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Column Treatment Progress No.34 A patient who was satisfied with their treatment


Male in his 40s

Treated in December 2022. About 5 months have passed since the treatment

Symptoms and treatment

The patient had degenerative disc disease in the area indicated by the red rectangle (disc 4/5).

He also had a small crack in on the left side.

Evolution prior to treatment

In November 2021, when he bent over to pick something up, he felt a shock of pain in his back. He took it easy and did some stretches and felt a little better, but still felt like something was wrong.

In April 2022, when turning over in his sleep, he felt a numbness in his buttocks. When he awoke in the morning, he felt some numbness in both of his lower legs, but it went away after a few days.

In May 2022, he had a consultation with a local orthopedic clinic and they told him he possible had spinal stenosis and was prescribed some medicine by the doctor, but the pain did not subside, so he came to our clinic.

The treatment at our clinic

The patient was treated with the Cellgel method on 1 intervertebral disc (4/5).

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 treatment5530
One week after treatment5530
1 month after treatment1330
3 months after treatment1110

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

After one week, he didn’t feel any better or any worse, his condition remained the same.

After 1 month, the pain in his lower back started to become better. To deal with the pain from sciatica he began stretching, which helped the pain gradually subside. After a bath, he felt some numbness, but stretching made the pain go away.

After 3 months, a little pain and numbness remained, but he was very glad to have undergone the treatment.

After the treatment, the patient proactively did stretches to deal with the pain.
It takes time for the treatment to take effect, so it is important to be able to face the pain until it improves.

If there are any questions or concerns after the treatment, please feel free to contact us at any time.

※ 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: 1,320,000 yen per area (including tax) to 1,760,000 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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