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Department of neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome

About the department

The neurosurgery department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona specializes in the modern surgical treatment of central and peripheral nervous system diseases. Modern neurosurgery is undergoing a process of constant improvement in its accuracy, preservation of function and intraoperative control. Therefore, specialists use the latest treatment methods in their practice. During the operations, doctors use optical and endoscopic instruments that allow them to see the surgical field in three dimensions and full colour, with image magnification and high resolution. In addition, neurosurgeons have exceptional experience in fluorescence-guided tumour resection. The surgeon can see the difference between healthy and tumour cells using a special light, thereby avoiding brain damage.

The medical team offers patients high-quality medical care for tumours of the brain and spinal cord, pathologies of the spinal column, and diseases of the peripheral nerves. The department has established a Multidisciplinary Skull Base Unit, where a medical team of neurosurgeons, nasal endoscopists, and head and neck surgeons are involved in the surgical treatment of skull base tumours. The department is also a leader among European clinics in the surgical treatment of epilepsy.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Cysts and brain tumours
  • Acoustic neuromas and skull base tumours
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Vascular pathology of the brain and spinal cord
  • Congenital malformations and hydrocephalus
  • Chronic pain
  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Tumours of peripheral nerves
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's disease, essential tremor 
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back pain (lumbago)
  • Cervicalgia (neck pain)
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
  • Vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination
  • Neuropsychological examination
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests
  • Video electroencephalography
  • Stereoelectroencephalography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography
  • Functional MR spectrometry
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Biopsy of intracranial lesions


  • Fluorescence-guided brain tumour surgery
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Surgery under visual control
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Microsurgical clipping of aneurysms
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Laser therapy
  • Laminectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Spinal fusion
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Spine restabilization operations
  • Intervertebral disc prosthesis
  • Other treatment procedures
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Doctor profile


  • 1976 Completed his Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University in Barcelona 
  • 1977 - 1980 MIR of Neurosurgery at the Hospital La Paz in Madrid
  • 1979 Completed his Specialization in Neurosurgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • 1985 Received Doctorate “cum laude” in Medicine and Surgery


  • Since 1994 Providing services as the Coordinator of Neurosurgery and Member of the Optional Body of Teknon Medical Center 
  • 1994 - 2002 Head of the Neurosurgery Department of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona 
  • 1998 Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Department at Teknon Medical Center 
  • Since 2002 Head of Neurology Institute of Oliver-Ayats at Teknon Medical Center 
  • 2002 - 2012 Head of Neurosurgery Center at the Mutua Hospital in Terrassa

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery 
  • Founder of the Association for Epilepsy Surgery 
  • Member of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery 
  • AOSPINE Foundation 
  • Spanish Society of Neurosurgery 
  • Member of the Functional Neurosurgery Foundation 
  • President of the Catalan Society of Neurosurgery
  • International Society for the Promotion of Spine Surgery 
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons 
  • American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery
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