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, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, etc.
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
・The treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes to repair the aging disc and remove the inflammation originating from the disc. In addition, the repair of the disc stabilizes the disc and prevents recurrence of symptoms even after other surgical procedures. For those with disc herniation, it can also return a herniated disc back to its original position.
*There are various types of disc repair treatments, but the "Cellgel method" can be confirmed by CT or X-ray after treatment to see if the disc has been repaired.
■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.
Dr. Naoki Yoshida
Dr. Tadaaki Minowa
Dr. Aki Kono
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.
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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- ILC International Lumbago Clinic Tokyo
- W Building, Konan 1-8-15, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0075