Frequently Asked Questions.
No, you will need to make your own arrangements for your travel and lodging outside the clinic here.
We do not offer this service at this time.
Last minute rescheduling of an operation is impossible. Please check everything to make sure you will be able to get to the clinic in time before finalizing your surgery date with us.
Our two principal doctors, Dr. Tanabe and Dr. Hiroshiba, can communicate with you in English.
No. However, what you need to know will be communicated to you directly by your doctor and the staff as needed in English.
Basically it is going to be a one-night/two-day stay or a two-night/three-day stay. Please note that vocal communication remains restricted after the discharge from the clinic for as long as one week after the operation. Communication has to be via writing messages during this time.
No, you don’t.
We can accommodate only one person per one patient, with an additional charge of US$ 20.
As far as it is on the same day as planned and after 10:00 AM, you can.
No, the preoperative examination is necessarily done on the day before the operation.
It is US$ 100.
It depends on the vacancy in the schedule, which is constantly being updated. Please check with us through the Consultation Form.
In thyroplasty we use topical anesthesia so that we can check and adjust your voice during the operation.
We can give throat operations to patients between the ages of 13 and 75 in general.
Dr. Hiroshiba and Dr. Tanabe are the operating doctors. Dr. Isshiki may occasionally participate in the operation as a consultant, but he is not present for all operations.
We will check with you at intervals of 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after the operation through email and/or Skype connection. You can come back for a direct examination if the condition requires.
Since you cannot speak for a week after the operation (it is called ‘silence therapy’), the most critical thing is to schedule your operation for a time when you can afford such a week.
Nothing, other than refraining from speaking for seven days. That is the only major thing. Please see the Postoperative Patient Guide for details.
Taking out the stitches after a week can be done by your primary doctor. Or, if you like, we can provide a buried suture which does not need to be removed.
Around 3 months.
You should keep completely silent up to 7 days after the surgery. You should talk softly for the first month after surgery.
If you are not satisfied with the result, we can reverse your larynx modification procedure by removing the titanium bridges. You might sense a slight difference even after the removal of the bridges.
Permanently. There is very little possibility of their collapsing.
We have had no such experiences.
Some patients feel some hoarseness where they once spoke more easily. Few patients feel swallowing difficulties after surgery. All the patients' voices are slightly changed to a higher pitch.
It depends on the patients. It tends to disappear more on those with darker skin.
Please see Cost and Payment page for details.
Since it depends on your insurance provider’s policy, please ask your health insurance company to find out what is covered.
Yes, most patients in vocally-intensive occupations improve enough to become comfortable in talking at work. However, some have experienced a feeling of fatigue after talking for a long time. This is observed more often in male patients, and some of them have had both ADSD and muscle tension dysphonia. Such patients need to modify their way of speaking.
So it is preferable for them, and all patients in general, to refrain from too much speaking at first, especially just after surgery. It seems that patients who slowly begin to use their voice after the operation are less likely to develop this fatigue. So again, we stress that you avoid sudden and extensive use of speech after the operation.
We have had only a few experiences where readjustment was required.
The cost is about US$3000 + US$240 (comsumption tax). Initial surgery costs US$5000+ US$400 (comsumption tax).
Yes, we can.
Please bring all your routine medication and talk with your doctor at the initial examination. You can also consult with us before traveling to Japan through the online web inquiry system.
Again, this depends on your insurance company’s policy, so please consult with them.
Sorry. We do not offer this service.
We can offer you training sessions through Skype. Please ask us for details upon your admission.
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Yes, we can.