Helios Hospital Krefeld: Certified as maximum care spine center
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Helios Hospital Krefeld: Certified as maximum care spine center

With the certification as a maximum care spine center, patients at the Helios Hospital Krefeld have the certainty that the strict requirements of the German Spine Society (DWG) are met here - for the highest level of safety and conservative as well as surgical treatment quality. Throughout Germany, the clinic is currently one of the 30 spine centers of the highest care level - it is the only one in the Lower Rhine region and in the greater Düsseldorf area.

The causes of pain and other complaints in the spine are very diverse. A wide range of medical expertise and experience is crucial for effective therapy. "The art of establishing indications is of very special importance in the spine" emphasizes Prof. Dr. med. Michael Stoffel, head physician of neurosurgery and spine surgery at Helios Hospital Krefeld. All the more, interventions on the spine are a matter for specialists, spine surgery today is an interdisciplinary focus, which at the Helios Hospital Krefeld has now been awarded the certification 'Spine Center of Maximum Care of the DWG'.

Spine is teamwork

The focus was not only on the high quality of indications, processes and results. The audit also gave the interdisciplinary collaboration a particularly positive report card: In addition to the professional expertise, the very good equipment and comprehensible processes, the auditors explicitly emphasized the low-threshold, appreciative and interdisciplinary cooperation as well as the collegiality in all areas. "We have committed ourselves to the highest standards and are correspondingly proud of this award. It is the result of great efforts by all those involved to establish a spine center of the highest level of care here in the Lower Rhine region for the people of the region," explains Prof. Dr. med. Clayton Kraft, Chief Physician of Orthopedics, Trauma and Hand Surgery, who heads the spine center together with his colleague, Prof. Dr. med. Michael Stoffel.

Designated spine specialists

The two chief physicians in Krefeld are proven specialists in spine surgery: Prof. Stoffel holds the additional qualification 'Spinal Neurosurgery' of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC) as well as the basic, master and excellence certificate of the German Spine Society (DWG). Prof. Kraft holds the additional designations 'Special Orthopedic Surgery' and 'Special Trauma Surgery' as well as the Basic and Master Certificate of the German Spine Society (DWG). He is a member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (ISMISS). With their optimally complementary treatment focuses, they - together with their neurosurgical and orthopedic teams, radiology, neurology as well as pain and physiotherapy - ensure individual care that is precisely tailored to the patient. This ranges from the treatment of herniated discs and pronounced spinal curvatures to the most complex tumors of the spine and spinal cord. The entire spectrum of modern procedures and techniques is used.

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