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 in 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

    • Maja Milenkovic

      Maja Milenkovic

      Junior Doctor Outpatient Care Unit

    • Moritz Schwethelm

      Moritz Schwethelm

      Junior Doctor Outpatient Care Unit

    • Liubov Opokina

      Liubov Opokina

      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

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