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Department of neurosurgery and spine surgery

Prof. Dr. Stanislaw Kwiek, Ph.D.
neurosurgery

About the department

The neurosurgery and spine surgery department at KCM Clinic Wroclaw deals with minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery, following global trends. The spine endoscopy team has worked with almost the same composition for more than 15 years. In 2005, the department was the first in Poland to introduce endoscopic procedures on the spine, both in the lumbar and thoracic regions. To date, neurosurgeons of the department have performed more than 7,000 such procedures to treat hernias and protrusions. Minimally invasive surgical interventions are characterized by relatively high safety for the patient and surgeon safety, high efficiency, and the frequency of complications is relatively low compared to "traditional" methods. During the operation, patented devices for radiocoagulation are used with a low operating temperature, which is safe for nerve structures. Thanks to appropriate lighting and high-end optics, doctors started capturing high quality (Full HD) images of the surgical field about four years ago.

Experienced neurosurgeons specialize in degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, protrusions and hernias, osteoporosis, and spinal stenosis. The department uses a posterolateral approach for surgical treatment to avoid possible complications. After surgery, patients are cared for by friendly nursing staff.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis: 

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Compression syndromes
  • Spinal cord and vertebral tumours
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal infections 
  • Brain tumours 
  • Scoliosis, kyphosis 
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Ruptured disc 

Diagnostic:

  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Digital X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Myelography (contrast dye and X-rays to look for problems in the spinal canal)
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Doppler or duplex sonography
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Treatment:

  • Pharmacotherapy 
  • Pain relief therapy
  • Posterolateral foraminotomy and discectomy
  • Endoscopic removal of a herniated disc
  • Percutaneous laser decompression of the intervertebral disc
  • Dynamic stabilization
  • Percutaneous implantation of a gel implant - nucleoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Skull tumour surgery
  • Implantation of a core neurostimulator
  • Physiotherapy
  • Other treatment options
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Graduate of the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice
  • 1995 1st degree specialist in neurosurgery
  • 1998 2nd degree specialization in neurosurgery and neurotraumatology
  • Postdoctoral thesis
  • 2013 Habilitation 

Experience

  • 1991 – 1994 Physiology Department in School of Medicine at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice - assistant lecturer 
  • 1993 The KornelGibiński Autonomous Public Teaching Hospital at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice - senior assistant lecturer, the Head of the  3 Ward of the Hospital and the Head of Evoked Potentials Lab, the founder and the Head of Stereotaxy Workshop 
  • 2001 Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Department of Neurosurgery – an adjunct professor 
  • 2011 Karkonowskie Medical Center Jelenia Góra, the Head of the Department of Spine Surgery

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 1997 Awarded the title of doctor of medical sciences 
  • 2013 Publishing house of the Medical University of Silesia
  • Polish Neurosurgeons Society
  • Board of The Polish Society of the Skull Base Surgery European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
  • Member of the Medical School Council of  Medical University of Silesia
  • Member of the Electors Council at Medical University of Silesia
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