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Source: Charite – Universitatsmedizin Berlin The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has now put a new generation surgical robot into operation in order to be able to surgically treat complex tumor diseases of the nervous system in the smallest of patients. This makes the Charité one of the few clinics that has this innovative surgical technique: “In our clinic, we treat a wide range of diseases in childhood and adolescence that require surgical treatment. Most of them affect the brain or the spinal cord, ”explains Prof. Dr. Ulrich-Wilhelm Thomale, Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Virchow Clinic Campus. “In order to reach these tumors, we need very advanced technology so that we can access them with the greatest precision in order to be able to provide our patients with even better care,” he adds. The new system is even more minimally invasive, gentler and enables significantly shorter operation times . But where exactly is the robot used? The assistance robot is used, for example, for neurological diseases that require penetration into deeper brain structures. For example, to diagnose brain tumors, a tissue sample can be taken to determine whether a tumor is benign or malignant. In addition, there is the option of placing electrodes in the brain in order to measure the exact region of the brain in which the disease originated in the case of epilepsy. “We are very happy that with the new robot we can offer our patients an even better and Can offer gentler treatment options. The system will also be further developed for future novel therapies in children. We thank all donors for their support, ”says Prof. Thomale.

The Stealth Autoguide System for cranial interventions in pediatric neurosurgery is a donation-financed project. The supporters are: BILD hilft e.V. “A Heart for Children”, Helga and Alfred Buchwald Foundation, Hermann C. Starck Foundation, Smith & Nephew GmbH, Sparda-Bank Berlin eG, Sascha Moayedi and guests of the Private Real Estate Dinner.


Left: Pediatric neurosurgery at the Charité

ContactProf. Dr. Ulrich-Wilhelm ThomaleHead of Pediatric NeurosurgeryCampus Virchow-KlinikumCharité – Universitätsmedizin Berlint: + 49 30 450 560 091

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