Spinal surgery. Medical Care
Optimal treatment strategies enhance the quality of life.
Damage to the spine caused by accidental injuries, deformities and wear and tear, can considerably impair the quality of life of the person affected. After careful diagnosis, we design a treatment strategy at our clinic which is tailored specifically to your needs. If surgical intervention is necessary, we have a selection of modern, low-risk surgical techniques to choose from.
Our operating rooms are also in keeping with the latest technological standards. The excellent corrective outcomes of our surgical procedures have been highlighted in numerous original papers published both nationally and internationally. Such procedures are used likewise in many other countries.
New diagnostic methods for identifying damages.
New diagnostic methods for identifying damages.
New examination methods and modern diagnostic equipment enable simple identification of spinal damage. They include multifunctional radiological diagnosis with image intensifier, raster stereography to measure curvatures of the spine without the use of X-rays, or MRI and CT scans with three-dimensional image reconstruction. But application of contrast agents to the intervertebral discs can also identify painful degenerative diseases as well as the appropriate therapy.
Diagnosis and equipment.
To locate the spinal disease and identify the exact cause of the pain, injections may be administered in the area of the spine. They help to diagnose the source of the pain as well as treat it, by numbing the painful areas and relieving irritation. Small injection needles can be used to infiltrate muscles, vertebral joints, iliosacral joints (pelvic joints) and nerve roots with anaesthetic agents and antiinflammatory medicines, in order to achieve successful results in the long term.
During myelography, a thin needle is used to inject a contrast agent into the spinal meninges (membrane surrounding the spinal cord). X-rays taken subsequently provide information on compressions to the nerve structures in different postures.
Like myelography, discography also involves the injection of contrast agent into the disc space of a damaged segment of the spine in order to assess the condition of the diseased disc by taking X-ray images. Sensations experienced during the examination provide information on the cause of the existing pain.
Gentle surgery for rapid recovery.
Often we are able to help our patients without having to perform surgery. If surgical intervention is unavoidable, however, we limit the risks as much as possible. Our most common procedure uses the minimally invasive technique, during which only the smallest of cuts are made. A microscope is then inserted and used to prepare the area while guaranteeing minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Such a technique ensures that our work is particularly safe. You recover quickly and the spine can return to work not long after surgery.
If a minimally invasive procedure is not possible, we use other surgical techniques customised to the specific disease. You are cared for throughout by a team of anaesthetists, physiotherapists and experienced nursing staff who work hand in hand with the surgeons to support you in your recovery.
Slipped discs - surgery or injections.
Slipped discs can sometimes be treated with minimally invasive surgery using an endoscope (keyhole technique) or openly with microsurgery. The method we use depends on the type and localisation of the slipped disc. A number of slipped discs can also be treated successfully with targeted X-ray-guided injections, however, and therefore need no surgery whatsoever.
Treatment of spinal deformations.
Our specialized scoliosis center in Neustadt.
We have had a great deal of success in the treatment of scoliosis and other spinal deformations. In addition to conservative brace therapy, state-of-the-art surgical procedures can be used for more serious curvatures of the spine. The Halm-Zielke instrumentation developed by Consultant Prof. Dr. Henry Halm is an innovative implant which has excellent stabilising properties.
Spinal Surgery: An information for parents and children.
Our treatment specialisation for deformities of the spine
For all patients with abnormal changes to the spine we carry out a careful diagnostic clarification procedure in stages either as an outpatient or inpatient. Should surgery not prove necessary, then patients can also be treated efficiently in the affiliated rehabilitation clinic by experienced therapists. You can also receive further medical treatment there from our experienced doctors in the rehabilitation clinic so that the best possible integration between the spinal orthopaedic acute clinic and the rehabilitation clinic is guaranteed.
Depending on the type and character of the disease we carry out conservative or surgical treatment on diseases of the spine. Therefore our specialisations include:
All changes to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine caused by wear and tear
e.g. arthritis of the facet joints, wear and tear in the disc