University Hospital Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Treatment of hemangiomas of the brain by microsurgical resection and embolization coils (coiling) (program ID: 102017)

Andreas Unterberg

Prof. Dr. med.

Andreas Unterberg

Department of Neurosurgery

Specialized in: neurosurgery, vascular surgery

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  • Spez. Neurochirurgische Intensivmedizin


  • Neurochirurgie, Neurochirurgische Intensivmedizin


  • Seit April 2003 Ordinarius und Direktor der Neurochirurgischen Klinik, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
  • 1995 bis 2003 Stellvertretender Direktor der Klinik für Neurochirurgie, Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 1991 bis 2003 Professor für Neurochirurgie, FU Berlin und Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 1988 Habilitation LMU-München
  • 1987 bis 1991 Facharztausbildung für Neurochirurgie, LMU-München und FU Berlin
  • 1985 bis 1986 Research Fellow (DFG), Division of Neurological Surgery, Med. Coll. Virginia, Richmond, VA., USA
  • 1981 bis 1985 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Institut für Chirurgische Forschung, LMU-München Forschungsstipendiat der DFG
  • 1982 Promotion zum Dr. med. (summa cum laude), LMU-München
  • 1981 Approbation
  • 1974 bis 1981 Studium der Medizin in Gießen und München

Eingeladene internationale Vorträge

  • Decompression Craniectomy in Stroke, Trauma and SAH Wuhan/China, 27.05.2011
  • Neurosurgical Management of Clivus Chordomas Chordoma Foundation, Amsterdam, 20.06.2012
  • Surgical Approaches to SAH and AVM 8th World Stroke Congress, Brasilia, 11.10.2012
  • Intraoperative MRI & CT Imaging in Daily Use, Indische Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie New Delhi, 20.12.2012
  • Intraoperative MRI for Resection Control in Pituitary Surgery, Spanische Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (SENEC), San Sebastian, 15.05.2013
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As one of the largest neurosurgical centers of Europe, the Department of Neurosurgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital covers the full range of diseases of the peripheral and central nervous system. Annually, there are performed over 3000 operations in four state-of-the-art operating rooms.

The exceptional technical equipment of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital as well as perfect interaction of the multiprofessional team under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Unterberg are necessary preconditions for the maximally safe and effective operations. The doctors of the Department have expert knowledge and experience in surgery of brain and spine, deep brain stimulation and other stereotactic operations. They are also experienced in intensive neurosurgical care and work hand in hand to provide an optimal treatment outcome.

Furhtermore, as an important part of the neurocenter of the Department of Head, the Department of Neurosurgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital cooperates closely with the neighboring specialized department of the Heidelberg University. The Department maintains the closest collaboration with two internationally recognized research centers: National Cancer Center (NCT) and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

The range of services of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Heidelberg University Hospital under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Unterberg includes:

  • Brain and spine
    • Brain tumors
    • Skull base tumors
    • Pituitary tumors
    • Spinal tumors
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Spinal pathology
  • Functional neurosurgery
    • Dystonia
    • Parkinson
    • Essential tremor
  • Spine
    • Herniated disk
    • Spinal canal stenosis
    • Dislocation of vertebrae
  • Neurosurgical pain therapy
    • Surgical pain therapy and injuries of the peripheral nerves
    • Surgical treatment of chronic head and facil pains
  • Neurosurgical diseases in childhood
    • Treatment oif spastisity
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Developmental disorders of the central nervous system
    • Pediatric brain tumors


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 
  • 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
  • partial resection of hemangioma with
    subsequent coiling
  • histologically 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 
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About hospital

The Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest medical centers in Germany. The Faculty of Medicine of the Heidelberg University has the worldwide renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Hospital and Faculty strive together for the goal to develop innovative diagnostics and therapy and implement this technique quickly for the patient. “In Scientia Salus” (healing through science) is the motto of the Heidelberg University Hospital. With 44 medical departments it has a good reputation for its treatment in Germany and throughout Europe.

The focus of the Heidelberg University are cancer treatment and the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In the fields of transplantation medicine, neuroscience with psychosocial medicine, cardiovascular medicine, genetics and infectious diseases it is also at the leading digit.

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.

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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.