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Hokuto Hospital

Conditions Treated
Cerebrovascular Disorder (In Particular, Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm, Cerebral Infarction), Brain Tumor, Spinal Disease (In Particular, Spinal Canal Stenosis).

Treatment Methods (Neuro-endovascular Treatment, Microsurgery of Brain/Spine, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy of Brain Tumors)

In the treatment of unruptured cerebral aneurysm, which can be a cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage, a craniotomy or endovascular treatment is selected depending on the location and shape of the aneurysm as well as the overall condition of the body of the patient. To select an appropriate option, the surgeon requires good skills and sufficient experience of performing advanced treatments with both methods. In a craniotomy, clipping surgery of the smallest possible range of the craniotomy is performed under a microscope. In endovascular treatment, a coil embolization is performed using a catheter, which is even less invasive. We are one of the leading hospitals in Japan by number of surgeries of unruptured cerebral aneurysms performed.

In the case of cerebral infarction, on the other hand, blood vessels in the brain are clogged due to arteriosclerotic changes. In addition to stent treatment using catheters, we perform vascular anastomosis in which the blood vessels that nourish the scalp are used to bypass a clogged blood vessel under minimum microscopic craniotomy, to maintain cerebral circulation. Both these approaches require sophisticated techniques.

Microscopic surgery is also used to treat spinal canal stenosis. In Japan, in general, surgery for spinal diseases is usually performed by orthopedists by the naked eye. In our hospital, however, this is performed as microscopic surgery by brain surgeons who have a large amount of experience in the craft of routinely performing surgery related to tiny, complex positions in the brain, enabling us to surely and safely cure even minute lesions that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

In the case of brain tumors, we combine three methods. chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, depending on the individual patient. In particular, TomoTherapy, which our hospital installed in 2005, as the first to do so in the Asia-Pacific Region, is the latest equipment for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Without damaging normal tissue, it is possible to control the irradiation to selectively target cancer tissue most effectively. Only a limited number of medical facilities have this system. In our hospital, the treatment is performed by specialized staff such as radiotherapists and certified radiotherapy technologists.

Features of Our Hospital

Our hospital was established in 1993 for secondary preventive care, by detecting diseases before symptoms of brain diseases occur, to provide early treatment and to prevent them from becoming serious illnesses. In secondary preventive care, it is important to find any small lesion through non-invasive methods. Therefore, we have introduced innovative medical equipment and a systematic approach. Subsequently, with regard to the heart diseases of patients cured or brain diseases, we have expanded our endeavors and improved not only our brain surgery but also our cardiovascular medicine, thus aiming to be a hospital with a system that can treat angiopathy throughout the body. We were also one of the first hospitals to recognize the value of PET for medical examinations, and have established a PET center. We are known as one of the best private hospitals in Japan capable of providing high-level diagnosis and treatment for the three major adult diseases in Japan: cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

ince our inception, we have remained ahead of standard medical treatments and have embraced innovative medical care.

We actively develop experimental approaches such as therapeutic hypothermia for brain damage and cancer immunotherapy (dendritic cell therapy) based on regenerative medicine. In the field of regenerative medicine, we are now studying the clinical application of cornea regeneration in cooperation with university hospitals.

Treatment Results

  2009 2010 2011
Average Number of Patients (per Day) Inpatients 375 376 372
Outpatients 659 655 669
Number of Surgeries 2,424 cases 2,867 cases 2,852 cases
Cranial Nerve Surgery 374 cases 390 cases 410 cases
Spine Surgery 259 cases 229 cases 235 cases

Transition of Cranial Nerve Disease Surgery

Transition of Cranial Nerve Disease Surgery

A Message to International Patients from Our Hospital

Dr. Hajime Kamada
Dr. Hajime Kamada
Chairperson of the Board of Directors

The world is getting smaller thanks to the development of communications and transportation. Patients today are willing to travel overseas in search of the medical treatment they require. Amid this globalization of medical treatment, our hospital is equipped to provide international patients with secondary preventive care involving the latest medical examinations and treatments. In addition to medical procedures, medical workers themselves are also becoming globalized; our hospital accepts Chinese doctors for advanced clinical training. This approach enables us to support international patients.

Overview of the Treatment Schedule
(Model Case: Treatment for Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm)

If you can provide us with appropriate angiograms of the brain before your visit to Japan, we can determine if surgery is applicable and the treatment schedule. If you cannot obtain angiograms, we will take them when you come to Japan to determine applicability.

Overview of the Treatment Schedule

Photos

External View of Our Hospital 3T-MRI Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm View of Medical Treatment (Clipping Surgery)
External View of Our Hospital 3T-MRI Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm View of Medical Treatment (Clipping Surgery)
Besides clipping surgery, we also perform endovascular intervention and a treatment in which a platinum coil is embedded in the aneurysm by using a catheter.
Established 1993
Clinical Departments
Neurosurgery, Cranial Neurology. Neurology. Head and Neck Surgery. Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Internal Medicine, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastrointestinal Medicine, Breast Surgery, Tumor Surgery, Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Anesthesiology, Rehabilitation, Radiodiagnosis, Therapeutic Radiology, Diagnostic Pathology, Odontology, Dental Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, Dialysis, Nephrology, Palliative Care
Payment Methods
Cash (Japanese Yen Only), Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, DC, JCB, Saison)

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Address
7-5 Inada-cho-kisen, Obihiro-shi,
Hokkaido 080-0833
10 minutes from
the JR Obihiro Station by car
20 minutes from
Tokachi Obihiro Airport by car
URL
http://www.hokuto7.or.jp/