Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

Munich, Germany

Department of Neurosurgery

Christianto Lumenta

Prof. Dr. med.

Christianto Lumenta

Specialized in: neurosurgery

The department of neurosurgery at Academic Hospital Bogenhausen specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine diseases. Performing about 2500 surgeries annually, the department is considered one of the leading centers of neurosurgery in Germany. Thanks to research activities and cooperation with the clinics of Ludwig-Maximilian University and Technical University, the department offers patients the most relevant neurosurgical methods. The Head of the Department is Prof. Dr. med. Christianto Lumenta.

For more than 30 years, surgical treatment of brain tumors has been one of the priority areas of the department. When removing the tumor, the doctors try to remove as much of the tumor as possible and not to affect healthy adjacent tissues to preserve important brain functions. Doctors of the department perform surgeries using a computer with neuronavigation programs. Only with their help, it is possible to identify tumors to within a few millimeters and, if possible, remove them. By coloring the tumor tissue with fluorescent substance, which the patient drinks in advance, the tumor can be visualized intraoperatively. As a rule, patients undergo intraoperative observation (neuromonitoring). Thanks to neuromonitoring, doctors can operate even those tumors that are located next to important brain functions areas or brain nerves, since the nerves are constantly monitored.

If doctors  have a complete clinical picture, they approve optimal therapy within the cancer conference in order to ensure the fullest possible removal of the tumor. Often treating a brain tumor requires radiation or chemotherapy. It can be conducted before or after the surgery to improve the success of treatment. The department closely cooperates with the radiation center of the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen and the Klinikum rechts der Isar for the purpose of optimal treatment and follow-up.

The main activities of the Department of Neurosurgery in Munich Bogenhausen include:

  • Tumors of the brain
  • Craniocerebral trauma
  • Spinal surgery (stenosis of the spinal canal, slipping of the vertebrae)
  • Brain hemorrhages, an aneurysm of the brain

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