Ambulatorium Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

Outpatient care unit

Lifelong care

People with a spinal cord injury (including spina bifida) often find themselves confronted with numerous spinal cord injury-associated health problems. These include typical and commonly occurring health problems, such as spasticity, neuropathic pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, urinary tract infections, breathing problems, respiratory infections and pressure sores. At the same time, people with a spinal cord injury have an increased risk of age-associated health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer (e.g. bladder cancer). Lifelong care is important in order to prevent medical problems, to provide early diagnosis, and to ensure regular checks of the outpatient rehabilitation process so that people with a spinal cord injury can enjoy the greatest participatin and quality of life.  

 

In addition, a spinal cord injury is not a static condition. Ageing and time since onset of the paralysis change the state of health and functional ability, e.g. through reduced muscle strength and mtor abilities or increased neuropathic pain. As well as support and care for spinal cord injury-specific topics, musculoskeletal problems are also a main focus of life-long care. On top of the functional problem, particular emphasis is placed on reintegration into social and professional life. 

 

With the goal of maintaining or regaining optimal participation and quality of life, spinal cord injury advice services apply an interdisciplinary approach (evaulation, diagnosis, care, advice) and, depending on requirements, comprise the following (and other) areas: 

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Speech therapy
  • Neurology
  • Urology
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Radiology
  • Spinal surgery / Orthopaedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Hand surgery

Nottwil is the main site for outpatient care and outpatient appointments are also offered in the two decentralised outpatient care units in Lausanne and Bellinzona. 

 

We provide rapid, comprehensive and competent assistance in the case of spinal cord injury-specific problems. 

Available treatments

Comprehensive / Interdisciplinary approach

With the goal of maintaining or regaining optimal participation and quality of life, spinal cord injury advice services apply an interdisciplinary approach (evaluation, diagnosis, care, advice) and, depending on requirements, comprise the following (and other) areas:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Speech therapy
  • Neurology
  • Urology
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Radiology
  • Spinal surgery / Orthopaedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Hand surgery

Research

The aim of research within the Outpatient Care Unit is to improve lifelong care for people with a spinal cord injury and spina bifida. In addition to our own research projects, we work closely with the Clinical Trial Unit and SPR

Further training centre: internal medicine and physical medicine

Our specialists

  • Eriks Hoogland Inge

    KD Dr. med. PhD Inge Eriks-Hoogland

    Head and Senior Consultant in Outpatient Care Unit

    Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
    Head of Outpatient Care Unit
    Head of Transition SPC
    Head of Research Outpatient Care Unit

    Head of Further Training Centre Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Catherine Romani Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

    Dr. med. Catherine Romani

    Senior Consultant in Outpatient Care Unit

    Specialist in General Internal Medicine
    Registered Wound Expert SAfW
    Head of Wound Clinic Outpatient Care Unit

  • ruijgrok

    Dr. med. PhD Josephus Maria Ruijgrok

    Senior Consultant Outpatient Care Unit

    Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Mide Veseli Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

    Mide Veseli-Abazi

    Consultant Outpatient Care Unit

    Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics

  • Sonja Krcum Cvitic, Stv. Oberärztin Ambulatorium

    Sonja Krcum Dvitic

    Deputy Consultant Outpatient Care Unit

  • Marta Michalik

    Marta Michalik

    Deputy Consultant Outpatient Care Unit

  • Anna Jedrusik

    Anna Jedrusik

    Junior Doctor Outpatient Care Unit

  • Maja Milenkovic

    Maja Milenkovic

    Junior Doctor Outpatient Care Unit

  • Iva Stojkova Ambulatorium

    Iva Stojkova

    Junior Doctor Outpatient Care Unit

  • Heidi Ammann Leitung ambulante Patientendisposition Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

    Heidi Ammann

    Head of Outpatient Registration
  • Rahel Tschopp - Ambulatorium Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

    Rahel Tschopp

    Medical Materials Requirements Planner
  • Lorena Müller Ambulatorium

    Lorena Müller MSc. M.A.

    Scientific Staff Member Outpatient Care Unit

Practical information

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