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Neurosurgery

Specialized medical services

KISHIMA Haruhiko Director of Neurosurgery

KISHIMA Haruhiko
Director of Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgery section provides medical services to patients with various kinds of neurosurgical diseases, each of which is treated by neurosurgeons in their various specialized fields.

  1. Neurofunctional diseases: Specialist surgeons provide medical care to patients with disorders relating to neurological functions, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, intractable pain (e.g., thalamic pain), facial spasms, trigeminal neuralgia, spasticity, and spastic paralysis, etc.
  2. Cerebrovascular diseases: Specialized neurosurgeons undertake operative or intravascular surgical (catheter intervention) procedures on patients with cerebral aneurysms, cerebral arteriovenous malformations, cerebrovascular occlusion/stenosis, and moyamoya disease, etc.
  3. Brain tumors: Specialized neurosurgeons provide treatment for all brain tumors, including gliomas, meningiomas, and skull base tumors.
  4. Spinal diseases: Specialist surgeons treat disk herniation, spinal canal stenosis, spinal tumors, syringomyelia and other spinal diseases, mainly with microsurgery.
  5. Pediatric neurosurgical diseases: Pediatric neurosurgeons provide surgical treatment of congenital anomalies such as pediatric central nervous system tumors, hydrocephalus, spina bifida (myelomeningocele, spinal lipoma), craniosynostosis, Chiari malformation, and craniovertebral junction stenosis.
  6. In cases of emergency involving patients with head trauma, acute-stage stroke, etc., please contact the Trauma and Acute Critical Care Center at our hospital.

Features

  1. Various kinds of treatments are applied to patients with neurofunctional diseases; for example, brain or spinal cord stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat intractable pain, vagal stimulation for epilepsy, intrathecal administration of baclofen for spasticity, and botulinum injections for facial spasms and spastic torticollis.
  2. Cerebrovascular diseases are treated either by direct surgery or intravascular treatment. Craniotomy/clipping or coil embolization is performed for aneurysms, and endarterectomy and stent placement are available for internal carotid artery stenosis. We also actively treat vascular malformations such as cerebral arteriovenous malformations and dural arteriovenous fistulas.
  3. We perform multidisciplinary treatments (appropriate combinations of surgery, radiotherapy and medication) for all kinds of brain tumors, applying various advanced technologies and knowledge. Immunotherapy (WT1 peptide vaccine therapy) is conducted for malignant glioma which is difficult to treat (clinical research). We also conduct various clinical studies and clinical trials of new drugs.
  4. We provide minimally invasive treatment tailored to the condition, focusing on spinal cord tumors, craniovertebral junction disorders and spinal degenerative diseases, with curability and the preservation of nerve function as the primary considerations. Surgically, we perform delicate and accurate decompression/extraction procedures by microscope and endoscope. Internal fixation is also carried out with appropriate instrumentation. As a new attempt at treating complete spinal cord injuries, autologous olfactory mucosa transplantation (advanced medical treatment) is undertaken.

Considerations in referring your patients to Neurosurgery

The reception counter is open only in the morning (8:30 am to 11:00 am), Monday to Friday. If a doctor is not specified, an appropriate doctor will be selected according to the content of the referral letter. Please ask your patients to bring with them any scan images or test results taken at any other hospitals (if any), along with a referral letter explaining their medical details, clinical course, and any medications being taken.

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Outpatient consultation days
Monday to Friday
Non-consultation days
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays
New Year’s Holidays:
Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Consultation times
First visit: 8:30 am to 11:00 am

First-time visitors to Osaka University Hospital must have a referral from a physician.

Revisit: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Revisit with appointment: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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We cannot answer questions about diseases or treatments by telephone or mail. Please ask in consultation at the hospital.