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Department of neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Theodoros Kombos
neurosurgery

About the department

The department of neurosurgery at Academic Hospital Schlosspark Charlottenburg Berlin provides a whole range of experience in neurosurgery and spine cord surgery. The department integrates the valuable expertise of specialists and the latest technologies into medical practice. The doctors use the highest standards in treating brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system diseases. The inpatient unit consists of 14 beds. It's worthy to note that the head physician of the neurosurgery department is a member of German and American neurosurgeons societies. Moreover, the chief doctor actively participates in the German Society for Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery and implements modern neurosurgical methods in routine practice. Furthermore, the neurosurgery department closely cooperates with qualified doctors from the department of neurology and interventional neuroradiology.

The neurosurgery department is focused on surgical treatment of brain tumours, nervous system diseases, and spinal surgery. To minimise intra- and postoperative risks, doctors use only minimally invasive, endoscopic, microscopic, and percutaneous methods. The main focal point of the neurosurgeon department is functions-sparing surgeries. Specialists regularly use awake operations and visual brain areas, neurophysiological monitoring, and neuronavigation systems for this goal.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Spinal neurosurgery:

  • herniated discs in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine
  • stenosis of the spinal canal
  • slipped vertebrae
  • tumorous diseases of the spine
  • infectious diseases of the spine

Brain tumours treatment: 

  • tumours of the pituitary gland 
  • tumours in the visual cortex
  • tumours in the language area
  • tumours in the lobe cortex 
  • tumours in the meninges

Treatment of spinal cord diseases: 

  • tumours of the spinal cord 
  • tumours of the spinal nerves

Peripheral nerves neurosurgery:

  • tumours of the peripheral nerves
  • bottleneck syndromes (carpal tunnel syndrome, sulcus-ulnaris syndrome)
  • tissue removal from peripheral nerves or muscle tissue

Vascular neurosurgery:

  • aneurysms
  • angiomas
  • cavernomas 
  • arteriovenous fistulas
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Study of Human Medicine at the University of Bonn
  • 1993 Doctoral thesis defence
  • 2001 Habilitation in Neurosurgery, Free University of Berlin
  • 2007 Appointed as Extraordinary Professor in Charite

Experience

  • 1993 - 1995 Internship, Department of Neurosurgery, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Benjamin Franklin Campus
  • 1995-1999 Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Charite University Hospital Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin
  • 1999 Board certification in Neurosurgery, Berlin Medical Association
  • 1999-2011 Leading Senior Physician and Deputy Head in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Charite University Hospital Berlin
  • 2012-2014 Chief Physician, Department of Neurosurgery (focus on Spinal Surgery) Hildesheim Hospital
  • since April 2014, Chief Physician of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Academic Hospital Schlosspark Berlin

Awards, memberships, publications

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring
  • German Society of Neurosurgery
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • German Society for Computer- and Robot-Assisted Surgery (Working Group on Spinal Surgery)
  • German Society for Spine Surgery
  • Professional Association of German Neurosurgeons
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