Information About Prof. Dr Andreas Raabe

Prof. Dr Andreas Raabe
Chairman and Head
Specialist in Neurosurgery
Bern, Switzerland

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Treatment Focus

  • Microsurgical procedures for cerebral tumours in the vicinity of important cerebral areas
  • Navigated and monitored cerebral surgery
  • Vascular neurosurgery
  • Aneurysm counselling
  • Aneurysm procedures
  • Microsurgical or fully endoscopic procedures for prolapsed discs
  • Microsurgical treatment of spinal canal stenosis

Medical Range

Range of diagnostic services

  • Up to date pre-operative imaging: all techniques (MRI, CT; Doppler sonography, PET, SPECT, etc.)
  • Complex intraoperative neuromonitoring: electrophysiology with monitoring (MEP, SEP, D-wave) and mapping (cortical, subcortical, spinal cord, cranial nerves), as well as awake craniotomy
  • Neuronavigation, microscope integration, fibre tracking, fMRI
  • Intraoperative microscope-integrated diagnostics: fluorescence marking of tumours (5-ALA), near-infrared ICG fluorescence angiography
  • All neurological diagnostic techniques, including EMG, NLG, AEP, MEP, SEP, VEP, EEG, long-term EEG, sleep laboratory, telemetry, epilepsy diagnostics
  • Other university special diagnostics


Range of therapeutic services

  • The most up to date intraoperative technologies: high-performance surgical microscopes, tumour fluorescence (5-ALA), near-infrared ICG fluorescence angiography, intraoperative DSA, 2 laser systems, 2 intraoperative ultrasound systems, high-end neuronavigation
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques under microsurgically assisted endoscopy and functional computer-aided neurosurgery
  • Monitored procedures for tumours such as meningeomata, astrocytomata, insular gliomata, glioblastomata, metastases, tumours of the spinal cord and cavernomata of the brain stem
  • Cerebral blood vessel procedures for neurovascular conditions: aneurysms, angiomata, dural fistulas, cavernomata, carotid endarterectomy
  • Tumours of the base of the skull: acoustic neuromata, pituitary adenomata, meningiomata of the base of the skull
  • Spinal surgery: microsurgical or endoscopic intervertebral disc procedures, microsurgical decompression for spinal canal stenosis, intervertebral disc replacement, spondylolisthesis, spinal stabilisation
  • Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, torticollis, hemifacial spasm, hemiballismus and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm: microvascular decompression, glycerol infiltration, radiosurgery
  • Pain therapy: neuromodulation such as spinal cord stimulation, pain pumps, motor cortex stimulation
  • Radiosurgery for tumours such as meningiomata, neuromata, glomus tumours, metastases, pituitary tumours and within the context of functionally-orientated treatment concepts

About Prof. Dr Andreas Raabe

Prof. Dr Andreas Raabe is chairman and head at the Department of Neurosurgery of the Inselspital University Hospital Bern. The Departement of Neurosurgery has an international reputation for excellence in the surgical treatment of conditions of the brain and the spinal column. Thanks to its up to date techniques in the diagnostic and surgical field, neurosurgery provides the patient with the highest level of medical treatment. Comprehensive personal care and an excellent standard of nursing quality further guarantee the best possible medical treatment.

Modern neurosurgery means specialisation at the highest level. Under the leadership of the established specialist, Prof. Raabe, the Department of Neurosurgery in Bern is internationally renowned, in particular, in the field of procedures for tumours and aneurysms as well as for minimally invasive spinal surgery.

One particular specialisation of Prof. Raabe consists in navigated, image-guided surgery for cerebral tumours, monitoring the most important cerebral functions (monitoring and mapping of, motor function, sensory function, language, comprehension, vision, neglect and further more), with the objective of completely removing even large and complex tumours in accordance with MRI criteria and without neurological deficits for the patient. The success rate for these procedures is one of the highest worldwide. Neuromonitoring, with its associated high standard of surveillance, is also used in procedures for other complicated tumours, such as acoustic neuromata, tumours of the spinal cord or vascular conditions such as angiomata or cavernomata.

A further emphasis of Prof. Raabe and his specialist team is in the interdisciplinary treatment of cerebral aneurysms, which is performed by endovascular and microsurgery specialists. Particularly in the field of surgical and endovascular conditions, the Inselspital is the centre for the whole of the Suisse Romande.

Spinal surgery at the Department of Neurosurgery of the Inselspital is predominantly performed as minimally invasive surgery. In collaboration with other hospitals, the spectrum here ranges from conservative treatment to microsurgery and prosthetic intervertebral discs, through to stabilisation procedures. The emphases here are microsurgical decompression for spinal canal stenosis and endoscopic as well as microsurgical procedures for prolapsed discs.

In the interdisciplinary Centre for Functional Neurosurgery, the following disorders are treated by means of deep brain stimulation or neuromodulation:

  • severe locomotor disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonias and their sub-forms, torticollis, hemifacial spasm and hemiballismus
  • psychiatric conditions, such as depression and Tourette’s syndrome
  • spastic locomotor disorders
  • pain

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Curriculum Vitae

1984-1986 Studies in Dental Medicine at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
1986–1990 Studies in Human Medicine at the Carl-Gustav Carus Medical Academy, Dresden
1990 Development assistance in primary medical care in Managua, Nicaragua
1990–1996 Training as a specialist in Neurosurgery at Chemnitz Hospital
1997 Visiting researcher at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, University of Cambridge, England
1997–1999 Specialist at the Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Leipzig
1999–2008 Senior Consultant and Deputy Clinical Director of the Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Frankfurt am Main
since August 2008 Chairman and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery Inselspital, Bern University Hospital


Medical Team

  • Prof. Werner Z'Graggen

    Head Physician in Neuro-Intensive Medicine
  • Prof. Werner Z'Graggen
    Prof. Dr Claudio Pollo

    Representative Head Physician, Head of Functional Neurosurgery
  • Prof. Dr Philippe Schucht
    Prof. Dr Philippe Schucht

    Representative Head Physician, Head of Neuro-Oncology
  • PD Dr Ralph Schär
    PD Dr Ralph Schär

    Senior Physician, Head of Spine Surgery


  • 1-bed and 2-bed rooms with TV, telephone, radio and WLAN connection
  • Library
  • 6 restaurants and cafeterias
  • Restaurant with a view of the Bernese Alps
  • Comprehensive service for international patients: co-ordination of medical reports, co-ordination of consultations, cost estimate, organisation of hotel reservations, transport and travel advice
  • Interpreting service
  • Flower boutique, post office, kiosk
  • Social counselling with preparation and organisation of health spa stays, rehabilitation and home care
  • Pastoral care, Ombudsman’s office, psycho-oncological support


Bern Railway Station 1 km
Bern Belp Airport 9 km
Basle Airport 105 km
Zurich Airport 128 km
Geneva Airport 154 km

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Prof. Dr Andreas Raabe
Chairman and Head

Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Department of Neurosurgery
Freiburgstrasse 16, CH-3010 Bern

T: +41 31 5114 524
F: +41 31 382 24 14


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