Neurosurgery Karlsruhe - Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Uwe Spetzger
- Brain tumors
- Brain hemorrhages and vascular malformations
- Craniocerebral trauma
- Spinal diseases
- Neurosurgery in the area of peripheral nerves
- Functional neurosurgery and movement disorders
- Neurosurgical pain therapy
Range of Diagnostic Services
- CT SCAN
- Electrophysiology (EEG, EMG, SEP, AEP)
- Neuronavigation and monitoring
- Stereotactic biopsy
Range of Therapeutic Services
- Oncological Neurosurgery: brain tumors, brain metastases, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, acoustic neuromas, gliomas
- Vascular Neurosurgery: cerebral aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage, vascular malformations, cavernoma, angioma, arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Spinal Neurosurgery: herniated discs and stenoses (cervical and lumbar spine), spinal tumors and metastases, spinal injuries, vertebral fracture
- Peripheral Nerve Surgery: nerve tumors, compression syndrome, nerve injuries
- Pain Surgery: microvascular decompression according to Jannetta, intrathecal and neuromodulatory pain therapy, minimally invasive pain therapy procedures
- Pediatric neurosurgery
About Prof. Uwe Spetzger - Neurosurgeon & Spine Specialist Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Uwe Spetzger, is a specialist in neurosurgery and head of the Neurosurgical Clinic at the Karlsruhe Municipal Hospital.
As a maximum care clinic, the Neurosurgical Clinic under Prof. Spetzger has a unique position in treating space-occupying brain lesions, spinal cord, and craniocerebral trauma. In addition, the range of services includes all surgical therapy approaches for neurosurgical treatable diseases and injuries of the central and peripheral nervous system.
Brain Tumor Surgery in Karlsruhe
One of Prof. Spetzger’s central treatment focuses is surgical interventions for brain tumors. Both benign and malignant space-occupying brain tumors are removed with excellent care and maximum healthy brain tissue protection. In doing so, Prof. Spetzger and his team routinely use state-of-the-art microsurgical surgery procedures as well as neuronavigation, stereotaxy, ultrasound techniques, and intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring.
In addition to surgical therapy, postoperative treatment concepts in cooperation with the patient and family members play a central role. Therefore, the focus is on interdisciplinary collaboration with the specialist disciplines involved, such as oncology, radiology, and radiotherapy.
Therapy of Cerebrovascular Diseases
Malformations and bulges of the cerebral vessels can lead to cerebral hemorrhages if left untreated. If these are discovered, Prof. Spetzger and his team recommend surgery or endovascular therapy by neuroradiology. Depending on their location and size, brain aneurysms can be closed by coiling or clipping.
In coiling, a catheter placed through the groin is used to close the vascular outpouching using metal coils without surgery. Cerebral aneurysm clipping is a surgical procedure in which the defective vessel is closed from the outside with a metal clasp at the aneurysm site. In principle, surgical or endovascular treatment options are also available for vascular malformations. Prof. Spetzger decides which procedure is most suitable in close cooperation with the neuroradiology department, always adapted to the individual case.
Another primary focus of the neurosurgical clinic in Karlsruhe is spinal surgery. Prof. Spetzger and his team are experienced in the surgical treatment of herniated discs, spinal tumors, and spinal injuries. Prof. Spetzger attaches particular importance to the consideration of each individual case. For example, not every herniated disc requires surgery. But if nerves are destroyed by compression, the spine specialist in Karlsruhe has various surgical procedures available for the cervical and lumbar spine.
Prof. Spetzger and his neurosurgery specialists also use a range of surgical techniques and accompanying measures for spinal tumors, which the expert in spinal neurosurgery adapts individually to each case. His expertise includes tumors in the spinal cord or nerves and space-occupying lesions of the bony spine. In spinal cord tumor surgeries, the physician's focus is always on preserving the functions. Therefore, such surgeries are performed with function-preserving microsurgery.
Neurosurgical Pain Therapy – Help for Uncontrollable Pain Conditions
Neurosurgical pain therapy has various procedures available to eliminate pain that is otherwise difficult or impossible to control.
In trigeminal neuralgia and other nerve pain, a pinched nerve caused by vessels may be the cause. Decompression can correct the cause of severe nerve pain without further damaging the function of the nerve.
Intrathecal or Neurmodulatory Pain Therapy
When the cause of the pain cannot be directly controlled, severe pain can be suppressed with a pain pump or electrical stimulation. For example, for intrathecal pain therapy, a small tube is inserted into the spinal canal. This is connected to a pain pump, which can now continuously deliver pain medication directly to the point of action in the brain. This allows the dose to be reduced multiple times. Neuromodulatory pain therapy also attacks pain in the spinal cord area by implanting stimulating electrodes to help control it through electrical stimulation.
|2019 – 2020
|Medical Director Municipal Karlsruhe Clinic gGmbH
|2002 – to date
|Director of the Neurosurgical Clinic, Municipal Karlsruhe Clinic
|Habilitation at the Department of Neurosurgery, RWTH Aachen University. Venia legendi: Measurement of cerebral microcirculation during surgical therapy of cerebral aneurysms. Experimental and clinical evaluation using a Laser Doppler Scanning Imager
|1999 – 2002
|Senior Physician, Department of Neurosurgery, Freiburg University Hospital
|European Examination EANS/UEMS in Brussels, Belgium European Board Examination in Neurological Surgery and Appointed Fellow of European Board of Neurological Surgery
|Research Scholarship of the Wilhelm-Tönnis Foundation e.V. of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC) - Scientific Internship Department of Neurosurgery University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
|1996 – 1999
|Senior Physician, Department of Neurosurgery, RWTH Aachen University Hospital
|Dissertation at the Department of Gynecology, University of Heidelberg Mammary Biopsy of Benign Findings: Influence of Surgical Technique.
|1990 – 1996
|Specialist Medical Training, Department of Neurosurgery, RWTH Aachen University Hospital
|2. State Medical Examination USA - Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in Medical Science (ECFMG clinical part)
|Practical Year and State Medical Examination
|1. State Medical Examination USA - Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in Medical Science (ECFMG basic part)
|1983 – 1988
|Studies of Human Medicine, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and UZH Zurich
Honors & Awards
|Executive Member of the Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica (AEN)
|Honorary Member Royal College of Neurological Surgeons of Thailand
|Guest Professorship First Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, China
|Honorary Director and Scientific Cooperation Partner of the des First People’s Hospital in Changzhou, China
|Honorary doctorate (Dr h. c.) and Faculty Member of Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU) Tbilisi, Georgia
|Award Germany - Land of Ideas. Category Science & Technology: Computer-Assisted Brain Surgery. Development of a Stereotaxy System for Intraoperative MRI.
Memberships in Scientific Societies
|German Society for Neurotraumatology and Clinical Neurorehabilitation (DGNKN)
|Founding Member of the International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM)
|Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS)
|German Academy for Neurosurgery (DANC / GANS)
|New European Surgical Academy (NESA)
|German Spine Society (DGW)
|Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT)
|Unit IV (Science and Teaching) Neurosurgical Academy for Education, Training and Continuing Education of the DGNC
|Founding Member of the German Society for Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery (CURAC)
|Cerebrovascular Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS / CNS)
|German Society for Skull Base Surgery (DGSB)
|Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
|European Spine Society (EuroSpine)
|German Society for Neurosurgery (DGNC)
Chair Societies & Conferences
|Member of the Board of Directors KIT Freundeskreis und Fördergesellschaft e.V. (KFG)
|President of the German Academy of Neurosurgery (DANC / GANS)
|Vice-President of the International Society of Digital Medicine (ISDM)
|Congress President of the German Academy of Neurosurgery (DANC / GANS)
|Congress President of the 66th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Neurosurgery (DGNC)
|President of the International Society of Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT)
|Steering Committee Member, International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT)
|Congress President of the 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery (CURAC 2007)
- Dr George Kiriyanthan
Directing Senior Physician
- Dr Alexander König
- Dr Gerd Winkler
- Dr Andrej von Schilling
- Dr Till Brombach
Functional Senior Physician
- Dr Peter Patlevic
|Main Train Station Karlsruhe
|Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden Airport
|Strasbourg Airport, France
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Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Uwe Spetzger
Director of the Clinic
Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe
Moltkestraße 90, D-76133 Karlsruhe
T: +49 721 9861 3226
F: +49 721 974 3509
Private outpatient clinic:
By telephone appointment
General outpatient clinic and special consultations:
Consultation hours by appointment - A referral is required!