Spine Medicine Center
Our center focuses on the spine and the conditions associated with it. Thanks to our interdisciplinary team of experts with many years of experience, we are able to offer every patient a customized evaluation and treatment plant at the highest level of university medicine and in line with the latest research.
Our administrative office is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Consultations on referral from a doctor and after registration by telephone or in writing.
The patient referral form can be found here.
Head of Administrative Staff Spine Center
News aus dem Wirbelsäulenzentrum
Mit zunehmendem Alter nehmen Einschränkungen aufgrund von Rückenbeschwerden zu. Für akute und komplexe Fälle ist das Wirbelsäulenzentrum des Unispitals Basel die perfekte Anlaufstelle. Denn dort wird die Wirbelsäule interdisziplinär und gesamtheitlich betrachtet. Das ermöglicht individuelle und effektive Behandlungen.
The Spine Medicine Center consists of a panel of experts from 12 different disciplines. Depending on the issue, different experts can be called in at any time to help assess and/or treat your spine problem. Thanks to this expertise, we are able to cover the entire range of spine conditions, from simple to complex, and propose tailor-made treatment plans.
In the case of spine diseases, it is particularly important to identify factors that can further influence the condition. This means that a careful diagnosis must be made before starting treatment.
A therapy plan tailored to your needs
Together with our interdisciplinary team, we will capture all these factors and analyze them individually. Based on these results, we will then develop a tailored therapy plan for you. Our strength lies in the communication between professionals from the individual disciplines and the critical examination of treatment options and their prospects for success. It is very important to us that we carefully weigh up and discuss your expectations of a treatment and its possible success.
Our range of services
Spine Health Transition Consultation in the Spine Medicine Center
Diagnostics – From imaging to complex evaluations
We have state-of-the-art imaging techniques at our disposal, allowing us to record all the changes that affect your spine, from full-body measurements to functional examinations of your spine. In addition to standard procedures for bone density measurement, X-rays, MRI and CT, we also have expertise in imaging of inflammatory spine changes and back muscles changes.
We offer an evaluation where we precisely measure and analyze your physical condition, in addition to the effect of your back pain on your day-to-day life. This is an important component of the treatment plan.
Pain therapy and psychosomatic evaluation
Our spine experts from Pain Therapy and Psychosomatics usually perform a joint evaluation. The aim is to identify the psychosocial factors that influence the treatment of your spine condition. Knowledge of these factors and their consideration in the treatment plan are crucial for the success of the therapy.
The Spine Surgery Clinic at the University Hospital Basel is the only university institution in Switzerland to offer all surgical treatments for the spine in a single clinic. Treatments address degenerative changes (intervertebral disc problems, spinal canal stenosis, spinal slippage), deformities (scoliosis), injuries (fractures, including with spinal cord injuries), tumors (including spinal cord tumors and metastases), bone fractures in osteoporosis and spine inflammations or infections.
The clinic uses state-of-the-art surgical techniques. In our hybrid operating room, for example, we have robotics, 3D imaging and navigation. Microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques are part of our standard toolbox.
When necessary, we use special implants and surgical techniques for our tumor patients with osteoporosis.
Here, we offer our patients all interventional treatment options (infiltrations, including CT-guided), as well as treatment options evaluation using a pain stimulator.
Different therapies are recommended to the patient based on the results of the interdisciplinary evaluation. An example of a recommendation would be a training plan, accompanied by behavioral therapy, medication for pain, and aids such as TENS devices (i.e. devices for electrotherapy via the skin).
The end result of the evaluation and treatment is discussed in detail with the patient and the treating family doctor.
Pain Therapy – Psychology – Spin Surgery
Study of the efficacy of an open-label placebo in postoperative pain (OLP-POP study)
We are investigating a new and innovative treatment method for postoperative pain that has been shown to be effective in other pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic back pain and acute pain in healthy people. In this treatment approach, a placebo (a dummy drug) is administered, i.e. the people being treated receive a placebo and are also informed that they are receiving a placebo. The objective of this study is to investigate the clinical efficacy of open-label placebo in acute pain in postoperative pain management.
Physiotherapy – Spine Surgery
New emergency plan at the University Hospital Basel
We investigate whether patients who get examined and guided by a physiotherapist at the emergency center show a more favorable course of their disease. Can education in the acute phase of treatment improve disease management? Can this lead to a reduced consumption of strong pain medications and a faster reintegration of patients into their working life and everyday life?
Spine Surgery – Pain Therapy – Psychosomatics – Physiotherapy
Prehabilitation as part of a spine health transition consultation
We examine whether patients who are in principle eligible for surgery but have certain risk factors can be better prepared for surgery as part of an interdisciplinary evaluation and also show better results after surgery.
Patients are evaluated jointly by experts from Spinal Surgery, Pain Therapy, Psychosomatics and Physiotherapy. The objectives are:
- To measure general physical deficits and, if possible, to improve them
- To optimize pain processing
- To create realistic expectations of the surgical outcome
Medical Director of the Medical Centers
Dr. Astrid Beiglböck
Dr. Renate Herren Gerber
Dr. Magdalena Hardegger
Prof. Roland Bingisser
Dr. Magdalena Hardegger
PD Dr. Martin Hardmeier
Dr. Renate Herren Gerber
PD Dr. mult. Andreas Müller
Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschir. Ärzte
Prof. Marios Psychogios
Leitung diagnostische und interventionelle Neuroradiologie
Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin
Tel. +41 61 328 63 70
Prof. Wilhelm Ruppen
PD Dr. Regina Schlaeger
Dr. Thomas Vogt
Prof. Maja Weisser Rohacek
Infektiologie & Spitalhygiene