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

     

    Degenerative
    - 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
    martin.baur@paraplegie.ch

    Dr. med. Martin Baur – Résumé

    Since 2014
    Head of Department at the Swiss Spine and Spinal Cord Centre (CH) at SPC Nottwil and Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS), in Lucerne


    Since 2014
    Head of Department of Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (CH)


    Since 2014
    Consulting Physician and Affiliated Doctor in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Nidwalden Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    Since 2013
    Head of Department of Interdisciplinary Spinal Surgery (Prof. Babst) at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    Since 2011
    Consulting Physician and Affiliated Doctor in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Zug Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    2011
    Co-Head of Department of Neurosurgery and Interdisciplinary Spinal Surgery (Prof. Babst) at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    2007
    Senior Consultant in Interdisciplinary Spinal Surgery at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    2004
    Chief Physician in Neurosurgery (Prof. Hildebrandt) at the St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    2003
    Chief Physician in Neurosurgery (Prof. Lanner) at the Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (A)


    2003
    Assistant and Chief Physician in Neurosurgery (Dr. Oeckler) at the Zentralklinikum Villingen-Schwenningen (D)


    2002
    Specialist in Neurosurgery. Freiburg im Breisgau. (D)


    2000
    Fellowship in Accident and Spinal Surgery (Prof. Hertlein) at the Städtisches Krankenhaus München-Harlaching (D)


    1997
    Specialist in Surgery, Freiburg im Breisgau

    (D)
    1992
    Junior Doctor for General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (Prof. Rühland/Dr. Rehbein) as well as Consulting Physician and Emergency Physician in Air Ambulance Services at Klinikum Singen (D) and Rottweil (D)


    1989
    Assistant for Emergency Surgery (PD Henkemeyer) at the Zentralklinikum Villingen-Schwenningen (D)


    1988
    State examination at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (D)

     

    Memberships

    - SGS (Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery)
    - SGN (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie – Swiss Society of Neurosurgery)
    - DGW (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulenchirurgie – German Society for Spine Surgery)
    - DGWF (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirbelsäulenforschung – German Society for Spine Research)
    - BDC (Berufsverband Deutscher Chirurgen – Association of German Surgeons)
    - AO Spine (Association for the Study of Osteosyntheses)
    - NASS (North American Spine Society)

     

     

  • Dr. med. Tobias Pötzel

    Senior Consultant Spinal Surgery and Orthopedics
    tobias.poetzel@paraplegie.ch

    Dr. med. Tobias Pötzel – CV

    Since 2015
    Consulting Physician at the Swiss Spine and Spinal Cord Centre (CH) at SPC Nottwil and LUKS Lucerne


    Since 2015
    Consulting Physician in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics (M. Baur) at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    2015
    Approved Swiss specialist title for Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal System (CH)


    2013
    Consulting Physician in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics (Dr. M Baur) at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    2010
    Junior Doctor for Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics (Dr. P. Moulin) at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    2010
    Specialist in Orthopaedics and Emergency Surgery at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Murnau (D)


    2009
    Junior Doctor in the Department of Neurosurgery (Dr. H. Jaksche) at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Murnau (D)


    2008
    Junior Doctor in the Department of Spinal Surgery (Prof. R. Beisse) at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Murnau (D)


    2005
    Junior Doctor in the Department of Spinal Cord Injuries (Dr. M. Potulski) at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Murnau (D)


    2003
    State examinations at the Technical University of Munich (D)

     

    Memberships

    - Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery

  • Dr. med. Raoul Heilbronner

    Senior Consultant in Neurosurgery
    raoul.heilbronner@paraplegie.ch

    Dr. med. Raoul Heilbronner – CV

    Since 2017
    Head of Department at the Swiss Spine and Spinal Cord Centre at SPC Nottwil and Lucerne


    Since 2017
    Consulting Physician in Spinal surgery and Orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil


    1996
    Consulting Physician in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil


    1995
    Deputy Head of Department of Neurosurgery (Prof. Hildebrandt) at St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital


    1992
    Chief Physician in Neurosurgery (Prof. Gratzl) at the University Hospital of Basel


    1992
    Specialist in Neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Basel


    1990
    Function for Neurology (Prof. Käser) at the University Hospital of Basel


    1989
    Deputy Chief Physician in Neurosurgery (Prof. de Tribolet) at the CHUV Lausanne


    1986
    Junior Doctor for Neurosurgery (Prof. Gratzl) at the University Hospital of Basel


    1985
    Junior Doctor for Neuroradiology (Prof. Radü) at the University Hospital of Basel


    1984
    Junior Doctor working on dissertation (Prof. H-P. Rohr) at the University Hospital of Basel


    1983
    Junior Doctor for Experimental Pathology at the University Hospital of Basel


    1976
    Medical studies and state examination at the University Hospital of Basel

     

    Memberships

    - SGS (Swiss Society of Spinal Surgery)
    - SGN (Swiss Society for Neurosurgery)
    - AO Spine (Association for the Study of Osteosyntheses)
    - DGP (German Society for Paraplegiology)
    - SNG (Swiss Society for Neurology)

     

    Functions

    - 2000-2004 Secretary of the Swiss Society for Neurosurgery
    - 2001-2005 Secretary of the Swiss Society for Spinal Surgery
    - 2007-2009 President of the Swiss Society for Neurosurgery
    - 2012-2014 President of the Swiss Society for Spinal Surgery
    - 2009- 2016 Member of the Management Board of fmCH

  • Dr. med. Markus Damrau

    Speciality Registrar in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics
    markus.damrau@paraplegie.ch

    Dr. med. Markus Damrau – CV

    2015
    Head of the Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics Department at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    2013
    Junior Doctor for Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    2012
    Junior Doctor in the Orthopaedic Clinic at the Aarau Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    2012
    Specialist qualification in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal system (D)


    2011
    Junior Doctor in the Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic at the Kreiskrankenhaus Rheinfelden (CH)


    2010
    Junior Doctor in the Traumatology Surgery Clinic at the Krankenhaus Lörrach (D)


    2008
    Junior Doctor in the Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic at the Kreiskrankenhaus Rheinfelden (CH)


    2006
    Junior Doctor in the Surgical Clinic at the Spital Lachen (CH)


    2004
    Junior Doctor at the Klinik Adelheid in Unterägeri (CH)


    2004
    Internship in the Clinic for Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Kliniken Bergmannstrost in Halle (Saale)


    2003
    Internship at the Department of Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery at the Martin-Luther-Universität-Halle-Wittenberg (D)


    2002
    State examination at the Martin-Luther-Universität-Halle-Wittenberg (D)

     

    Memberships

    - DGOU Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie (German Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology)
    - DMGP Deutschsprachige Medizinische Gesellschaft für Paraplegiologie (German-speaking Society for Paraplegia)

     

  • Dr. med. Guy Waisbrod

    Deputy Speciality Registrar in Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics
    guy.waisbrod@paraplegie.ch

    Dr. med. Guy Waisbrod – CV

    Since 2016
    Deputy Head of Department of Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    2016
    FMH recognized Specialist for Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the Musculoskeletal system


    Since 2014
    Junior Doctor at the Swiss Spine and Spinal Cord Centre (CH) at SPC Nottwil and LUKS Lucerne (Dr. Baur)


    2015
    Junior Doctor for Spinal Cord Therapy (Dr. Jeszenszky) at the Schulthess Clinic in Zurich (CH)


    2013
    Junior Doctor in the Orthopaedics and Traumatology Clinic at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (CH)


    2011
    Doctoral degree summa cum laude


    2010
    Junior Doctor in the Orthopaedics and Traumatology Clinic (PD Dr. Volkmann) at the Klinikum Bad Hersfeld (D)


    2009
    State examination at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (D)

     

    Memberships

    - AO Spine (Association for the Study of Osteosyntheses)

     

  • Dr. med. Johann Meunzel

    MSc Specialist in Neuro-orthopaedics
    johann.meunzel@paraplegie.ch

    Dr. med. Johann Meunzel MSc – CV 2014
    Master of Science: Neuro-orthopaedics – Disability Management at the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Department for Health Sciences and Biomedicine at Donau University, Krems (A)


    Since 2009
    Neuro-orthopaedics (MSc) for Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil (CH)


    1996
    Practising independent medical professional at the Multidisciplinary Group Practice in Laupheim (D)


    1995
    Specialist in General Medicine


    1991
    Medical Director and Head of NGO project at the Jeevan Prakash Child Center in Trivandrum (South India)


    1989
    PhD Scholarship (Prof. Hellbrügge), Kinderzentrum München (D)


    1989
    State examination (D)

     

    Memberships

    - Neuroortho (International Association of Neuro-orthopaedics)
    - GAMMA Gesellschaft für die Analyse menschlicher Motorik und ihrer klinischen Anwendung (Society for the Analysis of Human Motor Functions and their Clinical Application)
    - APO Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Prothesen und Orthesen (Swiss Association for the Study of Prostheses and Ortheses)
    - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Transitionsmedizin (German Society for Transition Medicine)
    - Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Vojta-Therapie (Swiss Association for the Study of Vojta Therapy)

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