Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim

Cologne, Germany

Department of Neurosurgery

Makoto Nakamura

Prof. Dr. med.

Makoto Nakamura

Specialized in: neurosurgery

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Since 1st July 2016, the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital Merheim has been headed by Prof. Dr. med. Makoto Nakamura. The focuses of the Department include skull base surgery, cancer surgery, minimally inasive endoscopic neurosurgery, vascular neurosurgery and spine surgery. Prof. Nakamura has a special clinical and scientific qualification in the surgical treatment of intracranial meningiomas.      

As the maximum care medical center, the Department of Neurosurgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Makoto Nakamura offers both comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of diseases, pathologies and injuries of the brain, spinal cord, spine and peripheral nerves. There are annually performed about 3,000 surgical interventions in 4 operating rooms of the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim. 

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim treats patients with brain injuries, brain tumors and cerebrovascular diseases, spinal traumas and tumors, as well as degenerative diseases of the spine. Patients with pains and diseases of the peripheral nervous system (except the brain and spinal cord nerves) are treated here as well. In the field of surgery, the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim is especially focused on the surgical treatment of brain and spinal tumors, spine stabilization surgery with the preservation of mobility, as well as the treatment of diseases of the intervertebral discs and spinal stenosis.    

In addition to surgical treatment, the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Makoto Nakamura uses innovative technologies that provide the most sparing treatment for the structures of the brain and nerves: microsurgical technique involving the use of the most advanced microscopes; computer-assisted neuronavigation and intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring for maximum safety during complex interventions.
The Department of Neurosurgery at the Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim offers an exceptionally wide range of medical services:

  • Brain or spine injuries after an accident
  • Disk herniation
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine
  • Tumors of the brain, meninges or other parts of the nervous system
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Disorders of the nervous system 
  • Abnormalities of the head and spine vessels
  • Pains, e.g., trigeminal neuralgia
  • Skull base surgery

The Department of Neurosurgery under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Makoto Nakamura has a unique competence in the following fields:

  • Neuro-oncology
    Brain tumors and their modern specific treatment, stereotaxy, skull base surgery, pituitary tumors, intraoperative, neurophysiological monitoring, neuronavigation, neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine and disk herniation
    Stabilization of the spine through the ventral, dorsal, lateral or combined interventions in all areas of the spine, minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal stenosis etc. 
  • Spinal neuronavigation
    Spinal tumors
  • Neurotraumatology
    Brain injuries, outer skull base fractures, complex intensive medical therapy
  • Rehabilitation after sutureless operations in the neighboring Department of Neurosurgical Rehabilitation:
    Hydrocephalus/ syrinx, peripheral nerves, trigeminal neuralgia, invasive non-ablative pain therapy (intrathecal drug pump or spinal cord stimulation SCS), pediatric neurosurgery

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