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Department of neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and vascular neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Meyer
neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, spine and vascular neurosurgery

About the department

The department of neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and vascular neurosurgery at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich treats diseases of the brain (brain tumours) and the spine. There are four state-of-the-art operating theatres. The department can treat around 2,700 inpatients and 4,100 outpatients annually. For inpatients, there are three-bedded rooms with 54 regular room beds, 16 beds in a total of four monitoring units, and a variable number of intensive care beds in surgical intensive care units. The team comprises a chief professor, seven senior physicians, three specialists, 17 assistant physicians, and nurses and supporting staff. The department is recognized as a neuro-oncological centre by the German Cancer Society. Furthermore, the neurosurgery, trauma surgery, and orthopaedics clinics were certified as the first "Level 1 spine centre" in Germany by the German Spine Society. In addition, the clinic for neurosurgery is an integral part of the interdisciplinary centre for neurovascular diseases of the University Hospital rechts der Isar. It works closely with neuroradiology to treat nervous system diseases related to vascular origin.

The department specializes in skull base surgery, neuro-oncology, spinal surgery, vascular neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pain therapy and functional neurosurgery (deep brain stimulation). Spinal surgery ranges from minimally invasive treatments to motion-preserving techniques and restorative (reconstructive) surgery using the latest technologies and implants.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diseases treated at the department:

  • Tumours of the brain and spinal cord, gliomas, meningiomas, and brain metastases
  • Degenerative, traumatic, infectious, and tumorous diseases of the spine
  • Traumatic injury of the head or spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Malformations
  • Hydrocephalus 
  • Convulsions in children
  • Dystonia 
  • Essential tremor 
  • Parkinson's disease

Treatment options:

  • Removal of brain tumours such as 
  • Functionally controlled microsurgery using intraoperative SEP/MEP monitoring. 
  • Preoperative mapping of essential areas using navigated transcranial ("through the skull") magnetic stimulation (TMS). 
  • guard operations
  • Neuronavigation with integrated fibre tract display and amino acid PET (positron emission tomography - an imaging method in nuclear medicine)
  • ALA Fluorescence-Assisted Removal of Gliomas (Gliolan®)
  • Dynamic, non-stiffening stabilizations on the lumbar spine
  • Minimally invasive implantation of dorsal ("the back") stabilization systems
  • 360-degree fusions (stiffening operations) for the spine 
  • Stabilizing procedures at the craniocervical junction (the area between the head and cervical spine)
  • Microsurgical removal of intraspinal (located within the spinal canal) tumours under functional monitoring
  • Minimally invasive surgery for herniated discs and narrowing (stenosis) of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Intervertebral disc prosthetics of the cervical spine
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty
  • Intraoperative ICG angiography (vascular imaging) and micro-Doppler application
  • Combined endovascular and surgical approach to complex malformations
  • Intraoperative MEP/SEP neuromonitoring for all interventions.
  • Ablative procedures
  • Neuromodulation: This is the change or inhibition of pain pathways in the brain or spinal cord.
  • Intrathecal drug application (drug administration into the cerebrospinal fluid)
  • Deep brain stimulation
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Studied medicine at the Universities of Padua/Italy and Erlangen-Nurnberg
  • Northwestern University, Chicago
  • The State University of New York, Brooklyn
  • 1989, Ph.D. at the Institute for Human Genetics at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
  • Neurosurgery training in Tubingen, Duisburg, Bonn, Zurich/Switzerland, Phoenix AZ/USA
  • 1995 German medical board certification in neurosurgery
  • 1999, a postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation), at the Neurosurgical University Clinic in Bonn

Experience

  • 1995 Senior Physician at the Neurosurgical University Clinic in Bonn
  • 2001 Professor of Neurosurgery at the Neurosurgical University Clinic in Bonn
  • 2006 The Chair of Neurosurgery at the Department of adult and pediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and vascular neurosurgery at University Hospital rehts der Isar Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • 2010- 2019 Chairperson, Spine Section, European Association of Neurosurgical Societies 
  • 2014-2018 Former President, International Group for Advancement in Spinal Science
  • 2015 Former President, German Academy of Neurosurgery 
  • 2015-2019 Chairperson, Education and Fellowship Committee, Eurospine
  • 2019 President, German Society for Spine Surgery
  • Author of more than 700 publications
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