Spinal Surgery. Medical Care
Treatment of disorders of the spine.
For over 20 years, we have been treating disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. We are well-known for our expertise and specialist knowledge. We provide care to patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly. We have specialised in the latest conservative and minimally invasive procedures. As an alternative to spondylodesis (fusion), we implant artificial discs and dynamic systems to preserve the agility of the spine.
We treat deformities with the very latest methods, which permit surgical stiffening over short sections only and follow-up treatment without a brace. The clinic offers outpatient hours in which lower back pain can be investigated and treatment strategies identified. We also provide emergency care for acute trauma patients with vertebral fractures.
Our treatment concepts.
Conservative and surgical treatment concepts are offered for the entire rangs of spinal disorders. In order to select the best method of treatment, we perform a complete neuroradiological assessment of the reported symptoms.
Special treatment for scoliosis
During the scoliosis consulting hours, we provide individual advice, provide patients with a brace and perform on-going check-ups throughout treatment. For more severe curvatures, we use state-of-the-art corrective and stabilisation procedures. Dorsal and ventral surgeries are offered, depending on the indication. Minimally invasive procedures are performed in neurogenic and idiopathic scoliosis.
Treatment of scoliosis in children
We will consult on children with severe disabilities resulting from paralytic forms for scoliosis and those with congenital changes in the spine. An interdisciplinary approach involving Neurology, Anaesthesiology and Paediatric Neurology is taken when investigating and providing subsequent care for severe neurogenic forms of scoliosis. Infants with congenital spinal deformities or neurogenic forms of scoliosis are treated early on using a newly developed growing-rod procedure which increases safety during the operation. Further growth of the spine is ensured with this system. We also perform corrective surgeries for changes to the chest wall, such as thoracoplasty for rib humps.
- State-of-the-art surgical repair and stabilisation of the spine in cases of deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis)
- Disc surgery for herniated discs (minimally invasive techniques)
- Implantation of prosthetic discs in the lumbar and cervical spine
- Minimally invasive and microsurgical techniques for the decompression of the spinal canal in cases of narrowing of the canal in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine (spinal canal stenosis)
- Minimally invasive fusion techniques from the ventral or dorsal side of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine
- Stabilisation techniques with state-of-the-art implants (prosthetic vertabrae, artificial discs, cages and pedicle screw systems)
- Minimally invasive stabilising surgeries for osteoporotic fractures (vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty)
Minimally-invasive spinal surgery: Keyhole surgery
We use a conserving surgical procedure ("keyhole surgery"), which enables a stabilisation system to be inserted from the back through the skin. This avoids the time-consuming procedures, large scars and extensive follow-up care that had been necessary until recently. For percutaneous stabilisation surgeries, the skin incision is limited to no more than four small stab incisions. Patients can be mobilised on the day the surgery is performed.
Even greater safety thanks to new technologies
Using a navigation system that is state-of-the-art medical technology and which provides the surgeon with visual 3-D information at all stages of an operation, we are able to perform our surgeries with the highest precision. When placing pedicle screws, we are able to ensure precision with framents millimetres across, thus ensuring the protection of the nearby spinal cord. During the surgical treatment of deformities, we use a high-tech electrophysiology measuring system. An early warning system alerts surgeons if any changes start to take place in the area of the sensitive spinal cord and makes it possible for them to act at an early stage. This high-tech systems considerably increase patient safety.
Our treatment spectrum at a glance.
Deviation of the spine
- Scoliosis (idiopathic, neuromuscular, congenital)
- Kyphosis (congenital, post-traumatic, ankylosing spondylitis, Scheuermann's disease)
Degenerative changes to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine
- Disc herniation
- DDD / Degenerative Disc disease (osteochondrosis)
- Arthrosis of the vertebral joints
- Spinal canal stenosis
Instabilities of the spine
- Post-traumatic instability
- Post-nucleotomy syndrome
- Traumatic, osteoporotic and pathologic fractures
Destruction in the spine
- Inflammatory or rheumatic changes
- Primary spinal tumours and metastases