In our state-of-the-art paraplegia centre we treat patients with spinal cord malfunctions suffered as the result of an accident or an illness, regardless of the severity of the condition and the level of the lesion. We also treat patients with severe cervical cord paralysis that require artificial respiration.
Our department is one of only 25 state-approved treatment centres for paraplegic patients within Germany and has been identified as a model institution by the German Federal Government.
Features and facilities
The building, which was opened in 2007, was tailored to meet the needs of our patients in every respect: bright, spacious and with rooms that have the right dimensions for wheelchair users, some of which are even complete with panoramic views over the Rhine river valley and the Siebengebirge mountains. Telephone, internet and TV can also be controlled by severely paralysed patients through the use of head, mouth or speech controls – lift systems for patients are also available, and if desired, it is possible for the rooms to be monitored.
We have at our disposal a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art therapy facilities and training devices.
We offer sports therapy as an extension and diversification of our range of physiotherapy treatments. It helps ensure patients get enough physical activity and offers them a way to relax whilst doing something positive... >> more
Medical and therapeutic possibilities
Under the leadership of Dr. med. Andreas Hildesheim, there are a team of doctors, therapeutic care staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, sports therapists, psychologists and social workers working closely with each other. Their objective is to maintain or re-establish our patients' independence and quality of life as far as possible. This also includes the treatment and prevention of complications that commonly affect paraplegic patients.
Early stage rehabilitation of paraplegic patients
We also take on patients who require artificial respiration or intensive medical monitoring, as soon as their acute-care period is over. For patients with severe cervical cord paralysis, we work on carefully weaning them off the use of artificial respiration or, for patients who require long-term or permanent artificial respiration, on helping them to adjust to a method that they can use at home.
We also have many years of experience in treating severe spinal spasticity with botulinum toxin, administering medication close to the spine (intrathecally).
We are constantly exchanging professional ideas and information with relevant treatment centres and professional medical associations, including the German Paraplegic Association, DMPG. Our doctors, carers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists have participated in the work groups of the DMPG for many years and are therefore always up-to-date about the newest treatments available for paraplegic patients.
Situated directly next door is our state-of-the-art department for neuro-urology. There they provide rehabilitation for neurogenic bladder-emptying dysfunctions – key to improving the quality of life of our patients, as well as preventing complications.
Cooperation with the University Clinic Bonn
Our paraplegia centre is sponsored by the University Clinic Bonn. This close cooperation means that we are able to utilise all of the therapeutic services offered by the university clinic. All surgical procedures that are carried out to treat complications caused as a result of paraplegia, and to treat other disorders that have occurred independently, are carried out there.
Compassionate guidance and psychological support
We support our patients in coming to terms with their illness, and a team of experienced psychologists is at their side throughout their stay with us.
Each member of our team has regular discussions with the patient and their family members, to inform them about the illness and also how best to responsibly and conscientiously deal with the patient's new life situation.
We have worked closely with self-help groups and former patients for many years, and in this way can provide our patients with advice from people who have also been affected.
Life after being discharged
For all questions regarding what is to happen after leaving the clinic, and what assistance you will need in terms of new domestic fittings, care, or professional aid, we are of course happy to advise you and put you in touch with the right person.
Working together with an affiliated driving school, we organise driving lessons and tests in vehicles that have been specially adapted to meet the requirements of paraplegics.
Physician responsible for the paraplegia centre:
Senior Physician Dr. med. Andreas Hildesheim, Neurology Specialist