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Department of neurosurgery and spine surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Stoffel
neurosurgery, spine surgery

About the department

The department of neurosurgery and spine surgery at Helios Hospital Krefeld specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the nervous system in adults and children. A wide range of treatments, state-of-the-art intraoperative techniques, and close interdisciplinary collaboration enables doctors to plan and deliver the best possible therapy for each patient. The department specializes in the surgical treatment of degenerative diseases of the spine, such as herniated discs and stenosis, complex pathological conditions of the spine, and revision surgeries. As a confirmation of the high professionalism of doctors, the department was certified by the German Society for Spinal Neurosurgery. Neurosurgeons perform operations on the intervertebral discs under the most modern microscopes with minimal damage to the skin and soft tissues. In addition, computer navigation systems are used for interventions on the cervical spinal canal or tumours.

The department's primary goal is to develop the optimal set of procedures for the patient, considering modern scientific standards. The medical team has many years of experience in treating brain tumours, the spinal cord and the entire nervous system, and acute and chronic diseases of the brain and spinal cord vessels. The department's doctors and nurses accompany patients from diagnosis to treatment and aftercare and support them and their relatives through all stages of the disease.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Aneurysms
  • Haemorrhage in the brain
  • Arteriovenous malformation, fistulas and cavernomas
  • Neurovascular compression syndromes
  • Degenerative changes in the spine
  • Tumours of the spinal cord and spine
  • Metastases to the spinal cord and spine
  • Infections, malformations
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Pain in the head, face, back and groin and other nerve pains
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Epilepsy
  • Movement disorders
  • Parkinson's disease, shaking disorder (tremor), or dystonia


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examonation 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Doppler or duplex sonography 
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Nerve conduction velocity
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture) 
  • Evoked potential 


  • Microsurgical interventions
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Tumour resection
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Radiotherapy, chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Epidural spinal cord stimulation
  • Other treatment procedures 
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Doctor profile


  • 1988 - 1995 Medical education at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • 1998 Doctoral Thesis
  • 2003 Medical Specialist in Neurosurgery
  • 2004 EANS European Examination
  • 2009 Additional Qualification in Spinal Neurosurgery by the NCAFW
  • 2010 Associate Professor at the Technical University of Munich
  • 2012 Voluntary postgraduate training, Special Neurosurgical Intensive Care
  • 2013 Additional qualification, Vascular Neurosurgery by the NCAFW


  • 1997 - 2006 Attending Resident, Department of Neurosurgery of the Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn
  • 1999 Physician at the Department of Neurosurgery, Mannheim 
  • 2004 Senior Physician at the Department of Neurosurgery, Mannheim 
  • 2005 Head of the Section for Spinal Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Bonn
  • 2006 Deputy Head, Department of Neurosurgery, Technical University of Munich 
  • Since 2011 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Helios Clinic Krefeld

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2014 German Spinal Surgery Society (DWG) 
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