Bundeswehr Hospital Berlin
Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery (569835)
Specialized in: neurosurgery, spinal surgery
About the Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery at Bundeswehr Hospital Berlin
The Department of Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery at the Bundeswehr Hospital Berlin offers the full range of services for the diagnostics and surgical treatment of diseases of the brain, spinal cord, spine and peripheral nerves. The department uses neuronavigation systems, 3D x-ray, intraoperative dopplerography, stereotaxy, electrophysiology, high-precision surgical microscopes and many other advanced devices that guarantee the effective and safe treatment. The department's surgeons are top-class professionals with rich clinical experience. The doctors always prefer sparing minimally invasive surgical techniques, while classic open surgery is performed only in complex clinical cases. State-of-the-art computer equipment allows the doctors to perform accurate planning of the neurosurgical intervention based on CT and MRI scans, which practically reduces the risk of developing a neurological deficit after the surgical treatment. The Head Physician of the department is Dr. med. Peter Madjurov.
Of particular interest to the department's neurosurgeons is the treatment of tumors of the brain and spinal cord, pituitary neoplasms, degenerative and traumatic lesions of the spine, including vertebral body replacement, acute injuries of the skull and spine, compression syndromes of the cranial and peripheral nerves. The department's doctors strictly adhere to the concept of a comprehensive approach to treatment, which includes preparation for surgery, the surgical intervention itself and postoperative care. The patient is in the safe hands of competent professionals and can count on the most favorable treatment outcomes.
The department uses the cutting-edge neuronavigation systems, which are the gold standard of modern neurosurgery. Prior to the operation, the doctors conduct magnetic resonance imaging to obtain accurate topographic data. During the operation, the surgeon focuses on these data, and also sees in which part of the brain or spinal cord the manipulation is performed. The benefit of neuronavigation is in the fact that it provides maximum accuracy during the operation, down to millimeters. In addition, neuroendoscopy (especially in the treatment of hydrocephalus and brain tumors), stereotaxy (used for the most accurate tissue sampling for its further histological examination), magnetic hyperthermia for malignant brain tumors, and the minimally invasive Spineoplastie® technique for the treatment of vertebral fractures, facet joint denervation, etc. are widely used in clinical practice.
The team of neurosurgeons of the medical facility regularly admits patients with benign and malignant tumors of the brain, skull base and pituitary gland. The medical facility also provides the effective treatment of spinal cord tumors: meningiomas, neurinomas, ependymomas, astrocytes and lipomas. The main diagnostic methods are imaging tests, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Based on the patient's diagnosis and the obtained diagnostic data, the optimal type of surgical intervention is selected. In most cases, the department's neurosurgeons use modern microsurgical techniques that guarantee minimal risks to the patient's health. During operations on the brain and spinal cord, intraoperative monitoring is mandatory. The specialists also often use modern surgical microscopes, neuronavigation systems, stereotaxy and other devices, which ensure not only effective, but also safe removal of the central nervous system tumors.
The department also successfully deals with the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. To eliminate the pathology, the clipping technique is mostly used. The essence of the method is that a special titanium clip is delivered to the pathological focus, with the help of which the surgeon pinches the wall of the damaged vessel. The department's specialists also perform microsurgical interventions to remove vascular neoplasms: angiomas and cavernomas. In cooperation with the Department of Neuroradiology at the Charite University Hospital, minimally invasive surgeries are performed for the treatment of neurovascular diseases.
An integral part of the clinical practice of the medical facility is the surgical treatment of degenerative spinal diseases and herniated discs. The main methods for detecting pathological changes in the spine are CT and MRI scans. A comprehensive examination is followed by the selection of the optimal type of the surgical intervention. The most common surgical procedures in the department are microsurgical operations for intervertebral cervical and lumbar disc herniations, microsurgical interventions for spinal canal stenosis dilatation and spinal stabilization, and implantation of artificial intervertebral discs. The recovery period after spinal interventions can vary significantly. For example, after the microsurgical treatment of herniated intervertebral discs or the replacement of intervertebral discs, the patients usually leave the department in 7 days, and in the case of stabilizing spinal surgeries, a full recovery may take several months.
The department's main clinical activities include:
- Surgery for brain, skull base and pituitary tumors
- Surgery for spinal cord tumors
- Surgery for neurovascular diseases: brain aneurysms, angiomas, caverns, vascular malformations
- Surgery for spinal disc herniations
- Intervertebral disc replacement surgery in the cervical and lumbar spine
- Surgery for spinal stenosis
- Spinal stabilization surgery for spondylolisthesis (vertebrae slipping)
- Sclerotherapy for small vertebral joints (facet joints)
- Treatment of chronic back pain (for example, compression radiculopathy)
- Treatment of traumatic brain injuries of varying severity
- Treatment of spinal injuries
- Treatment of pathologies that cause an impaired cerebrospinal fluid outflow (for example, hydrocephalus)
- Treatment of cranial and peripheral nerves compression syndromes
- Other medical services
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