Because benign brain tumors do not metastasize, the prognosis for survival is good if they can be removed. However, the brain contains many nerves and blood vessels that are vital for sustaining life and its functions, meaning that these tumors may cause paralysis or other forms of neurological impairment, and may sometimes even be fatal depending on the location and growth of tumors. They frequently arise in the deeper parts of the brain (often around the base of the skull), and the presence of important nerves and blood vessels in the surrounding area means that surgery to remove them is extremely risky. To remove such tumors completely without damaging nerves or blood vessels requires not only sophisticated techniques and a high level of experience, but also the facilities to utilize them. The development of microsurgery and new surgical techniques in recent years has significantly improved surgical outcomes. Even so, the location or size of tumors makes surgery difficult in many cases.
|Number of Operations at Fukushima Neurosurgery Center||1,915|
Dr. Takanori Fukushima is internationally renowned as one of the world’s top neurosurgeons, treating over 600 patients a year with impressive results and outstanding surgical skill. He established the technique of “keyhole craniotomy” for endoscopic brain tumor removal. Thanks to Dr. Fukushima’s incomparable skills, numerous patients have had difficult brain tumors removed and gone on to recover.
Dr. Takashi Moriyama
Moriyama Memorial Hospital is an emergency hospital that focuses on a wide range of neurosurgical treatments. It and its sister hospital, Moriyama Rehabilitation Hospital, have contributed to the provision of regional medical care as institutions capable of treating disorders across the spectrum from acute to chronic.
Our center was established in 2012 as a center where the long experience, knowledge, and skills of the world authority Dr. Fukushima could be put into practice. It offers a specialist outpatient clinic where individual patients with basicranial disorders, which are regarded as particularly difficult even within the field of brain surgery, receive an explanation of their optimum treatment plan, and provides a fully equipped medical environment from surgery to recovery. Many patients who have been told by other hospitals that their conditions are untreatable also visit Dr. Fukushima from overseas to discuss complex, difficult brain tumor treatments, treatment for cerebrovascular disturbance or cerebral aneurysm, and spinal cord and vertebral disorders. Both the number of cases and outcomes of benign brain tumor surgery performed by Dr. Fukushima are top-ranked in Japan.
Dr. Fukushima acts as lead surgeon and is supported by a medical team of highly experienced staff with a proven track record acting under his direction, with meticulous attention to surgical support and careful postoperative management. Patients from Russia and other countries have already visited Japan specifically to undergo surgery by Dr. Fukushima.
In the case of a benign brain tumor, as long as the tumor is removed, a patient can be cured and can return to a normal life after surgery. However, it is a difficult task for surgeons at any specialty institution to decide whether or not surgery should be performed, depending on how high the risk may be, as the brain is a difficult place to operate on. If your condition is complicated, we would like you to visit our center for a consultation. At this center, our expertise is based upon my personal experience and innovations. I feel that we are fully prepared with state-of-the-art medical systems, forming an environment in which I feel especially confident. I firmly believe that our excellent surgeons and staff healthcare professionals, whom I have directly trained, and I can provide you with the best possible medical care. I have experience in performing surgeries on international patients from the United States, Italy, Ukraine, India and others, and it is my sincere desire to continue accepting patients from abroad.
Dr. Takanori Fukushima
Dr. Takanori Fukushima is the top advisor to Moriyama Memorial Hospital Fukushima Neurosurgery Center.
He earned his medical degree in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo in 1968.
He joined the Clinic of Neurosurgery, Steglitz, Free University of Berlin in Germany as a research fellow, then served as a clinical research fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery of the Mayo Clinic, in the United States.
In 1978, he became a neurosurgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital.
In the Department of Neurosurgery at Mitsui Memorial Hospital, from 1980, he served as department director and established keyhole craniotomy for basilar (skull base) tumors.
In 1991, he became a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California Medical Center and then a professor of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital, Medical College of Pennsylvania in the United States.
Currently, he is a neurosurgeon at the Carolina Neuroscience Institute as well as a professor at Duke University Medical Center and West Virginia University Hospital, and is regarded as one of the leading authorities in the United States in the field of microscopic brain surgery.
For a large benign brain tumor, symptoms may often progress rapidly. For that reason, we accept patients from abroad or patients with progressing symptoms on a priority basis. When your admittance is determined, in some cases, you may be asked to come to Japan within a week. Depending on your condition, our hospital director, Dr. Fukushima, who currently resides abroad, will return to Japan to perform surgery. If your tumor is benign with no symptoms, you may be asked to wait for several months to a year.
|External View of Our Hospital||Dr. Fukushima During Surgery
Our operating room is equipped with intraoperative digital subtraction angiography and navigation systems, and other devices. In addition, the operation microscopes, forceps, and various instruments that are used in this operating room have all been developed by Dr. Fukushima.
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