Thu, 09/29/2016

SPINE SURGERY: a holistic view to obtain flexibility

For Dr. med. Miguel Alquiza the overall goal in his work is to regain the individual maximum mobility of his patients. Here the holistic view is very important for the chief physician of the Centre for Spinal Surgery at Waldkrankenhaus Spandau which belongs to the network of hospitals of PGD International.

Dr. Miguel Alquiza and his colleagues take a lot of time for preliminary talks with their patients stricken by back pain. In extensive consultations the physicians examine in what condition the spine is exactly, where the pain is located and what factors might have triggered the symptoms. Furthermore, doctors find out in what physical condition patients generally are. Therefore they ask for hobbies, their profession and their desires for the future. Cutting edge technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), scintigraphy, X-ray, myelography for the examination of the spinal canal as well as expertise of other disciplines support the diagnostic process.

Time in the hospital is shortened by minimally invasive procedures

The doctors of the Centre for Spinal Surgery are always looking for individual solutions. If possible, operations are avoided. Therefore a special invasive pain therapy can be an alternative to surgery. But even if surgical intervention is unavoidable, patients can feel at home at Waldkrankenhaus Spandau. Of the 2,000 patients with spinal problems who are treated in the centre annually, at about 1,000 people a major surgery of the spine is performed.

"The surgical techniques have improved greatly in recent years," says Dr. Alquiza. Where once the stiffening of individual vertebrae was a common remedy, it is now mainly about the preservation of motion. A variety of implants simplify this process. Depending on the physical condition of the patient a special implant can be used to stabilize the spine dynamically. This method can be applied if there is a slight instability but the intervertebral disc function is still sufficient. However, not every spine is fit enough to be supplied dynamically.

Extended opening hours and contact with colleagues also possible at short notice

Dr. Alquizas centre furthermore covers the entire spectrum of modern spinal surgery. As a specialized field of orthopedics, it is one of the largest spine centres in Berlin today. Office hours were extended, so more patients can be cared for. Dr. Alquizas team consists of Dr. med. Ralph Schernberger and Tim Rumler von Rüden (senior physicians) and Dr. med. Stephan Ender (specialized senior physician).

The service of the clinic is also available for second opinions.

The treatment in English is also part of the spectrum of the Centre for Spinal Surgery. For other languages, interpreters are available in-house.

Treatment spectrum of the Centre for Spinal Surgery:

  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoporosis and fractures
  • Vertebral fractures by accident
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine (e. g. osteochondrosis)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet arthrosis
  • Spinal deformities (scoliosis or kyphosis)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Infections of the spine
  • Tumor Surgery on the Spine
  • Back pain in children and adolescents (in cooperation with the Centre for Child and Adolescent Orthopaedics)


The Centre for Spinal Surgery is headed by chief physician Dr. med. Miguel Alquiza.

picture: Physicians at the centre for spinal surgery (from left) Dr. med. Stephan Ender (senior physician)
Dr. med. Ralph Schernberger (senior physician), Dr. med. Miguel Alquiza (chief physician) and Tim
Rumler of Rüden (senior doctor)