Spastic syndrome diagnosis (program ID: 375273)

Asklepios Municipal Hospital Bad Wildungen

location_on Bad Wildungen, Germany
7.3/10 from 5 Votes
Specialized hospital
Frank Maier

Head Physician
Dr. med.

Frank Maier

Specialized in: neurosurgery, spinal surgery

Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery

The program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • review of medical records
  • physical examination
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical blood test
    • inflammation markers (CRP, ESR)
    • blood coagulation analysis (aPTT, PT, INR)
  • neurological examination
  • functional X-ray examination
  • electrophysiology study (if indicated clinically):
    • ENMG (electroneuromyography)
    • EEG (electroencephalography)
    • SEPs (somatosensory evoked potentials)
    • VEPs (visually evoked potentials)
    • BAEP tests (brainstem auditory evoked potentials)
  • CT/MRI scan
    (if indicated clinically, additional cost is 650/1200€)
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists 
  • treatment by chief physician and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan

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  • Medical records
  • X-ray examination, MRI/CT scan (if available)
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About the department

The Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery at the Asklepios Municipal Hospital Bad Wildungen provides the highly effective treatment of somatic diseases of the nervous system, as well as the full range of degenerative diseases and traumatic injuries of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Of particular interest to doctors of the medical facility is the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord, their meninges, peripheral nerves and metastases. The department's therapeutic options include both conservative and modern surgical treatment methods, including endoscopic and minimally invasive interventions. The main task of the department's neurosurgeons is to provide each patient with an individual and the most effective treatment, which will eliminate pain and stiffness of movements. The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Frank Maier.

The most important focus of the department's clinical practice is the treatment of spinal degenerative diseases and spinal injuries. The department successfully treats cervical and lumbar disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, vertebral fractures and chronic back pain. When timely admitted to the hospital, the doctors can effectively treat herniated discs without a surgical intervention. In such cases, they use physiotherapy methods (massage, heat therapy, cold therapy, etc.) and a well-selected course of exercise therapy. If the hernia is at the progressive stage and accompanied by severe pain and paralysis, the patient will have to undergo surgery. The surgical intervention is preceded by comprehensive diagnostics. During the individual consultations, the attending physician tells the patient in detail about the prognosis of the disease, the risks of the intervention and his chances of a successful outcome of the operation. With diagnosed spondylolisthesis (vertebral displacement), the patient is offered surgical treatment – spondylosyndesis. The goal of the operation is to immobilize the vertebrae affected by spondylolisthesis in order to prevent damage to the spinal cord and further destruction of the vertebral segments.

The department's neurosurgeons also focus on patients with brain and spinal cord tumors, including metastases. The treatment of such complex diseases requires a special approach, and therefore the specialists from related medical fields are involved in the therapeutic process. At the stage of diagnostics, the patient must undergo a comprehensive clinical examination, magnetic resonance imaging (with and without contrast enhancement) and radiography. The results of diagnostic tests allow the doctors to accurately determine the type of tumor, its location and the patient's suitability for surgery. The surgical treatment is always complemented by chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, since the primary task of doctors is to completely destroy cancer cells. It is almost impossible to achieve this purpose via monotherapy.

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Surgical treatment of spinal diseases and injuries 
    • Surgery for cervical and lumbar disc herniation
    • Surgery for spondylolisthesis (spondylodesis)
    • Surgery for vertebral fractures
    • Surgery for spinal fractures and other injuries
  • Surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord, their meninges, peripheral nerves, as well as brain and spinal cord metastases
  • Surgical treatment of peripheral nerve compression syndromes
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
    • Ulnar nerve entrapment
  • Sacroiliac joint block for hip pain
  • Surgical treatment of other diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system 

Photo of the doctor: (c) Asklepios Kliniken GmbH

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