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Department of neurosurgery, spine surgery and neurotraumatology

Dr. med. Olaf Sweet
neurosurgery, neurotraumatology, spine surgery

About the department

The department of neurosurgery, spine surgery and neurotraumatology at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend specialises in the surgical treatment of the brain spine and spinal cord diseases. The department team collects qualified and experienced doctors who follow the latest up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. In addition, the spine surgery department works in tight cooperation with the department of orthopaedics and trauma surgery with the endoprosthetic centre. Furthermore, the department is equipped with state-of-art modern surgery devices which minimise operational risk and maximise the outcome. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the head physician of the department is a high-cited author of scientific publications. 

The neurosurgery department focuses on surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumours, cysts, injuries, haemorrhages in the structures of the central nervous system, and surgical treatment of degenerative, tumorous, metabolic, and inflectional diseases of the spine and spinal cord. Moreover, the specialist in the department provides neurosurgical operations in emergency cases. Except for this, doctors perform conservative pain therapy when it is needed.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • X-ray examination
  • myelography
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • MRI scan of the brain and spinal cord
  • positron emission tomography (PET scan)

Spinal neurosurgery:

  • herniated discs in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine (discectomy)
  • disk replacement
  • spondylosis treatment
  • stenosis of the spinal canal (lumbar stenosis - laminectomy)
  • slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) treatment
  • infectious diseases of the spine treatment
  • spinal decompression and fusion
  • foraminotomy

Tumours surgery:

  • tumours in the meninges
  • tumours of the spinal cord 
  • tumours of the spinal nerves
  • ependymomas
  • astrocytomas
  • hemangiomas
  • hemangioblastomas
  • lipomas
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Doctor profile


  • Chief doctor of the department of  spine surgery and neurotraumatology at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend

Awards, memberships, publications

  • More than 80 publications in scientific journals
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