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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.

Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement is a procedure where a diseased spinal disc is replaced with an artificial one made of metal. This procedure is an alternative to spinal fusion.

While artificial disc replacement is as effective in reduction of pain as spinal fusion, it gives greater range of motion of the spine after surgery.

People with osteoporosis (thin bones), allergy to stainless steel, joint disease, and chronic infections are not good candidates for this procedure.

Patients are usually able to return home hours after surgery or the next day. Medications are prescribed to take care of the post-surgical pain and infection. The process of healing can be sped by following a healthy diet, quitting smoking, regular exercise, and maintaining good posture.


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                    Featured Artificial Disc Replacement Providers Abroad


                    Carolina Medical Center

                    Warsaw, Poland


                    Accreditation: ISO 9001

                    Languages: English, Russian, German, Polish, Swedish

                    The Carolina Medical Center is one of the biggest and most modern orthopaedic hospitals in Europe. The Carolina Medical Center provides the highest standard of medical services to its patients, not on...

                    Hospital Fatimah

                    Ipoh, Malaysia


                    Accreditation: ISO 9001, MSQH

                    Languages: English

                    Hospital Fatimah is a 239 bed, not-for-profit, private specialist hospital within the city of Ipoh, in Perak, Malaysia. The Hospital is strategically located in the business centre of Ipoh Garden with...

                    Hospital Punta Pacifica

                    Panama City, Panama


                    Accreditation: JCI

                    Languages: English, Spanish

                    Hospital Punta Pacifica is the first in Latin America and the Caribbean to be affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Doctors and surgeons are leaders in their respective specialties, th...

                    Hospital Universitario

                    Bogota, Colombia


                    Accreditation: JCI

                    Languages: English, Spanish

                    Hospital Universitario Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá opened its doors on January 31st, 1983, with the aim of providing patients, families and the community in genera...

                    HYGEIA Hospital

                    Athens, Greece


                    Accreditation: ISO 9001, JCI

                    Languages: English, Russian, Greek

                    HYGEIA Hospital is the first large Private Hospital that has operated in Greece since 1974, and is currently one of the largest private hospital units in our country.

                    It was founded in ...
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