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Department of neurosurgery with spine surgery centre

Dr. Radoslaw Michalik, Ph.D.
neurosurgery

About the department

The neurosurgery department with spine surgery centre at Carolina Medical Center Warsaw offers a wide range of diagnostics and surgical treatment for brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve conditions. The treatment is provided at the international level. The department doctors are fluent in advanced surgical techniques, for example, navigational surgery, intraoperative neuromonitoring, and hybrid surgical procedures that form the basis of successful clinical practice. Modern computer systems allow neurosurgeons to plan each stage of surgical intervention as accurately as possible, thereby guaranteeing its high efficiency and safety. At Carolina Medical, complex interventions are performed with a high success rate, such as spinal stabilization using new technologies, innovative spinal surgery - balloon kyphoplasty, and anatomical reconstruction of the Achilles tendon.

Particular attention is given to the surgical interventions for hernias of the spine, stenosis of the spine, spondylolisthesis, tumours and metastases of the spine, inflammatory diseases, and congenital malformations of the spine. Most spine surgeries are carried out using gentle, minimally invasive surgical techniques. However, if an open operation is necessary, doctors use microsurgical methods. To achieve excellent therapeutic results, neurosurgeons work closely with orthopedists and traumatologists.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis and spinal deformity
  • Herniated or ruptured disks
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Spinal tumours (primary and metastatic bone tumours as well as intradural tumours)
  • Osteoporotic and geriatric spinal pathology
  • Spinal myelopathy 
  • Other pathological conditions

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Electromyography (measures muscle response in response to a nerve's stimulation)
  • Doppler and duplex sonography 
  • Myelography (contrast dye and X-rays to look for problems in the spinal canal)
  • Bone scintigraphy (a nuclear medicine imaging technique)
  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 

Treatment: 

  • Pharmaceutical therapy 
  • Antiinflammatory therapy 
  • Navigation surgery 
  • Targeted blockade under X-ray and ultrasound control 
  • Spinal cord stimulation 
  • Neuromodulation 
  • Procedures for cleaning disc herniation 
  • Endoscopic procedures 
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Spinal laminectomy
  • Nucleoplasty also called plasma disk decompression
  • Microsurgery 
  • Pain treatment 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Other treatment procedures 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Medical Academy in Warsaw, II Faculty of Medicine
  • 1997 1st degree specialization in Neurosurgery and Neurotraumatology
  • 2000 2nd degree of specialization in Neurosurgery and Neurotraumatology
  • 2001 Defense of doctoral dissertation, obtaining the title of doctor of medical sciences

Experience

  • 1995 - 1998 Assistant at the Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of Warsaw
  • 1996 - 2003 Assistant at the Department of Normal Anatomy of the Medical University of Warsaw
  • 1998 - 2001 Assistant and senior assistant at the Department of Neurosurgery of the Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw
  • 2002 - 2011 Senior assistant at the Clinical Department of Neurosurgery, Bielański Hospital in Warsaw
  • 2003 - 2004 Senior assistant at the Department of Neurosurgery of the Medical University of Gdańsk
  • since 2004 Department of Neoplasms of the Nervous System, Oncology Center, Institute in Warsaw
  • 2008 - 2017 Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Tykocki T., Michalik R., Bonicki W., Nauman P. Neurol Neurochir Pol. 2012 Jan-Feb; 46 (1): 47-51
  • Wierzba-Bobrowicz T., Michalak E., Michalik R., Stępień T. Case report. Cervical spinal tuberculosis. Neuropathol foil. 2010; 48 (4): 300-4.
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