Mr.Ryan Goldstein


When did the symptoms appear?

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I was diagnosed with lumber disc hernia in USA a few years ago.It was too hurt to do my lawyer work since this year.


How was your doctor at the first examination?

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I was very impressed with the doctors and staff. My doctor was able to explain everything to me in very easy-to-understand English. Even though I speak Japanese, it was reassuring to be able to ask certain specific questions, or ask for explanations of certain terms, in English. Clearly, the doctors were highly experienced and well-trained. They were very patient in answering my questions.
(医師とスタッフの対応に感動しました。主治医はとてもわかりやすい英語で色々と説明してくれました。 私は日本語を話せますが、やはり具体的な質問に対する回答や説明を、英語で聞けるというのは安心できました。岩井整形外科内科病院の医師の経験に関しては疑いの余地はなく、私の質問に丁寧に答えてくれました。)


How was your feeling since the surgery was decided until went into hospital?

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I was pretty anxious in the week leading to surgery. Having surgery in a foreign country is unsettling. I wasn't sure I should have the surgery at all, and debated flying back to the U.S. for the procedure (I had a herniated disc cut away in my lower back). But Iwai is known for doing the most of these types of surgeries in Japan, and I was honestly in too much pain to return home.


How was your feeling before the surgery?

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Right before, I was even more concerned. With back problems, everyone has an opinion and I heard from probably too many people about what they thought I should do. The doctor came in to talk to me about it at length the day before, and told me openly there would be no problem with changing my mind if I was unsure. My procedure was to get rid of the pain, so it was not "essential" in the sense that I would die if I didn't do it. They were very understanding of my hesitation.


How was your feeling or condition after the surgery?

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Right after, I felt much better than I expected. I was worried that Japanese levels of pain killers wouldn't be enough, for example. They did confirm every dosage before surgery so that I would get pain killers that matched my weight and body type. But in the end I didn't need much. I never felt the incision, just a slight tugging in my back when I stood up for a couple days. I could sleep that night, and was sitting up and walking around a bit the next day. Got stronger each day.


How was your stay in the hospital?

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Life in hospital wasn't bad at all. The nurses are very attentive and were always there to help me with anything, from putting on socks to changing clothes, etc. until I was able. They helped me walk a bit and were very patient. You never felt like you were asking too much, they were great. The food was actually pretty good. They ask what you don't like when you check in, so I did not have to eat natto or too many kinds of fish that I usually don't like. It was nice to have a few days in the hospital before going home. By the time I went home, I wasn't nervous about moving around. The physical therapist was also great. I went to a private (very expensive, very well-recommended) therapist once I got home (and still go) and he was impressed with the regimen they had me on.


How have your life changed since you left hospital?

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I'm still walking a little slower, but getting stronger every day. It has only been a week, so I am feeling very good. I came back to work 5 days after the surgery.


Do you have any other impressions?

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The people are very patient and very attentive. I didn't know what to expect from my first procedure in a Japanese hospital, but I literally have zero complaints. They were fabulous, knew what they were doing, and always made sure I was comfortable with the procedure or just being there.

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