November 21st, 2023

Six doctors from Seoul, South Korea, visited our Omotesando clinic for an observation

Dr. Hwanjun Jae, Dr. Saebeom Hur, Dr. Jinwoo Choi, Dr. Jaehwan Lee, Dr. Soobuem Cho, and Dr. Kunyung Kim, from Seoul National University Hospital and EWHA University Medical Center in South Korea, visited our Omotesando clinic for one day observation.


Dr. Hur and Dr. Lee had previously visited in April and expressed great anticipation at the opportunity to once again witness the renowned techniques of Dr. Okuno, who is well-known even in Korea.


Not only did they have inquiries about catheter treatment techniques, but they also showed a keen interest in various aspects of clinic management, such as the operation of systems and patient acquisition strategies. Their overall high level of interest in our clinic was quite impressive.

November 13th, 2023

Dr. Anderson Tomoyuki Kochi from Sao Paulo, Brazil visited for an observation. 

Dr. Anderson Tomoyuki Kochi visited our clinic for 5-day observation.


In Brazil, Dr. Kochi mentioned that there are several medical institutions implementing catheter therapy for knee cases. However, he expressed that more advanced treatments for areas such as shoulder and elbow, which require higher-level techniques, are not yet widely practiced. He was looking forward to observing such treatments during his visit to our clinic.


When our staff inquired about how Dr. Kawauchi learned about Okuno Clinic, he responded, "In Brazil, clinics that perform catheter therapy for musculoskeletal issues, including Dr. Okuno, are very well-known."


The visit to our clinic is scheduled for five days from November 13th to 17th. Dr. Kawauchi also mentioned plans for sightseeing with his family during this period.

November 6th, 2023

Dr. Marine Bravetti from France visited our Tokyo Omotesando Clinic.

Dr. Marine Bravetti from France visited the Omotesando clinic, originally having been traveling within Japan for a few weeks on private business. However, she recalled Dr. Okuno's presentation at the GEST conference in Paris and inquired us to observe at Okuno Clinic during her stay in Japan.


She told us that she was very interested in seeing our catheter procedure as a treatment for chronic pain. 

Left: Dr. Kawabe, Middle: Dr. Bravetti, Right: Dr. Sakai


Dr. Bravetti is affiliated with Assistance Publique?Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), one of the largest comprehensive hospitals in Europe, boasting a staff of approximately 500 doctors. She expressed surprise at the difference in scale between AP-HP and Okuno Clinic during her visit.


Dr. Okuno conducted workshops and provided treatment guidance at three hospitals in Thailand.

From October 10th to 12th, Dr. Okuno, our chief director conducted workshops on TAME and provided treatment guidance at three medical institutions in Thailand.

  • Siriraj Hospital (Bangkok)
  • Prince of Songkla University Hospital (Hat Yai)
  • Vachira Phuket Hospital (Phuket)

All of these are leading medical institutions in Thailand with a long history, and a significant number of physicians attended with great interest in TAME treatment.

Some of the physicians had previously visited our clinic as observers, and it was a very meaningful opportunity to share information and exchange opinions about our treatments.

October 18th, 2023

At TSVIR2023 held in Bangkok, Dr. Okuno, the General Director, delivered two invited lectures

The Thai Society of Vascular & Interventional Radiology was held from October 13th- 15th , during which Dr. Okuno presented two lectures as an invited speaker.


In Thailand, where awareness of musculoskeletal catheter treatment is gradually spreading, Dr. Okuno as a leading expert, spoke about tips and tricks in the procedures for MSK embolization and discussed the expansion of musculoskeletal catheter embolization treatment beyond GAE (Genicular Artery Embolization).

October 16th, 2023

Video Discussion between Dr. Ziv Haskal, Professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Dr. Yuji Okuno, Chief Director at Okuno Clinic.

As Dr. Okuno received an Award of Excellence and Innovation in IR, he had an interview with Dr. Ziv Haskal who is an Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

September 28th, 2023

Chief Director Dr. Yuji Okuno participated in embolization material development research at NAMSA, a medical device research institute in the United States.

Dr. Okuno visited NAMSA in Minneapolis, Minnesota for embolization development research.

It was a great opportunity to meet with doctors from the U.S., U.K., Canada, and other countries and exchange ideas for future clinical applications.

September 11th, 2023

Dr. Yuji Okuno received the "Award of Excellence and Innovation in IR"!

Dr. Yuji Okuno, Chief Director of Okuno Clinic., has received the Award of Excellence and Innovation in IR, which is given to those who have contributed to the advancement of interventional radiology (IR).


The award ceremony took place at CIRSE2023 in Copenhagen, where Dr. Okuno expressed his happiness and gratitude for this recognition.


We, alongside Director Okuno, will continue to make a concerted effort to further contribute to the field of pain treatment in the future.

August 19th, 2023

Dr. Okuno gave a lecture at AOCNR 2023 & SGCR WIRES 2023.

Our chief director, Dr. Yuji Okuno was invited and gave a lecture at Singapore Congress of Radiology 2023.

The topic was “MSK Embolization beyond the knee” and he introduced an innovative treatment method of embolization in musculoskeletal system that can be applied to various arthropathies, not only in knee but also in shoulder, elbow and more.

August 8th, 2023

Dr. Louise Hindso from Copenhagen University Hospital observed cases at Okuno Clinic.

Dr. Louise Hindso from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark recently visited our Omotesando Clinic and Yokohama Center-Minami Clinic. Dr. Hindso is currently conducting her PhD research on knee-related conditions (GAE) and came to our clinics to observe various cases including knee.


She expressed that she had a valuable and insightful experience while interacting with our doctors and staff members. We all look forward to seeing her again.

July 4th, 2023

Doctors from Severance Hospital, Korea visited Okuno Clinic.

Three doctors from Severance Hospital (Yonsei University Hospital) in Korea came to Okuno Clinic Tokyo Omotesando. During their visit, they observed two knee cases conducted by Dr. Yuji Okuno, the inventor of TAME treatment.


Severance Hospital has already successfully performed one knee case using this treatment. We eagerly anticipate the future expansion and adoption of this treatment approach in Korea.

June 9th, 2023

Dr. Kang Sang from Taiwan observed procedures at Okuno Clinic.

Dr. Kang Sang from National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan City, Taiwan, visited Okuno Clinic Tokyo Omotesando Clinic and Yokohama Center-Minami Clinic for 3 days.

June 8, 2023

Dr. Yuji Okuno, chief director gave speeches on the GEST 2023 conference in NY

Dr. Yuji Okuno was invited as a speaker at the GEST 2023 conference, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City from May 18 to 21, 2023.


During the conference, Dr. Okuno delivered an informative 10-minute lecture on the topic of frozen shoulder, and also shared his own experience and expertise in a workshop focused on Sport Injury Interactive Cases.


Furthermore, Dr. Okuno was also recognized and introduced as one of the innovators of technology and approaches in the history of embolization.

March 14, 2023

Dr. Okuno had an exchange session with Taiwanese IR doctors

We held a 1.5-hour Q&A session on Zoom with doctors specializing in interventional radiology from Taiwan. Based on seven questions we received in advance, Dr. Okuno provided live answers and shared his own experiences.


Nearly 30 doctors participated in the session, and there were many additional questions about the technical aspects of musculoskeletal catheterization and the medical materials used, making for a very enriching and intense 1.5-hour session. (A doctor from Thailand, who had previously visited the Okuno Clinic, also participated!)

March 3rd, 2023

Dr. Yuji Okuno, Chief Director gave lectures as an invited speaker at PAIRS 2023 held in Dubai, UAE. 

Over a four-day period from Feb 11- 14th, Dr. Yuji Okuno gave three lecturers on the following topics and a workshop.


・Genicular Artery Embolization for Osteoarthritis

・Embolization in Sports Injuries and Tendinitis: How I do it

・Intra-arterial Therapies for Joint Pain


Many doctors from Asia, Europe, and North America attended the conference and exchanged opinions.

February 20th, 2023

Dr. Rajah Koppala from Avis Hospital in India came to observe our procedure

Dr. Rajah Koppala from Avis Hospital in India visited Japan and observed outpatients and catheterizations at Okuno Clinic.

He is a very friendly doctor and enjoyed talking with the clinic staff during his visit.

February 10th, 2023

Dr. Bow Wang and Dr. Yu Chen Wang from Taiwan visited our clinic

Dr. Bow Wang (National Cheng Kung University Hospital) and Dr. Yu Chen Wang (National Taiwan Universiry Hospital) from Taiwan visited Japan and observed the treatment at Okuno Clinic. for about two weeks. They also visited Sannomiya and Shinsaibashi Clinics in Kansai area to see our various cases.

February 7th, 2023

Dr. Gregory Tarr from New Zealand visited our clinic

Dr. Gregory Tarr visited us from New Zealand in the southern hemisphere to observe the our procedure for problem blood vessels.

January 27th, 2023

Dr. Okuno joined GEST MSK 2023 in Paris

Dr. Yuji Okuno was invited to have some lecturers at GEST MSK 2023 (Global Embolization Symposium & Technologies conference) held in Paris for January 20-21.

Dr. Okuno gave two lectures in each session on the themes of Frozen Shoulder and Sports Injuries.

At the Embolization Forum, which focused on embolic agents, he presented three cases using imipenem.

IR doctors from not only Europe but also from all over the world gathered at the conference, and each session was bustling.

December 12th, 2022

Dr. Okuno was invited to talk at CCI meets GEST

He gave a lecture with the theme of Jumper’s knee, lateral epicondylitis and Achilles tendonitis for 15 minutes. It was held online this year due to the situation of covid. The session invited Chinese doctors as panelists and dicussed various topics regarding chronic pain along with leading IR doctors from different countries. 

October 21st, 2022

Dr. Okuno gave a lecture at TSVIR 2022

He joined Thai Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology for October 13 – 15th at Bangkok and gave a talk on the technique of TAME procedure as well as his cases. 

September 29th, 2022

Dr. Surasee Srihasarn from Thailand visited Okuno Clinic. 

Dr. Srihasarn came to see our clinical practices from Bangkok, Thailand. He stayed for nearly 2 weeks and learned our technique for TAME. Doctors were actively communicating each other. We hope the observation was fruitful for Dr. Srihasarn!

August 25th, 2022

Dr. Okuno was invited to give speeches at SGCR 

SGCR WIRES 2022 was held on August 12th-14th in Singapore. Dr. Okuno gave speeches with the theme “Genicular Artery Embolization: Tips & Tricks” and “Embolization for musculoskeletal pain outside knee: When and How.” 

Also, he visited Sengkang General Hospital, affiliated hospitals of Singapore General Hospital, and observed the catheter procedure for shoulder pain. 

July 25th, 2022

Dr. Okuno was invited and had two talks on OEIS in Las Vegas. 

The 9th Outpatient Endovascular and International Society(OEIS)was held from June 24-25, 2022 at Las Vegas. Our director Dr. Yuji Okuno was invited and had speeches at the conference with the theme of Embolization for Chronic Shoulder, Knee, and Other Joint’s Pain: How we do it, and another talk for dinner symposium. 


After each talk, many doctors from the States questioned him. It was also an opportunity to realize that catheterization for chronic pain is of strong interest in the United States as well. 

June 29th, 2022

Dr. Yuji Okuno joined 2022 IFSSH, IFSHT, FESSH in London. 

2022 IFSSH, IFSHT, FESSH was held from June 6th to 10th in UK. 


The abstract that Dr. Yuji Okuno submitted, passed the screening out of more than 1,200 videos, and he gave an oral presentation on the following topic within the framework of Innovation and technology.


Topic:Intra-arterial infusion of temporary embolic material through a needle inserted into radial artery as a new treatment for refractory trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis


After the presentation, there was an active exchange among the doctors, including a dinner with local doctors. 

June 25th, 2022

Dr. Po Han Chuang from Taiwan visited Okuno Clinic.

Dr. Po Han Chuang from National Taiwan University Hospital visited our clinic. She was eager to meet Dr. Yuji Okuno and learn our pain treatment for about a month. 


She also visited Kobe Sannomiya clinic as well as Osaka Shinsaibashi, and interacted with our doctors in Kansai area. She enthusiastically asked questions about pain treatment and participated in the doctor’s study

sessions too.  


The stay in Japan might be very busy, however we hope it was a meaningful time for her. 


We look forward to seeing her again soon!

May 23rd, 2022

Dr. Okuno gave a lecture at GEST 2022 in New York

GEST 2022 was held in New York City from May 19-22. Our chief director Dr. Okuno was invited to give three lectures in one day. 

The last lecture was a panel discussion which he discussed various aspects of knee artery embolization with physicians from different countries. 

May 20th, 2022

Dr. Okuno was invited to speak at an international conference in Dubai

Dr. Okuno was invited to PAIRS, an international conference on catheterization held in Dubai from May 11 to 14 and gave a lecture for two days.


PAIRS, the Pan Arab Interventional Radiology Society) is a society dedicated to the development of catheterization in Europe, America, the Middle East, and Asia.


Dr. Okuno lectured for two days and exchanged information with physicians mainly from the U.S. and Europe at the reception.

Feb 16th, 2022

Two research papers from Okuno Clinic were selected as Best of 2021 Editor’s Choice of CVIR, the most prestigious European medical journal for catheterization!

**CVIR is the European medical journal of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.

Oct 25th, 2021

Dr. Yuji Okuno was invited to the Catheterization Society of Brazil on Oct 16th

SOBRICE 2021 was held online, and Dr. Yuji Okuno was invited as a speaker on a new catheterization. 

His theme was Future Prospects of Embolization of Joints. 

Mar. 10th, 2021

Third information and experience sharing session with TAME doctors in Taiwan

It was our third meetup with Taiwanese doctors on March 10th from 7-8:30pm, and 31 doctors in total were participated this time.

Dr. Sugihara from Okuno Clinic. and Dr. Lin from Tri-service General Hospital in Taiwan had case presentations for 10mins each, then Dr. Okuno gave a brief lecture with a theme “Pitfall in TAME.”

Each presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session, and we had a very fruitful 90mins. 

Dec. 18th, 2020

Second information and experience sharing session with TAME doctors in Taiwan

We had second online session by Zoom meeting with Taiwanese doctors who have done or try to conduct TAME. This time, the number of participants were 33. 

Although it was a short time just an hour and half, Dr. Huang (Taiwan), Dr. Lu (Taiwan) and Dr. Shibuya (Japan) gave case presentations, and Dr. Okuno did a short lecture. 

TAME is getting to be known in Taiwan as well, and we discussed the treatment of Heberden’s nodes and plantar fasciitis.  

Nov. 24th, 2020

Winter Recess

OKUNO CLINIC. will be in winter recess between December 29th to January 4th. 

We will resume our operation on January 5th, Tuesday.

Nov. 20th, 2020

Academic journal for severe shoulder pain was published in Europe

Dr. Yuji Okuno engaged in the catheter treatment of patients suffering from severe stiff shoulders and published the journal in Europe. There had never been a clear treatment for severe stiffness in shoulder so far.

Oct. 9th, 2020

First meetup with doctors in Taiwan

We held a study session with 18 Taiwanese doctors led by Dr. Liang from Taiwan Medical University. Dr. Keng Wei Liang, Dr. Bow Wan, Dr. Masahiko Shibuya and Dr. Keishi Fujiwara each gave a 10 minutes case presentation to deepen our understanding of TAME. 

Sep. 4th, 2020

Dr. Yuji Okuno gave a lecture at GEST symposium

Dr. Yuji Okuno joined GEST symposium and gave a lecture of “Role of Embolization in Sport Injuries.” It was their first webinar, but more than 2,000 people joined from over 100 countries.

Sep. 3rd, 2020

The first meetup with Dr. Sang Woo Park from Konkuk University in South Korea

We had the first online gathering with Dr. Park who is the leading expert on musculoskeletal catheterization in Korea.

We exchanged information each other regarding the current status and trends of TAME in Korea and Japan in a friendly atmosphere.