Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine
Department of Neurosurgery
The Department of Neurosurgery (Brain, Spinal Cord and Neural System Surgery) began to serve children patients first in 1959 within Children's Health Institute. Since 1963, it has been offering treatment and education services as a separate department at Hacettepe University adult and children hospitals.
The Department of Neurosurgery continues its services in our Country as an important centre of reference with a outpatient clinic at Hacettepe Adult Hospital (Sec. 71); an Intensive Care Unit with 12 beds; three separate treatment service with a capacity of a total of 57 beds (Sec. 51, 61, 72); a service unit with a capacity of 10 beds offering service for children patients and located in İhsan Doğramacı Children's Hospital (Se. 31) and three operating rooms which are constantly active. The Department carries out a total of 1500 operations every year.
The Department offers the following services. The diagnosis and surgical treatment of the illnesses including but not limited to the following are carried out by academic personnel and their assistants by using the contemporary technology.
1. Tumor surgery (brain and spinal cord tumors)
2. Coronary diseases surgery (cerebral hemorrhage, aneurysm, AVM glomerulus)
3. Pediatric Neurosurgery (congenital disorders such as meningocele, encephalocele, hydrocephalia, carniosynostosis, childhood brain and spinal cord tumors, head and spine traumas)
4. Spinal surgery (tumors related to spinal cord and spine, fractures, degenerative diseases, infectious diseases, instability, disc hernia)
5. Trauma surgery (skull fractures, trauma-related cerebral hemorrhage and brain damages)
6. Epilepsy surgery (surgical treatment of epilepsies which cannot be controlled via medical treatment)
7. Functional and Stereotactic Surgery (Pain and movement disorder diseases which cannot be controlled via medical treatment, Parkinson disease, brain biopsies)
8. Peripheral neural surgery (traumatic neural injuries, brachial plexus injuries, peripheral neural tumors).
Microsurgery operations at the department of neurosurgery began in 1968. Nowadays, 4 surgical microscope including video camera and recording systems; ultrasonic aspirator, neuro-endoscope, intraoperative EEG motorization, intra-operative neuro-monitorization, stereostatic surgical system, deep brain stimulator and RF Generator systems are routinely used. When needed, intraoperative ICG-videoangiography, which is a very advanced technology, is also used.
Inpatient Clinic and Emergency Services
Inpatient clinic and emergency services are provided regularly on a 24-hour continuous basis. Pre-operational and post-operational care services for adult patients are provided in single or, at maximum, double occupancy rooms in 3 inpatient services (Ward 51, Ward 61, Ward 72) which are equipped with air conditioning, fridge, cable TV, personal cabinets, bathroom-WC. Single occupancy rooms are equipped to host an all-day visitor upon request of patient or patient relatives. All-day visitors are not allowed in double occupancy rooms for the concerns of other patient. Pediatric inpatients are treated in Ward 31 with a total capacity of 10 beds in Hacettepe İhsan Doğramacı Children's Hospital. Adult and pediatric patients in need of intensive care in pre-operative or post-operative period are monitored in intensive care unit or neurosurgery with a total capacity of 12 beds, each of which are fully equipped with monitorization system.
Patients who have been admitted by Emergency Departments of Hacettepe Adult Hospital and İhsan Doğramacı Children’s Hospital are examined at the soonest time possible by our physicians in charge without any time restriction (24/7) and their treatments are planned and continued under the supervision and responsibility of academic staff and their assistants. In order to prevent any delay in monitoring and treatment of inpatients and patients who have applied to the emergency departments of our hospital, specialist medical staff consisting of 4-5 physicians and 12-14 nurses are readily available in the outpatient clinic out of working hours. Therefore, required services of diagnosis and treatment are provided under the supervision and responsibility of academic staff and their assistants. All surgical interventions with medical emergency are performed on a 24-hour basis.
All inpatients are subjected to a detailed pre-operative evaluation. Laboratory tests and radiological examinations addressed at cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, renal, liver and bleeding/coagulation systems in particular are performed on a routine basis. If deemed necessary, the departments related to these systems and/or any other previous systemic problem are consulted in order to resolve or minimize the potential problems which could occur in pre-operative or post-operative period. In the pre-operative period, the patient as well as patient relatives are informed on the type and potential progression of the disease, treatment options, expectations and all of the complications that could be encountered during or after the treatment. Verbal and written consent of each patient and patient family are sought in regard to the treatment method.
Patients who are recommended hospitalization do not need to bring any other belongings than pajamas and/or bed gown and personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shaver, bath towel, etc.). Patients are strongly advised to avoid having any belonging irrelevant to their health and treatment, extra cash or jewelry with them. Cleaning and maintenance of the ward and the rooms are carried out a few times a day and bed sheets are changed regularly. Barber service is also provided on a continuous basis upon request from patients or medical requirement. Dietary arrangements are calculated in terms of required calories and the content of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin and minerals customized individually for the patient nutrition in line with the adopted treatment and the frequency of meals is regulated as necessary by specialist dieticians. The nutrition of patients who will undergo a surgery under general anesthesia is restricted for the final 8-10 hours before the surgery. To this end, they are recommended to eat or drink nothing, not even water, as of 24:00 at the previous night before surgery.
Inpatients in the wards can be visited from 12:30 to 13:30 and from 18:30 to 19:30 everyday. For health and comfort concerns of patients, visitors should avoid crowded groups in one visit, bringing children to visits, bringing unpackaged food to visits and visitors should pay attention to complying with hospital rules. Entrance is forbidden into intensive care unit except for physicians and medical staff. Inpatients receiving treatment here cannot be visited other than obligatory circumstances with prior consent of the academic staff member in charge of treatment.
Due to scientific meetings within the department and among other departments, Wednesday mornings are allocated for trainings until noon. Outpatient clinic examinations are given continuously from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:30 on every week day (only afternoons on Wednesdays). Examination and check-up appointments can be received by dialing 444 4 444 during office hours, by personally applying to outpatient secretariat or via the telephone numbers given below.
Outpatient Clinic of Neurosurgery (Ward 71)
It is located on the 1st floor of block 7 in Hacettepe Adult Hospital. Ward 71 is located in the 1st floor by using stairs or elevators located in the entrance of block 7 in the ground floor. Secretariat of Information Desk which follows patient appointments and procedures, and patient waiting lounge are located at the entrance of outpatient clinic. Patient examination rooms, meeting room, department classroom, the rooms of academic staff and the library are also located in this section.
+90 (312) 305 17 17
+90 (312) 305 17 18
Located on the 1st floor of block 6 in Hacettepe Adult Hospital, the ward is reserved for inpatient care of adult patients. You can find Ward 61 by going 1 floor above with the stairs or elevator located next to the General Intensive Care Unit ahead or directly next to the entrance of block 7 on the ground floor.
Ward 61 has a total capacity of 28 beds and consists of single or double occupancy rooms each of which have been equipped with bathroom-WC, air conditioning, fridge, cable TV, patient cabinets and patient security systems. Rooms of chief assistant and specialists are located directly next to the entrance, while waiting lounge as well as specialist and physician assistant rooms are located within the ward. Single occupancy rooms are equipped properly for an all-day visitor upon request. The department was renewed in 2002 in respect to the entire infrastructure and equipment.
+90 (312) 305 16 10
+90 (312) 305 16 15
Located on the 1st floor of block 5 in Hacettepe Adult Hospital, the ward is reserved for inpatient care of adult patients. You can find Ward 51 by going one floor above with the stairs or elevator next to the entrance of Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit directly across Nuclear Medicine Department on the ground floor or by passing through Ward 61.
Ward 51 has a total capacity of 28 beds and consists of single or double occupancy rooms each of which have been equipped with bathroom-WC, air conditioning, fridge, cable TV, patient cabinets and patient security systems. Waiting lounge as well as rooms of specialist and physician assistants are located within the ward. Single occupancy rooms are equipped properly for an all-day visitor upon request. The department was renewed in 2003 in respect to the entire infrastructure and equipment.
+90 (312) 305 15 10
+90 (312) 305 15 15
Located on the 1st floor of block 3 in Hacettepe Adult Hospital, the ward with a capacity of 25 beds is reserved for inpatient care of pediatric patients. You can find Ward 31 by going 1 floor above with the elevator or stairs directly across you upon entering door no. 3 in İhsan Doğramacı Children’s Hospital. 2 private and 4 semi-private rooms equipped with standard furniture such as fridge and cable-TV, two child rooms, one of which can be occupied by 3 and the other can be occupied by 6, a nursery including 2 incubators and a capacity of 11 babies, physician rooms, children’s play and training room are available within the ward. The department was renewed in 2003 in respect to the entire infrastructure and equipment.
+90 (312) 305 13 10
Located on 2nd floor of block 7 in Hacettepe Adult Hospital, Ward 72 is the treatment unit reserved for inpatients. All of the 9 rooms which belong to Neurosurgery Department are equipped with standard furniture such as air conditioning, cable-TV, bathroom-WC and patient cabinet. It is located 1 floor above Neurosurgery Outpatient Clinic. You can find Ward 72 by following the route for Ward 71.
+90 (312) 305 17 20
+90 (312) 305 17 25
Intensive Care Unit
Located on the ground floor of Hacettepe Adult Hospital, the treatment unit with 14 beds has been reserved to adult and pediatric patients. It is located directly across Nuclear Medicine Department on the ground floor and shares the same entrance with Interventional Neuroradiology. All of the beds are located within the same environment for reasons of patient monitoring, treatment and security. Bedside heart, circulatory, respiratory and nervous system monitors, IV infusion pumps, 8 respirators for patients in need of external respiratory support, 2 defibrillators and emergency surgical intervention sets and independent radio communication systems apart from the special internal call system aimed for uninterrupted physician-nurse communication are available.
Entrance into Intensive Care Unit is only permitted to the medical staff and patient visits are not allowed.