Interview with Dr. Kim Nam-Chul
Representative Director of Seoul 365mc Liposuction Hospital
Seoul 365mc Liposuction Hospital is a medical professional center that only studies and treats obesity since it opened in 2003 for more than 10 years.
It is one of the largest hospitals for liposuction in Asia and a medical center and is the only center in Korea that has surpassed the amazing record of 1,000 cases of liposuction operation a month.
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul (photo below) is the Representative Director of Seoul 365mc Liposuction Hospital and he is proud to be one of the specialists who had left their mark in the history of obesity treatments worldwide, especially in Asia.
As one of the top doctors at Seoul 365mc Liposuction Hospital, he has talked to us about the unique treatments and how the facility caters to medical tourists, for a better understanding of the procedures, as far as international patients are concerned.
PlacidWay: To being with, which is 365mc’s most sought after treatment/therapy and why?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: More than 1,000 cases of liposuction operations have been performed in Seoul 365mc Liposuction Hospital.
Liposuction is currently a popular and reliable operation - with various technologies and state-of-the-art equipment available.
In particular, the safety and convenience of liposuction can be called as the most attractives features for the customers - with fewer hours in theoperating room and lighter anesthesia.
In recent years, mini-liposuction or one-day liposuction has been implemented. Thiese enable the patient to return to home immediately - within 1~3 hours including rest after operation.
The patient can go back to daily routine the next day after surgery, due to the minimal incision sight.
PlacidWay: Can you please mention how is 365mc Obesity Center perceived domestically as well as internationally, in general?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: Seoul 365mc Liposuction Hospital has been acknowledged as one of the world leading obesity clinics, with 10,000 cases of weight loss surgery annually and more than 2 million of weight loss treatment cases.
Furthermore, China's largest plastic surgery hospital, Shimyang Haengrim’s medical staff members haverecentlyvisited our hospital to learn about the 365mc’s advanced medical system.
In particular, we invited weight loss surgery fields scholars from Harvard School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Laurie universities and held the International Obesity Medicine Symposium to celebrate the opening of the 365mc Liposuction Hospital in June 2013.
365mc liposuction specialists have been dedicated to the treatment of obesity in the prestigious areas of the world and continue on exchanging studies with these scholars.
PlacidWay: How do the patients you cater to benefit when choosing 365mc?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: 365mc is committed to patients receiveing the best medical care.
365mc liposuction hospital is designed to optimize the specific hospital equipment to process an integrated healthcare system for patients who have been operated on, and to make them free of discomfort after surgery.
Patients are cared for from the time of the diagnostic to the liposuction surgery by dedicated specialists, nurses, patient coordinators, and all staff members serve patients in a friendly and caring manner.
365mc is dedicated to bond with patients, not only to help them with simple weight loss and body modification but to help them cope with their emotional issues.
PlacidWay: Today, Medical Tourism has become highly competitive. How do you set 365mc apart?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: 365mc considers the safety of its patients as a top priority, more than anything else.
365mc has an international standard surgery environment - sterile operating rooms, specialized residing anesthesiologist, state-of-the-art sterile air shower, intensive recovery centers, uninterruptible power supply, and the verified surgeon’s physical condition.
365mc holds an outstanding number of operating cases and customized operation for various types of body and races.
Furthermore, 365mc has a specialized team of professional surgeons, English/Chinese interpreter and coordinator for foreign patients.
Recently, 365mc has released a postoperative package of protein powder, scar cream, and a diet journal for patients. This package has been provided to foreign patients and it has helped them recover faster with a shorter period of stay in Korea.
PlacidWay: What are the challenges and risks involved in your business, specifically from Medical Tourism perspective?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: Investing full support round-the-clock for the hospital environment to satisfy all patients with medical services is both a challenge and a risk for 365mc.
First of all, 365mc has been built with various state-of-the-art test equipments and the facilities within the surgery center are for safety and for satisfying results.
For complete satisfaction and outstanding results, the patient's body shape and size can be measured by 3D analysis and the thickness of fat is measured by ultrasound in 365mc surgery center. The test results can be provided to staff within the operation rooms orat their office, through medical image processing system that adds value to the patient-friendly environment and patient care.
Another challenge is keeping up-to-date with the latest in medical systems. 365mc is promoting certification from Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare in evaluating medical centers based on international level of on state-of-the-art medical system, therefore all the newest technologies need to be put in place and certified with accuracy before approval for use.
PlacidWay: What kind of additional services do you offer and what should the patient pay for (not included in the stay – meals, transport).
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: Seoul 365mc Obesity Hospital provides foreign patients with comfortable medical service from a dedicated international team of coordination at the hospital.
Currently, an English interpreter is dedicated to help with consultation, coordination, and guidance for pre-operative work and a Chinese coordinator has been recruited at hospital due to recent increased number of Chinese patients.
Seoul 365mc Obesity Hospital staff that are qualified by the Department of Health and Human Services to attract foreign patients to medical facilities has attracted even more diverse nationalities of foreign patients - from the United States, Australia, and France as well as Asia including China.
PlacidWay: A few words on 365mc clientele – is it more of insurance, corporate clients (employer sponsored), or more individuals?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: When it comes to obesity surgery, it is mainly from personal needs in most cases.
Therefore individual patients are the ones who mainly come to 365mc Obesity Hospital rather than corporate clients.
PlacidWay: What do you think the patients should know when opting to travel for health to 365mc Obesity Center?
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: Patients who wish to undergo obesity surgery at 365mc are requested to have a leisure schedule from consultation to surgery period.
Patients, of course, can return to their homeland the day after liposuction surgery without any health issue.
However, if they can stay and relax for a longer period before travelling, the effect of liposuction and recovery after 365mc operation is greatly improved. In order for patients to maximize the effectiveness of surgery, we advise to schedule their stay for 2~3 weeks if possible, in order for the check-ups to go smooth and avoid all complications.
PlacidWay: Finally, a few words on 365mc Obesity Center most recent developments/therapies/services that are unique to your organization.
Dr. Kim Nam-Chul: Morbid obesity is fast growing in the world. As a result, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or obesity related diseases are increasing.
To treat these severely obese patients, lap band surgery has been spotlighted recently.
In particular, Seoul 365mc lap band surgery center has been founded for the first time in Korea as a university treatment center with state-of-the-art facility and obesity dedicated operating rooms.
Dr. Cho, who was a clinical professor at Cleveland clinic obesity surgery center in the US and has performed more than 1,000 cases of lap band surgery, has been leading the center ever singe, with his experienced medical staff.
Therefore, the treatments and surgeries are all put in place by the experienced experts who have an extensive experience abroad, experience that is in a continuous development even now. We pride ourselves for being one of the reference centers in Asia for quality Obesity Surgery and because we are focused on providing the solution to so many individuals with weight problems, makes it worthwhile.
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