About us Prof. Dr. med. Heiko Koller & Dr. med. Robert Morrison
In February 2022, the Asklepios Klinikum Bad Abbach founded a new specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy, thus expanding the clinic's range of services in the field of orthopaedics II. Bad Abbach has been a place of healing for complaints of the entire skeletal apparatus since the 16th century. Today, the Asklepios Klinikum Bad Abbach – with its specialist hospital for orthopaedics and rheumatology, the centre for orthopaedic and rheumatological rehabilitation and the new specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy – offers patients excellent medical options for becoming symptom-free. The new specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy is run by two renowned orthopaedic experts: Professor Dr. med. Heiko Koller and Dr. med. Robert Morrison. To date, there are very few locations in Europe that offer similar expertise. The catchment area therefore extends far beyond the borders of Bavaria.
With scoliosis in childhood and adolescence, the spine curves three-dimensionally. Besides the pain, this can also put a very big psychological burden on adolescents. What causes the condition is not clear to date; the curvature develops during the growth process. However, there is still a lack of experienced medical professionals in the field of scoliosis to treat complex spinal deformities. Prof. Dr. Koller would like to close this gap in the region around Regensburg and beyond with the specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy. He sees cooperation with the centre for rehabilitation at the Asklepios Clinic Bad Abbach and the University Hospital Regensburg as the best prerequisite for this.
The high standard of diagnostic facilities at Asklepios Klinikum Bad Abbach makes targeted diagnostics possible and offers medical care at the highest level. Dr. med. Robert Morrison sees great potential, particularly in minimally invasive surgery. It is not only patients with vertebral fractures that can benefit from this, but also older and even elderly people who can
be treated much more gently in this way. Minimally invasive therapies have also led to a significant improvement in the treatment of tumours.
Professor Dr. med. Heiko Koller is a specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery and has made a name for himself as an internationally recognised specialist in spinal deformities in children and adults. He has been a leading figure in scoliosis medicine and spinal therapy at various clinics and has acquired extensive expertise, his last professional position being at the Universitätsklinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich. He has been awarded numerous prizes and honours, including from the German Spine Society. The first Cervical Spine Research Society textbook, which he edited together with a Swedish colleague, received great feedback and recognition from the professional community. Prof. Koller has published in many journals, is a member of numerous professional societies and also serves as President of the Cervical Spine Research Society – European Section. He has presented the latest findings on scoliosis and kyphosis treatment at countless national and international specialist congresses.
As Senior Consultant of the new specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy at the Asklepios Klinikum Bad Abbach, his work focuses on the treatment of national and international patients with complex deformities of the spine in all age groups, from small children to the elderly, and in the professional treatment of scoliosis and kyphosis in accordance with the latest findings. “There is a lack of providers treating complex spinal deformities in Germany”, explains Prof. Koller. In his experience, this has often lead to misdiagnoses. Initial treatments take place too late and this often results in unnecessarily costly treatments for patients with spinal deformities at a later date. With his extensive expert knowledge, Prof. Koller wants to close this gap in southern Germany.
Dr. med. Robert Morrison is a specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery. Due to his specialisation in the field of spinal surgery, he is familiar with the latest scientific findings and treatment options in his field. In recent years, he has built up a spinal centre at Ingolstadt Hospital, which now enjoys an excellent reputation in southern Germany. He now brings his many years of expertise and experience as an orthopaedic surgeon, trauma surgeon and spinal surgeon to the specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy.
Part of his treatment spectrum is tumour ablation, a minimally invasive form of treatment for bone metastases. This method was established for the first time in Bavaria by Dr. Morrison. Keyhole surgery is also close to his heart. Older patients in particular benefit from the gentle minimally invasive procedures and the associated faster recovery times after an operation. “This surgical method has proven successful in cases of wear and tear, constriction of the spinal nerves and tumours of the spine”, reports Dr Morrison. “In addition to good medical treatment, these patients can be significantly relieved of pain and given a short inpatient stay with minimally invasive procedures that are gentle on soft tissues”, he continues.
In addition, the Senior Consultant of the specialist centre for spinal and scoliosis therapy has focused on the treatment of patients with cervical spine problems. The new specialised clinic for children and adults with problems in the area of the cervical spine will benefit from the cooperation and resulting synergies of the two Senior Consultants, Prof. Dr. med. Heiko
Koller and Dr. med. Robert Morrison, the two experts agree. “This specialised clinic is now being further expanded and will be a valuable point of contact regionally and beyond for young and older people with more complex problems and malpositions of the cervical spine”, predicts Prof. Koller.