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Korea Attracts Big 3 Medical Tourists

The three nations with the most Korea-bound medical tourists are China, the U.S., and Japan, according to industry data. Chinese medical tourists made up the largest share, with some 32,000 seeking treatment in Korea in 2012.

Duodenal Switch

Duodenal switch also known as billopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is a bariatric surgery that restricts the intake of food by making the stomach smaller, and also encourages malabsorption of calories through the duodenal switch/intestinal bypass. It has been observed that this procedure significantly improves weight loss in people who are very obese. 

The procedure involves the following steps:
   • Vertical or lateral 70 to 75% gastrectomy is done to achieve a tubular stomach. 
   • The division of the duodenum after the pyloric valve.
   • The alimentary valve is created to carry food separately.
   • The billopancreatic limb is created to carry bile and other digestive juices separately.
   • A common channel is created at the end of these tubes where the food and the juices meet.

Making the stomach smaller automatically leads to less intake of food and also reduces hunger pangs. This part of the procedure is irreversible. Creating two separate tubes for the mobility of food and juices, which finally meet at the common channel restricts the amount of time that the body has to absorb fattening components like fats, starch and complex carbohydrates. 

The preservation of the pyloric valve prevents the dumping syndrome as well as marginal ulceration that might occur. 

This surgery works out to be almost one third of the same cost in Mexico and other medical tourism destinations, comparing to the US 


Featured Duodenal Switch Providers Abroad


The Lister Hospital

London, United Kingdom


Languages: English

The Lister Hospital is a private hospital providing world-class healthcare in the heart of Chelsea, London. We offer the warmest welcome, the highest quality and choice of private healthcare, excellen...

Apollonion Private Hospital

Nicosia, Cyprus


Languages: English, Greek

The Apollonion Private Hospital is an ultra-modern Hospital purposely built to offer the best and most complete medical care to its patients.

The daily contact of many doctors of variou...

Clifford Hospital

Guangdong, China


Accreditation: JCI

Languages: English, Chinese

Clifford Hospital is located in a vast and prosperous community that has a garden-like environment. The hospital has employed about 1,000 medical professionals, among them, more 100 are specialists, P...

Herzliya Medical Center

Tel Aviv, Israel


Languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic

"Herzliya Medical Center" Private Hospital is one of the leading medical institutions in Israel, founded in 1989 with the aim of creating a medical institution that meets the high standards of private...

Damian Medical Center

Warsaw, Poland


Accreditation: ISO 9001

Languages: English, Polish

The Damian Medical Centre was established in 1994. It offers a wide range of medical care services provided in the Hospital and five outpatient clinics. They employ physicians in all specialisations w...
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