Dr. GEORGE DIMOGERONTAS MD
NEUROSURGEON - SPINE SURGEON
Scientific Director of Neurosurgery Clinic, Metropolitan Hospital,
Curator in the Department of Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery.
Candidate Ph.D., Medical School, University of Athens
Ethn. Makarios 9 & El. Venizelos 1 185 47 Neo Faliro, Piraeus
Tel. +30 210 4809000
Practice: N. Kazantzakis 10, 124 61, Haidari Attica
Tel. +30 210 9637386 | Tel. +30 6977 679521
Honors Medical School Graduate, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Former Curator of Neurosurgery Clinic of the National Health System (NHS).
PhD student at the Medical School of Athens, preparing research for benign and malignant brain tumors, in collaboration with the Department of Neuropathology of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands [Department of (Neuro) Pathology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands].
Graduate student in "Healthcare Management" of the Greek Open University.
He worked as a private neurosurgeon and associate in private clinics of Athens (IASO Children and IASO General, Euroclinic Adult and Children, Athens Medical Group, Mediterraneo Hospital, New Athenaeum). Dr. Dimogerontas keeps the unique private Neurosurgical Clinic in Haidari, Attica.
He holds a marketing patent of the Industrial Property for making a prototype surgical instrument for fractures of the ver- tebrae.
He has co-authored four scientific books. He has published 12 articles in Greek and 9 international journals. He has participated in 35 conferences with 94 Greek oral and poster posts and in 14 international conferences with 23 oral and poster posts.
Treating Black Disk with discolasty (Discogel and Gelstix)
Treating lumbar disc herniation with percutaneous microdiscectomy
Tackling spinal instability and vertebral fractures with per-
cutaneous spinal fusion
Tackling spinal stenosis with percutaneous decompressive laminectomy
Dealing with degenerative disc disease discoplasty (Discogel and Gelstix
Treating cervical disc herniation with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)
Dealing with cervical disc herniation cervical artificial disc
Addressing spine fractures with vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
Remove brain tumors with neuronavigation and mini craniotomy
Remove cerebral hematomas
Addressing trapped neuropathies (carpal tunnel syndrome, Ulnar neuritis) with surgical decompression or nerve transfer
Treating chronic pain and spasticity by placing morphine or baclofen pump
Treating chronic pain with epidural placement neurostimulator.
By the term of percutaneous microdiscectomy (Percutaneous microdiscectomy or Minimal In- vasive microdiscectomy) we mean the state-of-the-art surgical technique for the removal of a lumbar herniated disc, being available today.
The most reliable way to remove a lumbar herniated disc is a percutaneous discectomy, that is a microdiscectomy, made with the help of pipes (tubes), the surgical microscope and neurosurgical small tools. This operation is a minimally invasive technique (Minimal Invasive Surgery), in which only a 2-3 cm in length skin incision is required, and it only takes 40-50 minutes. The operation is always carried out under general anaesthesia.
The results are immediate and outstanding, given the fact that when the patient wakes up there is only a feeling of a mild pain (tingling) in the region of the intersection. The patient can be immediately mobilised right after the expiry of anaesthetics. The patient goes home the following day of the operation, while most of the time sutures removal is not required, since skin stapling is made with intradermal absorbable sutures. The restoration of the physical condition of the patient and the comeback to work is extremely rapid in contrast to classical microdiscectomy.
Like any other surgery, microdiscectomy does have some complications such as hematoma, inflammation, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, and so on. Nevertheless, the use of surgical microscope has curbed the neurological com- plications of discectomy at a rate far below 1 %. Generally, all complications of microdiscectomy are treatable and largely predictable. Furthermore, the adoption of specific preventive measures, such as Intravenous antibiotics, both during and post surgery, leads to a reduction of the probability of postoperative complications, like infections. There is no blood loss (bleeding) because the skin incision is quite small and dislodging of paraspinal muscles is not performed. Finally, potential postoperative hematoma exists only when the patient receives anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy, though this is usually discontinued prior to the operation. For the above reasons, this method can be regarded not only as a method of minimal incisions, but also as a surgical operation of minimal complications.