Spinal surgery with 6mm incision with endoscopy.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Siepe, Senior Consultant of the Spinal Centre at Schoen Clinic München Harlaching

The more gentle alternative

The spinal surgery department at Schoen Clinic München Harlaching has developed into one of the largest endoscopic centres in Southern Germany.
The clinic is a pioneer in this technique with which operations are performed in the area of the cervical and lumbar spine.

Prof. Siepe – what does spinal endoscopic surgery mean?

In endoscopic procedures, also called “keyhole technique”, we perform the surgeries through very small incisions, only a few mm. The exact size varies a bit based on the endoscope used; in the cervical spine region, the incisions are only approx. 5 mm. The endoscope, an optical instrument with a camera, is inserted via this opening. We work with video monitoring displayed on large HD screens, comparable to a knee joint arthroscopy, to which the images of the nerves inside the spine are transmitted. Our patients are often surprised by their quick recovery and mobility after the operation. You can stand up and move only 1-2 hours after endoscopic surgeries. You are released from the hospital 1-2 days after the surgery. You don't need complex follow-up treatment or inpatient rehab and you can quickly return to you normal life and work.

Is endoscopic spinal surgery suitable for any back problem?

At the Spinal Centre at Schoen Clinic München Harlaching, we have a very wide surgical spectrum with a wide variety of minimally invasive and movement-preserving techniques we can use. It is very important that we first create a treatment concept tailored to your individual symptoms and then choose the best surgical option. This is often an endoscopic surgery, however, today, we have a whole series of other modern techniques to provide you optimum care.

What is the biggest benefit of this method?

The endoscopic surgical method has a lot of benefits. First, the most important for you as a patient: the method is very safe and the results are good. The rate of infection / would healing problems are lower than nearly any other surgical procedure and are almost 0%. This technique also offers benefits, in particular, for large, robust or obese patients who can be operated on with incisions that are only a few mm. However, surgeons need years of experience to learn this complex technique.

Experience that Schoen Clinic München Harlaching definitely has.

Yes, that’s right. We are one of the few centres who cover a variety of surgeries using the endoscopic technique such as herniated discs, vertebral joint cysts, narrow spinal canal (“spinal canal stenosis”) in the cervical and lumbar spine. We gladly share this expertise and hold endoscopic surgery courses 3-4 per year for German and international participants.

This speciality will benefit your patients every day.

As an internationally recognised spinal centre, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence and Medical Centre of the Olympiastützpunkt Bayern (Bavarian Olympic Training Centre),
you can trust in 20 years of experience at our spinal centre. Our promise and goal are to always offer you the highest-end medicine at our clinic.