Prof. Guenter Seidel is the Senior Consultant of the Neurology Clinic with the National Stroke Unit and Neurological Early Rehabilitation Unit at the Asklepios Hospital Nord, Heidberg in Hamburg. Prof. Seidel holds additional qualifications in Special Neurological Intensive Care Medicine, Clinical Geriatrics, Physiotherapy and Balneology. As a specialist neurologist, Prof. Seidel cares for patients with conditions of or injuries to the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves and the musculature. Further emphases of Prof. Seidel are early rehabilitation following severe neurological conditions and neurogeriatrics.
The certified National Stroke Unit is a specialist ward for the care of patients who have had an acute cerebrovascular accident. Studies show that the intensive monitoring and specialised treatment in stroke wards markedly increase the chances of survival and can reduce the extent of possible complications. The Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery and Cardiology Departments collaborate closely in order to find the cause of the CVA as quickly as possible, to commence the right treatment and to prevent further CVAs. Should rehabilitation subsequent to the acute treatment make sense, everything required will also be arranged during the stay in the Stroke Unit. In particularly severe cases, the patient’s transfer to the Neurological Early Rehabilitation Ward is seamless.
Prof. Seidel also collaborates in the Neurogeriatrics Department with specialists in other specialist disciplines. Here, predominantly older patients with neurological conditions are treated. By including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists and social workers, Prof. Seidel attempts to optimise the functional status of the patients and to improve their quality of life and autonomy.
In the Ultrasound Laboratory, the neurologist in Hamburg can draw on up to date ultrasound systems such as colour duplex sonography and can examine the arteries supplying the brain in the neck and the cranium, as well as the cerebral tissue using this method. Thus, the neurologist in Hamburg can detect calcifications and constrictions and, with the appropriate treatment, can prevent cerebral infarction. Ultrasound examination of the arteries supplying the brain plays an important role, particularly in the diagnosis of cerebrovascular accident patients. Prof. Seidel utilises ultrasound diagnosis of the cerebral tissues, for example, for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s syndrome.
The Neurology Department of the Asklepios Hospital Nord, Heidberg, does not have an out-patients’ structure for patients insured under the statutory provisions. These patients can only be admitted for hospital treatment as in-patients following referral by a doctor.