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Neurology

The Department of Neurology and Neurophysiology is highly specialised in the treatment of nerve diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

Working closely with other teams (spine surgery, neurourology, radiology, orthopaedics, and rheumatology), we investigate spinal cord, bladder, bowel, and sexual function.

    Areas of expertise

    Treatment can be carried out in the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Balgrist University Hospital, and encompasses conservative methods of neurorehabilitation, as well as the possibility of surgical procedures on the axial skeleton and peripheral nervous system.

    We have many years’ experience in the treatment of movement disorders and spasticity using botulinum toxin (Botox®). Our experience related to injuries of the spinal cord is your guarantee for perceptive and professional care.

    Offers

    Neurological examinations and clinical neurophysiology for inpatients and outpatients

    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP)
    • Motor evoked potentials (MEP)
    • Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
    • Reflex testing Sympathetic skin response (SSR)
    • Botulinum toxin (injection for local muscle spasticity and dystonia)
    • Functional electrostimulation (FES)
    • Assessment of paralysed muscles
    • Intraoperative neurological monitoring (keeping an eye on motor and sensory nerves during operations on the spine)

    Contact

    We would be happy to arrange an appointment with you. For questions we remain at your disposal.

    +41 44 386 38 06
    +41 44 386 38 09
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    Information for referring doctors

    Our focus

    Neurology and neurophysiology are concerned with diseases of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system, and assess the functions of the spinal cord, bladder, intestines and sexual organs. Differentiated clinical examination and diagnostic investigations to measure nerve function allow us to determine and record nerve damage precisely, in order to identify the cause. Our interdisciplinary work involves interactions with the in-house departments of spinal surgery, neuro-urology, radiology, orthopaedics, and rheumatology. Our goal is to develop a personalised treatment programme for each patient, and to estimate the prognosis as accurately as possible.

    Indications and range of services

    The neurological team led by Dr. Martin Schubert specialises in the following

    • Diseases and injuries of the spinal cord
    • Diseases and injuries of the peripheral nervous system
    • Treatment of spasticity

    We offer the following medical services

    • Electrophysiological assessment of peripheral nerves and spinal cord function using
      • Electromyography (EMG)
      • Somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP)
      • Motor evoked potentials (MEP)
      • Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) 
      • Reflex testing
      • Sympathetic skin reflex (SSR)
    • Botulinum toxin (injected for local muscle spasticity and dystonia)
    • Intrathecal baclofen pump for severe spasticity
    • Functional electrical stimulation (FES) assessment of paralysed muscles
    • Intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) for monitoring motor and sensory function during spinal surgery

    The benefit to your patients

    Our medical services offer your patients the following advantages

    • Comprehensive expertise in injuries and diseases of the peripheral nerves and spinal cord function
    • Close cooperation with related disciplines and holistic assessment from one source (University Spine Centre, neuro-urology, radiology, orthopaedics, and rheumatology)
    • Small select team with fixed contact persons