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Features of Medical Care in Japan

Medical care in Japan is outstanding in many ways. This page introduces some of the treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged for patients. For more details about medical procedures or other concerns, please use our inquiry form here.



Cancer treatment (radiotherapy)

Many cancer treatments in Japan show promise for cancers in areas of the body that have been difficult to treat in the past, and also have fewer side effects than conventional radiotherapy. Among the new approaches are heavy ion radiotherapy, proton therapy, boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), and stereotactic radiotherapy. Heavy ion radiotherapy for cancer is a technology that was first successfully applied for practical use in Japan, and has attracted great attention worldwide.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Heavy ion radiotherapy
  • Proton therapy
  • Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT)
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy (including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT))
  • CyberKnife treatment
  • Gamma Knife treatment
  • Treatment with TomoTherapy
  • Treatment with VERO



Cancer treatment (other than radiotherapy)

Minimally invasive medical care, which places less stress on the patient’s body, is widespread in Japan. This type of care includes endoscopic treatment (the removal of lesions without open surgery) and laparoscopic or thoracoscopic surgery (performed through small openings in the abdomen or chest, respectively).

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Transcatheter arterial embolization for liver cancer
  • Oral chemotherapy (e.g., TS-1® and Lonsurf®)
  • NanoKnife treatment
  • Surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System
  • Surgery (for cancers of the stomach, lung, pancreas, liver, colon and rectum, bile duct, bladder and anus)
  • Endoscopic surgery (for stomach and esophageal cancers)
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Dendritic cell therapy (immunotherapy)



Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine is the field of rebuilding lost organs and tissues. Various clinical studies are underway in Japan, including treatments for heart failure and corneal transplantation using autologous cell sheets (the patient’s own cells cultured in sheet form).

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Myocardial regenerative therapy with cell sheets



Cardiovascular surgery

In Japan, percutaneous coronary angioplasty makes up ~70% of treatments in the field of cardiovascular surgery; it places less stress on the patient’s body than open surgery. Earlier postoperative recovery of these patients is anticipated because of ongoing technological innovation in medical equipment used in this treatment.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Surgery for heart valves
  • Stent placement
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Surgery for aortic aneurysm
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Ablation for arrhythmia
  • Surgery for varicose veins



Neurosurgery

Many cases have been reported in which patients have fully recovered upon receiving neurosurgery in Japan after having been refused surgery in other countries. This is a field in which the uniquely precise skills of Japanese surgeons are ideally used.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Surgery for brain tumors
  • Surgery for cerebral aneurysm
  • Treatment for Moyamoya disease



Transplantation

The majority of liver transplantations performed in Japan are living-donor segmental transplantations. The patients’ five-year survival rate is one of the highest in the world. In addition, for all types of transplantation, care to prevent postoperative infection is well-established.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Living-donor liver transplantation
  • Living-donor kidney transplantation
  • HLA-haploidentical transplantation (bone marrow transplantation)



Orthopedics

The optimal treatment for each individual patient is provided based on personalized care, in which the bone material and artificial joint used are personalized for the patient’s skeletal structure.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Artificial joint replacement
  • Rotationplasty of the knee
  • The latest surgery for herniated disc (e.g., the latest endoscopic surgery)
  • Manufacture of prosthesis and orthosis



Ophthalmology

The incidence of blindness in Japanese people is 0.14%, which is the lowest in the world. Treatments are provided to cure disease as well as to prevent blindness. Recently, regenerative medicine (e.g., for the cornea) has begun to be applied in a clinical setting.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Treatments for dry eyes
  • Cataract surgery



Obstetrics and Gynecology (fertility treatment)

Japan has the largest number of fertility clinics in the world, and in vitro fertilization is performed 240,000 times each year: also the highest in the world. The latest medical technologies have produced excellent results.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • In vitro fertilization



Dentistry

Many Japanese people retain their own teeth even into old age, due to their principle of “caring for their own teeth as much as possible,” in addition to the dental treatments they receive using top-level technologies and cutting-edge equipment and material.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Implant placement



Medical checkups and examinations

The high quality of medical checkups and examinations in Japan is partly due to the development and use of diagnostic imaging technology and testing equipment based on the high-level technology for which Japan is famous. In addition, the Japanese spirit of hospitality also extends to healthcare settings.

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Comprehensive medical checkup
  • Cardiovascular checkup
  • PET-CT scans
  • Coronary CT angiography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT colonography
  • Periodic medical checkups after various surgeries
  • Definitive diagnosis, and more



Other treatments

Examples of treatments and examinations that we have previously arranged

  • Facial skin grafting
  • Treatments for epilepsy