Spinal Specialist in Bern - PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich

PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich
Practice Owner
Specialist in Spinal surgery
Bern, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Signs of wear and tear (degeneration) of the spine
  • Spinal tumours
  • CSF loss syndrome
  • Infections of the spine
  • Injuries (trauma) to the spine

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Skeletal scintigraphy (nuclear medical examination of the bone)
  • Myelography (X-ray with contrast medium in the spinal cord)
  • Sonography (ultrasound diagnostics)
  • Spinal neuronavigation with intraoperative 3D imaging

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Disc prolapse (herniated disc)
  • Narrowed spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
  • Spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis
  • Joint cyst (synovial cyst)
  • Spinal curvatures (scolioses)
  • Spinal tumours
  • CSF loss syndrome
  • Arthrosis
  • Trauma of the spine (fractures)
  • Infections of the spine
  • Skull tumours
  • Second opinions
  • Expert opinion

About PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich - Spinal Surgeon in Bern

PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich is a specialist in spinal surgery and works as an independent neurosurgeon at the Lindenhofspital in Bern.

With many years of surgical experience, humanity, open personal consultation, and a medical-technical environment at the highest level, PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich offers the best conditions for successful treatment of diseases of the spine and central nervous system.

Experienced Expert in Spinal Surgery in Bern

Doctor Ulrich is a specialist in simple and complex spinal surgery and operates on degenerative, traumatic, and tumorous diseases of the spine. The surgical removal of cranial tumours is also one of his specialities. Disc prolapses, narrowed spinal canals (spinal stenosis), degenerative deformities, and fractures are the most common procedures. Dr Ulrich operates on benign or malignant primary tumours inside and outside the nerve canal (intradural and extradural) as well as secondary tumours or spinal metastases. The aim of spinal surgery, whether it is a disc prolapse or a tumour, is to maintain or restore mechanical spinal stability and keep the patient pain-free.

In this context, Dr Ulrich exemplifies the concept of cooperative spinal surgery in which the competences of neurosurgery and orthopaedics are integrated in complicated spinal surgeries in order to achieve the best possible results. This cooperation concept is sought because of the increasingly high standards set for spinal surgery. Because of his surgical experience, Dr Ulrich knows how important the cooperation between the disciplines of orthopaedics, neurology, rheumatology, pain therapy, radiology, physiotherapy, and oncology is for spinal surgery. Whenever possible, minimally invasive surgery is performed.

Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

When painkillers and physiotherapy no longer help, the patient must see a back specialist. Dr Ulrich focuses on modern spinal surgery with microsurgical and minimally invasive interventions on nerve structures and stabilisation of the spine. Minimally invasive surgery creates the gentlest possible access to the surgical area. This technique has decisive advantages over invasive spinal surgery. These include a very low risk of nerve injury, rapid wound healing, and less scarring. Minimally invasive spinal surgery is also more gentle on the cardiovascular system, which is a decisive advantage for both the older generation and multimorbid patients.

Spinal Navigation and Intra-Operative 3D Imaging – More Safety in Back Surgery

Spinal neuronavigation, an image-guided surgical technique supported by a computer, provides even more safety. The computer navigates the steps to the surgical site in three dimensions by displaying the patient’s spine on a screen in high resolution and in several planes. This modern technique, which is also combined with the minimally invasive approach to the spine, allows Dr Ulrich a good view of the surgical area, precise guidance of the surgical instruments, and maximum control over the insertion of the implants. The correct position of the implants can also be checked during the operation using high-resolution 3D imaging. Revision interventions because of incorrect position of the implants are thus avoided. In addition to the millimetre-precise insertion of implants, spinal neuronavigation can also reduce X-ray radiation in the operating theatre.

CSF Loss Syndrome

CSF loss syndrome is characterised by orthostatic headache, a head pain when changing position from lying to standing up. The CSF pressure drops and creates a negative pressure in the head. The cause is a fistula in the area of the spine through which spinal fluid (CSF) is lost. Dr Ulrich uses a step-by-step diagnostic procedure in order to find the cerebrospinal fluid leak and then closes it in a surgical procedure. CSF loss syndrome is frequently misdiagnosed because of the diffuse symptoms and because a definitive diagnosis with detection of the exact CSF fistula point is challenging. Dr Ulrich is an expert in this disease and was able to participate in an interdisciplinary team consisting of specialists in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and neurology in the further development of diagnostics, causes, and surgical treatment of spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH).

Second Opinions in Spinal Surgery

Spinal surgery is often associated with uncertainty and anxiety for those involved. Patients and relatives should therefore seek an additional medical opinion if they are unsure. There are often different surgical approaches and treatment options. A second doctor can help patients understand the pros and cons of therapy so they can decide on an individual treatment plan.

More information on PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich can be found on his website.


Curriculum Vitae

Medical Studies

1998 – 2004
  • Pre-clinic: Philipps University of Marburg
  • Clinic: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Barrow Neurological Institute Phoenix/USA

Professional Career

2004 – 2005
2005 – 2010
Doctor in Training
  • University Clinic for Neurosurgery Erlangen, Director: Prof. Dr R. Fahlbusch
  • University Clinic for Neurosurgery Frankfurt am Main, Director: Prof. Dr V. Seifert
Specialist in Neurosurgery
  • State Medical Association of Hesse
  • FMH Neurosurgery Recognition Federal Office of Public Health
2011 – 2015 Senior Physician
University Clinic for Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern, Director: Prof. Dr A. Raabe
2015 – 2020 Head of Spinal Surgery
University Clinic for Neurosurgery, Inselspital Bern, Director: Prof. Dr A. Raabe
Since 08/2020 Attending Physician Lindenhofspital
Practice successor PD Dr Uwe Ebeling

Additional qualifications

2003 Studies in Health Economics, Chur Title/Degree: oec. med.
2015 Certificate of Spinal Neurosurgery from the German Society for Neurosurgery

 Special knowledge and operative skills in spinal surgery
  • Basic certificate
  • Master’s certificate
of the German Society for Spinal Surgery
2017 Certificate of Competence in interventional pain management, Swiss Society for Interventional Pain Management (SSIPM)
2019 Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), Management of Medical Units, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW


The Lindenhofspital and its Infrastructure

The Lindenhofspital stands for professionalism, conscientiousness, and appreciation of patients as people. For more than 100 years, it has been a traditional cornerstone of health care in Bern and is one of the leading privately-run listed hospitals in Switzerland. Patients of all insurance classes receive respectful, professional care in a soothing atmosphere. A time-saving and uncomplicated infrastructure has thus been established for patients. High quality standards apply in the day-to-day running of the clinic as well as among the treating specialists, laying the foundation for the medical excellence of the Lindenhofspital. Neurosurgery and spinal surgery are complex medical disciplines which must work in cooperation with other disciplines. Therefore, the Lindenhofspital cooperates closely with many adjacent disciplines in order to ensure the best possible therapy and clarification, short waiting times, and personalised medicine for the patient. Hospital operations and neurosurgical presence are guaranteed 24 hours a day throughout the year.

The Lindenhofspital Bern offers modern high-end technologies which PD Dr Ulrich uses for diagnostics and surgeries. For minimally invasive procedures, Dr Ulrich has at his disposal the neuronavigation with intraoperative 3D imaging, latest surgical microscopes and a wide portfolio of carefully tested implants.


The practice is located directly at the Lindenhofspital and is conveniently situated in terms of transport. The connection to public transport is seamless, and there are plenty of parking spaces directly in front of the hospital. In the practice, with a breathtaking view over the city of Bern and the Bernese Oberland panorama, a professional and open-minded practice team takes care of the individual needs of the patients.

At the Lindenhofspital, there is much more to everyday life than treatment with modern medical technology and good nursing care. A calm and friendly atmosphere ensures the well-being of the patients. This includes modern patient rooms (category depending on insurance class) with the possibility of overnight stays with a companion and a healthy culinary variety as well as care by a social and rehabilitation team or pastoral care.


Bern Railway Station 3 km
Bern-Belp Airport 22 km
Basel Airport 104 km
Zurich Airport 127 km
Geneva Airport 154 km

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PD Dr Christian T. Ulrich
Practice Owner

Practice for Neurosurgery
Bremgartenstr. 119, CH-3012 Bern

T: +41 31 511 8465
F: +41 31 301 1052


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8:00 am - 11:30 am / 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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