Treatment Case Studies
& Blog

Column Treatment Progress No.35 A patient that recovered enough to play golf again comfortably


Male in his 60s

Treated in January 2023. About 4 months have passed since the treatment

Symptoms and treatment

The patient was diagnosed with lumbar disc herniation in the area indicated by the red rectangle (disc L4/5).

The vertebral discs L2/3, 3/4 and 5/s showed signs of inververtebral disc degeneration.

Evolution prior to treatment

In June 2020, at his physical examination, he discovered his height shrank by 7mm. From around this point, his lower back felt lethargic.

In July 2022, during a session of golf, the lower right side of his back and his lower right leg began to hurt. He went to his local orthopedic clinic and was diagnosed with a lumbar disc herniation in the L4/5 disc. He received a blocking shot.

In September 2022, after his condition did not improve, he went to another doctor for a second opinion and surgery was recommended to him.

He wanted to avoid surgery and a hospital stay, so he came to our clinic for treatment.

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 treatment5678
One week after treatment3000
1 month after treatment0000
3 months after treatment0000

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

After one week, some pain and lethargy remained in his lower back, but other areas felt much better.

After 1 month, when waking up, he felt a little discomfort, but there was no other symptoms in his daily life.

After 3 months, he sometimes felt a ping in his back when he stood up from a chair or got out of his car.

He was very happy to be able to golf again.

This patient was able to see a result very quickly. There seem to be a few things in his daily life that cause some discomfort, but he takes care to not injure himself and we are very happy that he is incredibly satisfied with his recovery.

※ 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.

For more detailed information, please refer to the following links: