Neurosurgery on Spine

Nerves in spine play a great role in human body, being responsible for movements and activities of a person. If the nerve ends are being pressed or damaged, it may lead to various diseases, and sometimes only operations can help. Find out what kinds of neurological surgery and spine surgery are performed in Bonifatius hospital, and why patients choose our clinic.

What is neurosurgery?

It’s important to realize the difference between an orthopedic operation and neurosurgery. While the first is used to treat spine disorders and diseases after traumas and injuries, neurosurgery can be used to treat nerves, spine and spinal cord, brain, vasculature in spine. This operation helps to eliminate spine conditions and diseases that cause permanent pain and discomfort by fixing nerves and bones that can cause compression.

About 50% of spine surgeries are done by neurosurgeons, because disorders affect spine nerves to some extent. Bonifatius hospital has several experts in the area of spine and neurologuic surgery. We perform every type of reconstructive and decompressive operation and treat different disorders including cervical, thoracic, benign and cancerous tumors, lumbar disc, fractures, junction abnormalities, etc.

When do I need it?

Operation is indicated to treat several problems of the spine including hernias in disc, stenosis, deformation, tumors, fractures and instability. If conservative non-invasive treatment (therapies, massage, medications, or special physical exercises) does not help, or relieves symptoms insignificantly, surgery stays the only way out. People often resolve to such variant when spine symptoms inhibit everyday activities. Neurosurgery is requires right away, if a person has severe pain that ceases suddenly, change of bladder or bowel function, weakness in arms and legs.

Description

Exact algorithm of neurosurgery on spine depends on the type of disorder treated and its complexity. Different approaches should be used in different cases. Generally, the process goes as follows:

  • Patient is given general anesthesia to make him asleep and reduce pain. He is laid on the abdomen or side, depending on the operated area and manipulations.
  • The surgeon makes a cut above the affected zone to reach the bones and nerves.
  • Using instruments, the surgeon removed or replaces fractures bones, may use bone graft to increase narrowed space between vertebrae, and work with nerves.
  • When the operation is done, the opening is being closed layer by layer. Sometimes, metal and plastic components can be used to stabilize the spine.

When it comes to neurosurgery, doctors often use a microscope to see tiny nerve endings better and be more accurate. Besides, some manipulations requiring high precision and accuracy can be done in robot-assisted surgery. Bonifatius hospital always tries to be ahead of the progress and uses recent developments in its work including minimally invasive surgery (that may commonly be performed on outpatient basis), computer guided and robot-assisted spinal surgery, and pumps for benign pain and spasticity. We perform hundreds of surgeries every year.

Recovery

The period of recovery is individual and mostly depends on person’s age, overall health, medical conditions, and, of course, motivation. Kind of procedure also matters. Some operations like spinal fusion require exposure of a vast part of the spine, and recovery may take up to a year. Other surgical procedures like minimally invasive operations have shorter recovery period – from 4 to 6 weeks.

Risks

Some certain outcomes are associated with the type of operations, but with well-trained and skilled surgeons, the risks are pretty low. Side effects can be the following:

  • Bleeding;
  • Leaking of spinal fluid;
  • Infection;
  • Complication of some other diseases like diabetes;
  • Constant pain;
  • Hardware failure;
  • Infection;
  • Problems with wound healing.

Therefore, before opting for some kind of a surgery, it’s important to consult with a doctor.

Why choosing Bonifatius Hospital?

Our medical center is considered to be one of the most advanced in Germany, because we have state-of-art equipment and devices to deal with sophisticated surgeries. Our experienced and reliable team with D-r Gerard Kolb in head applies multidisciplinary approach, and we make individual treatment plans for our patients. Besides, the cost of surgeries and diagnosis in our clinic is pretty low.

Bonifatius hospital is located in Lingen (Germany), a wonderful town with peaceful atmosphere and agreeable prices. Come directly to us, and contact our managers via phone or email to get your personal recommendations and arrange treatment in our center. We’ll be glad to help!