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The Neurosurgery Department at the Hadassah Clinic has a number of important advantages over most of the world and Israeli medical centers. Below are listed just a few of them.
  • Hadassah is the only healthcare institution in the Middle East that treats patients with cerebrovascular accident over the age of 80. In January 2018, such a surgery was performed on a 99-year-old patient.
  • In July 2018, Hadassah neurosurgeons were the first in Israel to use the world most powerful KINEVO 900 operating microscope, created by the famous German Zeiss company. The device allows you to see in 3D the smallest tumors and blood vessels, its implementation has significantly advanced Israeli neurosurgery.
  • Hadassah is the only medical institution in the world that uses an admission protocol, due to which the patient undergoes CT or MRI and starts treatment in just 30 minutes from the moment of admission to the department.
  • Hadassah neurosurgeons treat newborns starting from the moment they are born and elderly people of almost any age: the age of 99 is still a record, but according to Prof. Jose Cohen even 100 years is not the limit.

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Major diseases diagnosed and treated by Hadassah neurosurgeons

An additional advantage of the clinic is the ability to cope with the entire spectrum of pathologies that neurosurgery is engaged in today in Israel and in the West. The list of major diseases includes:

  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Congenital skull defects
  • Congenital defects in brain blood vessels
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Epilepsy
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Tumors of the brain and central nervous system
  • Spinal tumors in children
  • Pituitary tumor
  • Spine tumor
  • Traumatic brain injury

Leading Israeli neurosurgeons provide consultations and treatment in Hadassah

Professor Yigal Shoshan — Head of the Neurosurgery Department.

Specialization: complex brain surgeries under the control of the most modern intraoperative MRI.

More than 30 years of experience

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Neurosurgical procedures with catheters in Hadassah are carried out by many experts, one of the most gifted and famous is Professor Jose Cohen.

In January 2006, the professor despite his youth and short work experience in Jerusalem, headed a special group of Hadassah doctors that operated on then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Professor Jose Cohen is Head of the Interventional Neuroradiology Unit.

Specialization: cerebral angiography, treatment of cerebral aneurysms, cerebrovascular accidents.

More than 28 years of experience

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The most complex surgeries on endoscopic transnasal removal of skull base tumors carried out by Professor Sergei Spektor, restored mobility to hundreds of paralyzed patients, and to hundreds of others – sense of sight and hearing. Read more.

Professor Sergey Spektor.

Specialization: endoscopic transnasal surgeries on a skull base.

More than 38 years of experience.

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Hadassah neurosurgeons achieve maximum possible results

Non-surgical methods

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a safe, one-time, non-surgical procedure using focused ionizing radiation to:

  • Remove benign head tumors such as acoustic neuroma or meningioma located in critical areas;
  • Remove primary malignant head neoplasms and metastases;
  • Correct cerebral vascular malformations, for example, AVM (arteriovenous malformations);
  • Relieve pain in trigeminal neuralgia.

In Hadassah, stereotactic radiosurgery is performed using the latest Novalis Truebeam STx 2016 device, the only device of this model in the country that has increased accuracy allowing you to achieve success without affecting healthy tissues at all.

However, in most cases, these pathologies are treated with surgery; removal of the tumor is usually supplied by radiotherapy in combination with chemotherapy or targeted therapy. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy can be used without surgery for advanced cancer with a palliative purpose – to eliminate symptoms and improve the patient’s life quality. Hadassah has achieved great success in this area.


In the treatment of brain tumors in Hadassah, the most modern medicines are used, often doctors combine several medicines. Depending on the disease and its development, the medicines are given in tablets, capsules or injected into a vein, the dose and composition are selected individually after a detailed diagnosis.

Targeted therapy

In some cases, new medicines containing monoclonal antibodies that block the creation of blood vessels are used in conjunction with chemotherapy. The medicine disrupts the blood supply to cancer tissues, delaying the spread of the malignant process. In addition, some medicines of targeted therapy can help relieve the side effects of the medicines needed to treat inflation caused by a tumor.

Advanced high-dose intraoperative chemotherapy

In Hadassah, after removing a recurrent glioblastoma, some patients are implanted in the area where the tumor was, special plates with the latest medicine that prevents the cancer from returning and alleviates the patient’s condition. The discs gradually dissolve over several weeks, releasing the medicine which goes directly to the brain tissue. The use of discs allows high-dose chemistry to be applied without side effects. This latest development is only used in special cases as directed by a physician.

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Surgical techniques

Many surgical procedures are performed in Hadassah under the supervision of the intraoperative MRI of the latest generation, which greatly increases the accuracy and safety of the procedures.

The leading specialist in this field is the head of the department, Professor Yigal Shoshan, a neurosurgeon with over thirty years of experience.

Surgical techniques are very diverse, in each case the type of action is accurately selected by a multidisciplinary consultation of leading doctors: neurosurgeons, radiologists, rehabilitologists, specialists from other fields of medicine, engaged depending on the disease type.

Endovascular neurosurgery in Israel, as mentioned at the beginning, is at a very high level. This is a relatively new direction based on the intervention of catheters inserted into the body through a small puncture, which avoids the need for traumatic craniotomy. It is used to treat the following pathologies of brain vessels:

  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Stenosis and constrictions
  • Damage
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)

It is also used to remove some types of intracranial neoplasms.

Recently, catheterization has begun to be used to treat retinoblastoma by injecting concentrated chemotherapy medicines directly into the eye artery, bypassing the bloodstream and the digestive system, which completely avoids side effects and enhances the effect.

Several actions are performed through catheters: balloons or microscopic stents sometimes coated with drugs that prevent blood clots are inserted to eliminate cerebral aneurysms or hemorrhages. Modern stents are used for stenosis of the carotid or vertebral arteries. The aneurysm is often filled with various types of platinum microstructures (coils) delivered through a catheter inserted into a puncture in the thigh and stretched to the location needed in the brain. The procedure is called “embolization”, the method is also used to block the vessels of central nervous system tumors, the development of which is highly dependent on blood flow. When it comes to extensive pathology, the procedure is performed in combination with surgery and radiotherapy. The catheter also serves to remove blood clots in ischemic stroke.

Doctors of the department often cooperate with experts from other fields of medicine: for example, Professor Jose Cohen is involved in the treatment of retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina that usually occurs in children. The professor uses catheter chemotherapy, injecting the drug directly into the eye, decreasing the dose and increasing the concentration. As a result, chemotherapy works more strongly, but does not cause side effects.

Spinal cord surgery. Catheters are often used by neurosurgeons to treat pain that occurs when vertebrae are damaged as a result of osteoporosis: a hardening substance, such as bone cement, is inserted through a catheter into the damaged vertebra.

Deep stimulation (DBS) is performed by implanting a subcutaneous electrostimulator, the electrodes of which are applied to specific areas of the brain in order to correct its work by means of electrical impulses. It is used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other motor function disorders.

Functional neurosurgery. In Israel, this intervention is used quite often. When the surgical intervention is carried out in the vicinity of areas responsible for various functions of the body, it becomes necessary to remove it under local anesthesia using the awake craniotomy method. The patient is fully conscious, according to his reaction, the neurosurgeon assesses the danger of causing harm to the brain area. At the Hadassah MC, such procedures are carried out by neurosurgeons of the highest class, who brilliantly use a special ultramodern functional MRI (FMRI), which helps to accurately localize the processing zones of signals from different sense organs.

Cranioplasty. In the department, the reconstruction of skull bones damaged as a result of trauma or during a previous surgery is carried out with great success, using the transplantation of a bone fragment of the patient or an artificial implant.

The priority area is the children`s treatment

Pediatrics in all its areas is what thousands of foreigners come to Israeli clinics for. Neurosurgery is not an exception: the best doctors in the country work in the children’s department of Hadassah, such as its leader, Dr. Shalom Mikhovich, who moved to Jerusalem from a similar position at Schneider Pediatric Hospital (Petah Tikva)..

Hadassah: top quality services – cost

Hadassah differs from other Israeli hospitals in almost complete absence of financial constraints: patients receive all the best that Israeli neurosurgery can give them, cost does not matter. The hospital purchases the latest equipment and medicines, sometimes unique devices are brought in for a while from the largest medical centers in Europe and the United States. Research work also spends as much money as needed to achieve a positive result.

At the same time, prices in Hadassah are quite democratic. And could it be otherwise if the price list is established and constantly monitored by the Ministry of Health.

You can find out the prices for procedures in the Neurosurgery Department of the Hadassah Clinic by contacting the international department.

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Hadassah: a guarantee of high quality diagnostics

Hadassah is the most patronized by the government and the Ministry of Health, but also the most controlled hospital in Israel. This means both the purchase of advanced equipment not available to other medical centers, and almost weekly checks for quality control of laboratory and other examinations. As a result, patients can be fully confident in conscientious and thorough diagnostics.

The department carries out:

The renowned neurosurgeon of the Hadassah clinic, Professor Sergei Spektor, head of the skull base surgery department, speaks about the complex surgeries performed by him and his colleagues. Many of the procedures performed by Hadassah neurosurgeons in most medical centers in the world are still considered impossible.

  • Stereotactic biopsy or diagnostic stereotaxy. During the procedure, a needle for taking a fragment of brain tumor tissue is guided using a modern ultrasound, CT or MRI device. Often the procedure is performed using a special metal frame attached to the patient’s head. This is a very accurate procedure that allows you to get the most reliable information about the state of the malignant process. In Hadassah, the stereotactic biopsy is performed by Professor Shoshan.
  • Expanded set of laboratory analyzes.. In Hadassah, the range of these diagnostic tools is much wider than in other Israeli clinics, the set includes special complex tests, including special tests for blood clotting, which check the possibility of a cerebral stroke (if clotting is high) or hemorrhage (in case of low clotting), study of material taken using a biopsy of the tumor. Many examinations are unique as they were manually created and conducted by local experts on a case-by-case basis. Also, there is a constant development and implementation of new tests, in which Hadassah is ahead of other medical centers in the country. This means that only in Hadassah, regardless of the disease rarity, the patient is guaranteed diagnostics of the highest quality that modern neurosurgery can provide. There are a few Israeli clinics with such a powerful research base. In the same laboratories of Hadassah, new medicines that prevent cerebrovascular accident are developed and tested.
  • Angiography, examination of cerebral vessels using contrast media and advanced CT, MRI or X-ray devices, is also at the highest level in Hadassah. It is used to detect tumors, hemorrhages or thinning of the blood vessels walls, aneurysms, constriction or stenosis of blood vessels.
  • The clinic uses a full set of modern visualization tools: ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET-CT. The equipment belongs to the latest generation of high-tech medical equipment, and the PET-CT device in terms of accuracy and speed is ahead of all similar installations available in the country today.

Hadassah doctors also use many other diagnostic tools of various levels of complexity, the examination plan is prepared individually for each patient.

The latest software, available only in 20 clinics around the world, allows you to select the neurosurgery methods necessary in each specific case with maximum accuracy and speed. In Israel, no other medical center has such capabilities.

Leading experts of the country carry out diagnostics of brain tumors in Hadassah

Professor Moshe Gomori.

Specialization: MRI brain.

More than 36 years of experience

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Reviews and cases that were in the Israeli and world media

For those who want to truly assess what level neurosurgery has reached in Israel, reviews of grateful patients and real life cases are the best assessment criterion.

For people who have not personally encountered the need of appropriate treatment and who are far from medicine, it is difficult to imagine what development modern neurosurgery has reached. In Israel, doctors reach the limits of what is possible and sometimes cross this invisible line.

In November 2017, a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage, who was eight months pregnant, arrived at the department. International experts assessed the chance of preserving the life of both the mother and the fetus as minimal. By all accounts, the child should have been sacrificed. Neurosurgeons of Hadassah were not confused by the unfavorable prognosis, the catheterization was planned so as to save both the mother and the child. The Jerusalem doctors were successful: now the woman and the newborn are completely healthy.”
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The clinic was one of the first in the world to save a brain from an acute cerebrovascular accident by removing blood clots, learned to reconstruct blood vessels during dissection, and today local neurosurgeons remain unsurpassed experts in these areas.

In January 2018, a 99-year-old woman from Russia who had lost speech and the ability to move her right arm and leg after a cerebrovascular accident was operated in Hadassah.

Today this woman feels exactly the same as before the cerebrovascular accident: she has a normal, independent life.

Hadassah is a leading center for neurosurgery: Israel is one of the leaders in the field of endovascular surgeries on the brain and spinal cord, but even against the background of the largest hospitals in the country, the Jerusalem Medical Center stands out for its success in the treatment of aneurysms, stenosis, congenital deformities and many other pathologies of the head and neck vessels.

«Two months ago, I was diagnosed with a huge meningioma. The tumor pressed on the auditory nerve, I was almost completely deaf, so I went to the doctors. The doctors said that an urgent surgery was needed, but it would not be possible to preserve the sense of hearing, the meningioma wrapped around the nerve, it is simply impossible to remove it without damaging the nerve. At work, colleagues advised me to try to apply abroad. On Internet forums, I learned that Israel does not need a visa, so treatment can be organized much faster than in other countries. After a little searching, I chose the Hadassah clinic. Here they not only removed the tumor, but also completely preserved my sense of hearing. I just didn’t believe my happiness!»

Irina (Moscow, Russia)

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Hadassah neurosurgeons saved life of a US student

«It’s good that my daughter was near Hadassah during the stroke, she would not have survived at home.” These are the words of the father of a 22-year-old student from the United States, Kimberly, who came on a tourist trip to Israel and suddenly felt a severe headache.

After hospitalization, it turned out that Kimberly had a severe cerebral hemorrhage after an aneurysm burst. Her condition was so bad that her parents flew to Israel to say goodbye to their daughter. However, giving up is not the custom of Hadassah neurosurgeons.

In the photo: Kimberly and prof. Jose Cohen. After 3 difficult surgeries and rehabilitation, Kimberly came back to life.
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