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Welcome to the Center for Spinal Surgery at Heidelberg University Orthopedic Hospital!

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At the Center for Spinal Surgery, we provide care to approximately 3300 ambulatory and 650 in-hospital patients per year. In addition to the most modern non-operative therapies for degenerative diseases of the spine, we offer expertise over the entire operative spectrum of spinal surgery. This includes surgical treatment of the entire spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) at the highest academic level and according to the latest scientific standards.

We specialize in:

  • Congenital and acquired diseases of the spine
  • Pediatric spinal disorders (including early-onset scoliosis)
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine (e.g., spinal stenosis, degenerative scoliosis, etc.)
  • Spinal deformities (congenital, acquired)
  • Idiopathic scoliosis / neurogenic and neuromuscular scoliosis
  • Congenital scoliosis
  • Reconstructive spinal surgery (scoliosis, kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis, spondylolisthesis, post-traumatic deformities, etc.)
  • Spinal fractures
  • Infections of the spine (spondylodiscitis)
  • Surgical spinal oncology (primary and metastatic tumors)
  • En Bloc spondylectomy (complete resection of the vertebral body, e.g. for solitary tumor metastasis)
  • Disc surgery
  • Minimally invasive procedures


All surgical techniques, anterior and posterior, are well established in our center. This also applies to more recent minimally invasive surgical techniques such as percutaneous spinal fusion and minimally invasive vertebral body replacement. Intraoperative neuromonitoring is routinely used for all complex spinal deformities. In selected cases, navigation technology is used.

In cooperation with the Department of Radiology, we offer our patients the full range of diagnostic procedures, providing accurate diagnosis prior to surgery so that targeted and efficient treatment can be performed. Our clinic is one of the few hospitals in Germany boasting a low-dose X-ray machine (EOS® imaging with 3D reconstruction), which provides highly informative radiography with very low radiation exposure. This technique is complemented by 128-slice spiral CT and 3 Tesla MRI, plus the availability of CT myelography. In cooperation with the Spinal Cord Injury Center (Neurology), electrophysiological and neuro-urological examination facilities are always available to our patients.

The Center for Spinal Surgery is part of Heidelberg University Orthopedic Hospital. As the largest and oldest Orthopedic University Hospital in Germany, the Schlierbach location boasts a hundred-plus-year tradition that has brought our hospital to the forefront of musculoskeletal medicine.

The Center has 22 inpatient beds, and each room is equipped with private bathroom, telephone, TV, and free Wi-Fi. The medical team is completed with a highly qualified nursing staff and a physiotherapy department specializing in surgical spine disease.

I wish you a good stay and a speedy recovery!

Yours,
Michael Akbar, MD
Director of the Center for Spinal Surgery at Heidelberg University Orthopedic Hospital, University Hospital Heidelberg


See also: Spine surgery at the Neuro-surgical Hospital