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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.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as Sleeve Gastrectomy, is a weight loss surgery procedure that entails the removal of approximately 85 percent of the stomach to create a sleeve-like or tube-like stomach shape. This procedure is used as the first stage procedure for more complicated surgeries and even as a stand-alone treatment for weight loss. 

This procedure does not damage the nerves or the pylorus valve of the stomach and hence protects the natural function of the digestive system. Other components of the system like the intestines are also not altered in any way through this procedure. 

This procedure is minimally invasive and is conducted by making small incisions in the body with small instruments. 

The objective of the procedure is to divide the stomach along its vertical length. This creates a thinner and smaller stomach pouch. It is a restrictive procedure as the smaller stomach automatically decreases the food intake capacity of a person. The digestive system works as usual after the procedure and is able to absorb essential nutrients like minerals and vitamins from the food. 

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is rapidly gaining popularity due to its effectiveness and low risk factors. In countries like USA and Canada, the procedure can cost more than $20,000; however, in countries like Costa Rica, India and Mexico the same procedure is offered at one-third of the cost. 


Featured Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Providers Abroad


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...

Manila Doctors Hospital

Manila, Philippines


Accreditation: ISO 9001

Languages: English, Tagalog

Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) is a premiere private tertiary hospital operating at 667 United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila, Philippines.

We are a health institution providing holistic...

The Wellington Hospital

London, United Kingdom


Languages: English, Russian, Greek, Polish

The Wellington Hospital is the largest independent hospital in the UK, with almost four decades of expertise in treating patients from the UK and overseas. The hospital has an international reputation...

Wan Fang Hospital

Taipei, Taiwan


Accreditation: ISO 9001, ISO 9002, JCI

Languages: English, Chinese

You make a right choice to come to Wan Fang Hospital. We provide our international patients a safe and comfortable medical environment with passion for excellence. 

Please take you...

Parkside Hospital

London, United Kingdom


Languages: English

Parkside Hospital is an independent hospital located opposite Wimbledon Common, and is easily accessible from Central London and the Home Counties. The Hospital is able to offer most medical specialit...
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