University Hospital Erlangen

Erlangen, Germany

Surgical treatment of meningioma with resection (program ID: 252867)

Michael Buchfelder

Prof. Dr. med.

Michael Buchfelder

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery

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Neurosurgical Clinic has 78 beds, including 12 beds in the intensive care unit. The number of outpatients is 5,000 annually, and the inpatient department treats about 2,200 patients and performs more than 2,200 surgeries every year. The range of surgeries covers the entire neurosurgery, focusing, in particular, on the microsurgical treatment of skull base processes, especially in the sellar region and in brain areas responsible for speech (e.g. central region, brainstem), vascular neurosurgery, as well as surgery during epilepsy.

Still, along with the usual modern microsurgical techniques, it uses endoscopic procedures, intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring and neuronavigation, as well as intraoperative MRI. Neurosurgery is always seeking balance; to cure the patients from cancer, the surgeon must remove as much tumor mass as possible, while causing as little brain tissue damage as possible. It is not so easy, because it is impossible to distinguish the malignant and healthy cells with the naked eye. Neurosurgical Clinic physicians (Director Prof. Dr. Michael Buhfelder) of Erlangen University Clinic have developed a new technology called vDIVA, which allows the operator to identify the brain areas, which seem to be healthy, but in fact are affected by individual cancer cells already. The extent of tumor removal is critical to the treatment success. Using the new method, which clinic applies the first in the world, it greatly increases the accuracy and reduces the risk.

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
  • CT/MRI scan
  • neuropsychological tests (on indications):
    • ENMG (electroneuromyography)
    • EEG (electroencephalography)
    • SEPs (somatosensory evoked potentials)
    • VEPs (visually evoked potentials)
    • BAEP tests (brainstem auditory evoked potential)
  • preoperative care
  • removal of brain meningioma a with intraoperative neuronavigation
  • histologically and immunohistochemically
    examination of the remote tissues
  • blood transfusions (if needed)
  • 1-day intensive care unit stay
  • postoperative MRI control
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • developing of further guidance by specialists
    in oncology and radiotherapy


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About hospital

University Hospital Erlangen is one of the leading university hospitals in Bavaria and offers advanced medicine, characterized by tight integration of care for patients with university research and teaching. It pursues a very innovative concept. The results of studies in Erlangen set the new standards in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment. From 1368 planned locations in 48 clinics, institutes and departments in all areas of medicine, this University Hospital is the most well-equipped in the region. In general, in 2012, the clinic treated approximately 62,000 inpatients and 459,000 outpatients. Various care centers, networks and multidisciplinary teams have made possible a comprehensive and interdisciplinary treatment. Taking care of and for a man is the motivation for the patient care, teaching and research. The clinic ranks 8th in the 2015 list of top clinics according to FOCUS.


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.