The Clinic - Inselspital Bern - Neurochirurgie

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The Clinic

Out-patient clinic

Ambulatory patients are examined and treated in the out-patient clinic. Here we evaluate the disease or disorder and determine whether an out-patient treatment is appropriate. If out-patient treatment is not considered appropriate, in-patient treatment will be scheduled. In addition to the pre-operative and post-operative in-patient treatment and post-operative care and routine checks, an appointment will normally be scheduled with a referring physician.

On the day of your visit, please announce your arrival at the scheduled time at the reception of the out-patient clinic, Level B, Room 177. Please bring with you documents or information regarding the following, which you should have received from your general physician:

  • List of all medications that you are currently taking
  • Information relating to previous surgeries or serious illnesses
  • Reports and findings related to your disease or disorder
  • Any relevant X-rays or other imaging results that were not taken at the Inselspital. It is not necessary to bring images that were taken at the Inselspital.

In-patient treatment

During the stay, our patients will be treated in the two general care stations, which include 50 beds. The rooms are bright and friendly, with telephone and television connections, and we hope to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Normally the admittance to the Inselspital and the preparation for the surgery or diagnostic test will be performed here.

more information regarding your in-patient stay

Our specialized neuro intermediate care unit (Neuro-IMC) has an additional 9-bed capacity. This provides optimal care for patients who require it, and provides a link between normal in-patient care and the intensive care unit (ICU). Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Werner Z’Graggen, neurological intensive care physician, and Prof. Dr. Stefan Jacob, Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine, a very highly qualified and experienced team provides care for our patients.

Specialized treatment of seriously ill patients is ensured in the ICU. The ICU is directed by the intensive care physicians in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery

Operating rooms

The surgical facility, located in the heart of the clinic, contains 3 operating rooms. The surgical team includes an anesthesiologist, an expert care of post-anesthetic patients, and highly qualified surgical care specialists who provide expert assistance.

Our status as a university hospital and center for surgical treatment of disorders related to the brain and spinal column have made it possible to equip our facilities with the most modern technology. This allows us to adopt new surgical methods early and provide innovative intraoperative procedures to the extent necessary to achieve the three major principles of modern neurosurgery: minimal invasiveness, necessary completeness, and maximal safety.

The introduction of computers and navigational instruments into the operating room, the application of microscopy and endoscopy, and the increasing precision of imaging methods during surgery permit surgical precision to less than a millimeter. It is impossible to imagine performing neurosurgery without modern tools such as functional neuronavigation, fiber tracking and fiber tract navigation, intraoperative imaging methods such as ultrasound, 5-ALA fluorescence, and infrared-800 fluorescence-based angiography, or electrophysiological techniques such as mapping and D wave monitoring. Due to their efficacy in improving safety and surgical outcomes, the use of these procedures is routine in our department.

Further development and optimization of neurosurgical techniques is a necessary component for carrying out cutting-edge medicine, and is an important focus of the research in our clinic to ensure that our work meets the highest international standards.

more about our published research and our ongoing work

Highly specialized care for unusual cases

For diagnosis, surgical treatment and post-operative care we work closely with the departments of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, Endocrinology, Orthopedics, Neuroradiology, and Neurology. As part of the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, we are able to utilize the skills and knowledge of internationally-known physicians and medical researchers from other fields, which is particularly useful in unusual cases or rare diseases.

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