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Department of spine surgery

Dr. med Patrick A. Weidle
spine surgery

About the department

The department of spine surgery at Academic Hospital Neuwerk Monchengladbach specializes in the conservative and surgical treatment of all back pain syndromes caused by herniated or protruded discs, inflammatory changes, osteoporosis, tumours, etc. Doctors of the department use new surgical methods that provide an exceptionally safe result and fast healing time. The operating microscope and modern video endoscopic techniques are the gold standards, with particular attention to minimally invasive access methods ("keyhole surgery"). Often, doctors insert implants under 3D image guidance using computer navigation, the so-called O-arm.

The doctors are first-class specialists in the conservative treatment of back diseases. For most patients, spinal pain syndrome is successfully treated with traditional methods. The key to the success of conventional medicine is an effective combination of drug therapy, special thermotherapy and exercise therapy. Also, the department pays special attention to the so-called revision surgery. This refers to the surgical treatment of patients who have already undergone surgery but do not feel improvement. Another area of activity of the department is the treatment of osteoporotic changes or injuries of the spine. Surgeons pass on their experience and knowledge as instructors to future generations of spinal surgeons nationally and internationally through many seminars.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Herniated/protruded disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal fracture due to osteoporosis
  • Fracture of the vertebral body after an accident
  • The rheumatic disease of the spine (Bechterew's disease)
  • Displacement of the spine (scoliosis, kyphosis)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Tumours and metastases
  • Inflammation of the intervertebral discs or vertebral bodies (spondylodiscitis)

Diagnostic options:

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Radiography 
  • Computed tomography (CT) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Bone scan 
  • Single-photon emission CT 

Treatment offers: 

  • Conservative therapy
  • Microscopic disc surgery
  • Endoscopic disc surgery
  • Expansion microscopy of the spinal canal
  • Endoscopic expansion of the spinal canal
  • Prosthetics of intervertebral discs of the cervical and lumbar spine
  • Minimally invasive stabilising operations (lock surgery)
  • Cement stabilisation of the vertebrae (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty)
  • Vertebral body replacement surgery
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Special thermotherapy
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1995 - 2001 Study of Medicine at the Rhine-Westphalian Technical Aachen University
  • 2001 - 2002 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Duesseldorf (optional one-year practical course in Neurology)

Experience

  • 2003 - 2006 Work in the Department of Traumatology and Hand Surgery at the University Hospital Duesseldorf
  • 2006 - 2011 Work in the Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital Essen
  • 2011 - 2012 Work in the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Bochum
  • Since 2012 Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Working Group on Spinal Diseases
  • German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC)
  • German Spine Society (DGU)
  • European Spine Society
  • Interdisciplinary Society of Orthopedic/Trauma Surgery and General Pain Therapy (IGOST)
  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
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