Orthopedic Surgery is a special field for providing medical care of‘ ‘locomotorium’, which is required to move body except for brain. Locomotorium consists of tissues such as bones, joints, cartilages and nerves. Degradation of locomotive function caused by locomotorium dysfunction is called locomotive syndrome (locomo).
‘Hand Surgery’ is not well known to the general public. However, it is a highly specialized field responsible for hands, which are the most delicate and complicated parts in all locomotive functions. Specialists from Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery are in charge of Hand Surgery. The “Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand” which has more than 60 year traditions, takes a leading role of research. The doctors in charge of Hand Surgery belong to this society and are registered after having gained extensive experience.
This section covers all diseases related to spine/spinal cord. Starting with cervical spondylosis which is a common condition, almost all diseases relating to spine/spinal cord are treated by this section of the department, such as lumbar vertebrae herniated disk, lumbar spinal canal stenosis, bone fracture, deformation (scoliosis), trauma, infection and malignant tumors. We treat a wide range of age groups, from children to elderly people.
This section mainly performs prosthetic replacement arthroplasty for patients with hip osteoarthritis, knee osteoarthritis, femur head necrosis, rheumatic arthritis and so on. In recent years, we perform a prosthetic replacement arthroplasty not only for elderly people but also for young people, as the durability of prosthesis has become longer than previously due to the improvement of implant technology.
Aiming for Functional Restoration by Accurate Physical Examination
Our largest goal is to recover the locomotive function. It is important to do accurate functional diagnosis to make this possible. For example, if you have difficulty in bending fingers, we need to identify which tissues, such as bones, joints, muscles, cartilages, nerves have problems to diagnose the cause. It is, therefore, indispensable to perform a physical examination based on expertise. It is not possible to diagnose the locomotor disorder only by images. We aim for improving locomotive functions using diagnostic skills built on long term experiences and training.
(3) Our Strengths
Striving to Act as a “High Quality Department Store”
The human body is designed to move smoothly by all motor functions properly work each other. Their moving always connect each other not just one function. So, it is important for us to examine not only the body area causing the symptom but the whole body.
Since we treat almost all orthopedic diseases in our department, we are able to offer comprehensive health care from general to specialized care. Also, we conduct health care while cooperating among teams for a patient who has multiple orthopedic diseases. We can treat those patients contiously while they are still hospitalized. Both cardiology and neurosurgery departments provide round the clock treatment, so we are able to treat patients promptly.
Just as low quality department store are driven away by new specialized stores, so too poor quality surgical departments are replaced by specialized departments. However, high quality department stores continue to be important. Our department will aim to be like a high-quality department service, by offering high levels of care across a wide range of conditions.
Hand Surgery Team
Working on Treatment With All Expertise and Skills
The hand is a very unique organ which moves in a skillful and complicated way, and its tissues are extremely sensitive. So, it requires anatomical knowledge, sensitive skills and high level of expertise for hand surgery treatment. Because of these reasons, there are certain number of patients have not been able to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. We are working to treat such patients with all our expertise and skill.
Treating All Hand Surgery Diseases
The hand surgery team treats all conditions related to the hand. When connecting nerves, blood vessels or transplanting tissues, we conduct surgery utilizing a technique called microsurgery. Also, the improvement levels of hand diseases depend considerably on the method of post-surgery rehabilitation, and therefore we provide specialized rehabilitation.
Conducting a High Level of Treatment Based on Accumulated Experience
We provide difficult treatment based on the accumulated experiences of diagnoses and treatment of hand surgery conditions. We proactively treat patients who have been diagnosed as being difficult to be treated at other medical facilities, making most use of our treatment experiences fostered by complex cases at the Hand Surgery Team of the Orthopedics Department of Tokyo University.
Message for Our Patients
At the consultation with hand surgery doctors, we examine the cause of problems and provide proper treatments for symptoms such as difficulty stretching fingers, difficulty bending fingers, lumps in the hand, and persistent symptoms after recovery from a wrist fracture or sprain. ’ Even for those patients who have not been able to receive a diagnosis or treatment at another hospital, we may be able to provide treatment. Please come to see us with the referral of your local doctor.
Spine/Spinal Cord team
Providing Treatment as ‘Patient First’
We treat our patients aiming for complete removal of symptoms in daily life. At the same time, we keep mind to perform high safety surgery so that patients will have no complications caused by surgery. We received the JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation, which is global quality of health care. While we are recognized to have met the international standard for both of safety and quality of health care, we made improvement on the spine surgery to meet the standard of JCI. We will continuously strive to provide safe and reliable treatments while keeping our patients first.
Cooperating With the Pain Clinic Department
For some patients it’s sometimes hard to remove all pain despite surgical treatment. We provide treatment for these patients through close cooperation with the pain clinic department. Also, we have regular conferences with the pain clinic department, to find the best treatment for each patient.
Rehabilitation even on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
It is necessary for the patients to work hard on their rehabilitation program in order to get back to normal life as soon as possible after surgery. Especially, it’s important for the patients with spinal conditions to work quite hard on muscle strengthen training/walking training, since the leg muscles are weakened. So, we do rehabilitations not only on weekdays, but also on weekends and holidays to improve the patient’s post-surgery motor function.
Message for Our Patients
If you have symptoms which are not getting better despite treatment at another facility, please come and see our doctors. Some patients improve with surgery, and for some patients improve with conservative treatment such as treatment by the pain clinic or rehabilitation departments. We will ensure the best for each patient.
Striving to Ensure Safe and Reliable Treatment
The durability of artificial joint replacements is determined largely by accurate placement. So, it is quite important to make a pre-surgery plan and follow it precisely. We also assess the patient’s risk of complications, and co-ordinate with other departments as necessary.
Focusing on Reliable Surgery Using Standard Protocols
In the joint team, we try to avoid elaborate special treatments, but focus on reliable surgery using standard protocols. We create a careful preoperative plan, such as deciding a right position for an artificial joint by using 3D computer simulation. During the surgery, we use a portable navigation system which enables us to confirm the position of the device in real time. We think that the standard treatment protocols are the most important so that patients can use the artificial joint with ease for a long period of time.
Cooperation System With the Orthopedics Department of Tokyo University
The Orthopedic Surgery department of our hospital has a cooperation system with the Orthopedics department of Tokyo University. We continuously update our expertise and technical skills by having regular study meetings and information exchange meetings. Also, there are cases where we ask for support from the doctors of Tokyo University for particularly complex cases.
Message for Our Patients
Those who have symptoms in the knees or hip joints, such as pain or difficulty moving, please feel free to contact us. On discussing your condition, we will try to find the most suitable treatment for each patient.
For those patients who are already seeing us, please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions with us.