Treatment Overview / Conditions We Treat
- Treatment Overview / Conditions We Treat
About Treatment at Our Clinic
Our clinic provides treatment for spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and various other conditions of the spine, and treatment is minimally invasive and can be done as an outpatient instead of with the surgical methods of the past. Moreover, among the intervertebral disc treatments being done in Europe and North America, we limit ourselves to offering treatment that is reported in scientific circles to be effective and have a medical basis.
It took us a great amount of effort and about 2 years to introduce treatment that is being done abroad, but we believe that the treatment we provide can satisfy patients throughout Asia, including in Japan. Ultimately, there are 5 treatment methods we can offer. Each method has its own respective characteristics, and below, we have written about everything for you in a way that is easy to understand, starting with the history of the treatments, going on to discuss the diseases for which they’re appropriate, and giving a simple comparison with surgical treatments. Please have a look.
5 Types of Outpatient Treatment for Low Back Pain
The DST Method (Discseel™)
An intervertebral disc treatment that began in the United States in the 2010s. Can be suitable for a wide range of conditions, including problems in patients after surgery. It is the only （※2）treatment that can repair and regenerate intervertebral discs.Click here for details.
※2 According to research by Operation Japan (Ltd.)
The PIDD Method (Implant)
An implant intervertebral disc treatment that has been conducted since the 2000s. As with PLDD, results without injury to intervertebral discs can be anticipated. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
Hybrid Laser Treatment
A treatment that combines the benefits of PLDD and PODD. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
The PODD Method (Ozone)
An ozone intervertebral disc treatment that has been conducted mainly in Europe since the 1990s. It can be suitable for a wide range of conditions.Click here for details.
The PLDD Method (Laser)
An outpatient, laser intervertebral disc treatment that has been well known worldwide since the 1980s. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
Compatibility Table for Treatments and Conditions We Treat
|Main Treatment Methods||
The DST Method
The PIDD Method
|Hybrid Laser Treatment||
The PODD Method
The PLDD Method
|Lumbar Vertebrae Instability Symptom||○||-||-||-||-|
Treatment Comparison Table, Including Surgery
|Treatment Method||The DST Method (Discseel™)||The PIDD Method (Implant)||Hybrid Laser Treatment||The PODD Method (Ozone)||The PLDD Method (Laser)||MED (Endoscopic Intervertebral Disc Ablation)||Spinal Fusion and Decompression|
|Recurrence Rate Within 2 Years of Treatment||Extremely low||Low||High||High||High||High||Extremely high|
|Intervertebral Disc Repair/Regeneration Results||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Damage to Intervertebral Discs Post-Treatment||No||Slight||Yes||Slight||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Hospitalization||Outpatient||Outpatient||Outpatient||Outpatient||Outpatient||Approx. 7 days||Approx. 21 days|
|Necessity for Regular Hospital Visits||Basically none||Basically none||Basically none||Basically none||Basically none||Absolutely necessary||Absolutely necessary|
|Covered by Insurance||×||×||×||×||×||○||○|
Differences Between Surgery and Treatment at Our Clinic: FAQ
About Risks of Outpatient Treatment at Our Clinic vs. Surgery
Surgery is generally conducted under general anesthesia, using a ventilator. The spine is shaved and sometimes secured with screws. Also, because the pain is intense, narcotics are used; however, older patients who may lack physical strength can find rehabilitation delayed while they are in a bedridden state after surgery. For those who have had internal medical conditions (diabetes, emphysema, angina, stroke), there is some danger of infection in the area of the screw, pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, or other complications.
Likewise, there is a danger of nerve damage even for healthy people. Even with a relatively simple herniated disc removal operation, paralysis appears in a percentage of patients.
Since all treatment at our clinic is performed with local anesthesia just by inserting a needle of 0.8-1.0 mm thickness, patients can be treated safely regardless of whether they are older or have an internal medical condition. Our treatment takes about the same toll on the body as a tooth extraction would.
We also use a fluoroscope to make sure the inserted needle does not come into contact with nerves. Our fluoroscope utilizes a device, similar to what is used in cardiac catheterization, that can provide continuous, high-resolution illumination, and thorough consideration is given to safety. In rare cases, the inserted needle touches a nerve, and numbness may temporarily result, but nerve damage on the level of subsequent complications does not occur because the needle is so small. Our director has done approximately 1,500 intervertebral disc treatments, but there has not been a single case of nerve damage.
How much of a scar will be left after the procedure?
We do our treatments with a 0.8 mm needle, so the scar will for the most part be unnoticeable the next day.
About the Amount of Time Until You Can Expect to Feel the Effects of Our Outpatient Treatment vs. of Surgery
Because surgery is a physical treatment that removes physically deformed bone and tissue, you can expect improvement in leg pain after about 1-3 weeks. After the outpatient treatment for low back pain done here, too, you will gradually continue to improve with time. There are individual differences when it comes to DST(Discseel™), but since it is a straight-to-the-root treatment that improves symptoms by repairing damage and regenerating the intervertebral disc that was the cause of spinal disease, it may take a maximum of about 6 months for that intervertebral disc tissue to regenerate.
About Differences in Recurrence Rates for Our Outpatient Treatment vs. Surgery
The surgery that began in the 1960s removed tissue such as deformed bone or herniated discs and occasionally attempted to immobilize the area, but because of new bone damage from screws or the fact that no treatment of the root cause was being done, the appearance of new back pain and the recurrence rates were problems.
That is why there was a need for treatment of the root cause in the 1980s, and the intervertebral disc treatment we perform at our clinic began. Thus, we have now progressed to the point of stem cell transplantation and DST(Discseel™), and for DST(Discseel™) especially, intervertebral disc repair and regeneration effects are acknowledged. Symptoms not only improve, but they improve with a low recurrence rate.