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Column Treatment Progress No.47 A patient who had trouble walking but started to feel better


Female in her 60s

Treated in March 2023. About 8 months have passed since the treatment at the time of this interview

Symptoms and treatment

This patient has spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis in the area indicated by the red frame (L4/5 intervertebral disc).

L3/4 shows a bulging intervertebral disc.

L5/s shows bone union.

Evolution prior to treatment

At 33 years old: She fell and started feeling back pain.

At 56 years old: She had an operation for an intervertebral disc herniation.

In 2021, When turning over in her sleep, she started feeling pain in her right hip joint. Stretching made the pain better.

In September 2022, when playing volley ball, she injured herself and started feeling numbness in her left leg. She was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis at her local orthopedic clinic.

She was recommended to have surgery by her doctor, but didn’t feel it was right for her.

Her walking ability was not harmed, but she still felt numbness when walking for a long period.

The treatment at our clinic

The treatment was performed on a total of two intervertebral discs, 3/4, and 4/5, using the cellgel method.

Evolution consecutive to treatment

The following is a chart in which the patient herself 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 treatment9274
One week after treatment2020
1 month after treatment5070
3 months after treatment2010
6 months after treatment4000

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

After one week, numbness appears in the heel when walking.

After 1 month, she experienced pain from walking too much, but it is no longer as severe as it was before the treatment.

After 3 months, she was able to carry out her normal daily life without any problems. She still feels pain when she wakes up, but overall she was satisfied that her symptoms have improved.

After 6 months, the only pain left is when she wakes up.

The patient this time had trouble walking for a long time without pain and pain when waking up.

After treatment, she exercised a little too hard due to her personality, which caused some pain, but overall things have improved.

The numbness when walking is now gone. She still has some pain when she wakes up, but it has decreased compared to before the treatment, and it is no longer interfering with other aspects of her life.

※ 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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