Frequently Asked Questions

About medical consultation

About medical examination

About treatment

  • Q

    Please tell me about the treatments available at your clinic.

    A

    For detailed information about our treatment options, please follow the link bellow.

    Treatment of damaged discs with the Discseel® Procedure

  • Q

    About the risks related to the outpatient treatment methods provided at out clinic and those related to surgical operation.

    A

    Surgical operations usually involve cutting through skin, flesh and bone under general anesthesia, and sometimes metal screws and plates are used to fix the spine. The high pain level related to surgical operations is controlled with opioids, but very often rehabilitation of weak elderly patients is postponed by a long recovery in bed and may leave them bedridden. For patients with medical conditions (diabetes, emphysema, angina pectoris, stroke), there is a risk of complications such as infection of the area fixed with the screws , pneumonia, myocardial infarction, and stroke after the surgery.
    Even patients with no accompanying diseases can be at risk of nerve damage, and a relatively simple procedure like disc hernia removal operation can cause paralysis in a small percentage of the cases.
    All of the treatment methods we perform at our clinic are done under local anesthesia. Instead of a scalpel, a thin 0.8~1.0 mm needle is used, so unlike surgery less damage is done, which makes these methods safe for patients regardless of their age and overall health condition. The degree of burden on the body is about the same as a tooth extraction.
    For such procedures fluoroscopes are used to make sure that nerves are avoided while inserting the needles. Our clinic is equipped with a high-resolution fluoroscopy system similar to what is used for cardiac catheterization, because we take safety very seriously.
    In rare cases, the inserted needle may touch a nerve and cause temporary numbness, but due to the thinness of the needle it is extremely unlikely for the nerve damage to remain permanent. Our clinic director has treated about 3,000 patients and there has not been a single case of nerve damage.

  • Q

    How much of a scar will remain after the operation?

    A

    Since the treatment is done with a 0.8mm needle, the scar will be almost invisible on the following day.

    After the operation
  • Q

    How many days after the outpatient treatment at our hospital and conventional surgical operations are needed to expect any results?

    A

    Since surgical operations are meant to physically remove deformed bones and tissues, improvement in leg pain can be expected in about one to three weeks after the operation.
    Even after undergoing outpatient back pain treatment at our clinic the improvement occurs gradually over the course of weeks and months.
    In the day case of the back pain treatment we offer at our clinic, there is a gradual improvement over time after the treatment.
    The Discseel® Procedure is designed to improve the symptoms by repairing the damage of the intervertebral discs that is the cause of disease, and letting them regenerate naturally. It may take up to 6 months for the disc tissue to regenerate, depending on the individual.

  • Q

    What is the difference in recurrence rates between our outpatient treatment and surgical procedures?

    A

    Surgical procedures that began in the 1960s aimed to remove protruding disc tissue and sometimes fix deformed bones, but new bone damage caused by screws and the lack of fundamental treatment led to the appearance of new back pain and high recurrence rates.
    Therefore, in the 1980's, there was a need for a fundamental treatment, and this is when intervertebral disc treatment, which is also performed at our clinic, came out.
    At present, non-surgical treatment has evolved to stem cell transplantation and Discseel® Procedure. In particular, the Discseel® Procedure has a demonstrated effect to repair and regenerate intervertebral discs, improve symptoms, and lower recurrence rates.

  • Q

    Is outpatient treatment possible after undergoing a MED procedure (endoscopic discectomy)?

    A

    If you the patient has recurrent back pain after a surgical operation, not limited to the MED method, he can be treated at our clinic if outpatient treatment is indicated.

  • Q

    What are the reasons to perform vertebral disc treatment instead of surgical operations such as spinal fusion and decompression?

    A

    Since the actual cause of back pain associated with various diseases many times has something to do with the vertebral discs, it is believed that fundamental disc treatment is what is necessary to take care of it.
    The Discseel® Procedure is one of our outpatient treatment options that have less burden on the body compared to conventional surgical operations and can be applied according to the patients condition.

  • Q

    Are there any restrictions on eating and drinking on the day of the operation and the day prior to it?

    A

    Please refrain from drinking alcohol. Other than that, there are no eating and drinking restrictions.

  • Q

    Is it possible to watch the operation?

    A

    Yes, it is possible. If they wish, family members of the patient are allowed to watch the operation through a glass window from a room adjacent to the operation room.

  • Q

    How long after the operation can I start exercising?

    A

    You can return to your daily life from the next day after treatment.
    We also recommend walking and exercising as much as possible.
    However, there are some exercises and daily activities that you need to refrain from.

  • Q

    When do you take a bath after treatment?

    A

    Please refrain from doing so on the day of surgery.
    The day after the surgery, you can take a shower only.
    You can take a bath from the second day after surgery.

Other questions

  • HOME/
  • Frequently Asked Questions