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Column Treatment Progress No.31 A patient who would be receiving hip surgery


Female in her 70s

Treated in February 2023, about 4 months have passed since the treatment

Symptoms and treatment

The patient was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in the area indicated by the red rectangle (disc L 3/4).

The L2/3, 3/4, and 4/5 discs showed signs of degenerative disc disease.

Evolution prior to treatment

In her 40s, she strained her back.

About 5 years ago, during a walk, it felt like her left leg was dragging when she walked.

In June 2022, after she exercised, she felt pain in her left leg and despite getting a block injection, she did not see any improvement.

So, she decided to get treatment at our clinic.

The treatment at our clinic

The patient was treated with the Cellgel method on 4 intervertebral discs (L2/3, 3/4, 4/5 and 5/s).

Evolution consecutive to treatment

The following is a chart in which the patient himself rated the pain value of each area on a scale of 0 to 10.

No pain at all is rated as 0, and the maximum possible pain is rated as 10.

Lower backLower limbsNumbnessButtocks
Before treatment41087
One week after treatment2902
1 month after treatment0000
3 months after treatment0000

The following comments were obtained from the patient when contacted for follow-up.

After one week, her groin hurt due to her osteoarthritis of the hip.

After 1 month, she had surgery on her hip joint and all of her pain was relieved.

After 3 months, the condition of both her back and hip improved greatly.

This patient was going to have hip surgery, but she decided to have surgery on her intervertebral discs first. Her spinal stenosis and her osteoarthritis became stable, so we were very happy with the results.

※ It takes about 3 weeks to 3 months to see the effect of the treatment.

※ The effect of the treatment varies from person to person. Please be aware that there is a possibility that the same effect may not be obtained.

Our clinic’s treatment method

Additional information about the Cellgel method we have introduced in this column.

Cost of the Cellgel method: 1,420,000 yen per area (including tax) to 1,860,000 yen per 5 areas (including tax)

Risks and side effects of the Cellgel method: Transient pain may occur after treatment. Nerve damage is not a zero possibility due to the very nature of the treatment, but there have been no reports of damage so far in either report cases or publications. There is a very small possibility of allergic reactions to local anesthetics. Symptoms may temporarily worsen during the first week or two after treatment. This is believed to be due to the decompression effect of the implant, which retracts the surrounding tissues. In addition, if the disc is almost completely collapsed, treatment may be difficult. The doctor hold a consultation with you during your visit to the clinic to determine the best treatment option for your condition.

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