ONZ Germany

Germany’s Motion-Preserving
Spine Institute

ONZ stands for “Orthopadish-Neurochirugisches Zentrum” which translates to The Orthopedic Neurosurgical Centre in English. These specialist clinics are located near Dusseldorf, and are home to four orthopaedic surgeons and three neurosurgeon spine surgeons. Their neurosurgeons are regarded as the “New Generation of Spine Surgeons” for their reputation with motion-preserving technologies.

ONZ spine surgeries are performed in two large multidisciplinary hospitals in Hattingen and Recklinghausen. Of utmost importance to our patients, these hospitals are fully equipped with the highest quality supportive infrastructure including MRI, CT and Ultrasound units. The hospital contains separate neurology departments, private ward rooms as well as an emergency ICU department staffed 24/7. All surgeries are supported and prepared for with vascular surgeons as required.

Introducing the New Generation of Spine Surgeons

Dr. Thomas Bierstedt, Dr. Bernd Illerhaus and Dr. Guido Ostermann are amongst the leaders in the field of motion-preserving spine surgery. They have featured on European TV, newspaper articles and presented studies and to their peers at the annual Eurospine Convention. They work closely in advisory positions for leading spine implant companies to develop new technologies, and are experienced in complicated and multi-level solutions.
Their shared philosophy is that a “patients next spine surgery should be their last spine surgery” and they offer clear guidance and friendly communication for all Spine Connection patients considering surgery.

Different spine surgeons around the world will recommend a specific surgery according to their skill and experience, and this often varies greatly. We encourage all patients to receive a second opinion from our German Spine Specialists before proceeding with any invasive surgery.
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Medicos Aufschalke – Europe’s Largest Rehab Centre

When it comes to motion-preserving surgeries, intensive post-op rehabilitation is required to give the patient the best chance for a full recovery. In most patient cases the spinal joints and supporting tissues have been damaged and dysfunctional for many years, and must to be mobilised to work properly again. The Medicos Aufschalke rehab centre is located around 45mins drive (Autobahn) from ONZ’s private hospitals, and patients spend 1-2 weeks here according to their requirements.

Every day patients receive:

  • Lymphatic drainage

  • Physiotherapy

  • Medical training therapy

  • Deep tissue massage

  • Electrotherapy

  • Wound management

  • Ergo therapy

  • Chief Physician visit

The Medicos Aufschalke also has a Courtyard Marriott Hotel built into the side, to ensure patients and their support partners are as comfortable as possible. From our experiences we strongly advocate for all motion-preserving spine surgeries to be followed up with a rehab program like this, but sadly we observe most patients are discharged and sent home with a sheet of paper to see their local physical therapist. At Spine Connection our goal is to ensure patients are rehabilitated and moving confidently so they can reclaim their healthy lifestyle again.

Rehabilitation Specialists

“Dr. Vieregge Ulrich, Medical Director at Medicos, ensures every patient feels comfortable and receives a tailored rehab program to suit their needs.”

“Maik Muller is a graduate Sports Scientist and his mission is to have our patients moving confidently again as soon as possible”

Bringing Friends and Family

Around half of our patients traveling to Germany travel alone. They are always surrounded by attentive and caring staff, and usually make friends with other international patients recovering at the same time. It’s common for them to enjoy meals together and stay in touch into the future.

We also have provisions if patients want to bring friends and family for support. Support partners can stay with the patient overnight after the surgery and we also have special arrangements at comfortable hotels nearby so they can have a proper nights rest too. After hospital discharge the patients and their support partners stay together at the Courtyard Marriott hotel right next door to the Medicos Aufschalke rehab centre. All required private car transfers are included to make the experienced run seamlessly.

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