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Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

The Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for neurological diseases, especially brain tumors, movement disorders, pain, and unidentified intracranial lesion. For more than 30 years now the stereotactic department has served local as well as international patients. Interdisciplinary conferences with several departments are offered in the treatment of brain tumors and functional disorders.

Due to our proven expertise, services of the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery are used by patients from all over the world. Treatment methods are tailored to each individual patient’s needs. Quality assurance and risk minimization are the most important factors when providing high-end medicine.

Diagnostic & Treatment Services

In the field of neurooncology, special emphasis is put on the treatment of craniopharyngeomas, gliomas of the optic nerve, primary cerebral lymphomas, low-grade and high-grade gliomas, brain stem gliomas, cerebral metastasis, and cranial base meningeomas.

Functional Neurosurgery includes deep brain stimulation for the treatment of different kinds of movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremor, Multiple Sclerosis, Dystonia), deep brain electrodes for pre-surgical determination of epileptic foci, and the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia by percutanous thermal coagulation.

  • Motor cortex stimulation in pain syndromes
  • PET-controlled, stereotactically-guided serial biopsies of unclear cerebral lesions
  • Stereotactic puncture of tumor cysts and implantation of Rickham catheters
  • Interstitial radiosurgery by means of implanting temporary iodine 125 seeds in low-grade tumors and cerebral metastases
  • Stereotactically-guided ventriculocisternostomy in tumor-related occlusive hydrocephalus
  • LINAC radiosurgery of cerebral metastases, arteriovenous malformations, meningeomas of the cerebellopontine angle, acoustic neurinomas
  • Chemotherapy of brain tumors (first, second and third line, including individual therapies)
  • Treatment of pediatric brain tumors in cooperation with the Center for Pediatrics of the Medical Center - University of Freiburg
  • Preparation of a structured treatment concept (including chemotherapy plans) and determination of the required follow-up examinations


Medical doctors12
operations per year600-800
stereotactically guided biopsies per year300
deep brain stimulations per year40-50
radiosurgeries (LINAC, seeds) per yearAround 100
patients per year2,500

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