Asan Medical Center

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea



Asan Medical Center (AMC) is a multi-disciplinary hospital that was founded in 1989 and is the flagship healthcare center of the ASAN Foundation, which managers 8 other facilities.

AMC has 25 specialized centers of health including the fetal treatment center, organ transplant center, robotic surgery center, and stem cell treatments. It treats over 11,000 outpatients and 2,500 inpatients per day in a variety of medical specialities.

The hospital is equipped with an international Healthcare Center (ICH), and assistance is offered in several languages including English, Japanese, Arabic, and Russian. Flight and hotel booking, and airport and hotel pickup and drop off can also be organized by the team.


Asan Medical Center is found in Seoul on the banks of the Cheonggyecheon River, and is 58 km from the Incheon International Airport. Two buses and a subway connect the airport directly to the hospital.

The architecture in Seoul is an enticing mixture of ancient Korean temples combined with imposing skyscrapers. The YTN Seoul Tower offers breathtaking views of the city and is the highest point in Seoul, reaching 236 m.

The city is full of historical monuments, cathedrals, palaces and palace gardens, and there is also an adventure and water park less than 30 minutes away from the hospital.


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Languages spoken



Online doctor consultation
Medical records transfer
Translation services
Interpreter services
Airport pickup
Hotel booking
Flight booking
Local tourism options
Free Wifi
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Family accommodation
Parking available
Nursery / Nanny services
Dry cleaning
Mobility accessible rooms


589 procedures across 16 specialties

>Bariatric Surgery

(8 procedures)

Bariatric Surgery Consultation

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Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

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Gastric Balloon Treatment

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  • Gastric ballon treatment involves inserting a deflated ballon into the stomach and then inflating it, in order to help lose weight. The balloon serves the purpose of limiting food intake by taking up space in the stomach and thus creating a sense of fullness after eating small amounts of food.

  • 1 - 5 days

    Patients may experience some pain, nausea or discomfort in the first days after insertion, therefore may need to rest before traveling.

  • Learn more about Gastric Balloon Treatment


(80 procedures)

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Treatment

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Angina Pectoris Treatment

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Aortic Stenosis Treatment

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>Colorectal Medicine

(20 procedures)

Anal Abscess Drainage

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Anal Cyst Removal

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Anal Fissure Treatment

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(30 procedures)


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  • A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ located below the liver, which serves the function of collecting and storing bile, which is the fluid produced by the liver, before breaking it down and releasing it into the small intestine.

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    Some patients will have dissolvable stitches, whereas others return after 7 days to have them removed. Patients who have open surgery will need a longer recovery time.

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  • A colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine, the colon and rectum, using a small camera.

  • 3 - 4 days

    Patients should arrive at least 2 days before the colonoscopy, as the bowel needs to be cleared the day before the procedure. Patients who have interventional treatment during the colonoscopy, e.g. removal of a polyp, may need slightly longer to recover.

  • Learn more about Colonoscopy

>General Medicine

(12 procedures)

Abdominal Examination

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Bone Marrow Transplant

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  • A bone marrow transplant is performed to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow. Bone marrow may stop functioning as a result of diseases such as aplastic anemia or sickle cell anemia, or from being destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy used to treat cancer or other diseases.

  • 4 - 8 weeks

    The length of hospital stay required varies with each type of transplant performed and with each patient.

  • Learn more about Bone Marrow Transplant


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>General Surgery

(29 procedures)


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  • Adrenalectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove one or both of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located above each kidney and are part of the endocrine system, responsible for releasing hormones into the body, in order to regulate the immune system, metabolism, and blood sugar levels.

  • Learn more about Adrenalectomy


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  • An appendectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the appendix. The appendix is located where the small and large intestine meet and its function is not known. The appendix is usually removed as an emergency procedure when the patient has appendicitis, which is the inflammation of the appendix.

  • Learn more about Appendectomy

Breast Abscess Drainage

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(54 procedures)

Bartholin's Cyst Treatment

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  • This procedure treats a Bartholin's cyst through incision and drainage. A Bartholin's cyst is a small fluid filled sac just inside the vagina. The cyst forms on the Bartholin's gland which is a gland that produces fluid that lubriates the vagina, when the glands become blocked. The cyst ranges in size and generally varies between the size of a pea, to the size of marble. If the Bartholin's cyst becomes infected, it is usually referred to as a Bartholin's abscess and generally requires drainage.

  • 2 - 3 days

    It is usually safe to fly afterwards, but depending on the type of procedure, there may be a follow up visit required - e.g. to remove a drainage catheter.

  • Learn more about Bartholin's Cyst Treatment

Breast Biopsy

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Breast Exam

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(14 procedures)

Bell's Palsy Treatment

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Cauda Equina Syndrome Treatment

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Cerebral Palsy Management

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(22 procedures)

Acoustic Neuroma Treatment

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Brain Aneurysm Repair

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  • Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a brain aneurysm that has the potential to rupture, or has already ruptured.

  • weeks

    Time spent abroad depends on the type of brain aneurysm being treated. Unruptured aneurysms tend to have a quicker recovery process than ruptured aneurysms.

  • Learn more about Brain Aneurysm Repair

Brain Tumor Surgery

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  • Brain tumor surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon to remove all or part of a tumor from the brain.

  • 6 - 8 weeks

    This depends on the surgery performed, whether the patient needs rehabilitation, and on how well the patient recovers.

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(100 procedures)

Acute Leukemia Treatment

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  • Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells in the body. It usually begins in the bone marrow where an abnormality occurs in the white blood cells. Normal blood cells form, divide, and die to make room for new cells. Leukemia disrupts this process and prevents the blood cells from functioning properly.

  • weeks

    The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.

  • Learn more about Acute Leukemia Treatment

Adrenal Cancer Treatment

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Anal Cancer Treatment

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(115 procedures)

Abscess Debridement

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Achilles Tendon Rupture

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Acromioclavicular Joint Repair

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>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

(13 procedures)


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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

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Lung Biopsy

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(4 procedures)

Fibromyalgia Treatment

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Lupus Erythematosus Treatment

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis treatment aims to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis through medication, therapy, or surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder that is characterized by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints in the body. It mainly affects the joints in the hands and feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. Areas of the body may become deformed as a result of the condition, and this is commonly seen in the hands and feet.

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    The amount of time spent abroad depends on the type of treatment the patient undergoes.

  • Learn more about Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

>Spinal Surgery

(31 procedures)

Artificial Disc Replacement

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Cervical Disc Disease Treatment

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Cervical Spondylosis Treatment

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(43 procedures)

Bladder Neck Incision (BNI)

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Bladder Stone Removal

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  • Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin which covers the glans penis (the tip of the penis). The procedure can be done by cutting around the foreskin with a scalpel, under either a local or general anesthetic. In young patients, there is also the option to use a compression ring, which is applied and causes the foreskin to fall off after several weeks.

  • 4 days

    Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.

  • Learn more about Circumcision

>Vascular Medicine

(14 procedures)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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  • Angiography, which may also be referred to as arteriography or angiogram, is a procedure performed to examine the inside of blood vessels, arteries, and veins through the use of images X-ray images.

  • 1 - 2 days
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More about available treatments at Asan Medical Center

The Asan Medical Center is equipped with modern technology and 2700 patient beds to treat thousands of patients each day. Over 60,000 surgeries are performed at the hospital every year and it is recognized as the best surgery department for the treatment of over 30 different diseases.

Its cancer institute performs surgery on 90% of cancers and treats 1 out of 10 of Korea’s cancer patients each year.

The organ transplant center has been treating patients for over 15 years and has performed the first successful simultaneous liver, heart, and lung transplantation in Korea. It successfully performed the most stenting interventional procedures and carries out a quarter of all of Korea’s organ transplants.



The team at Asan Medical Center is comprised of specialized doctors and well-trained surgeons, many of whom have studied and worked all over the world. They are supported by a team of dedicated technicians and nurses.

Asan Medical Center provides training for university students who wish to gain experience in Korea’s largest hospital. The center has been training oversees doctors for years, training them in specialist technology and helping them create a solid foundation of medical knowledge.

The center employs 6 full-time interpreters to assist patients who speak English, Chinese, Mongolian, Japanese, Arabic, and Russian.



External Reviews from Google

  • Mehmet Karabey, January 2020


    foreign people are very nice service is very clean and I recommend you come to a quality hospital very well take care of our children👍👍

  • Medisa Kh, November 2019


    This hospital speak English ??? Anyone know hospital in Seoul can speak English??

  • Kąrashi ꧁༺Channel༻꧂, September 2019


    Is it me or SHINee's Jonghyun died in this hospital ...

  • Sarah Y., July 2019


    Doctors are fabulous there. I got my physical there several times so far and I have never been disappointed.

  • P. R., May 2019


    Wrong diagnosis! Complete moron, probably won his doctor title in a lottery.