International Lumbago Clinic Tokyo
Now accepting patients both in Japan and overseas
The Cellgel Method, an outpatient treatment
to repair aged intervertebral discs
for disc herniation (lower back and neck),
spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis,
numbness in the lower back,
neck, hands, legs and more
International Lumbago Clinic Tokyo Treatment Features
The Cellgel Method
to repair aged intervertebral discs
We at ILC International Lumbago Clinic offer various treatments for back pain. As a result of our experience, knowledge, and evaluation of its effectiveness, we are convinced that the Cellgel method is the only treatment that can repair intervertebral discs.
*We can prove that the disc can be repaired by CT and X-rays after treatment.
An Alternative to Invasive Surgery
We are able to perform treatments on elderly patients who have had given up on surgery, or on patients with various complications.
For Ineffective Surgeries,
or Post-surgery Recurrence
We can also treat patients who had surgery in the past but saw no improvement, or those who had a recurrence of the symptoms several years after their surgery.
We do not use scalpels in our clinic. The treatment we provide uses only a thin needle, and there is typically no need for any follow-up visits.
The Cellgel Method Advantages and Disadvantages
What causes back problems in the first place?
- QDoes repairing an aging disc eliminate pain?
- AAs the intervertebral disc ages, it cracks and the components that cause inflammation leak out from inside the disc.
This is said to be one of the reasons for pain, so repairing the disc will eliminate the pain.
■Advantages of Cellgel
With a treatment time of about 20 to 30 minutes, it is possible to repair the aged intervertebral discs in the lower back and neck and remove the inflammation derived from the discs. Once the intervertebral disc is repaired with the Cellgel method, it remains permanently as an implant inside the intervertebral disc, and there are no reports of recurrence or loss of the implant at present. In addition, by stabilizing the intervertebral disc by repairing the intervertebral disc itself, it is possible to prevent recurrence even if other surgical operations are performed. For intervertebral disc herniation, it also has the effect of returning protruding intervertebral disc herniation (lower back and neck) to its original position.
* There are various intervertebral disc repair treatments, but with the “Cellgel method”, after treatment, it is possible to check whether the intervertebral disc has been repaired by CT or X-ray.
Costs, Risks and side effects of the Cellgel method
- ●Cost of the Cellgel method
1,420,000 yen / 1 disc (tax included) ~ 1,860,000 yen / 5 discs (tax included)
- ●Risks and side effects of the Cellgel method
Transient pain may occur after treatment. Due to the characteristics of the treatment, the possibility of nerve damage is not zero percent, but there are no reports of damage in our own cases or in the literature. There is a very small chance of an allergic reaction to local anesthetics. Symptoms may temporarily worsen for 1-2 weeks after treatment. The reason is thought to be that the surrounding tissue is pulled by the decompression effect of the implant. In addition, treatment may not be possible if the intervertebral disc has been crushed and has almost disappeared. During your consultation with the doctor, you will be able to discuss the options for treatment that are appropriate for your condition.
■Disadvantages of Cellgel
・Unlike conventional surgery for diseases like spinal canal stenosis or spondylolisthesis, the bone is not shaved and fused with bolts, nor are any ligaments removed, so surgical intervention may be necessary if the pain and numbness remain the same as before, even after the Cellgel treatment.
"We aim to achieve 100% effectiveness in low-risk back pain treatment
so that our patients can receive treatments with comfort, a peace of mind and confidence."
Pain and numbness caused by back pain often include a variety of factors, and a thorough diagnosis is necessary to narrow down the root cause. Apart from analyzing the MRI scan, it's also crucial to acquire a firm grasp of the patient's symptoms and their daily activities. For this reason, we will take 30 minutes during outpatient consultations to discuss treatment methods, prevention, and improvement to ensure the patient's trust and comfort. We also focus on providing excellent post-treatment follow-up services, as recurrence of the condition may occur if the patient does not follow up properly after the treatment.
Spinal Diseases & Symptoms
Click on the image or description of each disease or symptom for more detailed information (causes, symptoms, treatments, cost, etc.)
Lumbar Disc Herniation
Disc herniation is a condition in which the cartilage tissue called the intervertebral disc, which act as cushion between the vertebrae, becomes deformed and part of the disc protrudes or bulges. The main symptoms are pain in the lower back, buttocks, and numbness in the legs. At our clinic, we treat the disc with the Cellgel method to repair it, and prevent recurrence with specialized rehabilitation.
Cervical Disc Herniation
A cervical disc herniation is a disease in which the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc that connects the seven cervical vertebrae protrudes and causes inflammation or pressure on nerves. The main symptoms include pain in the neck and shoulders, stiff shoulders, numbness and swelling in the hands, and dullness in the arms. At our hospital, we mainly use an advanced medical technology called the CellGel method to treat symptoms with the aim of improving symptoms and preventing recurrence.
Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal nerve is compressed by the narrowing of the passage (vertebral canal) inside the spine, due to disc herniation and/or other factors. The main symptoms are numbness and shooting pain in the legs, as well as pain in the lower back and buttocks when an inflammation occurs. At our clinic, we treat the disc with the Cellgel method to repair it, and prevent recurrence with specialized rehabilitation.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition where the spine is displaced from its usual position due to a fracture, degeneration of the disc, or deterioration of the joints. The main symptoms are numbness, shooting pain in the legs, and pain in the lower back and buttocks when an inflammation occurs. It is also characterized by some relief when the patient bends forward. Our clinic treats the causes of disc degeneration with the Cellgel method, and prevent recurrence with specialized rehabilitation for lower back pain.
All treatments at our clinic can be completed within a single day.
Please feel free to call us during consultation hours or via our contact form.
*Note that MRIs are taken at an affiliated clinic nearby, so the procedure may have to take place on a separate day if necessary.
Our clinic is by appointment only, so be sure to make an appointment before visiting us.
*For those who wish to make an appointment on the day of, kindly contact us by phone.
2. Remote MRI Diagnosis
For us to determine the most suitable treatment prior to your visit to Japan, you can forward us a recent MRI (within 3 months) for our doctor to review and determine free of charge. If you're located nearby, you may also request for an MRI to be taken at our affiliated clinic.
3. Choose Treatment Date
If the diagnosis confirms that you're a suitable candidate for our treatments, you may proceed to make an appointment with us. Kindly keep in mind the time it may take for you to secure a visa to enter Japan. A Japanese tourist visa is sufficient.
4. Travel Arrangements
As we are an outpatient facility, you will be discharged on the same day as your treatment. Patients are asked to take care of their own visas, travel and accommodation arrangements.
5. Pre-treatment Examination
Please bring your health insurance card, medical certificates, MRI image data, etc. to the reception desk. After the medical examination, an X-ray will be taken. This procedure should be take approximately 5 minutes. The doctor will then dedicate about 30 minutes to explain the best treatment course and to answer any concerns.
Patients who wish to be treated on the same day can choose to be treated in the afternoon after the examination in the morning. Treatment time varies from 15 to 45 minutes (per site) after local anesthesia is administered.
After the treatment, we provide a recovery room for you to rest for about an hour to 1.5 hours.
You are free to return home after the doctor examines you.
We will contact you regularly for follow-ups after your treatment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Since many of our patients come from far away,
we are happy to give free consultations to see which treatment is best for you
We'll diagnose your MRI images for free！
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Access Getting Here
- ILC International Lumbago Clinic Tokyo
- W Building, Konan 1-8-15, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0075