Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery in Duisburg: Prof. Dr Scholz

Prof. Dr Martin Scholz
Chief Physician
Specialist in Neurosurgery
Duisburg, Germany

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Treatment Focus

  • Brain tumours in children and adults
  • Skull base surgery
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Spinal surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Paediatric neurosurgery

Medical Range

Range of Diagnostic Services

  • Intra-operative monitoring
  • Electrophysiological studies
  • Electromyography (EMG, investigation of electrical muscle activity)
  • In collaboration with the Radiology Department: CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), angiography (vascular imaging)
  • Peri- and intra-operative ultrasound (including special techniques)

Range of Therapeutic Services

Neurosurgery

  • Brain tumours and metastases: gliomas, pituitary glands, craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas (including complex cases combined with pre-operative embolisation)
  • Skull base surgery, especially involving compression of the visual system or acoustic neuroma
  • Malformations of the cerebral vessels (aneurysms, angiomas, AV fistulas, cavernomas)
  • Vascular malformations of the spinal cord
  • Brain haemorrhages
  • Hydrocephalus, including endoscopic therapy
  • Surgical treatment for strokes
  • Paediatric neurosurgery, including open and endoscopic treatment of complex cranial deformities
  • Treatment of pituitary tumours (microsurgical and endoscopic)
  • Stereotaxic and cerebral biopsies
  • Nerve stimulation/neuromodulation for complex pain syndromes and sets of symptoms, especially: Trigeminal neuralgia

Spinal Surgery

  • Tumour diseases of the spine (e.g., metastases) including curative forms and vertical points of access through the chest or abdomen in interdisciplinary collaboration with the surgical disciplines
  • Herniated discs and spinal stenosis of the entire spine
  • Implantation of intervertebral disc prostheses
  • Surgery to stabilise the spine
  • Neurological diseases and nerve compression syndromes (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Nerve transplants
  • Nerve and spasticity treatment (periradicular infiltration, thermocoagulation, pump implantation)

About Neurosurgery Department in Duisburg – one of the major specialist neurosurgical clinics in Germany

Prof. Dr Martin Scholz is a specialist in neurosurgery and chief physician at the Sana Clinics’ department of neurosurgery in Duisburg. He is certified in oncologic neurosurgery, spinal neurosurgery, and vascular neurosurgery through the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC). He also obtained an additional qualification in "Neurosurgical Intensive Care Medicine". Furthermore, he received a master's certificate from the German Society of Spine Surgery (DGW).

The neurosurgery department at the Sana Clinics Duisburg is one of the largest specialist neurosurgery clinics in Germany and has many years of expertise. Prof. Scholz and his team treat approx. 3000 inpatients annually in 3–4 theatres and more than 7000 outpatients. In addition to outpatient clinics running on a daily basis, the neurosurgery department offers special consultation sessions for tumour and paediatric neurosurgery, neuromodulation, as well as vascular and spinal diseases.

The guiding principle and primary goal of Prof. Scholz and his team is to provide all patients with the best possible therapy at all times. Prof. Scholz pays special attention to microsurgical quality and the flow of information with patients and their relatives. In his opinion, a trusting doctor–patient relationship is essential - in addition to the art of medicine - for patients to feel comfortable and in good hands.

In order to remain among the best, employees receive continuous coaching at national and international advanced training courses. The ultra-modern and state-of-the-art (e.g. a robotic microscope with oral control) equipment available at the clinic is constantly adapted to current required standards.

Neuro-Oncological Center

The Sana Clinics Duisburg are a certified neuro center and approved by the DGNC (German Society of Neurosurgery) since 2015. The medical institution is internationally recognized, caring for numerous patients from abroad as well. In addition, the hospital is an oncological center in accordance with the German Society of Haematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO).

The hospital’s aim is to determine optimal, interdisciplinary treatment strategies for patients with brain tumours, spinal and orbital tumours, as well as tumours of the peripheral nervous system. An important component is the neurological tumour board review, where the cooperation and expertise of the different disciplines helps to develop the best possible therapy for each patient.

In addition to surgical treatments, the hospital’s workforce place focus on preoperative imaging diagnostics and surgical planning with the latest technology of MRI-CT navigation (3 devices), postoperative chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. The team uses the intraoperative evoked potentials technique in addition to three different high-end ultrasound devices for monitoring, such as the function of the optic nerves (a real specialist area of the department. Besides tumour treatments, they place further attention on psycho-oncological and early rehabilitative care for patients during therapy.

Skull Base Surgery and Orbital Surgery

For doctors, interventions in the region of the skull base and the orbital cavities are particularly demanding. Usually, Prof. Scholz and his team treat various benign or malignant tumours but especially acoustic neuromas. They emphasize custom tailored access to sensitive brain areas, tailor-made to each individual patient. To achieve this goal, the skull base surgery specialists perform micro-neurosurgical operating methods, making use of modern tools such as neuronavigation or endoscopic techniques. In individual cases, depending on the location of the tumour, it is only possible to perform an incomplete resection to prevent failure of important brain functions. In such circumstances, surgeons combine the operation with stereotactic fractionated radiation.

Neurovascular Surgery

Another clinical and scientific focus of Prof. Scholz is neurovascular surgery. He has many years of expertise in the surgical treatment of ruptured and accidentally discovered aneurysms, as well as other vascular diseases like arteriovenous malformations (AVM), AV fistulas, and cavernomas. Modern treatment concepts consist of the increasing use of interventional endovascular techniques. If treatment is necessary, the Professor determines the optimal treatment strategy individually for each patient, consisting of surgery, interventional or radiation therapy.

Spinal Surgery

Prof. Scholz is also well versed in the field of spinal surgery and masters a broad range of surgical knacks. He has been offering intervertebral disc operations in the region of the lumbar spine as full endoscopic procedures for a long time. Operations on the cervical spine are a major focus of the department, both in terms of traumatic and degenerative changes. They perform all common procedures as well as numerous special approaches. Spinal navigation with intra-operative imaging using the O-arm for complex screw systems play a special role here.

Paediatric Neurosurgery

Paediatric neurosurgery forms a separate section within the clinic. It is integrated into the paediatric department supervised by Prof. Scholz along with three specialized paediatric neurosurgeons. The very large obstetrics and neonatology departments of the Sana Clinics Duisburg main emphasis emerged through the collaboration with the department of paediatric and adolescent medicine under direction of Prof. Rosenbaum. Special focus is on endoscopic craniosynostosis surgery, tethered cords, and other spinal deformities as well as complex tumours and AVMs in children.

Pain and Peripheral Nerve Surgery

The special consultation sessions for neuromodulation in complex pain syndromes and symptoms are another emphasis of the Neurosurgery Department in Duisburg. Neurosurgical intervention can help in particular with trigeminal neuralgia. If drug therapy fails, depending on the cause of the trigeminal neuralgia, the physicians may consider surgery or occasionally stereotactic radiation as treatment option. Success rates are high for this.

Peripheral nerve tumours are a speciality of Prof. Scholz – including in neurofibromatosis patients.

You can find more information on the website of the Neurosurgery Department of the Sana Clinics, Duisburg.

 

Curriculum Vitae

1990 – 1992 Junior doctor: Surgery at Moabit Hospital and the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Neurosurgery at the Rudolf Virchow Clinic in Berlin and Neurosurgery at RWTH Aachen
As of 1992 Assistant Physician in Neurosurgery at the Ruhr University, Bochum
1994 Doctorate
1996 Board examination in neurosurgery
2000 Additional qualification in special neurosurgical intensive care medicine
2001 Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis)
2006 University of applied sciences degree in Public Health Care and Controlling
1996 – 2009 First of all, Senior Physician in Charge of a Unit, then Senior Physician for Neurosurgery, and, lastly, Chief Senior Physician at the Ruhr University, Bochum,
Numerous short-listed positions in Germany and abroad for professional procedures, e.g., Groote Schuur Hospital Cape Town, Otago University, New Zealand and Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia
2009 – present Chief Physician of the Department of Neurosurgery at the SANA Clinics, Duisburg (previously the Clinic Duisburg/Wedau Clinics)

Medical Team

  • Dr Klaus Blaeser
    Deputy, and Executive Senior Physician
  • PD Dr Bogdana Suchorska
    Senior Physician in Charge of Commercial Management and Staff, Executive Senior Physician for Neuro-Oncology and Stereotaxic Medicine
  • Dr Stefan Schu
    Leading Physician of Neuromodulation
  • Yücel Binay
    Senior Physician
  • Dr Suzin Jung
    Senior Physician
  • Ahmad Kenan Jawhar
    Senior Physician
  • Khalil Makareous Laham
    Senior Physician
  • Martin Wettig
    Senior Physician
  • Dr (IR) Pooya Daemi
    Senior Physician
  • Nina Welke-Thissen
    Senior Physician in Charge of a Unit

Extras

  • There are 1-bed and 2-bed rooms available
  • If necessary, relatives can also be accommodated for an additional charge
  • Wi-Fi, morning newspaper, fruit platter, a large recreation room with a view of the nature reserve, service staff, etc.

Location

Duisburg Central Station: 5 km
Dusseldorf Airport 22 km
Essen/Mühlheim Airport 22 km
Cologne/Bonn Airport 69 km

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Prof. Dr Martin Scholz
Chief Physician

Sana Clinics Duisburg
Neurosurgery
Zu den Rehwiesen 9-11, D-47055 Duisburg

T: +49 203 3969 31 26
F: +49 203 733 2402

Clinic:

Private outpatient clinic:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday from 3:30 p.m., including evenings after prior arrangement by phone. Exceptionally also on weekends.

In urgent cases:
Possibility of consultation via Zoom or other video conferencing system (e.g. Skype, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting)

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