Showa University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
1-5-8 Hatanodai Shinagawa-ku,
Tokyo, 142-8666


Spine Center Director: Tomoaki Toyone

Team member:
Dr Shirahata 
Dr Kudo 
Dr Matsuoka 
Dr Maruyama 
Dr Ishikawa 
Dr Ozawa

Center description

This center is located in the southern part of Tokyo. It takes half an hour from Tokyo Haneda Airport and Tokyo Station by train. The Orthopaedic Department has 90-year history, one of the universities which has the longest history of orthopaedic surgery in Japan.

Most frequent pathologies

Degeneration, deformity, trauma, tumor

Most frequent surgical procedures

L4-5 TLIF, L2-5 XLIF, L3 pedicle subtraction osteotomy
Number of cases
Number of cases per year: 
Number of instrumented cases per year: 

Total estimated number of procedures:
• Cervical deformity
• Cervical trauma
• Rheumatoid cervical spine     
• Degenerative cervical spine
• Degenerative lumbar spine   
• Thoracic & lumbar trauma 
• Thoracic, lumbar and sacral tumor
• Thoracolumbar deformity

Other techniques performed:
• Endoscopic discectomy


1 per month
2 per month
1 per month
4 per month
12 per month
1 per month
1 per month
3 per month

1 per month

Types of fellowships

  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in
Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: 4 - 5