Spinal Surgery and Spinal Cord Surgery
Spinal surgery and spinal cord surgery for everyone
The main focus of the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) is on the treatment of patients with a spinal cord injury sustained after a serious injury to the spine or associated with a disease. In line with the centre's approach, the Spinal Surgery and Spinal Cord Surgery department at the SPC also guarantees to provide life-long care for secondary diseases of the spine and spinal cord. Over the years, our department has acquired in-depth experience of dealing with complex problems of the spine and the spinal cord. It goes without saying that this expertise is available to all patients, irrespective of whether they have a spinal cord injury or not.
The interdisciplinary team under the joint management of the two Heads of Department, Dr. med. Raoul Heilbronner and Dr. med. Tobias Pötzel, provides treatment for virtually all diseases and injuries of the spine and spinal cord, with the exception of paediatric diseases. Our patients are treated non-surgically and surgically in interdisciplinary cooperation with the Radiology department, the Centre for Pain Medicine, the Sports Medicine department, and the Physiotherapy department.
The majority of diseases of the spinal column are associated with degenerative (caused by age and/or wear and tear) changes (such as spinal canal stenosis and herniated discs). Our aim is to provide our patients with individual and problem-based treatment. Wherever possible, we apply non-surgical measures (e.g. physiotherapy and training therapy) at the beginning of treatment. If required, treatment can be progressively intensified. Options in our centre include interventional and multimodal pain management, sports medicine, and physiotherapy. Chief consultants are always involved in the care of our patients. During outpatient appointments and inpatient ward rounds, we always leave enough time for our patients’ concerns.
If non-surgical measures do not provide a satisfactory result, surgical measures are considered. In some cases, a surgical procedure is the only way to guarantee sustainable treatment success. Occasionally an emergency arises that requires immediate surgical intervention. If, together with the patient, we decide on a surgical procedure, we have access to modern intraoperative 3D imaging with computer-assisted navigation, neuromonitoring (monitoring of nerve functions) and minimally invasive techniques. This ensures that the treatment we offer is based on currently valid standards with optimum levels of safety as well as personalised and innovative treatment concepts.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Swiss Paraplegic Centre.
Our treatment portfolio
General Spinal Surgery
- Interventional pain management
- Treatment of spinal canal stenosis
- Treatment of herniated discs
- Spinal trauma
Special Spinal Surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery of the whole spine
- Deformity surgery
- Revision surgery
- Infections of the spine
- Surgery for age-related changes
Spinal Cord Surgery
- Intramedullary/Extramedullary tumours
- Functional spinal cord surgery