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
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.
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
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