The human locomotor system is a highly complex system and is geared towards perfect interaction between the different parts. This is also reflected in the range of activities undertaken in the Department of Spinal Column and Spinal Cord Surgery, Orthopaedics and Traumatology in the SPC Nottwil, and in the sub-specialisms. In order to guarantee adequate treatment, an orthopaedics team must possess a wide range of specialist skills.
Starting with the injury to the spinal column, it is imperative to restore load tolerance and the original form. In addition, the spinal cord's original spacing must be restored (spinal surgery).
Secondary changes in the injured spinal cord require special surgical techniques (neuro surgery). Where deformities occur on the spinal column and extremities, there is a need for conservative and operative measures, apart from monitoring and prophylaxis (neuro orthopaedics). Function losses in the area of the arm and hand, impacting directly upon independence, are of paramount importance in tetraplegics. Part of the functions can be restored through surgery (tetraplegia hand surgery). People are less familiar with signs of wear and tear which wheelchair users experience on their arms and shoulders as a result of excessive stress of an unnatural nature – This type of damage is rectified by joint surgery (arthroscopic surgery). So-called high-energy injuries, which are often the main cause of paraplegia, also frequently result in additional injuries of the locomotor system. In addition, there is a greater incidence of injury requiring intervention among para and tetraplegics who pursue sporting activities.
Together with the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital LUKS, we can guarantee the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and complaints in the spinal column and spinal cord based on the very latest medical techniques through the competence centre which was founded in October 2008, the SWRZ (the Swiss Spinal Column and Cord Centre.