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Department of spine orthopaedic surgery

PD. Dr. med. Eleftherios Archavlis

About the department

The department of spine orthopaedic surgery at St. Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt am Main carries out the full range of diagnostics and treatments for spinal diseases. Back pain has long been a common disease and is often associated with acute or chronic spinal disease. It can be either orthopaedic, bone-ligamentous or neurological, arising from the nerve cords passing through the spine. The department combines the experience of neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and traumatology to benefit patients. Thus, the department's patients receive a comprehensive package of services from one source and get rid of long trips to specialists. In addition, the department is one of the few in Germany that offers dynamic scoliosis correction for children and adolescents. This is a new gentle surgical technique available as a treatment option for some forms of scoliosis.

High-qualified doctors of the department have many years of experience in minimally invasive surgery, especially in degenerative diseases of the spine. The integral components of therapy are complex pain relief therapy, prevention and surgical therapy of initial and advanced degeneration.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Herniated discs
  • Short and long sprains of the spinal canal (stenosis)
  • Spinal instability (spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis)
  • Nerve tumours
  • Tumours and cysts in the spinal canal
  • Malformations of the spine
  • Diseases of the peripheral nerves
  • The curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
  • Bechterew's disease


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • X-ray or computed tomography
  • Myelography (contrast dye and X-rays to look for problems in the spinal canal)
  • Bone scintigraphy (nuclear imaging  technique) 
  • Electroneuromyography (ENMG) 
  • Ultrasound examination 


  • Medical therapy
  • Microsurgical interventions
  • Reconstructive interventions
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Operations that preserve movement (artificial intervertebral disc prostheses)
  • Dynamic stabilization
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Surgical removal of the tumour
  • Spinal injections
  • Thermodenervation (obliteration) of the intervertebral joints
  • Functional pain therapy procedures (neuromodulation, spinal cord stimulation)
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Doctor profile


  • 1991 - 1997 Studied medicine at the Medical University of Vienna


  • 1997 - 2001 General Medicine, Wilhelmen Hospital Vienna
  • 2001 - 2009 Neurosurgeons, Frankfurt Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery
  • 2010 - 2014 Consultant neurosurgeon, Sana Clinic Offenbach
  • 2014 - 2020 Consultant neurosurgeon, Mainz Medical University
  • 2020 Chief Physician, Department of Spinal Surgery, St. Elisabeth Hospital Frankfurt

Awards, memberships, publications

  • The best doctor according to Focus magazine in 2021 and 2022
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