University of Toyama—Toyama, Japan

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2630 Sugitani
Toyama 930-0194

Spine Center Director: Yoshiharu Kawaguchi

Team members:
Taketoshi Yasuda
Shoji Seki
Kayo Suzuki

Center description

This center is located in the northern part of Japan. It takes one hour from Tokyo Haneda Airport and 2 hours from Tokyo Station by rapid train. Toyama University hospital is a teaching hospital with 40-year history. Five to ten students are practicing every 2 weeks. The morning conference starts at 7:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Most frequent pathologies

Degeneration, Deformity, Trauma

Most frequent surgical procedures

Posterior cervical approach, Anterior cervical approach, Posterior lumbar approach, Anterior lumbar approach, Lateral lumbar interbody fusion, Occiput cervical approach

Number of cases
Number of cases per year: 
Number of instrumented cases per year: 

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

Other techniques performed:
• Spine surgery with navigation system, 3D bone model, pedicle insertion device, neuromonitoring


2 per month
2 per month
0-2 per month
0-2 per month
0 per month
10 per month
20 per month
0-2 per month
0-2 per month
2 per month
0-2 per month
5 per month

Types of fellowships

  • National fellowship
  • Regional and international fellowship
  • Short-term fellowships (2 weeks to 6 months)
  • Long-term fellowships (national) (6 to 12 months)
  • Fellow can scrub-in and assist scrubbed in

Average number of surgeries per week in the OR for the fellow: 2