TOP 14 Weight Loss Surgery Hospitals in Republic of Korea

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Highly rated Weight Loss Surgery clinics in Republic of Korea

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Yongjin Kim
Seoul , Republic of Korea
Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital
4.0
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1 positive review on weight loss surgery in Republic of Korea

Veronika Nov 29, 2018
The patient was treated of diabetes type 2 in Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong (KUIMS)

All was good. The only thing that overshadowed, the first reception of the doctor. I had to sell more than two hours, although I arrived 15 minutes before the appointed time. Everything else was on top! Все было хорошо. Единственное, что омрачило, первый приём доктора. Пришлось продать более двух часов, хотя пришла за 15 минут до назначенного времени. Все остальное было на высоте!

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꿈돌이 Mar 9, 2020
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH)

병의원에서 치료가 잘 안되면 바로 오세요시간 끌다가 병이 깊어질 수 있어요

임남빈 Mar 6, 2020
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH)

직원들 너무 사무적인 말투와비싼 음식점 값,가격강패 결정타 주차비에 토나올것같음입원환자에게도 주차비를 받음.환자를 복도에 3시간 넘게 방치하고...다되었다고해서 다른과에 갔더만 주사 안맞추었다고 오라가라...열받아서 뭐이런 개같은 병원이 있는지...그냥 서울대학본병원에가서 치료받을걸 후회 막심중...산부인과는 별루임.의사와소통불가임 모든게 예약한날에 궁금한점 물어봐야함.치료중간에급한일이있거나궁금한점절대의사나간호사의조언통화안됨.콜센터도절대로연결안해줌.무조건예약날이아님궁금한점급한일은응급실에가서치료를받고조치를받아야함.월급의사들이라환자편의절대안봐줌..2동지하1층휴게실의자에 눕지 말라고 얼마전 나무칸막이로 박아 놓은걸 보고 참 야박함의 병원 현실이 보임. 신경외과의사방앞에 전기로 교모세포종 치료를했다는것광고있기에 그걸우리아이에게해줄수있냐니깐이건우리나라에서는안됩니다.장난하나...항암쌤도영자신없어하기에바로본대학로연건동서울대학교병윈으로전원시키니...뇌신경외과 교수님 이종양 제거 가능하다고하는데기가막히고열받았슴...이병원만믿고있다가그냥우리아이죽을수있다는생각에...여러분 잘생각하시고병원선택하세요...분당은 지방 체인점 병원인가 봅니다.

Viktoriya Vychugghanina Mar 20, 2020
Severance Hospital

Good service, polite staff, they speak Russian. Everything is at the highest level !!! They made a certificate of health, everything is fast, clear and understandable. I recommend this place.

TOMMY YOUN Mar 17, 2020
Severance Hospital

정기적으로 채혈하러가고 있는데, 코로나 때문에 입구부터 방역.

Youngmin CHO Feb 25, 2020
Samsung Medical Center

간호사들이 정말 친절하다. 칭찬카드로 고마음을 표시할 수 있다.

김지우 Feb 9, 2020
Samsung Medical Center

다들 매우 친절하시고 좋지만 처치가 늦어서 불편했습니다.3번 갔는데 괜찮았어요.집에서 75km 떨어져 있는 곳이라 멀어서 다시 가지는 않을 것 같아요.

HJ Choi Mar 19, 2020
Asan Medical Center

장인 복부 CT에 간암 재발한 거 빨리 발견 못 해서 돌아가신 게 벌써 10년이 넘었네... 큰 병 나면 너도나도 가보라고 하는 병원이지만, 이면을 보면 허술한 점도 있다. 또 하나, 큰 돈 들어가는 상황에서는 입원도 수술도 잘 되는데, 병의 말기에 다다르면 절대 입원 안 시키고 방치하지. 딴 병원 가라고 하거나...

최종식 Mar 19, 2020
Asan Medical Center

모든 분들이 건강하시길 바랍니다!~~^^ 그리고 빠른 쾌유바랍니다!~~^^

shihche Chien Feb 15, 2020
Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH)

國際醫療中心,英/中文皆可,護士很親切,在2樓有個外國人接待中心

krista garvida Jan 26, 2020
Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH)

Had a great experience here. Staff spoke good english. Organized and clean.

이인규 Mar 22, 2020
Gangnam Severance Hospital

Good hospitalMore than 100 years established hospital in Seoul It’s head office located in ShincheonMany good customer services are enhanced recently ie. Valet Parking service, High pass Service ( post-payment service with Credit Card), MMS service for next consultant

Kevin Kim Mar 9, 2020
Gangnam Severance Hospital

종합병원중에서도 가격은 제일 비싼 병원.

Karina Berdichevskaya Mar 3, 2019
Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital

A modern network of clinics equipped with the latest achievements in robotics and the best medical equipment. For 3 hours, the body is examined as much as possible with full interpretation of the results and recommendations! There is an international coordination center for Russians! All representatives of the center are friendly, helpful, understanding girls and are ready to help 24 hours in Thank you !!

개념상식선에서 말하세요 Feb 15, 2020
Chung-Ang University Hospital

예약하고가세요 사람이많습니다주차장 오토바이주차장도있습니다간호사분들과 의사선생님들 도움이분들도 엄청친절하십니다

임예리 Feb 9, 2020
Chung-Ang University Hospital

편도선수술, 다 좋은데, 수술방에 왠 미친남자하나가 누워있는데 제 얼굴보더니 '이쁘게생겼네~코만살짝하면돼겠네~'누워있어서 그인간 얼굴은 잘 안보였지만, 멀쩡하게생긴게 돌았나~ 그남자때문에 별하나뺌, 옥에티다인간쓰레기같음조롱인지 희롱인지, 아파서온사람한테장난하나이건이쁘냐안이쁘냐의문제가아니라 그냥 그인간이 입방정을떤거, 피해자두번죽이지않아야해요

Questions and answers

What is weight loss surgery?

Weight loss or bariatric surgery is an intervention aimed to reduce the volume of the stomach and accelerate the food movement along the gastrointestinal tract reducing the amount of food you eat. Surgical intervention is the only weight loss method that gives a long-term and guaranteed result.

Who benefits the bariatric operation in Republic of Korea?

The operation is necessary for overweight people with the body mass index (BMI) over 40 kg/m². To calculate your BMI, you need to divide your weight in kilograms twice by your height in meters. For example, your weight is 150 kg and your height is 1.7 m — BMI = 150 / 1.72 = 51.9 kg/m².

Obesity surgery in Republic of Korea is also prescribed for people with concomitant diseases — hypertension, diabetes mellitus, joint damage. In this case, the operation is carried out with a BMI of 30-35 kg/m²

After calculating your body mass index, consult with a surgeon. Only a doctor can decide if you need this procedure, choose the most effective bariatric surgery method in your particular case, answer all your questions, and predict the results after the operation.

What are the types of weight loss operations?

Sleeve gastrectomy

During the surgery, 80% of the stomach is removed. Surgeons form a tube 2-2.5 cm in diameter. Thus, the volume of the stomach and the amount of food absorbed are reduced.

Gastric bypass

During this operation, surgeons form a stomach pocket with a volume of 15-30 ml. Food from the pocket gets to the small intestine directly. As a result, patients have a sense of fullness even when taking a small amount of food.

Gastric band

In this case, bariatric doctors put the upper part of the stomach in a silicone cuff or gastric band. It narrows the stomach cavity and regulates the speed of food movement through it.

Gastric balloon

During the procedure, surgeons place an empty silicone balloon into the stomach. Then specialists fill a balloon with the physiological saline to the required volume. The operation helps to simulate a sense of fullness in the stomach.

Stomach stapling

During this surgery, metabolic specialists decrease the stomach volume and form a smaller diameter gastric tube. A part of the stomach is not removed, and the gastric wall is sewn with a multi-row suture.

What are the contraindications?

Bariatric surgery in Republic of Korea is not performed for teenagers and people with alcohol or drug addiction. Other contraindications include: 

  • body mass index less than 30
  • pregnancy
  • Cushing's disease
  • thyroid disorders
  • peptic or esophageal ulcer
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • coronary artery disease
  • lung diseases
  • active cancer treatment
  • mental illness (psychosis, severe depression).

What is preoperative preparation for obesity surgery?

Before the operation, you should stick to some rules and follow the doctor’s recommendations. The most important among then are:

  • Preoperative diet — a short-term (2-6 weeks) diet before the surgery will lower your body mass index and reduce the risk of complications. The preoperative diet usually consists of foods high in protein and low in carbohydrates, plenty of water. 
  • Quitting smoking — at least 6 weeks before undergoing general anesthesia, as smoking before the intervention increases the risk of postoperative complications (heart attack, stroke, thromboembolism, infection, pneumonia, and death).
  • Physical activity — in the preoperative period improves well-being, general tone, lung, and heart capacity. In addition to your daily activities (work, shopping, and cleaning), try cycling, walking, or swimming for at least half an hour a day. The healthier you will be before the operation, the faster the recovery after the operations will be.

More about the presurgical program you can find here.

What is the process of weight loss treatment?

The operation plan mainly depends on the method of obesity surgery. Each of them differs in the technique of performing. Generally, the procedure takes about 3 hours.

The hospitalization is required. Usually, the patient stays in the hospital for 2-3 days:

  • 1st day — the surgery
  • 2nd day — stay in the intensive care unit
  • 3rd day — stay in the inpatient department 
  • 4th day — discharge from the hospital.

What are the risks during the surgery in Republic of Korea?

Bariatric operation is a serious surgical intervention, so has some risks:

  • bleeding
  • wound infections
  • intestinal or bowel obstruction
  • internal hernias
  • vomiting
  • ulcers
  • low blood sugar.

However, the operation is minimally invasive and the success rate of weight loss operation is 98%.

How long is the recovery period after the bariatric operation?

  • In the first 2 days after the operation, the patient can consume only liquids.
  • On the third day after the procedure, the person takes food in small portions 5-6 times a day. Gradually, the patient develops new nutritional habits. 
  • Getting out of bed is allowed on the second day after the weight loss surgery in Republic of Korea. Gradually, the physical activity increases and step-by-step the patient comes back to the common lifestyle. 
  • In two weeks a person can return to work if the activity is not associated with heavy physical exertion.
  • Intense physical exertions are forbidden for two months. 
  • Then physical activity is required: walking at least three kilometers a day, swimming, cycling, or aerobics will help to overcome the difficulties during the recovery period and return to a full-fledged lifestyle faster.

Read more about the rehabilitation after the obesity procedure here.

How soon after weight loss surgery can you get pregnant?

If you are planning a pregnancy, postpone it for at least 18 months after the procedure. This is the time when your weight is reduced so pregnancy will be a big burden for the body. 

After this period, pregnancy is usually safer than before the surgery — for both the mother and the baby. You should inform your gynecologist what type of intervention you had and if there were any complications after the procedure (blood clots, blood transfusion, etc.).

What results can you expect after obesity surgery in Republic of Korea?

During a year after the operation, a person loses up to 60-70% of excess weight. In rare cases, it takes about 1.5 years. It is important that losing weight is irreversible if the patient follows all doctor’s recommendations — the weight will go away and won’t come back. This is a major advantage of the surgical treatment of the overweight. 

Besides, after the weight loss surgery in Republic of Korea, the patients also notice regress or get rid of other diseases associated with obesity — type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac pathology, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), arthritis, infertility.

Do you need to take vitamin or mineral supplements?

Yes, usually you need to take vitamins and minerals. Supplements provide the patient with essential nutrients needed to maintain good health. A diet that must be kept after the surgery may not always provide the full range of nutrients.

What should you know about South Korea before the trip?

Currency

South Korean Won (you also can pay for services in dollars)

Best period for the trip

April, May & June or September, October & November.

Language

Korean (most of medical staff speaks English fluently)

Visa

none required for stays under 90 days or less

Time difference with Europe

9 hours

Time difference with the USA

9 hours

Capital

Seoul

Medical tourism center

Seoul

Popular resorts

Gangwon-do, Gyeongju, Boseong, Jeju

What is the level of medicine in South Korea?

Healthcare is the key development sector of the Korean government. The Korean authorities are convinced that care for the citizens' health should be an absolute priority of state policy and spend about 1 billion a year for medical tourists attraction.

According to Mark Britnell, hospitals dominate the health system. 94% of hospitals are privately owned.

Why is South Korea trendy for medical tourism?

South Korea is also a well-known country globally due to high-skilled doctors that undergo internships in American and European institutions. Patients from Russia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and US prefer treatment inSouth Korea to other places.

Highly developed medical centers and first-rate therapeutic services at affordable prices attract people from all over the world. About 1 mln international patients travel to Korea annually. So South Korea is among Top 10 countries with the most developed medical tourism sector.

South Korea is a top destination for medical tourists because of low-costs. You may save up to 40% on services in South Korea compared to European countries or the USA due to the average local citizens' income and general price policy within the country.

What hotel services are provided here?

In South Korea, hotels of different price ranges and service levels are presented. Most tourists choose 4 and 5 star hotels with all-inclusive meals. Such hotels have everything for a comfortable stay: varied food, a large well-groomed territory, animation for children and adults. Some hotels have their own water park, which guests can use for free. Budget travelers can afford to book an economical 3-star hotel with half board or no meals at all.

Do I need a visa to South Korea?

Today, South Korea has visa-free agreements with 112 states. None visa is required for stays under 90 days or less. To stay longer in this country, you need a visa. What states need a visa for treatment in South Korea and what countries can cross the border free and easy read here.

What documents are required to apply for a visa to South Korea for treatment?

Visas for travel to South Korea require a number of documents. The necessary papers can be submitted 90 days before the planned departure. Lists of documents includes:

  • ID card
  • confirmation of online registration and filling out the questionnaire
  • certificate of income and availability of funds
  • insurance policy for a stay in South Korea (original and copy)
  • 2 photos (5x6)
  • visa receipt
  • booking of flight and hotel
  • medical opinion about the need for treatment.

What are the most popular plastic surgery procedures?

According to ASPS statistics, 17.7 mln cosmetic surgeries and 5.8 mln reconstructive procedures have been performed in 2018. Among cosmetic procedures the most popular are:

  • breast augmentation
  • liposuction
  • rhinoplasty (nose job)
  • eyelid surgery
  • tummy tuck.

Tumor removal, laceration repair, maxillofacial surgery, scar revision, hand surgery are the most common operations in the context of reconstructive surgery.

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