Klinik Belair

Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Diagnosis of relapsing polychondritis (panchondritis) (program ID: 269401)

Erich Kast

Dr. med.

Erich Kast

Department of Spine Surgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

2012 Selbstständige Praxistätigkeit und Belegarzt an der Klinik Belair, Schaffhausen

2011 - 2012 Leitender Arzt, Neurochirurgie, Kantonsspital Winterthur

2009 Ernennung zum Privatdozent für Neurochirirgie an der Universität Ulm

2002 - 2010 Oberarzt, Neurochirurgie, Kantonsspital Winterthur

2000 - 2002 Oberarzt, Neurochirurgische Klinik Universität Ulm

1999 Facharzt für Neurochirurgie, München

1993 Doktor der Medizin, Neurochirurgische Klinik, Universität Ulm

1992 - 2000 Klinische Ausbildung, Neurochirurgische Klinik Universität Ulm

About the department keyboard_arrow_down

Spinal surgery covers a wide range of diseases and injuries of the spine, including neurosurgery. Rheumatology is a specialty dealing with diseases and functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They include inflammation of bones, joints and muscles (e.g., rheumatism, arthritis, or osteoporosis), as well as of internal organs and nerve systems.

The spine surgeons work closely with rheumatologists. This team is convinced that modern spinal surgery and rheumatology can be successful only through the cooperation of doctors of various specialties for interdisciplinary diagnosis, as well as experienced surgeons, since the cooperation is an essential condition for making an accurate diagnosis and performing a successful surgery. All the results of diagnosis are discussed, and the further course of treatment is determined with participation of all team members (a conservatively treating physician, a spine surgeon, sometimes a neurologist, a psychotherapist and a family doctor). Since 2005, Klinik Belair has cantonal mandate to conduct spine surgeries. This allows patients with all classes of insurance to be treated in accordance with interdisciplinary approach and operated at the Klinik Belair.

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
    • cartilage-specific antibodies
    • rheumatoid factor
    • antiphospholipid antibodies are tests
    • antinuclear antibodies
    • complement levels
    • inflammation indicators
  • ECG
  • Echocardiography
  • ENT Consultation
  • pulmonary function test 
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • treatment via head doctor and all leading experts
  • explanation of individual treatment plan
    (medicins ist not included)
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Duration of program:

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About hospital

Probably, everybody knows that healthcare in Switzerland is a guarantee of a very high quality of medical care and high qualification of specialists. Klinik Belair in Schaffhausen is a modern private clinic, a member of Hirslanden Swiss group of private clinics. Why do so many people who care of their health opt for healthcare in Switzerland? Because Swiss clinics offer the best conditions for the patients and their physicians thus ensuring the best results of treatment even in very severe cases. When you become a client of Klinik Belair, you get a guaranteed comprehensive individualized treatment and the quality care from a whole team of qualified doctors and staff.

Our experienced personnel, modern infrastructure and a casual predictable atmosphere contribute to the environment that makes you feel comfortable during treatment in our clinic and ensures your fastest recovery. Our goal is to create the best conditions for recovery and turn your stay in our clinic to the positive experience.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.