Samsung Medical Center
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
The ISO 9002-2015 certified Samsung Medical Center (SMC) was founded in 1994 and has over 1900 patient beds spread across 40 medical departments and over 110 specialty clinics.
It is considered one of the top hospitals in South Korea, renowned for its facilities and dedication to advanced and efficient care, including short waiting times.
The hospital has won many awards including the Minister of Health and Welfare Award at Medical Korea 2015.
Services on offer include free WiFi, language interpreters, visa assistance, flight and hotel booking, a pharmacy, laundry services, and medical translation. The hospital can also organize both airport transfer and car rental assistance. Furthermore, accommodation options include private, family, and disability access rooms, with all rooms coming equipped with a phone and TV.
The Samsung Medical Center is 38 km from the Daegu International Airport and is accessible via public transport or taxi.
The hospital is located in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, a modern metropolis famous for its skyscrapers, Buddhist temples, palaces, and street markets.
The Gyeongbokgung palace was built in 1395 as the main palace of the Joseon dynasty and is located in northern Seoul. It is just 20 km away and is a popular tourist attraction with visitors to the city.
Furthermore, patients can also visit the National Museum of Korea, a museum showcasing Korean history and art. The museum is located in a large park district perfect for relaxation, 16 km away from the hospital.
EFQM Recognized For Excellence
332 procedures across 30 specialties
>Bariatric Surgery(3 procedures)
Bariatric Surgery Consultation+ More
Gastric Bypass Surgery+ More
Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help patients to lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach. 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.
Flying after surgery can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and patients will need to be cleared by the surgeon before flying.
- Learn more about Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric Sleeve+ More
Gastric sleeve surgery, which may also be referred to as sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of weight-loss surgery in which a large part of the stomach is removed. As a result, the remaining stomach is only around 25% of the size, meaning patients must eat smaller portions, and must modify their diet.
After gastric sleeve surgery, the patient will need to be cleared by the surgeon before flying.
- Learn more about Gastric Sleeve
Aortic Valve Repair+ More
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure+ More
Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) Treatment+ More
>Colorectal Medicine(6 procedures)
Anal Fissure Treatment+ More
Anal Fistula Surgery+ More
Colectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the colon (also called the large intestine). It is performed in order to treat or prevent certain diseases and conditions such as uncontrollable bleeding in the colon, a bowel obstruction, colon cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticulitis.
- Learn more about Colectomy
Acne Treatment+ More
Acne is caused by the oil glands in the skin becoming blocked by sebum, skin cells and hair. Most people will suffer with a degree of acne in their lives, but for some it can be severe and can cause low self-esteem. For patients with very severe or persistent acne, treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce scarring.
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Dermabrasion is a skin treatment which uses friction to remove the upper layers of skin. Once the top layers of the skin are removed, it stimulates the growth of new skin to replace the damaged skin once the wound heals, which is smoother skin.
1 - 2 days
- Learn more about Dermabrasion
Dermatology Consultation+ More
A dermatology consultation is a meeting with a dermatologist, to discuss a specific skin problem and explore treatment options. A dermatologist specializes in treating skin, hair, and nails. Common conditions which patients may consult with a dermatologist about are psoriasis, acne treatment, mole removal, and laser skin resurfacing treatment.
1 - 2 days
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>Diagnostic Imaging(10 procedures)
Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)+ More
Chest X-Ray+ More
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)+ More
A computerized tomography (CT) scan, which may also be referred to as a CAT scan, is scan which uses a series of X-rays to create detailed images of the body. The scan is performed to create images of the inside of the body, including bones, internal organs, and blood vessels.
3 - 7 weeks
Patients will need to attend a follow up consultation once the results are processed.
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>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)(14 procedures)
Myringoplasty, also referred to as tympanoplasty, is a surgical procedure to repair a perforated eardrum (the tympanic membrane) usually caused by infection or trauma.
The surgeon should ensure that eardrum has healed before the patient can fly, as changes in air pressure will affect the eardrum.
- Learn more about Myringoplasty
Diabetes Consultation+ More
Endocrinology Consultation+ More
Endocrinology Testing+ More
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
Gastroenterology Consultation+ More
>General Surgery(18 procedures)
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.
- Learn more about Appendectomy
Breast Lumpectomy+ More
Bartholin's Cyst Treatment+ More
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+ More
Breast Exam+ More
>Hair Restoration(5 procedures)
Beard Transplant+ More
A beard transplant is a surgical procedure performed to transplant hair from one part of the body to the face. In some men, facial hair may grow sparsely or there may be areas of patchiness. The procedure is performed on patients seeking a fuller and thicker beard.
- Learn more about Beard Transplant
Eyebrow Hair Transplant+ More
Eyelid Hair Transplant+ More
>Maxillofacial Surgery(6 procedures)
Facial Paralysis Treatment+ More
Facial Tumor Removal+ More
Jaw Fracture Treatment+ More
Intersex Consultation+ More
Neonatology Consultation+ More
Alzheimer's Disease Consultation+ More
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Consultation+ More
Epilepsy Treatment+ More
Epilepsy treatment aims to treat and manage epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can cause seizures that can lead to loss of consciousness or strange behavior. Epilepsy occurs when there is an abnormality in the brain, whereby nerve cell activity increases and disrupts neuron activity.
The time spent abroad depends on the type of epilepsy treatment that the patient receives.
- Learn more about Epilepsy Treatment
Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment+ More
Brain Aneurysm Repair+ More
Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a brain aneurysm that has the potential to rupture, or has already ruptured.
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+ More
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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Acute Leukemia Treatment+ More
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.
The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.
- Learn more about Acute Leukemia Treatment
Bladder Cancer Treatment+ More
Breast Cancer Treatment+ More
Breast cancer treatment varies depending on the stage of the cancer and whether or not the cancer has spread. Cancer occurs when there is an abnormality in cell growth, which causes the cells to divide and grow quickly when the cell should die to make room for new cells.
The time spent abroad will depend on the treatment. If chemotherapy or radiotherapy are the methods of treatment, then multiple sessions are likely to be required which may mean a longer stay than with surgery.
- Learn more about Breast Cancer Treatment
Cataract Surgery+ More
Cataracts are cloudy patches in the lens of the eye that are common as a result of aging. Cataract removal surgery is recommended for patients who experience impairment to vision and are sensitive to light as a result of the cataract. The surgery involves the removal of the natural lens and it is most commonly replaced with a synthetic lens.
2 - 3 days
Patients can usually fly soon after cataract surgery, but should take precautions to avoid dryness in the eye.
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Detached Retina Treatment+ More
Retina detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from its surrounding tissue. When this occurs, it is important that it is repaired, as the retina cannot function correctly in this condition, and leaving it untreated can result in the permanent loss of vision.
The length of stay depends on the treatment, however any treatment involving gas bubbles in the eye will prevent patients from being suitable for flying until the bubble has gone.
- Learn more about Detached Retina Treatment
Eye Examination+ More
An eye examination is a combination of tests performed on the eyes, in order to determine the health of the eyes and to assess the vision.
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Achilles Tendon Rupture+ More
Ankle Arthroscopy+ More
Ankle Fracture Treatment+ More
>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(5 procedures)
Bone and Joint Screening+ More
Lymphatic Drainage Massage+ More
Orthopedic Rehabilitation+ More
>Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery(23 procedures)
Arm Lift+ More
An arm lift, also referred to as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to firm and reshape the upper arms. The surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat and skin and reposition the remaining skin to tighten it.
The patient might have to stay until the sutures can be removed, and should ask the surgeon. It should be possible to fly home within 7 to 10 days.
- Learn more about Arm Lift
Body Lift+ More
A body lift is a combination of surgical procedures designed to improve the overall appearance of the patient's body, by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. A body lift also involves the removal of underlying excess fat and can treat cellulite.
The procedure is most commonly performed on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to lose weight, or who have lost significant amounts of weight through diet and exercise, and are left with excess skin around the body.
1 - 2 weeks
Patients must check with their surgeon that they are fit enough to fly home, as well as taking necessary precautions against deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Learn more about Body Lift
Breast Implants+ More
In breast implant surgery, an implant is inserted in order to change the size and shape of the breast. The surgery is commonly performed for women who wish to have larger, more shapely breasts, women with underdeveloped breasts, or women who have had breast tissue removed (a mastectomy). Breast implants can also be used to correct breast asymmetry, or as part of male-to-female gender reassignment.
- Learn more about Breast Implants
>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine(5 procedures)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Treatment+ More
Cystic Fibrosis Treatment+ More
Lung Biopsy+ More
>Reproductive Medicine(8 procedures)
Artificial Insemination+ More
Artificial insemination is the direct insertion of sperm into a woman's uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes with the aim of achieving pregnancy. By directly inserting the sperm, it makes easier for the sperm to travel and fertilize the egg.
5 - 7 days
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Egg Freezing+ More
Egg freezing is the process of harvesting and freezing a number of matured female eggs for use in future IVF procedures.
As the process around ovary stimulation can take several weeks, it is best to discuss the logistical practicalities with your physician.
- Learn more about Egg Freezing
Embryo Freezing+ More
Embryo freezing, also referred to as embryo cryopreservation, is the freezing of embryos for use in future. It is often performed as part of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle when there are more embryos produced than can be implanted into the uterus at one time.
Usually embryo freezing is performed following IVF treatment. It takes several weeks for the woman's natural cycle to be suppressed, the egg stimulation, egg retrieval, egg fertilization, and embryo cultivation to take place.
- Learn more about Embryo Freezing
Fibromyalgia Treatment+ More
Lupus Erythematosus Treatment+ More
Rheumatoid Arthritis Consultation+ More
>Spinal Surgery(25 procedures)
Artificial Disc Replacement+ More
Cervical Spondylosis Treatment+ More
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.
Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.
- Learn more about Circumcision
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment+ More
>Vascular Medicine(14 procedures)
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair+ More
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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Allergology Consultation+ More
Allergy Testing+ More
>General Medicine(2 procedures)
Medical Examination+ More
A medical examination, also called medical checkup or health checkup, is a general examination of a patient's health. Having a medical checkup can help to identify problems early on, even before symptoms show. A checkup can also give patients peace of mind if they are worried about their health.
3 - 4 days
Medical checkups can be combined with sightseeing or shopping trips.
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Kidney Dialysis+ More
Kidney dialysis is a treatment which usually involves using a machine to take over kidney function to filter toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the body. The treatment is required by patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly.
- Learn more about Kidney Dialysis
Nephrology Consultation+ More
Immunology Consultation+ More
More about available treatments at Samsung Medical Center
The Samsung Medical Center has 40 departments, including a large and high-tech 655-bed cancer center. The hospital offers specialized clinics in a wide range of medical specialties including pediatric surgery, spinal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and kidney transplantation.
Furthermore, the hospital utilizes modern technology to manage patient data efficiently, including popular IT solutions such as the order communication system (OCS), and picture archiving communication system (PACS).
The staff at the hospital include approximately 1400 doctors and 2600 nurses, as well as a large team of pharmacists, medical engineers, and researchers.
Many members of the team have been educated or completed fellowships at prestigious international universities, such as Dr. Kim Jhingook who completed a fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, at the University of Texas. Others are members of important boards and organizations, such as the Korean Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Korean Pediatric Heart Association.
The strength of the team has resulted in a first place ranking in the Korea Service Quality Index (KS-SQI) for 11 consecutive years, an index sponsored by the Korea Standards Association (KSA).
Dr. Doo-ho Choi
- Specializes in breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and special radiation therapy
- Graduated with a master’s degree in medicine from the Seoul National University, College of Medicine in 1988
- Graduated with a Ph.D in medicine from the Korea University in 1995
Dr. Tae-Gook Jun
- Specializes in congenital and pediatric surgery
- Member of the Korean Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Korean Pediatric Heart Association
Dr. Whan Eoh
- Specializes in spinal surgery
- Graduated with a master’s degree in medicine from the Seoul National University
Dr. Jae-Hoon Chung
- Specializes in thyroid disease
Dr. Yoon-Go Kim
- Specializes in glomerular disease
Dr. Young-Hyuck Im
- Specializes in breast cancer
Dr. Hyung Jin Shin
- Specializes in pediatric neurosurgery
Dr. Kyong Ran Peck
- Specializes in fevers of unknown origins
Dr. Hoon-Suk Cha
- Specializes in rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthoropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, and gout
Dr. Jae-Moon Bae
- Specializes in stomach cancer and laparoscopic surgery
- Guest Researcher at NCI Lab. of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis, NIH, U.S.A. (Supervisors Sung-Jin Kim and Anita Roberts)