An excellent reputation that extends far beyond Munich: Schoen Clinic in Harlaching, a specialist clinic in the field of orthopaedics, shows just how much patients benefit from being treated by highly-specialised doctors who are fully dedicated to one specific discipline. The Spinal Centre at Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching sets high standards for itself: the centre is staffed by three experienced chief physicians who provide treatment for all kinds of conditions of and injuries to the spine. The physicians stand out thanks to their dedication to providing precise diagnostics, individually tailored treatment and a full rehabilitation package: Priv.-Doz. Dr Christoph Mehren, Professor Christoph Siepe and Dr Andreas Korge are renowned throughout Europe as experts in the broad field of treating back pain.
Having a spinal centre that is staffed by three chief physicians shows what Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching is all about: providing outstanding medical quality which all patients can rely on is the top priority here at all times. These doctors are high-performance physicians who are genuine experts in their specialty, which makes a difference in the treatment process because it guarantees that the individual needs of the patient always form the focal point of the medical care that is being provided.
The fact that the Harlaching-based Spinal Centre is able to offer three chief physicians, Priv.-Doz. Dr Christoph Mehren, Professor Christoph Siepe and Dr Andreas Korge, to treats its patients also highlights the extraordinary status that Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching has established in the expert field of innovative orthopaedics. Over 75,000 patients each year place their trust in the comprehensive range of services provided by this established organisation and these patients do not just travel from German-speaking countries: the institution attracts patients from all over the world.Three chief physicians: the first port of call for elite athletes
When it comes to elite athletes in particular, this specialist orthopaedic clinic has made a name for itself all over the world, for example acting as the medical centre for the Olympic support centre in Bavaria and gaining official recognition as a “FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence”. These accolades are the results of a consistent approach to pursuing the medical concept of the clinic: all of the departments at the clinic are staffed by renowned experts in their specialties and/or joints.
The international reputation of the Spinal Centre is based, for example, on the fact that the physicians are able to avoid surgical intervention here in many cases. The three chief physicians are in agreement that back conditions lead to surgery much too frequently nowadays and they endeavour to achieve treatment success using non-surgical methods. The non-surgical arsenal of the consultants ranges from an individual training plan, physiotherapy and aids to relieve pressure on the back, such as supportive bandages or a corset, to multimodal pain therapy. In addition, selective infiltration therapy supported by image converters is part of the range of treatment on offer for slipped discs or spinal stenosis. Otherwise, the consultants at the Spinal Centre work together in an interdisciplinary manner with experts from a very wide range of disciplines, for example when it comes to pain therapy, including with the Medical Care Centre that is connected to the clinic, which offers highly-specialised consultants in all fields.
Comprehensive diagnostics and the highest level of surgical precision
Surgical intervention is only considered once it has been established that these treatment options will no longer offer the desired result. Surgery is often the only option to prevent serious consequential damage, for example in cases where pressure needs to be taken off the nerves and spinal cord. The range of skills that the three chief physicians, Priv.-Doz. Dr Christoph Mehren, Professor Christoph Siepe and Dr Andreas Korge, can offer is of outstanding international quality. Wherever possible, surgery is carried out using minimally invasive methods and state-of-the-art techniques. The centre and the entire clinic boast state-of-the-art tools, which, in some cases, have even been developed in-house at Schoen Clinic.
In the event of a slipped disc, it is naturally key to ascertain whether the cervical spine, thoracic spine or lumbar spine is affected. In such cases, a specialism offered by the chief physicians at the Spinal Centre is the implantation of artificial discs. The consultants at the clinic are also skilled at carrying out replacements of vertebral bodies with telescopic implants.
However, disc prostheses are not only often the optimal solution for slipped discs but also for osteochondrosis and spinal stenosis. Spinal fusion can often be a helpful method for these conditions and is carried out using minimally invasive methods. Naturally, the treatment is always carried out to suit the patient’s individual case depending on the severity of the condition.
In the event that narrowing of the spinal canal is diagnosed in Munich Harlaching, i.e. spinal stenosis, the consultants’ priority is to ensure that pressure is taken off the spine on a permanent basis. For this condition too, the main techniques which are used are minimally invasive microsurgical or endoscopic surgical methods.
There are no topics relating to the spine in which Priv.-Doz. Dr Christoph Mehren, Professor Christoph Siepe and Dr Andreas Korge have not already had excellent skills for a long time. Regardless of whether patients have experienced a spinal fracture, spondylolisthesis, osteoporosis or scoliosis or are experiencing back pain and want to regain their former mobility, the Spinal Centre is always the right point of contact.
All three chief physicians have numerous publications to their names, are members of leading specialist societies and boast outstanding international networks. Numerous awards and prizes provide proof of the outstanding expertise offered by these experienced experts.Priv.-Doz. Dr Christoph Mehren
is a consultant in orthopaedics with an additional qualification in physical therapy and balneology. He sees himself as a “spinal surgeon with neurosurgical, trauma and orthopaedic skills”. He has been working as a chief physician in Harlaching since 2012. Dr Mehren was born in Munich and studied at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich. He also has a great deal of experience in the field of chiropractic and has been awarded the personal basic and master certificate by the German Society for Spine Surgery. He has always focussed his activities on the spine, which is also evidenced by the fact that he has an excellent reputation as a sports physician.Professor Christoph Siepe
is a consultant in orthopaedics and, in the field of endoscopic surgery, for example for spinal stenosis, he is one of the most well-regarded consultants in the German-speaking world. His reputation is also evidenced by his appearances with the radio and television broadcaster ‘Bayerischer Rundfunk’, on which he has repeatedly been consulted as an expert on matters of the spine. He studied at the Ruhr University Bochum, attracted attention during his doctoral studies at the famous organisation ‘Charité’ in Berlin for his scientific successes in trauma surgery and biomechanics and was the Chair of the Programme Committee of the German Society for Spine Surgery for a period of time. In 2015, he was awarded a research professorship by Paracelsus Medical University, which is a private university in Salzburg, where he also directs the Institute for Spinal Research. This demonstrates that he feels equally comfortable in the worlds of research, teaching and medical practice. Since 2012, Professor Siepe has been working as a chief physician in the field of spinal surgery at Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching.Dr Andreas Korge
is a consultant in orthopaedics and has additional qualifications in rheumatology, sports medicine, rehabilitation, chiropractic and physical therapy. He studied at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Basel and Yale University, which is one of the most highly regarded universities in the world. As a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive spinal surgery, in 2012 he played a key role in developing a standard reference work, which was even published in China. This led to him becoming a corresponding member of the microsurgical spinal society in China. Dr Korge is involved in numerous studies, including international ones, is very popular as a dedicated supervisor of dissertations in the field and has co-organised numerous important congresses. He has been working as a chief physician at the Spinal Centre in Harlaching since 2008.
These physicians are three excellent examples of how well state-of-the-art and specialised high-performance medicine can work and they make the Spinal Centre at Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching the ideal point of contact for anyone suffering with back pain. Patients can always rely on receiving expert and patient-oriented treatment for their spinal conditions. The renowned experts stand out thanks to the value they place on interdisciplinary cooperation with other top experts. All questions which arise in connection with rehabilitation are answered individually by experienced experts at the Spinal Centre. This guarantees that all patients who are treated at Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching can also benefit from a well-balanced follow-up treatment programme, which supports the treatment result.
As such, Schoen Clinic Munich Harlaching has earned its reputation as one of the most important orthopaedic institutions in the region, which is, in part, thanks to the outstanding expertise of the chief physicians at the Spinal Centre. As well as highly-qualified consultants, therapists who have received outstanding training and dedicated care teams use a great deal of empathy to support each and every patient through their treatment programme, thus creating a pleasant atmosphere that makes a significant contribution to the recovery process.
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