Lymphedema Clinic Tokyo is one of the world’s few clinics specialized in lymphatic surgery. Although lymphedema used to be regarded as incurable, it is now possible to alleviate the symptoms in the majority of patients because of improvements in examinations, testing, and therapeutic techniques. Alleviation of cellulitis has been observed in 93% of patients, and pain alleviation has been seen in 96%. In particular, based on medical and scientific evidence, we choose treatment options while discussing them with patients and their family members, taking into account the patient's circumstances, medical history, thoughts, and future goals as much as possible. Patients will be able to work, engage in their hobbies, go on a trip, run a marathon, and so on, as well as lead a normal daily life, if they properly undergo examinations and choose a treatment appropriate for their condition. Furthermore, our clinic performs a variety of diagnoses and treatments related to the lymph system, and even patients who have been told by other health care facilities that diagnosis or treatment of their condition would be difficult should be able to reconsider their treatment options.
Our clinic proactively accepts not only patients in Japan, but also those traveling from abroad. We are affiliated with Emergency Assistance Japan Co., Ltd., which has a strong record of accepting a large number of international patients. People who visit Japan for the first time or do not speak Japanese can also receive treatment in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
We hope to provide support for each patient's life and daily activities.
Our clinic practices team-based health care with experienced surgeons in lymphatic surgery (a male doctor and a female doctor) and highly trained lymphatic therapists (who hold national medical qualifications, such as nurses, physical therapists, and so on) and we provide treatment with a combination of minimally invasive surgical procedures and conservative treatment of lymphedema (complex decongestive physical therapy).
I have presented the latest data, new operative procedures, and examination methods at international academic conferences, and received a number of academic awards. I also have experience in performing liposuction and lymph node transplantation in addition to lymphatic venous anastomosis, and select treatment methods appropriate for the patient's condition.
At Lymphedema Clinic Tokyo, we use the world's highest-power surgical microscope, which is made in Japan. We can reliably anastomose lymphatic vessels or veins of 1 mm or less with this microscope. Patients are able to observe the surgical procedure on a large screen in real time.
The condition of the lymphatic vessels can be observed using indocyanine green fluorescence lymphography.
We can now check the condition of lymphatic vessels and veins with an ultrasound device prior to LVA surgery. In 2018, we reported in an international medical journal that observing the condition of lymphosclerosis could improve the outcome of LVA. It has been shown that anastomoses of ten sites performed with the conventional surgical procedure have about the same outcome or efficacy as anastomoses of three sites with the current surgery.