Treatment of cervical spinal disc herniation with discectomy and intervertebral disc prosthesis (program ID: 397045)

Hirslanden Clinic am Rosenberg Heiden

location_on Heiden, Switzerland
8.7/10 from 42 Votes
Specialized hospital
John-Christopher Ward

Head Physician
Dr. med.

John-Christopher Ward

Specialized in: spinal surgery

Department of Spinal Surgery

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 analysis of blood
    • inflammation indicators (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • neurological examination
  • functionality x-ray of the spine
  • CT/MRI scan of the spine
  • neuropsychological tests (on indications):
    • ENMG (electroneuromyography)
    • SEPs (somatosensory evoked potentials)
  • preoperative care
  • discotomy and joint replacement of intervertebral disc
  • postoperative control
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • developing of further guidance 


Required documents

  • Medical records
  • X-ray of the cervical spine (if available)
  • MRI/CT scan of the cervical spine (if available)
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About the department

The Department of Spinal Surgery at the Hirslanden Clinic am Rosenberg Heiden provides the full range of effective surgical treatment of spinal injuries and diseases, including quality postoperative care. The clinical practice is mostly focused on minimally invasive procedures, which ensure the speedy recovery of patients. The long successful experience of the department’s doctors allows them to competently combine treatment methods for the achievement of optimal results. The department’s medical team specializes in the treatment of injuries and diseases of all regions of the spine – from the cervical to the sacrococcygeal. The department is headed by Dr. med. John-Christopher Ward.

The key attention in the department is paid to the treatment of herniated discs in the lumbar and cervical spine, pain syndromes in degeneration of the intervertebral discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, facet syndrome, facet joint arthrosis, spondylarthrosis and osteoporotic vertebral fractures.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Minimally invasive treatments
    • Facet joint block for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
    • Spinal root block for diagnostic purposes
    • Provocative discography
    • Percutaneous disc nucleoplasty
    • Epidural spinal cord block
    • Percutaneous sympathetic blockade
    • Percutaneous radiofrequency sympathectomy
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Implantation of electrodes and pulse generators for spinal cord stimulation
  • Open surgical techniques
    • Microsurgical interventions on the intervertebral discs
    • Microsurgical operation to eliminate spinal stenosis
    • Fusion of separate vertebrae in case of spinal instability
    • Dynamic stabilization
    • Intervertebral disc prosthetic repair surgery
  • Other therapeutic options

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

  • Since August 2006 Work in the Department of Spinal Surgery at the Hirslanden Clinic am Rosenberg Heiden.
  • July 1999 - July 2006 Partner Physician in Orthopedics, Hirslanden Clinic am Rosenberg Heiden and Hospital St. Gallen.
  • November 1998 One-month internship at several Spine Surgery Centers in North America.
  • 1997 One-month internship at the Department of Spinal Surgery, Queen's Medical Center, University of Nottingham.
  • April 1995 - June 1999 Senior Physician, Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen.
  • July 1992 - March 1995 Assistant Physician in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen.

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • February 1995 Board certification in Orthopedic Surgery.
  • February 1995 Doctorate, University of Bern.
  • 1984 - 1995 Work as an Assistant Physician in Ospedale Bleniese, Ospedale San Giovanni, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen.
  • 1984 State Examination in Medicine, University of Basel.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Swiss Society of Orthopedics (SGO).
  • Association of Orthopedic Physicians of East Switzerland (CCA).
  • Founding Member of the Swiss Society for Spinal Surgery (SGS).
  • Founding Member of the International Society for Fracture Repair.
  • Swiss Medical Association (FMH).
  • Medical Association of the Canton of St. Gallen.
  • Medical Association of St. Gallen.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Hirslanden AG 

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