Albertinen International Patient Service - Spine Center at Albertinen Hospital Hamburg

Spine Center

Spinal Surgery

In the Spine Center, specialists from the fields of neurosurgery, trauma surgery, and orthopedics work in highly-coordinated teams to perform around 500 operations per year.

Back pain is one of the most common disorders in our society. It leads to losses in working life and often severely restricts those affected. Back problems often disappear as quickly as they occur.

However, if this is not the case, a specially trained team is needed to address the issue. Surgery should only come into consideration when there is no improvement from "conservative therapy" – i.e. therapy without surgery – and there is a high level of suffering. Immediate surgery is required case of paralysis or malfunctions of the bladder and/or intestines.


  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral fracture

Diagnostics and surgical methods

  • Spinal surgery
  • Conservative therapy

Dr. Erik Fritzsche, M.D.

Head Physician, Spinal Center

Dr. Erik Fritzsche, M.D.


  • Dr. Erik Fritzsche has been Head Physician of the national Albertinen Spinal Center since October 2018. It was founded with the aim of providing holistic treatment of all diseases of the back area.

    Dr. Fritzsche completed his training with his university studies in Hamburg in 1998, and began his specialist training in neurosurgery in Altona General Hospital, then continued at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. In 2006, Dr. Fritzsche had already established an interdisciplinary spinal syndrome in Klinikum Dortmund[1]  with an orthopedic colleague and began to treat all diseases of the spine. He subsequently returned to the city of Hamburg for a short stay at ENDO Klinik, and has been Head Physician for Spinal Surgery at Asklepios Klinik Wandsbek since 2010.

    His specialization in spinal disease already was strongly influenced by his instructors at the beginning of his specialist training. He became aware of his interest in pathologies of the spine early on.

    Both degenerative and acute diseases of the spine are treated in the above-standard Albertinen Spinal Center. The team comprises specialists from different departments, whose members are certified by the German Spinal Society. They currently offer more than 1,000 surgical treatments in the spinal area.

  • born in Wedel, married, two children

  • Head Physician, location-spanning Albertinen Spinal Center

  • Head Physician, Spinal Surgery, Asklepios Klinik Wandsbek

  • Chief Senior Physician, Neurosurgery, ENDO Klinik Hamburg

  • Senior Physician, Spinal Center, Klinikum Dortmund

  • Functional Senior Physician, Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

  • Functional Senior Surgeon, Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

  • Specialist Physician training in neurosurgery, Asklepios Altona

  • Medical studies in Hamburg


  • Special professional qualifications

    • 2012: Expertise in radiation protection
  • Licenses to conduct advanced training

    • Neurosurgery (2 years)
  • Teaching assignment/Positions/Functions/Memberships

    • Member: German Spinal Society (DWG)
    • Member: German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)