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Orthopedic Center Munich East Munich

Munich, Germany


Department of Spine Surgery


Samer Ismail

Dr. med.

Samer Ismail

Specialized in: spine surgery

Curriculum vitae keyboard_arrow_down

Professional career

  • 1987 - 1992 Study of medicine, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle.
  • 1992 2nd state exam (Staatsexamen).
  • 1993 Internship, University of Halle.
  • 1993 - 1994 Trainee Doctor, Orthopedic Clinic Martha Maria.
  • 1994 - 1995 Trainee Doctor, Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Halle.
  • 1995 - 2001 Assistant Physician, Department of Neurosurgery at the Karl Thiem Clinic, Cottbus.
  • 2001 - 2004 Assistant Physician, Department of Neurosurgery at the Werner Wicker Clinic, Bad Wildungen.
  • 2002 Exam to obtain a  degree of specialist , Frankfurt am Main.
  • 2003 - 2004 Senior Physician, Department of Neurosurgery at the Werner Wicker Clinic, Bad Wildungen.
  • 2004 - 2008 Leading Physician and Permanent Representative of the Chief Physician of the Department of Neurosurgery of the Karl Theim Clinic, Cottbus.
  • 2006 Internship at the well-known Spine Center Langensteinbach and the German Scoliosis Center Bad Wildungen.
  • 2007 Invitation to the post of the Chief Physician of the Department, Karl Theim Clinic, Cottbus, for the opening of the interdisciplinary Spine Center. in collaboration with the Departments of Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Neurosurgery.
  • 2008 - 2012 Practice of Dr. Schneiderhan.
  • From July 2012 Orthopedic Center Munich Ost. Founder of the Spine Center Munich Ost.

Membership

  • German Society of Neurosurgery.
  • Professional Association of German Neurosurgeons.
  • German Society for Spine Surgery.
  • Member of AOSpine.

The Department of Spine Surgery at the Orthopedic Center Munich East specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, which is performed with the use of the microsurgical technique involving a minimum number of incisions. In addition, the department offers conservative treatment methods for spinal diseases. As a rule, diagnostics involves the use of either magnetic resonance imaging or CT scan, as well as myelography, in specific cases.

The department is headed by Dr. med. Samer Ismail. He is a leading expert in the field of spine surgery in Germany, as evidenced by the certificate of the "spinal neurosurgeon" of the German Society of Neurosurgery, which to date has only been awarded to 25 specialists in Germany. This certificate confirms a particularly high qualification in the field of spinal surgery and allows for the operation of the highest complexity. Since 2003, Dr. Samer Ismail has performed a total of more than 12,000 interventions.

The Department of Spine Surgery is mainly focused on minimally invasive treatment, which uses needles, injections, punctures and ensures a high precision. Minimally invasive procedures do not leave scars (or only small ones) and are usually conducted on an outpatient basis. Thus, the patient has the opportunity to very quickly return to their everyday life.

In the field of prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement, the department has exceptional competence in the use of the following methods: stabilization of the lumbar / cervical spine (PLIF, TLIF, ALIF and XLIF techniques), prosthetic  intervertebral disc replacement and dynamic stabilization procedures. Non-fusion spinal surgery applied by Dr. Ismail allows for the preservation of some mobility, even when performing operations to fix segments of the spine.

The department gives particular attention to the treatment of herniated discs. In most cases, such hernias can be treated conservatively (e.g., shockwave therapy). Once a comprehensive diagnostics is completed, the specialists of the center decide on the need for surgical treatment. The department offers many surgical treatment methods. These include, in particular, nucleoplasty, which is a minimally invasive treatment for small hernias. In addition, microsurgical treatment can be performed as well. In this case, doctors use a special operating microscope and special tubes that have a particularly sparing effect on the muscles. The further surgical treatment options include endoscopic surgery, microsurgical decompression and interspinous spacer implantation.

The range of medical services of the department includes both diagnosis and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Instability of spinal segment connections 
  • Spinal disc herniation
  • Cervical disc herniation 
  • Spinal disc herniation symptoms
  • Facet syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Post-discectomy syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylodiscitis
  • Dislocated vertebrae
  • Vertebral body fracture
  • Spinal instability
  • Spine tumor

The main treatment focuses of the Department of Spinal Surgery include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Intervertebral disc surgery
  • Intervertebral disc replacement
  • Dynamic stabilisation
  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Conservative therapy
  • Corsets
  • Artificial intervertebral disc
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
  • Lumbar spine surgery
  • Microsurgical operations
  • Minimally invasive techniques
  • Sports
  • Spinal stabilization surgery



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