Chirurgische Orthoädie Schweizer Paraplegiker Zentrum

Spine and Spinal Cord Surgery

For more than 20 years, the SPC has been operating its own spinal surgery unit. Since 2008, patients without spinal cord injuries have also been able to benefit from the expertise and skills we have acquired through our work with patients who have complex injuries. This relates to minimally invasive surgery, the very latest therapies for treating slipped discs and age-related degeneration of the spine, and other non-operative procedures. 


SWRZ Swiss Spine and Spinal Cord Centre

In 2008, together with Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS), we set up a new centre of expertise: the SWRZ (Swiss Spine and Spinal Cord Centre). Based on the state-of-the-art medical knowledge gained here, we can provide diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and complaints of the spine and spinal cord in the following areas:

- Spinal surgery
- Neurosurgery
- Orthopaedics and Traumatology
- Neuro-orthopaedics
- Shoulder and sports orthopaedics

What we offer

  • Trauma
    - Fractures of the cervical and lumbar spine
    - Fractures caused by osteoporosis in older people


    - Cervical herniated disk, stenosis
    - Lumbar herniated disk, stenosis
    - Degenerative kyphoscoliosis,

    congenital conditions
    - Spondylolisthesis
    - Idiopathic Scoliosis


    Diseases of the spinal cord
    - Spinal tumours
    - Syringomyelia
    - Deformities (meningomyelocele)

  • Neuro-orthopaedics

    Neuro-orthopaedics is concerned with the effect of neurological disorders on the human musculoskeletal system. Within this field, a distinction is made between congenital and acquired disorders.

    Among the most frequently occurring congenital disorders that have a neurological effect on the musculoskeletal system are infantile cerebral palsy and spina bifida (e.g. myelomeningocele) with their accompanying diseases, as well as muscle disorders and other complex congenital developmental disorders.

    Acquired disorders could refer to those where a patient has lasting damage resulting from infection (e.g. after polio) or other diseases of the spinal cord.

    The centre of excellence for Adult Neuro-orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre assumes responsibility for patients during their transition from paediatric care to adult medicine.

    In addition to supporting patients with purely motor development disorders, the interdisciplinary team at the centre also provides holistic and lifelong care for patients with multiple disabilities.

  • Officially recognised further education organisation for orthopaedics, Category C

Our specialists

  • Dr. med. Martin Baur

    Head of Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics, specialist in Surgery and Neurosurgery

  • Dr. med. Tobias Pötzel

    Senior Consultant Spinal Surgery and Orthopedics, specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology

  • Dr. med. Raoul Heilbronner

    Senior Consultant in Neurosurgery, specialist in Neurosurgery

  • Dr. med. Markus Damrau

    Speciality Registrar in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics, specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology

  • Dr. med. Guy Waisbrod

    Speciality Registrar in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics, specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology

  • Dr. med. Dr. sc.nat. Michael Fiechter

    Speciality Registrar in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics, specialist in Neurosurgery

  • Dr. med. Johann Meunzel

    MSc Specialist in Neuro-orthopaedics, General Practitioner

  • Dr. med. Reena Viegas

    Assistant doctor in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics, specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Contact / Referral

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