Dr. Thomas Bierstedt

Fields of expertise

  • / Neurosurgery
  • / Spine Surgery


Dr. Bierstedt is proficient in all surgical techniques via all available access routes. All surgical procedures (with the exception of infantile scoliosis) are performed by him.

Dr. Bierstedt performs about 500 spinal interventions of varying degrees of difficulty each year, about half of which are motion-preserving. The focus is on disc prosthetics of the lumbar spine and cervical spine, but also on facet joint-replacing, motion-preserving stabilization of the lumbar spine. Dr. Bierstedt treats patients from all over Germany, as well as large numbers of patients from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and various other non-European countries.

Dr. Bierstedt is currently one of only a few surgeons in Europe who implant up to 200 lumbar disc prostheses per year. He has implanted the most lateral disc prostheses in the lumbar spine in Europe. He is a reference surgeon for Spinal Kinetics (USA), FH Orthopedics, LDR (France) and Premia Spine. He is involved in a consulting capacity and in part as co-developer in various implants and instruments for the companies LDR, Premia Spine and Signus.

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Member of the DWG (master certified)


In addition, Dr. Bierstedt is a reference surgeon for various surgical procedures of the company Signus (Germany). Here he was, among other things, the one who performed the first European ISG distraction spondylodesis (Diana). Dr. Bierstedt regularly conducts hands-on surgical courses.

He also appears regularly as a speaker on various surgical techniques at national symposia and congresses.

In 2009, he performed what is currently the world’s largest series of pressure- and volume-controlled implanted nucleus prostheses (Dascor).

Prior to his move to the ONZ (2008), he worked as a senior physician for neurosurgery and senior physician for spine surgery at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus Recklinghausen from December 2005 to March 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Bierstedt established a supraregional center for spine surgery at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus Recklinghausen with a special focus on disc prosthetics as well as spine traumatology.

He began his neurosurgical training at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus Recklinghausen and continued it from mid-1999 at the von Bodelschwinghschen Krankenanstalten Bielefeld. Here Dr. Bierstedt worked as an assistant physician until September 2004. After passing the specialist examination, he continued to work as a specialist in neurosurgery in Bielefeld until November 2005. He received his doctorate in October 1999.

Dr. Thomas Bierstedt studied medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster from 1991 to 1998 and received his license to practice medicine in May 1999.

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