West 18th Street
Specialized in Hand Surgery & Hand Therapy
Dr. Makoto Tamai, a orthopaedic surgeon who is specialized in hand surgery started his private practice at the West 18th Strret Hand Clinic in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 2010. The clinic holds an operation room and a rehabilitation room. Two specialized hand therapists are working with Dr. Tamai for postoperative rehabilitation and manual therapy. We are providing professional treatments for problems of hands and upperextremities including traumas and chronic disorders.
Opened : Monday through Saturday , 9:00 ~ 18:00
Day Surgery : Everyday
Closed : Sunday and Holiday
Payment using Credit Card (VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, DINERS) is available for Surgeries.
Costs of Treatments for Patient who has No Japanese Insurance Coverage
1991 Makoto Tamai graduated from Kurume University School of Medicine. He was approved as a Medical Doctor by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan and became a member of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA).
1993 Makoto Tamai, MD became a member of the Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand (JSSH).
1996 Makoto Tamai, MD completed the post-gladuate course of Immunology at the Kurume University.
1998 Makoto Tamai, MD was approved as an Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA).
2000 Makoto Tamai, MD completed 1 year's Preceptorship at the Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
2003 Makoto Tamai, MD completed 2 years' Fellowship for Hand and Microsurgery at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute, Louisville, KY, USA.
2005 Makoto Tamai, MD organized the Heisei Hand Surgery Study Group and is holding annual Wrist Surgery Workshop (WSWS) in Japan since 2008.
2009 Makoto Tamai, MD was approved as a member of the International Wrist Investigators Workshop (IWIW).
2010 Makoto Tamai, MD and his family moved to Sapporo.
2012 Makoto Tamai, MD opened West 18th Street Hand Clinic. He was approved as an International Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).
Sapporo Medicare-center Bldg, 1-27 Odori Nishi 17-chome, Cho-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0042, Japan
The Sapporo Medicare-center Bldg can be found between the "Sapporo Nissan" and "Sapporo Kagaku Gijutsu Senmon Gakkou" on the South side of the South Odori.
By Subway (Sapporo Tozai-line) : Exit 6 of "Nishi 18-chome" station has a direct connection to the Bldg.
By Car : Since there is no parking space, please use public parking lots (east side of Nissan or south nside of Mecicare-center Bldg is closest).
By Bus (JR Bus Soen - Maruyama line) : 3 minutes' walk from "Odori Nishi 18-chome" bus stop.
To Book an Appointment for a Consultation
● Patient who can speak and understand Japanese language : Please call +81 (11) 621-4263 and talk with our secretariat to schedule your appointment.
● Patient who cannot speak or understand Japanese language : Please send an e-mail including the following information (in English) and your preferable arrival date to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will check the mail in a couple of days and send you back a booking informartion. Please note that an appointment is not booked unless you receive our response.
[Information necessary for scheduling consultation]
1) Information about Patient
Address in Japan
2) Information about Insurance
Availability of Japanese Health Insurance : None, National Health Insurance, Social Insurance
Holders of Japanese Health Insurance should present the "insurance card" or "My Number card" at the first visit.
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