Japanese healthcare is characterized not only by cutting-edge medical equipment and procedures, but also by the superlative quality of comprehensive treatment through team medical care. In addition to specialists providing medical care in interdepartmental teams, other medical professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, and physical therapists work together as a team, driven by a strong sense of mission, and backed by a wealth of experience. The results are visible in the high rate of positive outcomes. In healthcare services, however, the most important ingredient of all is the “heart” that doctors, other medical professionals, and administrative personnel put into all their dealings with patients. Numerous patients from abroad have already given glowing evaluations of the positive attitude with which service is provided in Japan. State-of-the-art treatment and warm hospitality are two indispensable elements of healthcare in Japan.
Regenerative medicine is a collective term for medical technology designed to restore functions lost by organs and tissues that have su ered impairment or dysfunction. In the eld of regenerative medicine, the relative merits of ideas are of course important; but in fact, the quality of intricate technical processes and tools that can achieve the necessary cell culture also has a major part to play. A wide range of regenerative medicine technologies are currently being developed and clinical applications are being explored on a global scale, and in Japan in particular, clinical research on corneal transplantation and heart failure treatment employing autologous cell sheets is being conducted.
An autologous cell sheet is a sheet-shaped culture of cells that are collected from a patient and grown in special equipment. Usually, cells are grown into a sheet-like shape on a culture plate, but become separated when they are peeled o . However, when special equipment is used, the sheet-like shape can be maintained, and regeneration of damaged tissues and organs is promoted by applying such a sheet. Layered sheets are prepared according to the size of the tissues and organs. Because this sheet is made of the patient's own cells, no rejection occurs, and research is in progress to apply it to other organs such as the cornea, cardiac muscle, esophagus, periodontal tissues, and cartilage.
“Every time the nurse in charge changed shifts, the nurse came to see us to let us know, and we could gain peace of mind about our nursing care.”
(Mother of a 6-year-old boy; surgery for congenital blepharophimosis syndrome.)
“When I had many questions in my home country, physicians got o ended and it sometimes interfered with my treatment. But Japanese physicians answered all of my questions, even the minor ones.”
(Male patient; surgery for placing dental implants.)
“When receiving examinations in which I had to take o my clothes, the interpreter could translate in my language over a curtain, which was able to protect my privacy.”
(Female patient; breast radiotherapy.)
Comprehensive total service meeting all your support needs, from initial inquiries to follow-up examinations after you return home.