Gangnam Severance Hospital

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea



The Gangnam Severance hospital was founded in 1983 and has now become a center of medical excellence. It was part of the Yonsei University Medical Center before becoming a hospital in its own right. Due to its outstanding standards of patient care it also received the JCI accreditation.

The hospital has over 45 specialist divisions including medical institutes focused on oncology, spinal surgery, dentistry, muscular disease, and rehabilitation.

The hospital is equipped with 810 patient beds and has been treating international patients for many years. Staff will assist with flight and hotel booking, as well as organising airport and hotel pickup and drop off. Those who visit the hospital can access free Wifi throughout, nursery and nanny services, as well as family accommodation for overnight stays.


The Gangnam Severance Hospital is found south of the River Han in Seoul, Korea. It is 35 km from Gimpo International Airport, and is easily accessible by public transport, being served by several bus routes.

The Gangnam district is a popular area in Seoul, with a high standard of living. Being the capital of South Korea, Seoul is an eclectic mixture of modern architecture and technology mixed with Buddhist temples, street markets, and palaces.

A popular attraction for visitors to Seoul is the Gyeongbokgung Palace. The palace was built in 1395, and is also referred to as the Northern Palace. The National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum can also be found here.


Joint Commission International

Languages spoken



Online doctor consultation
Medical travel insurance
Medical records transfer
Translation services
Interpreter services
Airport pickup
Car hire
Local transportation booking
Hotel booking
Flight booking
Local tourism options
Air ambulance
Special offer for group stays
Free Wifi
Phone in the room
TV in the room
Special dietary requests accepted
Private rooms for patients available
Family accommodation
Parking available
Nursery / Nanny services
Business centre services
Dry cleaning
Fitness centre
Mobility accessible rooms
International newspapers


501 procedures across 13 specialties

>Bariatric Surgery

(6 procedures)

Bariatric Surgery Consultation

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Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

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Gastric Band Surgery

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  • Gastric band surgery is a weight-loss surgery which uses an inflatable silicone band to create a small gastric pouch in the stomach, slowing down food consumption and limiting food intake. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.

  • 2 weeks

    The doctor should ensure that the patients condition is stable enough to travel.

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(77 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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>Diagnostic Imaging

(22 procedures)

Abdominal CT Scan

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Abdominal Ultrasound

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Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

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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.

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>General Medicine

(11 procedures)

Abdominal Examination

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

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>General Surgery

(28 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.

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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.

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Breast Abscess Drainage

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(47 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.

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Breast Biopsy

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Breast Exam

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(18 procedures)

Alzheimer's Disease Consultation

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Consultation

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Bell's Palsy Treatment

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(20 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.

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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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(92 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.

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

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Adrenal Cancer Treatment

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Anal Cancer Treatment

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(117 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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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Treatment

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Lung Biopsy

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More about available treatments at Gangnam Severance Hospital

The Gangnam Severance Hospital is equipped with the most advanced technology and facilities, and due to its popularity and growth, the hospital built an annex in September 2005. They manage patient data efficiently using software such as the PACS system, which records digitized radiological images. Imaging technologies at the hospital include a 3.0T MRI, 64-slice CT scanner, and PET scanner for detailed diagnostics. All equipment is selected to ensure patients’ comfort and accurate diagnoses.

The hospital has a specialized oncology center which offers a “one-stop-service”, where they care for all aspects of cancer treatment from diagnosis, radiation or surgery, to aftercare and monitoring.



The medical staff is comprised of well qualified and trained doctors and surgeons who are experts in their fields. Many members of the team have received extensive national and international training.

In addition to a skilled team of physicians, the group of nurses and medical technicians are also highly qualified to ensure all patients receive the best possible treatment.

The hospital and its staff won the Grand Prize for Patient’s Safety and Clinical Quality in 2009.

Dr. Chang-Ki Hong

• Between 1997-2001 he was a resident in the Department of Neurosurgery, Inha University Hospital • Clinical instructor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Gangnam Severance Hospital between 2004-2006 • Assistant professor in the Cerebral Nerve Center, Gangnam Severance Hospital • Specializes in neurosurgery


Dr. Jeong Joon

• Lecturer at Surgery, Yonsei University Medical School until 2001 • Studied at MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA • Is currently Professor of Surgery, Yonsei University Medical School • Specializes in general surgery

General Surgery

Dr. Sung-Uk Kuh

• Intern at Severance Hospital, Yonsei University at Seoul, Korea between 1992 and 1993 • Received resident training in Neurological Surgery, Severance Hospital, Seoul • Fellowship in Neurological Surgery, Yonsei University • Practiced in Ettlingen, Germany • Specializes in spinal surgery

Neurosurgery Spinal Surgery

Dr. Sik Yun

• Graduated with his MD from Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea in 2001 • Graduated with a PhD from Graduate School, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 2014 • Research interests include tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and medical 3D printing. • Specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Hak Sun Kim

• Chief of the spinal unit • Specializes in spinal and orthopedic surgery

Orthopedics Spinal Surgery

Dr. Jae-Hoon Kim

• Member of the Korean Association of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology • Secretary General of KSGOC between 2002 and 2004 • Specializes in gynecology


Dr. Min Kim

• Practices as Clinical Assistant Professor and Vitreoretinal Specialist • Member of the department of Ophthalmology at Gangnam Severance Hospital • Graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea • Specializes in ophthalmology


Dr. Kang Su Cho

• Interned at the Yonsei University College of Medicine, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea • Performed a residency in the department of urology, Yonsei University • Currently acts as Assistant Professor, department of urology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea • Specializes in urology



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  • I was totally happy with the entire experience.
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    March 2018

    The hospital was modern, well-organized with attentive English-speaking staff to assist when needed.

    Your help and willingness to step forward to make this all happen so sucessfully is really appreciated. I initially felt like Medigo had dropped the ball in scheduling my procedure. You did everything to assure me it would be taken care of then followed up to make sure everything was done. Wonderful service.

    Patient name hidden United States Colonoscopy