Treatment in South Korea

South Korea has become a leader in plastic surgery and the treatment of severe diseases. Clinics of South Korea received honorable places in the top 200 best hospitals in the world. Treatment in South Korea has become popular not only among Asians, but also among patients from Europe, Canada and other countries.

Advantages of Treatment in South Korea
Main Medical Spheres in South Korea
Treatment Costs
Best South Korean Clinics
Travel to South Korea
Beauty and Sophistication of South Korea

Advantages of Treatment in South Korea

South Korea, thanks to its climate, service, level of medicine and the professionalism of doctors, is becoming a brand and a popular country for medical tourism. It is worth noting that South Korea ranks first in the world in terms of successful liver transplantation — 96% survival rate of the organ. Many European patients prefer to go to South Korea for treatment.

The main advantages of medicine in this country are:
  • High-tech Equipment
    Da Vinci robotic surgeons are installed in all major clinics. Treatment in South Korea is also carried out on medical equipment from global manufacturers Siemens and Phillips. For the treatment of cancer, Cyber Knife, Gamma Knife, RapidArc Precision Radiation Therapy System are used. All diagnostic examinations are carried out both on standard devices (X-ray, ultrasound, etc.) and on specialized ones (MRI, CT, PET-CT, and others).
  • Plastic Surgery
    In recent years, plastic surgeons in South Korea have developed and improved their skills with American and European colleagues. For example, in Seoul there are two plastic centers that can rightfully be called the best in the world. These are the JK Plastic Surgery Clinic and the View Plastic Surgery Clinic. It is worth noting that over the decades of their work, the doctors of these centers have not received a single negative review.
  • Cost and Quality
    The ratio of price and quality of treatment in South Korea remains at the highest level in the world. Minimal costs for diagnostics and therapy give effective results of recovery from the disease.
  • Service
    Separately, you can highlight the after-sales service in any clinic in Korea. Each patient is given maximum attention by the medical staff. Transfer, interpreter, meals and many other services for a comfortable stay are also provided.
  • Achievements of Clinics
    All clinics in South Korea for many years confirm the most demanding accreditation certificates: JCI, ISO, TEMOS, etc. They have also received many Korean and world awards and diplomas. The presence of these achievements indicates that the clinics are concerned about the quality of services, a high level of comfort and high-quality treatment.

Main Medical Spheres in South Korea

Treatment in South Korea can be divided into plastic surgery to change the appearance and the fight against various diseases. Korean doctors annually improve and improve their skills, which allows them to receive high-quality services. Due to this, more and more patients from all over the world choose treatment in South Korea.

In South Korea, they specialize in ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics and traumatology, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiac surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, and spine surgery.

Plastic Surgery in South Korea

Korean plastic surgeons specialize in both reconstructive (repair or removal of congenital and acquired defects) and aesthetic surgeries (appearance changes).

Before performing an operation in South Korea, doctors do 3D planning — in a three-dimensional image, the patient is shown the future result. This practice allows you to avoid mistakes and eliminate misunderstandings of the features of a possible final result.

Also, Korean plastic surgeons are famous for their ability to completely transform — they simultaneously perform up to 5 operations and completely change the patient's appearance.

Not a single negative review in the last 20 years — these are not big words of marketing, but reality. Thanks to high-tech equipment, 3D result planning, many years of experience, high level of service and great love for their work, doctors perform thousands of successful plastic surgeries a year.
  • Rhinoplasty
    Changing the shape and length of the nose. There are closed (without large incisions) and open (with a large amount of changes) types of surgeries. Also, Korean surgeons are engaged in secondary rhinoplasty (re-operation on the nose).
  • Facial Contouring
    With the help of a filler, superficial wrinkles and deep folds are filled. Due to which the skin of the face is smoothed, evened out and the contour and volume of the lips are restored.
  • Blepharoplasty
    Changing the shape and shape of the eyes, correction of the impending eyelid and bags under the eyes.
  • Face Lifting
    Changing the oval, shape of the chin, cheekbones, cheeks, forehead, correction of the second chin with threads or skin tightening.
  • Mammoplasty
    Changing the shape, size and volume of the breast with liposuction (own fat) or implants. Surgeons also perform operations to change the shape and size of the areolas and nipples.
  • Abdominoplasty
    Tummy tuck after weight loss or childbirth.
  • Gluteoplasty
    Buttock plasty: fat is pumped out to reduce, and implants or own fat are used to increase the size or change the shape.
  • Brachioplasty
    Removal of loose skin and/or excess fat from the upper arm.
  • Liposuction
    Pumping out the fat layer from the abdomen, legs, buttocks, face and other problem areas.
  • Intimate Plastic
    Various aesthetic and reconstructive operations on the genitals of both men and women.
  • Reconstructive Surgeries
    Surgeons restore the aesthetic appearance of the body after accidents, accidents or other incidents. Korean doctors also work with birth defects (cleft lip, cleft palate, facial asymmetry, and others).

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Thousands of patients travel to South Korea every year for oncology treatment. This is primarily due to innovative technologies for the diagnostics and treatment of cancer. In addition, South Korea has a high survival rate in severely ill patients. And also the cost of treatment is lower than in the US or Europe.

South Korea successfully treats cancer of the colon, breast, brain,
lung, prostate, as well as melanoma, leukemia, lymphoma and other types of cancer.

Why choose oncology treatment in South Korea:
  • Using the latest equipment, doctors make an accurate diagnosis with a 99% probability.
  • High survival rate in patients with acute leukemia and almost 100% recovery if therapy is started in the early stages of cancer.
  • In more than 80% of patients, bone marrow transplantation in oncohematology is successful.
  • For prostate cancer, oncosurgeons use robotic systems during operations, which guarantees the absence of complications.
  • According to statistics, patients with chronic leukemia, after treatment in South Korea, live 25 years longer.
  • High-tech equipment for cancer treatment in South Korea: Da Vinci robot, Cyberknife G4 radiosurgical unit, Elekta Infiniti linear accelerator, RapidArc radiation therapy with radiation intensity modulation and much more.
  • Cancer centers in South Korea have received the prestigious JCI accreditation for service and medical services at the highest level.


One of the leading areas in South Korea is the treatment of eye diseases.

In South Korea, doctors successfully treat:

  • cataracts — doctors use surgical techniques, for example, phacoemulsification is used (a combination of surgery and laser treatment), a damaged lens is replaced with an artificial one or a damaged lens is transplanted from a donor;
  • glaucoma — prescribe medication in the early stages, in the later stages — laser surgery;
  • strabismus — with the help of surgical intervention, the position of the eye muscles is changed;
  • diseases of the cornea — replace the artificial or transplant the cornea from a donor;
  • retinal detachment — laser surgery and liquid nitrogen are used;
  • nearsightedness or farsightedness — use a quick microsurgical method LASIK, LASEK, Smile ReLEx, Femto-LASIK.

Thousands of patients choose treatment in South Korea due to a number of advantages:

  • State-of-the-art equipment for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases. Also the use of robotic systems during complex eye surgeries. This reduces the risk of complications and makes it possible to carry out the most complex operations on the lens and cornea without risk.
  • Many years of experience of doctors contributes to greater trust among patients. Ophthalmologists treat more than a hundred patients daily. This allows them to work with different cases and develop new treatments in South Korea. And also to provide assistance to patients who were denied in other countries.
  • Fast and targeted diagnostics using the latest equipment allows you to make an accurate diagnosis in 20-40 minutes. This reduces the number of total days spent in the clinic, which has a positive effect on the cost of treatment.

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Hundreds of patients come to South Korea every year to treat neurological and neurosurgical diseases.

People go to South Korea for effective therapy of:

  • trauma and brain tumors
  • stroke,
  • pituitary adenomas,
  • epilepsy,
  • Alzheimer's disease,
  • Parkinson's disease,
  • congenital diseases of the brain,
  • neuromas,
  • cavernomas,
  • chondrosarcomas,
  • glioma and other diseases.
There are a number of reasons why many patients choose hospitals in this country:
  • The high professionalism of experienced doctors in performing the most complex neurosurgical operations reduces the risk of complications to zero. And also in South Korea, doctors prescribe only the necessary and high-quality treatment of neurological diseases.
  • State-of-the-art clinic equipment for both diagnosis and treatment. Of the many newest medical installations in South Korea, one can single out: C-arm, Zeiss Opmipentero, Stealtstation S7, Gamma Knife and others.
  • A full package of services for foreign patients: transfer, hotel near the clinic, interpreter, meals and much more.

Orthopedics and Traumatology

Treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries in South Korea is also at a high level. Doctors with the latest equipment and many years of experience help thousands of patients from different countries. Another medical sphere in South Korea is joint replacement.

South Korean clinics offer their patients treatment of:

  • arthrosis — in the early stages, physiotherapy with therapeutic drugs is used, in the later stages — arthroscopic surgery or replacement of the damaged joint;
  • rheumatoid arthritis — prescribe immunosuppressive therapy, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs. In the later stages — surgery of the damaged joint or its complete replacement;
  • scoliosis — physiotherapy is used and a special corset is prescribed. In severe cases, surgeries are performed to fix the vertebrae with special metal staples;
  • injuries of bones and joints — operate if necessary. Doctors create an individual rehabilitation program in each individual case.

Why choose treatment in South Korea:
  • The latest equipment for successful treatment allows you to perform the most complex surgical interventions with minimal risks. Doctors mainly use non-traumatic operations, which reduces the rehabilitation period to a minimum. During arthroplasty, sparing methods of joint replacement are also used (the muscles surrounding the joint are moved apart with the help of special tools, and not cut, and other latest techniques).
  • With the help of the most accurate diagnostics, doctors quickly identify the problem and prescribe the necessary treatment. During the entire course, doctors control the healing process and, if necessary, adjust the prescriptions.
  • Doctors with many years of experience perform various operations with minimal damage and without complications. Also, doctors often prescribe a combination treatment for greater effectiveness and a speedy recovery.


Treatment of gastroenterological diseases in South Korea is also popular among patients.

South Korean specialists offer treatment for:
  • ulcers of the stomach and / or duodenum;
  • gastritis;
  • liver abscess;
  • diverticulitis;
  • hernia;
  • liver necrosis;
  • hepatitis A;
  • inflammatory processes;
  • liver cirrhosis;
  • cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and other diseases.
Experienced doctors make accurate diagnoses and use high-quality drugs according to individually developed plans for each patient. Thanks to this, thousands of patients arrive in South Korea for treatment. As well as the reasons for choosing this country are:
  • The latest diagnostic equipment and painless endoscopic procedures (gastroscopy and colonoscopy). Thanks to the latest models of devices, the duration of procedures is reduced, and special sedatives are also used during endoscopy, which help to pass the diagnosis more comfortably.
  • High-quality drugs and innovative methods for the treatment of serious diseases give a chance for recovery to many patients in South Korea. In the case of incurable diseases, patients are offered experimental methods or palliative care (therapies aimed at making life easier and symptomatic treatment).
  • Innovative developments and experimental methods of curing serious illnesses. Korean doctors, collaborating with universities in South Korea, are developing the latest ways to deal with incurable and serious diseases.

Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

Another popular medical sphere in South Korea is the treatment of cardiological diseases and cardiac surgery. Experienced cardiologists quickly and accurately make the correct diagnosis and prescribe the necessary therapy. Doctors, if necessary, cooperate with specialists from related departments for more effective and comprehensive treatment. And cardiac surgeons in South Korea perform highly precise and complex operations on the heart and blood vessels with the highest possible recovery rate.

Cardiologists in South Korea offer treatment of:
  • congenital and acquired heart defects;
  • thoracic aortic aneurysm;
  • aortic dissection;
  • pulmonary embolism;
  • coronary heart disease;
  • heart attack;
  • atrial fibrillation;
  • heart failure and other diseases.
Why you should consider treatment in South Korea:
  • Korean cardiac surgeons perform the most complex operations on the beating heart and surrounding vessels with minimal risks and an accelerated postoperative period.
  • Doctors in South Korea are one of the few who perform coronary artery bypass grafting through a small incision in the intercostal muscles (instead of surgery with an incision in the sternum).
  • Korean cardiac surgeons eliminate gross and dangerous heart rhythm disorders with the help of pacemakers. Many years of experience of specialists allows us to carry out such a procedure with minimal risks of complications.
  • A heart transplant with a high rate of organ survival is performed here. It is worth noting that in 2005, Korean transplantologists successfully performed a heart transplant on a 78-year-old patient for the first time in the world.

Gynecology and Obstetrics

Thousands of women from all over the world travel to South Korea for the treatment of gynecological diseases. Many couples choose clinics in this country for pregnancy and childbirth.

South Korea is chosen for treatment of:

  • cervical ectropion;
  • ovarian cysts;
  • endometriosis;
  • fibroids;
  • bartholinitis;
  • infertility;
  • tumors;
  • STDs and other diseases.
Why you should consider South Korea for treatment:
  • Safe treatment and preservation of reproductive organs is the main goal of Korean doctors. Gynecologists use minimally invasive operations, which avoids complications and a long rehabilitation period. Also, doctors often prescribe complex treatment (drugs, both symptomatic and hormonal, as well as physiotherapy after surgical treatment).
  • Accurate diagnostics makes it possible to begin the correct and necessary treatment without delay. With the help of the latest equipment, Korean doctors can find the true problem of the patient, sometimes not the same as the diagnosis she was given at home. Also, with the help of diagnostic devices, gynecologists control the treatment process and adjust the plan if necessary.
  • Infertility treatment in South Korea is carried out by the world's leading specialists whose knowledge allows you to get pregnant even in the most complext cases. It is worth noting that in South Korea, infertility treatment has a fairly high rate in the world — 70% of patients after IVF successfully become mothers.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth in South Korea are under the careful supervision of experienced obstetricians. It is worth emphasizing that in this country, doctors are forbidden to announce child's gender, even to foreign patients. This is due to many years of experience in Asian countries, because earlier, when parents found out that they would have a girl, they terminated the pregnancy. After childbirth, a detailed briefing is given on the care of the baby, nutrition, and the nuances of lactation. Also, a young mother attends spa treatments on the recommendation of a doctor.

Spine Surgery

Doctors in South Korea are engaged in the diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of spinal pathologies. Thanks to many years of experience and the latest equipment of clinics, thousands of patients choose treatment in South Korea every year.

South Korean specialists deal with:
  • intervertebral hernias;
  • vertebral displacement;
  • scoliosis;
  • spinal injuries;
  • tumor;
  • degenerative changes and other pathologies.
Why it is worth going to South Korea for the treatment of congenital and acquired diseases of the spine:
  • Using the latest equipment, Korean doctors perform minimally invasive surgeries on the spine and peripheral nerves. This allows to avoid a long rehabilitation period and post-surgical complications.
  • Accurate diagnostics helps quickly identify pathologies and adjust the prescription during treatment, achieving the most effective result.
  • Individual plan of complex treatment (drugs, physiotherapy, surgery). Doctors, collaborating with specialists from related specialties, most effectively deal with various diseases of the spine.
  • Rehabilitation after injuries, operations or injuries is carried out by highly qualified specialists. The clinics are equipped with special Centar simulators that speed up the rehabilitation process. The climate of South Korea additionally contributes to a speedy recovery as well.

Treatment Costs

Treatment costs in South Korea are much lower than in Europe or the USA, but more expensive than in the countries of the former CIS. However, the quality of services provided is much higher than in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine and other countries of this region. It is also worth noting that the level of medical services and services is at the level of American and European clinics.

Final cost of diagnostics and treatment in South Korea depends on the type and stage of the disease, comorbidities, age, and other factors. When calculating the price of treatment, one should take into account the prices for air tickets, transfer (if the clinic does not provide it for its patients), accommodation that is not included in the treatment program and related costs.

Approximate cost for some methods of diagnostics and treatment in South Korea.

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Best South Korean Clinics

There are more than 50 hospitals and medical centers in South Korea. We have listed the best clinics for treatment in South Korea based on the feedback of our patients, world rankings and the number of prestigious international awards.
Asan Medical Center
For many years, Asan Medical Center has ranked 34th among the 200 best clinics in the world and is #1 among 15 most prestigious hospitals in Asia. It is also the largest medical complex in South Korea. For more than 30 years, the Asan Medical Centre has been a leader in funding the development and creation of new methods of treatment.
Samsung Medical Center
Samsung Medical Center takes the honorable 3rd place in the ranking of the best clinics in Asia and 73rd place in the top 200 best hospitals in the world. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this is the center of the future of healthcare. All innovative medical technologies, the latest devices and experienced doctors are gathered here. The main focus of the center is oncological diseases.
Seoul St. Mary's University Hospital
The clinic has worked since 1980, and in 2009 the building was reconstructed. The hospital takes 89 place in the top 200 best clinics in the world. Innovative techniques have been introduced here to create a new perfect medical culture in South Korea. Today, the clinic is considered the largest medical center with more than 4,000 employees.
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul University Hospital is ranked 42nd in the top 200 best hospitals in the world and is among the top 15 medical institutions in Asia. For more than 130 years, it has been a leader in the treatment of serious diseases in South Korea. This is the first clinic accredited by the government of the Republic of Korea.
JK Plastic Surgery Center
JK Plastic Surgery Center serves over 6,500 foreign patients annually. It is worth noting that for more than 20 years of operating, the center has not received a single negative review. In addition, the Korean Ministry of Health awarded the JK Center with the honorary title of "Best Medical Institution for Foreign Patients."

View Plastic Surgery

View Plastic Surgery — one of the largest medical centers of plastic surgery. For many years it has been considered the best in South Korea. This is one of the most popular plastic surgery institutions. Here, everyone has the opportunity to undergo beutificantion by the best specialists in South Korea at affordable prices.

Travel to South Korea

Before planning treatment in South Korea, you should know some of the nuances, particularly, the rules for entering the country, visa issues, treatment costs, accommodation, and other.

The visa-free regime is currently available only for residents of Kazakhstan. For patients from other countries, a medical visa is required. Most often, it is required to collect documents according to the general list, but sometimes special certificates or certificates may be needed. Our service managers will gladly help you with this.

The general list of documents that may be required for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea:

  • Invitation letter or/and appointment confirmation from the clinic.
  • Certificate of registration of the medical facility and permission for the treatment of foreign citizens (issued by the clinic, our specialists will take care of this).
  • Visa application form (can be received at the embassy).
  • Copy and original of foreign and internal passports.
  • Copy of birth certificate (for minors).
  • Certificate of employment
  • Bank statement (account statement for the last 3 months).
  • Extract from the medical history (with a translation into English or Korean and must be notarized).
  • 1 photo 3,5×4,5 in color
  • Visa fee – around 50 $.

Beauty and Sophistication of South Korea

South Korea is located on the southern half of the Korean peninsula. The most recognizable feature of the country are hilly rural landscapes, lush cherry trees, ancient Buddhist temples with a long history, coastal fishing villages. At the same time, against the backdrop of a long history, South Korean cities are high-tech and vibrant, with thousands of people living here and millions of tourists coming every year.

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