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Yamauchi Clinic

President Taisuke Yamauchi

Message to young people
Find something you enjoy and devote yourself to it. Young people have the time and energy to try new things. You will find what you like to do among the things you continued to do. Devotion brings about the power to pursue. Your life becomes full of fun when you aim beyond completion. The process is what is exciting.

The elementary school I attended had an annual event when students wrote their dreams for the future on the school’s anniversary day. I remember that my dream shifted from wanting to become a professional cyclist to becoming a doctor when I was in the third grade.

My father was a doctor and was running a medical clinic. Given such a living environment, it was natural for me to choose to be a doctor for my career. In the early days of my career, I was engaged in anesthesiology because I wanted to have opportunities to observe a lot of different kinds operations. An anesthetist is engaged in all kinds of surgeries, and is responsible for managing the condition of the patient’s entire body during surgery. Although I had opportunities to watch many surgeries, I didn’t have opportunities chances to talk to the patients themselves. So, I didn’t have any chances to examine patients from beginning to end by myself. Anesthesiology is divided into the two categories of an anesthesia section and a pain clinic section. The anesthesia section is responsible for managing the condition of a patient before and after surgery, while the pain clinic section is responsible for treating pain. It is the pain clinic area that allows an anesthetist to examine a patient from beginning to end, and that is why I wanted to be a pain clinic doctor. A pain clinic is a medical clinic specializing in pain treatment, not only treating persistent pain with clearly known causes, but also alleviating pain with unknown causes and present no physical abnormalities in examinations.

I was almost killed in a traffic accident when I was in the fifth grade. As I was carried into a neighborhood clinic, the policeman who accompanied me to the clinic had already given up hope my survival due to the severity of my injuries. The doctor did not give up, however, and asked his relative who worked at a university hospital to borrow the latest ultrasound device that the hospital owned. I was treated as fast and as appropriately as was possible. During my recovery, my teacher often brought my classmates to my hospital bed to cheer me up. I felt great respect for the doctor and appreciation for people around me. I strongly hoped to return something to my family who had worried themselves sick about me. That was when my dream turned into my determination. I truly made up my mind to become a doctor and started to work toward that goal.

After completing medical school, I gained experience in treating thyroid diseases in the early stage of my career. Even though the first clinic of my own covered all kinds of fields from internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, nursing care, day care for recovering children and occupational health, the experience has always been my core, guiding me to become a thyroid disease specialist.

I moved my clinic to Omiya, the largest city in Saitama Prefecture, in 2012 to allow easier access for more patients. As a thyroid expert, I see not only patients suffering from thyroid diseases, but also women who are undergoing fertility treatment.

New fertility treatment guidelines released in the U.S. in 2011 pointed out that maintaining thyroid hormone levels on the higher side — even if they are already in the normal range — could be effective in improving fertility. It can be done by minutely adjusting the amount of medicines on an individual basis.

Fertility treatment is a race against time. It is difficult to nail down the cause of individual infertility cases because each person is different and sometimes there are combined causes, but we can save time by trying multiple treatments simultaneously.

For patients suffering thyroid diseases, the primary procedure consists of an interview and palpation, followed by blood tests, ultrasound and cytology if necessary. The balance between the shape and function of thyroid is the key to distinguish possible diseases.

I can refer patients to university hospitals and other larger general hospitals with facilities such as operating rooms and beds if necessary, but most of my patients can be treated at my clinic.

A healthy thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly. It is amazingly beautiful and its function is precisely controlled in coordination with the brain. If there anything tries to destroy its natural perfection, of course I would want to beat it. Although generally thyroid disease cannot be completely cured, I do my best in helping patients achieve and maintain remission.

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