Best Hospitals for General Surgery in South Korea

About General Surgery

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on the surgical treatment of the disease and disorders of abdominal contents including esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, thyroid gland, gallbladder, appendix and bile ducts.

Conditions for which you should consider visiting a General Surgeon

Below are some of the medical conditions/ situations for which you might consider visiting a general surgeon:

  • You have been referred by to a general surgeon by your doctor in case the treatment plan requires a more invasive intervention or the medications didn't work or won't work
  • Surgical procedures needed come in the preview of the scope of the general surgeons
  • If you want to undergo a weight loss surgery
  • Need of an emergency care and/ or surgery
  • Requirement of both pre- and post-surgical care
  • Minimally invasive surgeries are advised

Cost Comparison

Below is the list of some of the most common surgeries undergone by people and their cost comparison in different countries:

Country of Treatment Appendectomy (Cost in USD) Microdiscectomy (Cost in USD) Hearing Implant (Cost in USD)
India 1150 3200 14000
Turkey 4000 8100 18500
United Arab Emirates 6806 11000 40838
US 13200 20000 111000

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Asan Medical Centre located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by ISO. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 524,700 square meters is the floor area of Asan Medical Centre
  • Number of beds is 2,715
  • 67 operating rooms
  • 11,680 outpatients
  • Everday 2,427 inpatients come to the Centre
  • 66,838 Sophisticated surgeries (per year)
  • 1,600 physicians and surgeons
  • 3,100 nurses
  • Five various types of rooms ranging from suites to multi-bed rooms

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International St. Mary's Hospital located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 3 Basements and 5 Floors Building
  • International Healthcare Center
  • Korean Traditional Medicine Hospital
  • Hybrid Operation Theatres
  • Conference Rooms
  • Seminar Rooms
  • Auditorium
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Hospice ward
  • Chapel
  • Emergency Medical Center
  • Pathology
  • Outpatient Pharmacy
  • 15 Professional Treatment Centers
  • 35 Clinical Departments
  • Transplant Centers
  • Admission & Discharge Center
  • Counseling office
  • Convenience Store
  • Animal Laboratories
  • Parking in basement
  • Food court for patients & visitors
  • Coffee Shop
  • Free Wi-fi is available throughout the Hospital premises

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Artemis Hospital is a 400 plus bed multi-speciality hospital, which aims at providing a depth of expertise in the spectrum of advanced medical and surgical interventions. Some of the features of the infrastructure include:

  • A 400 plus bed multi-speciality hospital.
  • A large number of ICU beds equipped with modern technologies.
  • Imaging techniques include 64 Slice Cardiac CT Scan, Dual Head Gamma Camera, |  16 Slice PET CT, Fan Beam BMD, RIS - HIS Integrated Department, High -end Colour Doppler Ultrasound Systems.
  • Cardiology department supported by Philips FD20/10 Cath Lab with Stent Boost Technology, C7XR OCT - Optical Coherence Tomography, Lab IVUS - Intravascular Ultrasound, Rotablator - for calcified lesions, FFR -Fractional Flow Reserve, Ensite Velocity Cardiac Mapping System, and Endovascular Hybrid Operating Suite.
  • ICU is backed by High-Frequency Ventilator for NICU, Central Venous Pressure Monitoring, Intra - aortic Balloon Pump, Invasive Intraarterial Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ab4 Monitoring, Bedside Percutaneous Tracheostomy, Portable X - ray Viewer, Temperature Regulating Blankets/Warmers, Bedside ECHO Cardiology.
  • Operation Theatre Technologies: Total Knee Replacement - Navigation System, Motor Evoked Potentials (MEP) for Spine Surgeries, Fiber Optic Bronchoscope, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pump, Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP) in DBS Surgery.

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Medanta - The Medicity located in Gurugram, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 1250 beds facility
  • 800+ professionally trained & experienced Doctors
  • Patient Support Services Team in International Patients Department, assists patients from different nation during their medical travel journey
  • Hotels and Lodging Arrangements
  • International Lounge
  • Medantas own Air-ambulance service can reach you in any part of the world (fully functional ICU at 30,000 feet above the ground)

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Sterling Wockhardt Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The bed capacity of Sterling Wockhardt Hospital is 50.
  • Critical care and complex cases resolution is done with excellent results.
  • Emergency departments with 3 beds capacity and Intensive Care Unit with 10 beds capacity.
  • The healthcare delivery focus of the hospital is both on prevention as well curing the conditions.
  • Diagnostics are well developed with the latest technological developments.
  • Pharmacy, operating rooms, lab services are at par with the best in the country.
  • 24/7 ambulance services to cover healthcare requirements in Panvel and Vashi.
  • Accommodation, airport transfers, flight bookings and translation services are all available for international patients.

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Fortis Hospital located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 24x7 emergency services are available.
  • In house pharmacy services are also present.
  • Highly regarded doctors and surgeons work day and night at the hospital.
  • This is in addition to numerous consultants who provide services to patients.
  • There are excellent preoperative and post operative care facilities at the hospital.
  • High success rates and faster turnaround times for patients towards excellent health.
  • An International patient care center enables international patients to avail the best of treatment in a seamless manner with minimal hassle.
  • 5 Centres of Excellence are present in Fortis hospital Bangalore.
  • The bed capacity of this hospital is 250.
  • Latest In Vitro Fertilisation technologies are present.

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The Hospital has world-class infrastructure with a capacity of over 1000 beds and much more-

  • 265 Licensed beds
  • 13 Operation Theatres
  • 24*7 Cath Lab
  • 24*7 available Blood Bank
  • 24*7 Emergency Department
  • 24*7 Open Pharmacy

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Venkateshwar Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the latest healthcare facilities and world class infrastructure.
  • It has a 325 bed capacity and 100 beds for critical care.
  • There are as many as 10 operation theatres.
  • The Intensive Care Unit and blood bank is also present within the hospital.
  • There is complete support for international patients with facilities such as transfers, assistance for visa and accommodation, translators and insurance related assistance.
  • Some of the departments in which medical services are available are Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Cardiology, Neurology and Oncology.
  • The hospital also provides treatment for infertility, weight loss and has physiotherapy and pain management services.

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Supported by the first class staff, Medeor Hospital is dedicated to providing the latest in medical advances. The hospital’s professional expertise is regarded as one of the finest in India. The centre provides acute specialist services and aims at delivering top-quality medical and patient care.

Infrastructure & Facilities:

  • 24x7 Emergency, Diagnostics and Pharmacy services
  • State of the art instruments
  • Hi-tech ICUs
  • Modular OTs
  • High-end Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Highly Experienced Physicians & Surgeons
  • Zero Bacteria Operation Theaters
  • Modern Infrastructure Equipped with Advanced Facilities
  • Radiology department equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging technologies like 1.5 tesla MRI, high-tech 160 CT Scan and dual detector X – ray
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab having Hybrid Operating Room
  • Linear Accelerator, Brachytherapy Suite, Wide Bore CT Simulator
  • Slice CT Scan, CT Simulation
  • Slice PET CT, Dual Head 6 Slice SPECT CT
  • Facilitation counter at International Airport, New Delhi
  • Translator of different languages
  • Assistance in lodging, boarding and ticketing
  • Wi-Fi and local SIM cards
  • Tele-medicine, e-consultation and post discharge follow up
  • Foreign exchange services
  • Prayer and meditation rooms

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Vejthani Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is among the topmost private hospitals functioning in Thailand.
  • The bed capacity of the hospital is 263.
  • There are more than three hundred thousand patients visiting the hospital every year.
  • Vejthani hospital has more than 40 outpatient clinics and centers.
  • International patient care center with all kinds of services: air ambulance, transfers, travel, stay, embassy liaison, patient coordinators, prayer rooms, visa coordination and translators for 20 languages.
  • The special facilities are:
  • International Certified Laboratory
  • 10 Operating Rooms
  • Radiology Section: Portable X-ray, CT-scan and C-ARM and MRI
  • Neonatal Critical Care Unit
  • Water-jet technique applied for liposuction
  • Computer navigation and mini-invasive technique for Joint Replacement surgery

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Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • One of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in India
  • Facility is fusion of state of the art technology, competent clinicians, and world-class infrastructure
  • 230 beds
  • 70 bedded medical and surgical and Critical Care Unit
  • Ward Bed Options- Twin, Deluxe, Sharing and Economy
  • Pneumatic Tube System
  • Ambulance Services 24x7
  • 15 Bedded dialysis unit
  • Advanced Neonatal ICU
  • Advanced imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography scanning, digital mammography, ultrasound
  • 8 modular OTs
  • Flat Panel Cath Labs
  • LASIK - SMILE Suite
  • Wellness Lounge
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • 15 Dialysis beds
  • 24x7 ‘Trauma & Emergency Center
  • Dedicated blood bank
  • 24x7 comprehensive patient care.
  • Deployed high-end technologies & smart digital system
  • Robust Hospital Information Systems to meet complex medical needs of patients
  • Robotic assisted surgeries
  • International Patients Lounge
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Accommodation and Food for Attendant
  • Language Interpreter Services
  • 4 triage beds, a dedicated sample collection room, 6 observation beds, and highly skilled emergency staff
  • Robotic knee replacement surgery
  • ATM
  • Lounge for visitors
  • Internet Access: The whole facility is Wi-Fi enabled
  • Travel Desk: Provides an all-round patient care.
  • 24x7 pharmacy

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Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Multi-bed hospital with state-of-art infrastructure
  • Advanced medical equipment
  • High-tech labs
  • Modular operation theaters
  • Cath labs with Clarity Platform, 128 channel CARTO 3 version 4 with ICE mapping facility, FD 10 Prucka 2D EP system
  • High-end Intensive Coronary Care Unit
  • Dedicated Pre-Post Cath Unit
  • Multislice CT Scan, 1.5 Tesla MRI
  • 24 *7*365 functional cardiac Cath lab & operation theatre
  • Fifteen bedded Coronary Care Unit
  • 3D, 4D Echo & Trans-oesophageal Echo, Non Invasive cardiology (Holter, TMT, Echo, 24hrs ambulatory BP Monitoring
  • Radio Frequency Ablation like Complex Arrhythmia such as ischemic VT, AF with 3 D Mapping imaging
  • RFA using ICE Intra-cardiac Echo
  • Well-equipped inpatient and intensive care services
  • Ultra-modern Blood Bank Facility
  • Advanced Physiotherapy center, 24/7 Emergency &Trauma services
  • Gastroenterology department equipped with Capsule endoscopy, Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, Single balloon enteroscopy, High resolution esophageal and anorectal manometry, Endoscopic ultrasound, and hydrogen breath test
    Sustained low-efficiency daily dialysis and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Exhaled Nitric oxide (FeNO) and allergy testing for the management of asthma
  • Conventional PAP/ Liquid PAP/ HPV-DNA test for the patients with the High risk of cervical cancer

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Medicana International Istanbul located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by ISO, JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an indoor area of 30.000 m
  • Capacity of 191 beds
  • 34 ICUs
  • 8 NICUs
  • 8 Operation Theatres
  • Inpatient Floors
  • Outpatient Floors
  • Internal and Surgical Intensive Unit Care
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit
  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Patient comfort CIP, VIP and Standard Patient Rooms
  • Intensive care patient rooms
  • Technology Advancement- PET-CT, ERCP, BT/MR 1.5 Tesla

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Memorial Antalya Hospital located in Antalya, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 114 patients and 28 intensive care beds
  • 5 Operating theatres
  • Radiology Department with advanced technology
  • Intensive care units
  • Interventional Radiology Unit
  • Chemotherapy and Art Center
  • The Hospital uses advanced technologies like Hydra Facial, Cardiac MR, Heart Tomography-Coronary CT Angiography and many more
  • Patient rooms and living spaces with all the 5-star hotel features

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Bangkok Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is recognised for the application of the newest healthcare technology.
  • Blood analysis center that is not just the best in Thailand but in Asia Pacific as well.
  • Biomolecule center that is the seed of healthcare equipment for Thailand and overseas.
  • International affiliations and collaborations with universities and hospitals in Japan and the United States of America.
  • 11 hospitals are recognised as Centers of Excellence.
  • Known excellence in Trauma, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neurology as well as Cancer Care.
  • There is a proper streamlined patient services process followed in Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • A well developed research center showcases the intent of the organisation to provide research based treatment opportunities to the patients.
  • The group has several Medical industry partnerships as well to ensure healthcare solutions.

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FAQ's Related to South Korea

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Korea?

The two accreditation bodies in South Korea are Commission International (JCI) and Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation. Around 29 hospitals in South Korea are accredited by JCI which has set strict quality standards that the accredited hospitals need to follow. KOIHA evaluates a healthcare facility based on parameters, such as performance management, administrative management and quality of patient care. The standards set by JCI and KOIHA require strict monitoring of all critical events to ensure that the quality of healthcare is as per the international standards.

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Korea?

South Korea is recognized as one of the popular medical tourism destinations in the world with state-of-art infrastructure and the latest medical technologies. South Korea has world-class hospitals with highly-trained doctors who strictly follows the medical protocols to ensure safe treatment with a high success rate. Proving quality care at an affordable cost, the country is declared most innovative in healthcare practices. A number of other factors make South Korea the most sought-after destination for medical tourism, such as affordable accommodation, a wide range of food options, scenic value, visa availability, transportation facilities, and language assistance.

What is the quality of doctors in South Korea?

The well-trained and highly skilled doctors in South Korea use their deep expertise in performing various procedures with a high success rate. The well-qualified doctors have received education from reputed universities and have recorded high success rates throughout their career. The doctors strictly adhere to international standards and medical protocols in order to ensure quality treatment and patient safety. The doctors acknowledge the power of the human touch in providing an effective treatment and also believe in personalized care for getting desired results.

When traveling to South Korea for medical treatment, what essential documents do I need to carry along?

The required essential documents might vary as per your destination, so it is suggested to check with the concerned authority before traveling. Make a list of all the documents you might need in South Korea in order to make sure that you do not miss any of them. When traveling to another country, you may also require some other documents, such as travel insurance paper, currency/forex card, and international SIM card. The documents that you will require are passport copies, test reports, doctor referral notes, medical history, residence/ driver’s license/ bank statement/ details of health insurance, visa, credit/debit cards.

What are the popular procedures available in South Korea?

Plastic surgery has become South Korea’s specialty and some of the popular procedures available in South Korea are:

  1. Forehead Augmentation,
  2. Eye-Widening Surgery,
  3. Jaw Reduction Surgery,
  4. Double Eyelid Surgery,
  5. Liposuction,
  6. Facial Plastic Surgery,
  7. Rhinoplasty,
  8. Hair Transplant, and
  9. Chin Augmentation

. South Korea is known as the world capital of plastic surgery with many cosmetic surgery clinics scattered all across the country. Other than plastic surgery, the country has reported high success rates with other procedures like cancer treatment, organ transplant, cardiovascular surgeries and hip and shoulder replacement. South Korea has made landmark achievements in cancer treatment and some advanced techniques used to remove cancer cells are robotic surgeries and proton therapies.

Which are the most popular cities in South Korea for medical treatment?

The most popular cities that are preferred by medical tourists in South Korea are Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Cheonan, and Cheonan. The reasons why these cities are more preferred by medical tourists are state-of-art infrastructure, large number of hospitals, and highly qualified doctors, all contributing to world-class treatment. These cities have gained popularity in medical tourism due to several other reasons like transportation facilities, cheap accommodation, more food options, language assistance. A large number of plastic surgeries are formed in Seoul every year and the city is flocked with several aesthetic centers.

How to obtain a medical visa for South Korea?

A very stringent process is followed by the Korean embassy for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The candidate needs to produce all necessary papers citing the medical cause and the referral certificate signed by the registered medical expert. A medical dependent visa is given to people who are accompanying the patient traveling to South Korea for medical treatment. You need to also produce relevant letters/documents with details of the treatment, signed by the doctors and hospitals, and a declaration form signed by the patient or any family member.

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Korea?

South Korea has some of the recognized multispecialty hospitals in the world, such as:

  1. Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul;
  2. Asan Medical Centre, Seoul;
  3. ID Hospital, Seoul;
  4. International St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul and,
  5. Wooridul Hospital Seoul, Seoul.

Equipped with modern equipment and the latest medical technologies, the multispecialty hospitals in South Korea are backed by the modern infrastructure to provide world-class treatment. The patient-centric hospitals strictly follow the healthcare standards and protocols set by certifying bodies to ensure quality medical care without compromising patient safety. The hospitals have highly-experienced doctors who are capable of performing even the most complex surgeries with high accuracy and precision.