Dorsal spondylodesis for scoliosis (program ID: 363416)

Schoen Neustadt Clinic Neustadt in Holstein

location_on Neustadt in Holstein, Germany
9.5/10 from 39 Votes
Specialized hospital
Henry Halm

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Henry Halm

Specialized in: adult and pediatric spinal surgery, scoliosis treatment

Department of Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Scoliosis Treatment

The program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • TSH-basal
    • indicators of inflammation
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • neurological examination
  • functionality x-ray 
  • CT/MRI scan of the spine 
  • preoperative care
  • dorsal spondylodesis surgery
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • physiotherapeutic procedures
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • explanation of future recommendations

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

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Scoliosis Treatment at the Schoen Neustadt Clinic Neustadt in Holstein ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany specializing in scoliosis treatment! 

The department offers the full range of medical services for the diagnostics and treatment of all spinal diseases. The key focus is on therapy for scoliosis, kyphosis, herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal tumors and deformities. The department’s team of doctors also demonstrates excellent results in the field of pain therapy for chronic back pain. The medical institution has an excellent reputation both at the national and international levels. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Henry Halm.

The spinal surgeons of the department are experts in scoliosis treatment. They provide medical care to more than 300 patients with various forms of this disease annually. The department is one of the largest specialized medical centers for scoliosis treatment in Germany. To achieve the optimal result, the department’s doctors use their own developments, classical treatment methods, as well as innovative techniques, for example, implantation of "growing rods", which ensure the proper development of the spine.

The treatment of herniated discs is also among the department’s priorities. Due to the unique therapeutic programs combining medication, physiotherapy, massages, electrotherapy, etc., 90% of patients can avoid surgery. However, in some clinical cases, surgery is inevitable. The surgical treatment is performed in the progressive operating rooms equipped with all necessary devices. In most cases, the surgeons use sparing surgical techniques that have several advantages, such as minimal trauma, as well as a short hospitalization period (2-3 days). The department’s surgeons annually perform more than 2,500 operations to treat herniated discs, so the patient can be sure that he is in the safe hands of the experienced professionals.

The department’s team of doctors often deals with the treatment of patients with chronic back pain. The basis of treatment are drug therapy, physiotherapy and targeted strengthening of the muscle system. The treatment regimen is developed on an individual basis, including taking into account psychological nuances, since constant pain can cause depressive disorders. In case of severe pain, facet joint infiltration is performed. It involves the introduction of anti-inflammatory drugs in the cervical or lumbar spine under the guidance of an x-ray device (with the accuracy to millimeter). This procedure is often supplemented by physiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy, etc. In rare cases, surgery can be required to eliminate chronic back pain. As a rule, it is performed using minimally invasive, endoscopic and microsurgical techniques.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Conservative and surgical treatment of scoliosis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Physiotherapy for mild forms of scoliosis
      • Correction of scoliosis in children with a special corset
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Correction of scoliosis with the installation of metal implants (screw and rod systems)
      • Correction of scoliosis using the installation of "growing rods" in children
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of kyphosis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Physiotherapy
      • Corset correction
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Spinal stabilization with implants (surgical treatment for kyphosis is rarely performed)
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of herniated discs
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Pain therapy (painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs)
      • Physiotherapy
      • Targeted strengthening of the muscle system using a special set of exercises
      • Thermotherapy
      • Massages
      • Gymnastics
      • Electrotherapy
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Intervertebral disc replacement surgery (minimally invasive surgery)
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of spinal fractures
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Fractures of the cervical spine – immobilization with a cervical collar with concomitant physiotherapy
      • Fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine – immobilization
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Surgical treatment of vertebral fractures, including endoscopic interventions
      • Fixation of the affected parts with screws and plates
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of ankylosing spondylitis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Physiotherapy
      • Medication (for example, glucocorticoids, sulfasalazine, etc.)
      • Thermotherapy
      • Electrotherapy
      • Infrared therapy
      • Massages
      • Mud therapy
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Surgical immobilization to stabilize the corresponding spine (in case of spinal instability or fractures)
      • Straightening and fixation of vertebral bodies in case of pronounced curvature of the spine
      • Wedge resection of the vertebral bodies in kyphosis
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of osteochondrosis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Physiotherapy
      • Posture correction
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of osteoporosis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Drug therapy
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Bone cement injection
      • Minimally invasive stabilization using screw and rod systems
      • Treatment of femoral fractures (often occur in the elderly)
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of chronic back pain
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Multimodal pain therapy
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Minimally invasive surgery
      • Microsurgery
      • Endoscopic surgery
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of spinal stenosis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Drug treatment
      • Physiotherapy
      • Periradicular therapy for severe pain
    • Surgical treatment methods
      • Microsurgery
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of spondylolisthesis
    • Conservative treatment methods
      • Conservative treatments
      • Drug treatment
      • Physiotherapy
    • Surgical treatment methods 
      • Stabilization interventions
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of other spinal diseases

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Henry Halm is a world-famous specialist in the surgical correction of spinal deformities both in adults and children. The doctor has over 25 years of clinical experience in spinal surgery. According to the version of the professional journal "Orthopädische Nachrichten", he is included in the ranking of the top 50 spinal surgeons in Germany. The doctor is the Deputy Head of the German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery, as well as a specialized Consultant for the professional journals "European Spine Journal" and "Spine Arthroplasty Society Journal".

Since March 1, 2000, Dr. Henry Halm heads the Department of Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Scoliosis Treatment at the Schoen Neustadt Clinic Neustadt in Holstein. He is also an Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Muenster. Until February 28, 2000, the doctor held the position of the Leading Senior Physician in the Department of Orthopedics at the University Hospital Muenster. In 1997, he had his habilitation (subject: "Biomechanical and clinical studies to optimize the correction of the shape of the spine and stabilize the shape of the spine in idiopathic scoliosis").

Photo of the doctor: (c) Schön Klinik Neustadt

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