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Arzt der Wirbelsäulenchirurgie untersucht Patientin

Symptoms following back surgery – how many residual complaints can I live with?

Most operations improve the symptoms of patients with adult curvature of the spine, but do not eliminate them completely. How much residual pain is the patient happy to live with after back surgery? What constitutes a good post-surgical result when treating spinal deformities in adults? Our research looked into these questions.


33 years of the Spine Unit for an overall view of the spine

The Schulthess Klinik Spine Unit is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year. Multidisciplinary care for spinal column patients has always been the focus here.


Dezsö Jeszenszky awarded title of professor

On 8 September 2020, the University of Debrecen in Hungary awarded Dezsö Jeszenszky the title of professor at a formal ceremony. We would like to congratulate Prof. Dezsö Jeszenszky on this milestone and we are delighted to have a spine surgeon on board who has worked tirelessly on behalf of patients for many years.

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Is it possible to predict the result of an operation for lumbar disc herniation?

Our spine research team has developed a prognosis tool to predict the result of surgery for spinal disc herniation. This means that patients are given a realistic assessment of what they can expect from an operation.

Röntgenbilder, vor und nach bewegungserhaltender Skoliose-Operation

Scoliosis surgery that preserves mobility

In early March, two scoliosis operations were performed at the Schulthess Klinik based on a new procedure – one that had never been used before in Switzerland – that is designed to preserve mobility. Unlike operations involving fusion, this approach makes it possible to maintain more flexibility in the spine.

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Schulthess Klinik, Balgrist and University Hospital Zurich are conducting research together

Treatment of the common condition lumbar stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar region) needs to be handled better. With this aim in mind, Schulthess Klinik, Balgrist University Hospital and University Hospital Zurich have been conducting joint research for nine years now. The results from over 850 patients have appeared in over 20 studies up to the present day, with the aim of providing patients affected with optimal, knowledge-based and individual treatment.

Dr. med. Dezsö J. Jeszenszky

Tireless commitment to patients

Our celebrations to mark the formal acceptance of the postdoctoral thesis of PD Dr. med. Dezsö J. Jeszenszky, our long-serving Head of Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery, highlighted his tireless commitment to keep on improving patient treatment. His postdoctoral thesis entitled «New surgical procedures in the treatment of paediatric spinal column diseases» outlines just what he has achieved over the years in the treatment of children with scoliosis and other diseases of the spinal column

Wirbelsäulenteam Schulthess Klinik EUROSPINE Best Podium Presentation Award

EUROSPINE Best Podium Presentation Award für Studie zum Thema Versteifungsoperationen bei Verschleisserscheinungen der Wirbelsäule

At the Spine Society of Europe’s annual EUROSPINE congress in Helsinki, PD Dr. med. Markus Loibl and the Spine Team at Schulthess Klinik were presented with the 2019 Best Podium Presentation Award. Their study on the topic of fusion operations in cases where the spine is showing signs of wear came out on top out of over 1,000 submissions.

Wirbelsäulenteam der Schulthess Klinik bei der Verleihung des European Spine Journals

European Spine Journal Max Aebi Award for Clinical Sciences for study by the Spine Team

What makes back surgery safer? Or more specifically, which monitoring method is best for preventing complications during spine surgery? Our Spine Team has received an award for their research on this topic.

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The Schulthess Klinik is an AOSpine Centre

In April 2019, the Schulthess Klinik’s Spine Surgery, Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery Department was honoured to be named the third “AOSpine Centre” in Switzerland, alongside the University Hospitals of Basel and Bern. Dr. med. Dezsö J. Jeszenszky will be taking over the management of the AOSpine Centre.