Neurorehabilitation Switzerland: cereneo Rehab Clinic Vitznau

Prof. Dr Andreas R. Luft
Medical Director
Specialist in Neurological Rehabilitation
Vitznau, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Stroke (apoplexy)
  • Spinal and brain damage (e.g. through injuries, bleeding, tumours)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Peripheral nerve damage

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Neurophysiological diagnostics
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG, cerebral current measurement)
  • SEP (somatically evoked potentials), VEP (visual evoked potentials), FAEP (auditory evoked potentials), MEP (motor-evoked potentials)
  • Electromyogram (EMG, measurement of electrical muscle activity), electroneurography (ENG, measurement of electrical nerve activity)
  • Neuropsychological examinations
  • Movement analysis (three-dimensional)
  • Gait analysis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Cranial computed tomography (CCT)
  • FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing)
  • Holter ECG
  • Spiroergometry

Range of Therapeutic Services

  • Phased Physiotherapy
  • Robot Assisted Locomotion Therapy Lokomat®, ZeroG®, Indego® Exoskeleton (a robotic system worn on the body that allows patients with cerebral or spinal cord injuries to move through the system's legs to regain balance, sensitivity and function)
  • Armeo Power®, Armeo Spring® (assistance in regaining hand and arm function)
  • Amadeo® (finger-hand rehabilitation)
  • Erigo (patient mobilisation in early rehabilitation)
  • Allegro leg press (strength, endurance, leg coordination)
  • SensoPro (exercise coordination training)
  • Patient-matched occupational therapy
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Sports therapy
  • Brain stimulation (non-invasive) (TMS, TDCS)
  • Neurofeedback, Biofeedback
  • Speech therapy (speech and swallowing therapy)
  • Osteopathy
  • Neuropsychology (cognitive therapy)
  • Social counselling
  • Dietary advice

About Prof. Dr Andreas R. Luft

Prof. Dr Andreas R. Luft is a specialist in neurology and Medical Director at the cereneo Center for Neurology & Rehabilitation in Vitznau near Lucerne. The patients of the cereneo neurological rehabilitation clinic receive an innovative and personalised treatment concept, which ensures continuous and empathetic care in line with state-of-the-art clinical science.

The rehabilitation concept is based on innovative technologies that incorporate one's social environment in order to sustainably increase motivation, which is important for the patient's progress. The neurological rehabilitation clinic is located in the same building as the Park Hotel Vitznau, at the idyllic Lake Lucerne. Thanks to state-of-the-art facilities, an excellent ambience and an above-average ratio of care staff to patients, the neurological rehabilitation clinic offers a unique range of therapies, in the vicinity of a luxury hotel.

cereneo – a Clinic for State-of-the-Art Neurological Rehabilitation in Switzerland

After several years of planning, the Center for Neurology & Rehabilitation came into being because Prof. Luft and his colleagues considered the possibilities of neurorehabilitative care to be not yet sufficiently exhausted. Therefore, perfect interplay between the various health professions and therapeutic options is crucial for the best possible long-term result when it comes to the rehabilitation of neurological impairments. In addition to the use of state-of-the-art rehabilitative techniques, Prof. Luft is constantly working towards the goal of continuous advancement and fundamental research in the field of neurorehabilitation.

Individualised Treatment Concept with a Lot of Time Given to the Individual Patient

With their center for neurorehabilitation, Prof. Luft and his colleagues have made it possible for neurological patients to receive holistic care on both a medical and human level. Thanks to its very small size – the cereneo is the smallest clinic in the canton of Lucerne with only 16 beds – and with ideal patient-to-therapist ratios, the Center for Neurology & Rehabilitation is able to address the needs and wishes of individual patients in an optimal and exclusive manner. In the cereneo clinic, patients regularly enjoy patient-specific one-to-one care during their therapies, in order to ensure the best possible, individualised care. On average, there are even up to 3 medical-therapeutic or nursing specialists for each patient at the cereneo. An individualised treatment concept is developed in close consultation with the experienced nurses, therapists and neurologists, the patient, and his or her relatives.

Robot Technology Complements a Classic Rehabilitation Concept for optimal Treatment Success

The treatment concept at the cereneo clinic consists of various different building blocks. During treatment, patients will undergo physiotherapy or occupational therapy according to their individual needs. Speech and swallowing therapy is implemented in collaboration with the experienced team of speech and language therapists, and neuropsychological therapy is used to improve cognitive abilities.

A particularly outstanding innovation in the field of neurorehabilitation is the support of therapies by robotic systems (locomotion therapy), such as the Indego® Exoskeleton or the Armeo® Power. These systems are used when training arm movements or walking, and then perform computer-controlled movements to help patients with brain damage regain coordination and the ability of the functions they had lost. In-house gait labs use high-speed cameras, a split-belt treadmill and ZeroG®, among other tools, to analyse walking and running movements. The motion or gait training will then be adjusted and regularly evaluated and aligned with the patient's goals. This regular evaluation together with intensive training supports the brain during the recovery process to produce a more symmetrical gait over the long term.

Exclusive Equipment for Patients and Relatives

On average, neurorehabilitation in the cereneo clinic takes four to six weeks. As the cereneo clinic is located in the building of the 5-star Hotel Park Hotel Vitznau at Lake Lucerne, all facets of the stay become something special. Due to its location and the state-of-the-art, high-quality furnishings in the patient rooms, patients in Prof. Luft's clinic find themselves more in a haven of well-being than in a classic clinic. Since one's social environment and family are crucial factors when it comes to an optimal recovery process, we also offer accommodation for relatives if desired. The cereneo clinic would be delighted to help you find the right accommodation, or will even organise your entire travel, leisure activities or translators, or will assist you in obtaining visas.

Specialisation in Rehabilitation Following Stroke

The cereneo clinic is one of the world's leading rehabilitation clinics for stroke patients. This clinic - under the direction of the experienced neurologist Prof. Luft - is outstanding, first and foremost due to its highly personalised therapeutic approaches and innovative techniques in this field.

When someone has a stroke, vascular occlusion or haemorrhaging leads to the death of brain tissue within a very short period of time, sometimes causing serious long-term consequences. Depending on the localisation of the brain damage, patients may lose some or all of their speech, their ability to swallow, or their control of their arms or legs. About two-thirds of patients are dependent on outside help after a stroke.

Thanks to state-of-the-art medical technology, stroke patients are now often able to be helped well. In addition to timely care in acute cases, optimised rehabilitation as time progresses is crucial for the long-term development of those affected. Our expert's specialist area of neurorehabilitation deals exactly with this time window. Two-thirds of patients who survive a stroke have physical impairments of varying severity. In order to enable a patient to live an autonomous life or to reduce her or his impairments as time progresses, rehabilitation is essential.

In the cereneo clinic, treated people experience rehabilitative measures in line with the latest technological standards paired with personal and individualised care. Regular interdisciplinary meetings between the supervising therapists, nurses and doctors ensure that patients receive optimised care and that treatment plans are regularly evaluated. The therapy programme, perhaps consisting of motion therapy, speech therapy and brain performance training, is regularly adapted to the individual patient and their progress based on a variety of different assessments.

Scientifically Well-Founded Knowledge Directly Benefits Patients

Prof. Dr Andreas R. Luft, in addition to his many years of expertise in the specialist field of neurorehabilitation, also has in-depth knowledge and experience in acute neurology. Alongside his work at the cereneo clinic in Vitznau, Prof. Luft is also the Director of the Stroke Center at the Zurich University Hospital. In addition, he constantly researches the advancement of rehabilitative measures and techniques to continuously improve patient care, and teaches the specialist field of neurorehabilitation at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich. Our specialist's scientific focus is primarily on research into recovery after a stroke or brain injury, because the better a doctor understands the processes following such injuries or illnesses, the better she or he can support and advance those measures.

The aim of his research work is to optimise the convalescence and recovery of the brain during rehabilitation, and thus to achieve the maximum of what is feasible for the patient. The cereneo clinic works closely with the University of Zurich, Johns Hopkins, the University of Twente, and an international network of scientists in order to achieve the best possible research results. Furthermore, the cereneo clinic has its own research institute, the cereneo Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (cefir). Thanks to direct collaboration, the scientific findings are immediately incorporated into the therapies in order to continuously optimise the specific, individualised treatment concepts. Regular further trainings ensure that the entire cereneo team – doctors, therapists and nurses – is always in possession of the latest knowledge, and is able to apply it practically as soon as possible.

You can find further information on the cereneo website.

Curriculum Vitae

1991 – 1998 Study of human medicine at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
1998 – 2005 Specialist physician training at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Tübingen and the University Hospital of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA)
2008 – 2013 Assistant Professor for Clinical Neurorehabilitation at the University of Zurich
Since 2013 Professor of Vascular Neurology and Rehabilitation at the University of Zurich
Medical Director of the cereneo (Center for Neurology Rehabilitation)
Since June 2016 associate professor at the D-HEST (Department of Health Sciences and Technology) of the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, technical university of applied sciences)

Medical Team

  • Dr. Leopold Zizlsperger
    Dr Leopold Zizlsperger
    Deputy Medical Director
  • Dr. Kai Lutz
    Dr Kai Lutz
    Scientific Manager
  • Fr. Marta Gonzalez
    Marta Gonzalez
    Technical Manager Therapy
  • Ilka Dähn
    Ilka Alexandra Dähn
    Technical Manager Speech Therapy
  • Dr. Krizia Ferrini
    Dr Krizia Ferrini, RDN MSc. PHD
    Nutrition Expert
  • Doris Mösinger
    Doris Mösinger MScN
    Technical Manager and Head of Nursing

Extras

  • Bilingual patient care (German, English, Russian)
  • Translation options in different languages
  • ​​Assistance with pick-up and accommodation for relatives, including obtaining a visa
  • Adaptation to individual and cultural needs and wishes (e.g. Halal or kosher-certified food)
  • Co-determination and consideration of patient’s wishes regarding the choice of therapists and nursing staff

Videos

cereneo - Centre for Neurology & Rehabilitation

Video, length 3:01

The video provides insight into how cereneo helps stroke, brain or spinal cord injury patients regain independence and functionality.


Location

Lucerne Railway -Station 24 km
Zurich Central Railway Station 54 km
Zurich Airport 65 km

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Prof. Dr Andreas R. Luft
Medical Director

cereneo Schweiz AG
Center for Neurology & Rehabilitation
Seestrasse 18, CH-6354 Vitznau

T: +41 41 511 94 12
F: +41 41 399 67 71
E: luft@primomedico.com

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Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
By appointment.

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