Spina Bifida Treatment Cost In Germany

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Spina bifida is a congenital disability when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. This is a kind of birth defect that affects the neural tube. The neural tube is a structure in an unborn baby that develops into the brain, spinal cord, and surrounding tissues.

When the neural tube doesn't close all the way, the backbone protecting the spinal cord does not form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the nerves and the spinal cord.

The two main spina bifida treatment options are fetal surgery during pregnancy or surgery on the baby right after birth.

Spina Bifida surgery after birth (Postnatal Spina Bifida Repair)  

During postnatal spina bifida surgery, your pregnancy is monitored, and a cesarean delivery is scheduled at 37 weeks.

  • Usually, spina bifida is treated through a surgical procedure within 24-48 hours after the baby is born
  • Your child will undergo general anesthesia
  • If present, the myelomeningocele (MMC) sac is removed by the Pediatric Neurosurgeon 
  • To protect the spinal cord, the specialist closes the surrounding tissue and skin over the defect
  • Post-surgery, the baby receives care in our Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU)

Spina Bifida surgery before birth (Prenatal Spina Bifida Repair)  

Prenatal repair of MMC prevents further damage as spinal cord damage progresses during gestation.

A prenatal repair could offer significantly better results than traditional postnatal repair:

  • It helps decrease the necessity of draining fluid from the brain through ventricular shunting
  • It reduces the incidence/severity of neurological effects, including impaired motor and sensory function of the legs
  • It improves mobility and the chances that a child will be able to walk independently 
  • It reverses the hindbrain herniation component of the Arnold-Chiari II malformation

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Spina Bifida treatment includes the following:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost, including Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) tests, maternal blood tests, and blood tests.
  • Surgery cost
  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)
  • Medicine cost (anti-inflammatory, painkillers, etc.)
  • Patient's hospital stay

Factors affecting cost of Spina Bifida Treatment

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing, or Single room)
  • The severity of the disease
  • Post-surgical complication, if it happens (such as Infection, bleeding, etc.)
  • Cost of blood products (if required)
  • Age of the patient
  • An extended stay at the hospital
  • Post-operational physiotherapy sessions 
  • Cost of accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

Frequently asked questions related to expenses that most patients have when planing for Spina Bifida Treatment.

What is the cost of tests for spina bifida treatment?

Certain tests are done before a spina bifida treatment, such as maternal blood tests, ultrasound, and maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) test. The cost for these tests is generally included in the package.

Is the medicine cost included in the package?

All the medicines bought during the stay in the hospital are included in the package. When the patient is discharged, any medicines consumed outside the hospital are not covered in the package.

How long does the patient stay in the hospital after spina bifida treatment?

Babies who undergo post-natal surgery for spina bifida remain in the hospital for one to three weeks. After the surgery, the baby needs to spend 3-4 hours in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit and then be monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The surgeon needs to see the baby for follow-up four to six weeks after he goes home. The baby needs to visit sooner if stitches need to be removed. 

List of Centers for Spina Bifida Treatment in Germany

Popular Cities in Germany for Spina Bifida Treatment are:

Leading Hospitals for Spina Bifida Treatment in Germany

Doctors for Spina Bifida Treatment in Germany

Children with Spina Bifida are often cared for by various medical professionals, including a Neurologist, Orthopaedist, and Physical Therapist.

Listing popular specialists:

Prof. Dr. Volker Arnd Coenen

Prof. Dr. Volker Arnd Coenen

Consultant, 15 years of experience

Freiburg University Hospital, FreiburgLocation

Cervical canal stenosis Lumbar disc prolapse Spondylolisthesis Hematoma Cervical disc prolapses Brain contusions Intracerebral bleed Subarachnoid hemorrhage Aneurysm Brain tumours Hypertensive bleed Hydrocephalus

PD Dr. Med. Yu-Mi Ryang

PD Dr. Med. Yu-Mi Ryang

Chief, 21 years of experience

Helios Hospital, BerlinLocation

Neurooncology, Neurovascular surgery, Aneurysms, Aarteriovenous malformations

Prof. Dr. Med. Jurgen Kiwit

Prof. Dr. Med. Jurgen Kiwit

Chief, 35 years of experience

Meoclinic Hospital, BerlinLocation

Vertebroplasty, Endoscopic intervertebral disc surgery, Neuronavigation for spinal and cranial surgery

Dr. Bodo Lippitz

Dr. Bodo Lippitz

Chief, 32 years of experience

Asklepios Hospital Barmbek, HamburgLocation

Minimal invasive surgery for brain tumors, Arterio-venous malformations

Dr. med. Frank Maier

Dr. med. Frank Maier

Head of Department, 27 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Nerve Decompression, Nerve Reconstruction

Dr. Med. Jens Gulow

Dr. Med. Jens Gulow

Chief, 27 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

All types of spinal surgeries, Surgical treatment of degenerative spinal diseases, Spinal tumours and inflammations, Spinal cord stimulation, Surgical treatment of fractures

Prof. Dr. Med. Michael Stoffel

Prof. Dr. Med. Michael Stoffel

Chief, 28 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

Microsurgical treatment of herniated discs, Neuronavigation, Radiosurgery, Laserstereotaxy

MD Christoph Goetz

MD Christoph Goetz

Senior Consultant, 34 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Neurosurgery, Spine surgery, Cyberknife, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

MD Erik Fritzsche

MD Erik Fritzsche

Consultant, 24 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Degenerative spinal diseases, Traumatic changes in the cervical spine, Tumors of the spinal column, Neurosurgery

Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Kehler

Prof. Dr. med. Uwe Kehler

Consultant, 29 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Neurosurgery, Treatment for hydrocephalus, Trigeminal neuralgia, Spinal diseases

Prof. Dr. med. Jurgen Beck

Prof. Dr. med. Jurgen Beck

HOD, 27 years of experience

Freiburg University Hospital, FreiburgLocation

Treating brain tumors, Gliomas, Meningiomas, Parkinson’s disease, Spinal surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Rudolf Laumer

Prof. Dr. med. Rudolf Laumer

Head of Department, 39 years of experience

Alfried Krupp Hospital, EssenLocation

Lumbar disc herniation, Cervical disc herniation, Thoracic disc herniation, Lumbar spinal stenosis, Cervical spinal stenosis, Artificial intervertebral discs and spinal tumors

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Buchfelder

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Buchfelder

Chief, 21 years of experience

University Hospital Erlangen, ErlangenLocation

Spinal surgery, Endoscopic interventions, Acoustic neuroma, Surgical treatment of epilepsy, Treatment of aneurysms, Hemangiomas

Prof. Dr. med. Gabriele Schackert

Prof. Dr. med. Gabriele Schackert

Director, 32 years of experience

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, DresdenLocation

Tumor surgery, Skull base surgery, Acoustic neuromas, Intramedullary tumors, Molecular analysis of brain tumors and aneurysms

Prof. Dr. med. Stephan B. Sobottka

Prof. Dr. med. Stephan B. Sobottka

Consultant, 21 years of experience

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, DresdenLocation

Tumor surgery, Vascular neurosurgery, Deep brain stimulation, Spinal surgery

Dr. med. Arndt Rosenthal

Dr. med. Arndt Rosenthal

Consultant, 16 years of experience

Hospital of the Holy Spirit, FrankfurtLocation

CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Nerve Decompression, Nerve Reconstruction

PD Dr. med. Habil. Th. Pinzer

PD Dr. med. Habil. Th. Pinzer

Senior Consultant, 19 years of experience

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, DresdenLocation

Tumor surgery, Skull base surgery, Acoustic neuromas, Intramedullary tumors, Gliomas, Brain tumors, Aneurysms

PD Dr. med. T. Juratli

PD Dr. med. T. Juratli

Consultant, 14 years of experience

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, DresdenLocation

Treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, Meningiomas, Brain metastases

Prof. Dr. med. Dietmar Krex

Prof. Dr. med. Dietmar Krex

Consultant, 22 years of experience

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, DresdenLocation

Neuro-oncology, Molecular pathogenesis of brain tumors, Vascular neurosurgery, Brain aneurysms

Dr. Dino Podlesek

Dr. Dino Podlesek

Consultant, 24 years of experience

Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, DresdenLocation

CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Nerve Decompression, Nerve Reconstruction

Success Rate

Prenatal surgery significantly improves the rate of ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement (44% prenatal surgery versus 84% postnatal), hindbrain herniation at 12 months of age (64% prenatal versus 96% postnatal), and independent walking at 30 months of age (45% prenatal versus 24% postnatal).

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