Special Clinical Focus

  • Surgical treatment of brain tumors using monitoring and mapping of cerebral functions
  • Surgical treatment of brain aneurysms
  • Microsurgical decompression of the spinal canal
  • Microsurgery of herniated disks
  • Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders
  • Microsurgical treatment of acoustic neuroma

About us

Prof. Andreas Raabe is a specialist in neurosurgery and, as chairman and head, leads the Department of Neurosurgery at the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital. The Department of Neurosurgery Cat the Inselspital Bern is an internationally renowned clinic for the surgical treatment of cerebral and spinal conditions. We provide our patients with high-level international medical care and we are equipped for this with the most up to date and verifiably best diagnostic and surgical systems. Personal care and a high standard of nursing care are further prerequisites for the best medical care possible.

Modern neurosurgery is a specialisation at the highest level. Under the direction of the specialist in neurosurgery, Prof. Raabe, the Department of Neurosurgery is an internationally recognised centre of excellence, particularly in the field of surgery for tumours, aneurysms and minimally invasive surgery on the spinal column.

A particular focus of the specialist in neurosurgery, Prof. Raabe in Bern, is navigated and image-guided surgery for cerebral tumours with the highest monitoring standards for the most important functions of the brain (monitoring and mapping, including for motor function, sensory function, language, comprehension, vision, neglect). In this field, it is our goal to remove even large and complex tumours in accordance with MRI criteria, completely and with no neurological deficits for the patient. The success rate for these procedures is one of the highest worldwide. Neuromonitoring and the associated high monitoring standard are also utilised in the procedures for other complicated tumours, such as acoustic neuromas, tumours of the spinal cord or vascular conditions such as angiomas or cavernomas.

Another emphasis of Prof. Raabe and his specialist team at the Department of Neurosurgery in Berne is the interdisciplinary counselling and treatment of accidental cerebral aneurysms, performed by endovascular and microsurgery specialists. The Inselspital in Berne is the centre for the field of surgical and endovascular conditions in French-speaking Switzerland.

Spinal surgery at the Department of Neurosurgery is characterised by its minimally invasive performance. In collaboration with other hospitals, the treatment spectrum ranges from conservative treatment to microsurgery and disc prosthetics to stabilising procedures. Here, the emphases are microsurgical decompression for stenoses of the spinal canal and endoscopic and microsurgical procedures for herniated discs.

In particular, severe locomotor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonias and their sub-forms, torticollis, hemispasmus facialis and hemiballismus, psychiatric conditions such as depression and Tourette’s syndrome, as well as spastic motor disorders and pain are treated using deep brain stimulation or neuromodulation at the interdisciplinary centre for functional neurosurgery.

Diagnostic Services

  • Modern preoperative imaging: MRI, CT, Doppler ultrasound, PET, SPECT, etc.
  • Complex intraoperative neuromonitoring: electrophysiology with monitoring (MEP, SEP, D wave) and mapping (cortical, subcortical, spinal cord, cranial nerves) as well as awake craniotomy
  • Neuronavigation, microscope integration, fiber tracking, fMRI
  • Intraoperative microscope-integrated diagnostics: fluorescence labeling of tumors (5-ALA), near-infrared ICG fluorescence angiography
  • Neurological diagnostics including EMG, NLG, AEP, MEP, SEP, VEP, EEG, long-term EEG, sleep laboratory, telemetry, epilepsy diagnostics
  • Other specialized diagnostics available at the university

Therapeutic Services

  • Modern intraoperative technologies: high-performance surgical microscopes, tumor fluorescence (5-ALA), near-infrared ICG angiography, intraoperative DSA, laser systems, intraoperative ultrasound systems, advanced neuronavigation system
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques using microsurgically assisted endoscopy and functional computer-supported neurosurgery
  • Operative neuromonitoring of tumors such as meningiomas, astrocytomas, insular gliomas, glioblastomas, metastases, spinal cord tumors and brain stem cavernomas
  • Cerebrovascular surgery in neurovascular diseases: aneurysms, angiomas, dural fistulas, cavernomas, and carotid endarterectomy
  • Surgery of tumors at the base of the skull: acoustic neurinomas, pituitary adenomas, meningiomas at the base of the skull
  • Spine surgery: microsurgical or endoscopic intervertebral disk surgery, microsurgical decompression in spinal stenosis, disk replacement, vertebral body slipping (spondylolisthesis), spine stabilization
  • Deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease, dystonia, torticollis, facial hemispasm, hemiballismus and Tourette syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, facial hemispasm: microvascular decompression, glycerol infiltration, radiosurgery
  • Pain therapy: neuromodulation such as spinal cord stimulation, pain pumps, motor cortex stimulation
  • Radiosurgery of tumors such as meningiomas, neurinomas, glomus tumors, metastases, pituitary tumors and during functionally oriented treatment

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Single and double rooms with TV, telephone, radio and WLAN connection
  • Library
  • 6 Restaurants and cafeterias
  • Restaurant with a view of the Bernese Alps
  • Comprehensive service for international patients: coordination of medical reports, coordination of consultations, cost estimates, organization of hotel reservations, transport or travel consultation
  • Foreign language service
  • Florist, post office, bank, kiosk
  • Social service consultation with preparation and organization of stays at spas, rehabilitative care and home care
  • Spiritual care, ombudsman, psychological care
  • Cafe Philosophique
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of selected experts in the specialist field Neurosurgery

Other services

  • Brain tumors: Astrocytoma, glioblastoma, meningioma
  • Malformation of cerebral vessels
  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Herniated disks
  • Parkinson's disease and dystonia
  • Acoustic neuromas

Directions

Airports near

  • Bern-Belp Airport10 km
  • Zurich International Airport125 km (1 hour)
  • Basel Airport100 km

Additional staff

Prof. - Jürgen Beck - Neurosurgery - Bern

Prof. Dr. med.
Jürgen Beck

Chief physician

Prof. - Werner Z`Graggen - Neurosurgery - Bern

Prof. Dr. med.
Werner Z`Graggen

Primary Consultant for the Neurological Intensive Care Unit

Dr. - Claudio Pollo - Neurosurgery - Bern

PD Dr.
Claudio Pollo

Primary Consultant Functional Neurosurgery