Dr Ulrich-Wilhelm Thomale is a specialist paediatric neurosurgeon and Head of the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery at the Charité in Berlin. Dr Thomale and his team at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin have extensive experience in the care of children and adolescents with neurological conditions which must be treated surgically, such as hydrocephalus, deformities of the skull, cerebral tumours and spastic disorders. The young patients at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin benefit from both the neurosurgical and the paediatric expertise of Dr Thomale. The treatment strategy is planned together with the paediatricians of the Charité at the Virchow Campus Hospital so that the patients receive the optimal care. In addition, the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin works in close collaboration with other experienced facilities worldwide.
If a cerebrospinal fluid discharge blockage underlies the hydrocephalus, Dr Thomale at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery Berlin generally performs a ventriculocisternostomy (endoscopic ventriculostomy). Here, the specialists at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin create an alternative outflow path for the CSF from the ventricles (CSF chambers) into the area surrounding the brain, without having to introduce foreign material. There are also situations, however, in which a CSF shunt, a type of valve, must be implanted, and so the outflow is ensured. Depending on the cause and the severity of the condition, Dr Thomale and the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin provide further advanced options for the treatment of hydrocephalus, such as aqueductoplasty or computer-guided endoscopy.
The Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin under Dr Thomale has wide experience in the treatment of children with deformities of the skull, which must be surgically corrected, as a rule. In the course of an endoscope-assisted procedure, which must be performed as early as the 3rd complete month of life, bony material is taken from the ossified cranial suture. Alternatively, for children between the 5th and the 12th month of life, the final shape of the head can be produced in a single procedure at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin.
Tumour conditions of the central nervous system are treated surgically at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in close collaboration with the paediatric neuro-oncology and radiology specialists. The Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin has the most advanced microsurgery and computer-guided surgical techniques and utilises so-called neuronavigation in the planning for surgery on the brain.
Due to early childhood damage to the brain (infantile cerebral palsy), increased muscular tension (so-called spasticity) can appear in the course of development. To treat this disorder, Dr Thomale at the Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery in Berlin performs a selective dorsal rhizotomy, a microsurgical procedure on the spinal cord, in which the nerve roots responsible for the transmission of the spasticity are isolated using synthetic film.