Special Clinical Focus

  • Microsurgery
  • Neuro-endoscopy / cranial endoscopy
  • Minimally invasive techniques
  • Complex spinal surgery

About us

As a maximum care hospital, the Neurosurgery Clinic at the Vivantes Hospital, Neukoelln in Berlin covers the field of neurosurgery with the most up-to-date standards. The Department of Neurosurgery is the core clinic of the Neuro Centre / Neurovascular Network and of the Vivantes Head and Base of Skull Centre. Moreover, the Clinic heads an interdisciplinary Spinal Centre and an interdisciplinary Centre for Neuroaugmentation / Neurostimulation / Pain Therapy. The highly competent, experienced and dedicated team is there for you, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Assistant Lecturer Dr Andreas Joedicke heads the Clinic, which focuses on the care of complex neurosurgical conditions in the region of the head and the base of the skull and on brain surgery, as well as spinal surgery. Recommendations and decisions concerning the diagnosis and surgical intervention are discussed and determined in various interdisciplinary conferences (neuro-oncology tumour board; base of the skull board; spinal board; pain therapy board). Thus, it is ensured that a recommendation can always be made in conjunction with the required specialist disciplines. The careful surgical planning, including the most up-to-date functional techniques for complex surgical procedures, the high degree of surgical expertise, the monitoring of the relevant core functions during surgery and the experienced postoperative monitoring and care ensure the most optimal course of treatment possible, with personal care and support.

Diagnostic Services

- State-of-the-art imaging diagnostics (Institute for Neuroradiology) with
- Neuro-optimised magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI, DTI, 3-D fibre-track technique, MR spectroscopy, MR perfusion, MR CSF dynamics); brain mapping
- Computed tomography (CT) including CT angiography / CT perfusion
- Digital subtraction angiography including functional testing
- Myelography / myelo CT
- Conventional imaging including whole-spine imaging
- All neurophysiological techniques (SEP, MEP, VEP, EMG, NLG, EEG) in the course of collaboration with the Neuro Centre
- Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS)
- Neuropsychology / psychosomatic medicine / pain therapy

Therapeutic Services

Techniques and Equipment
- Complete integration of imaging data and functional data into the microsurgery / endoscopic surgical planning and performance
- Cranial navigation, spinal navigation including intraoperative 3-D imaging
- Intraoperative angiography (neurovascular)
- Intraoperative cranial neuromonitoring (cortical / subcortical stimulation, MEP, SEP, cranial nerve monitoring), spinal and medullary (D-wave, MEP, SEP), at the base of the skull (cranial nerve and brain stem monitoring), neuromonitoring of microsurgery to the peripheral nerves.

Cranial
- Awake surgery for tumours in eloquent regions of the brain with functional mapping of the brain (following nTMS planning)
- Intraoperative fluorescence techniques (5-ALA; ICG angiography) for tumour surgery and aneurysm / angioma surgery
- Intraoperative Doppler sonography / cross-sectional sonography
- Full endoscopic transnasal surgery to the base of the skull and to the pituitary gland
- Full endoscopic intracranial tumour and hydrocephalus surgery
- Endoscope-assisted aneurysm microsurgery and microsurgery to the base of the skull

Spinal
- Full endoscopic spinal surgery for degenerative conditions of the spinal column
- Minimally invasive spinal surgery (all types of spinal condition; XLIF, OLIF, ALIF, TLIF, PLIF access; all types of access to the craniocervical junction) including stabilisation techniques
- Spinal vertebra replacement techniques with en-bloc resection / 360° stabilisation in all segments of the spinal column (for the appropriate oncological indication) under functional monitoring.

Indications

Cerebrovascular conditions:
- Aneurysms of the vessels supplying the brain
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM), cavernoma, AV fistula
- Cerebral ischaemia (cerebral bypass surgery)
- Microsurgery for neurovascular conflict (e.g. trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm)

Tumours of the central nervous system
- Brain tumours (glioma, glioblastoma, astrocytoma, etc.), also in eloquent regions of the brain
- Cerebral metastases
- Tumours of the spinal cord (intramedullary tumours; microsurgery under neuromonitoring)
- Tumours within the spinal canal (intradural-extramedullary tumours with spinal-cord compression: meningeoma, schwannoma / neurinoma)
- Tumours within the cranium (meningeoma, epidermoid, etc.)

Tumours of the base of the skull (in collaboration with our partners at the Head and Base of Skull Centre):
- Acoustic neuroma / vestibular schwannoma
- Chordoma, chondrosarcoma
- Meningeoma
- Pituitary adenoma (full endoscopic transnasal technique, microsurgery to the sinus cavernosus)
- Tumours of the orbital cavity

Spinal conditions:
- Metastases and primary tumours of the entire spinal column (including Pancoast tumours, in collaboration with the Department of Thoracic Surgery)
- Spinal fractures
- Degenerative conditions of the spinal column (stenosis, herniated disc, olisthesis)
- Infections of the spinal column
- Malformations of the spinal column

Conditions of the peripheral nervous system:
- Peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes (carpal tunnel syndrome, sulcus-ulnaris syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome)
- Nerve tumours 
- Acute nerve damage

Conditions of the cerebrospinal fluid system:
- Hydrocephalus / normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) 
- Aqueductal stenosis, arachnoid cysts
- Chiari malformations
- Syringomyelia

Functional neurosurgery / pain therapy:
- Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) 
- Peripheral nerve stimulation
- Vagus nerve stimulation
- Intrathecal pump implantation

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

In our special comfort zone, we provide accommodation in comfort rooms with comprehensive services, optional treatment by the Senior Consultant, care by nursing and service staff specially trained for international patients and the entire range of medical care of the Neukoelln Hospital. The rooms are modern in design, with high-quality furnishing. The ward’s lounge room with its roof terrace, as well as the restaurant in this ward invite you to enjoy a relaxing stay.

Enjoy the enhanced hotel standard. Special service personnel will cater to your needs and will also be delighted to attend to your smallest personal requests. Of course, we will take care of all the formalities for your admission for you.
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Other services

  • Cerebral tumours (gliomata, cerebral metastases)
  • Vascular malformations (aneurysm, cavernoma, AVM)
  • Tumours of head and base of the skull (acoustic neurinoma, pituitary adenoma, chordoma, meningeoma)
  • Tumours of the spinal column and spinal cord
  • Degenerative spinal conditions (herniated disc, spinal canal stenosis, spondylolisthesis)
  • Conditions of the craniocervical junction

Directions

Airports near

  • Berlin-Schoenefeld airport4.5 miles (7.3 km)
  • Flughafen Berlin-Tegel22,7 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Berlin Hauptbahnhof15,4 km
  • U-Bahnhof Britz Süd U-Bahnhof Parchimer Allee(weiter mit Bus M46 bis Klinikum Neukölln)