remove blood clots of a large diameter percutaneously. Today, doctors and surgeons do not stop in the research and development of advanced treatment and carry out implantation of the world's most miniature MicraTPS pacemakers and unique orbital atherectomy procedures. Also, the medical center has significant achievements in treating patients with profound hypothermia and was recognized in anesthesiology with an award from the World Health Organization.

Krakow John Paul II Hospital provides various medical services in vascular and transplant surgery, cardiology, cardiac surgery, lung diseases and thoracic surgery, and infections in adults and children. The desire of doctors to use minimally invasive organ-sparing operations for fewer complications and increased patient survival in the most challenging cases.

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Founded in 1917
150,000 patients
612 beds available
N/A departments

Is the clinic suitable for the treatment of malignant tumors of the chest?

Oncologists offer induction and adjuvant treatment of malignant tumors of the chest in combination with gentle surgical intervention with high durability and reduced prevalence of metastases. In addition, doctors have unique experience in the treatment of solid tumors.

Should I choose a medical center for the infectious lesions of the liver in children?

The hospital has all the necessary equipment to diagnose and treat infectious liver diseases in kids. Elastography, MR cholangiography, and genetic and PCR tests provide a clear picture of the impression of the organ. Doctors have extensive experience treating hepatitis B and C.

Is John Paul II Hospital Krakow suitable for heart transplantation?

The clinic performs 26 heart transplants annually, a high rate in Poland. In addition, cardiac surgeons have gentle, minimally invasive surgery and drug treatment techniques that will help delay the time of transplantation if necessary.

What makes the clinic unique?

The hospital is the pioneer in Poland in many minimally invasive heart and lung surgeries that have saved the lives of thousands of people. The author's techniques are available here, such as the percutaneous removal of large blood clots in the pulmonary artery.

About the city

Krakow is a cultural, educational, scientific, economic, and tourist center in Poland on the stakes of the Vistula with a total of 782,000 inhabitants. One of the country's oldest cities charms its European architecture with ancient castles, a variety of entertainment, and numerous parks.

Many legends are associated with the city's origin, but the first documentary mentions the city dates back to 965. Since 1038, Wawel Castle has been preserved until today. Until 1610 castle was the main symbol of the capital of Krakow. And even after the transfer of the capital, the coronations of Polish monarchs took place in Wawel Castle until 1734. Such significant events contributed to the prosperity of the town and the enrichment of architecture and culture. In 2000, Krakow was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture. Furthermore, the old town is enclosed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition to a developed network of shops and entertainment centers, exhibitions and museums, and dozens of theatres and festivals, the city is rich in parks and protected areas. Krakow has 43 parks and 5 nature reserves with rare birds and plants and many animals that can be seen in their natural environment.

Since 1364, the oldest Polish Jagiellonian University has been operating in the city. The great astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus worked at this university. In the postwar years, Krakow became the birthplace of the future Pope John Paul II and the famous Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. In 2019, Krakow, as the only city from Poland, entered the ranking of the hundred best cities in the world in terms of hospital care, according to Medbelle. Among the most prominent scientists was Jozef Brodovych, who specialized in internal diseases. Ludwik Bierkowski, the surgeon, founder of the Anatomopathology Museum, and pioneer of general anesthesia developed Krakow surgery for almost 30 years. University Hospital Krakow since 1778 and John Paul II Hospital Krakow since 1913 are hospitals with many years of history, invaluable experience, and robust development of modern scientific medicine.

The historic city of Krakow combines European traditions and quality. Extreme popularity among tourists contributed to the increasing development of entertainment, bars, and shops. But the city received the most critical development during the times of monarchs and kings, which saturated the city with the grandeur of architecture, cultural centers, and monuments. As a result, to this day, the city also attracts natural talents in art, sports, medicine, and business people.

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