Dr. Armin Helmbrecht, MD

Spine specialist - Neurosurgeon


Dr. Armin Helmbrecht, MD has specialized in microscopic minimally invasive open surgical methods using a trocar (sleeve) in the recent years. In this way he has modified, amongst other things, the posterior approach to the cervical spine (for treatment of herniated disc and stenosis) into an access as wide as a finger. This offers the advantage of significantly shorter recovery times as well as the prevention of post surgical neck pain. With the same technique he is able to treat spinal stenoses of the lumbar and thoracic spine. As instructor and guest surgeon he is regularly on lecture tours to teach his new surgery techniques and stay in close contact to his international colleagues.

Differentiated application of highly specialized minimally invasive surgery techniques for the entire spine with the aim to maintain function and mobility wherever possible. 

  • Dorsal microforaminotomy of the cervical spine
  • Endoscopic and trocar-based surgeries at the lumbar and cervical spine for herniated disk or stenosis
  • Spinal arthroplasty (prosthesis) at lumbar and cervical spine
  • Dynamisation techniques for the lumbar spine
  • Microscopic tumor surgery of the spine and its neural structures (spinal cord, spinal nerves) 

Curriculum Vitae

1984 – 1991

Studies of human medicine at the University of Saarland, medical faculty Homburg/Saar and at the University of Auckland, School of Medicine, Thames Hospital, New Zealand

1988 - 1989
Scientific assistant at the anatomic department of the medical faculty of the University of Saarland.

1987 – 1991
Lecturer for drugs and diseases in neurology and psychiatry at the Krankenpflegeschule des Ev. Fliedner hospital and the Ev. Krankenhaus Saarbrücken

1996 - 2007
Lecturer for neurosurgery at the Klinikum Augsburg, training supervisor of the medical students of the University of Munich, Lecturer at the Krankenpflegeschule of Klinikum Augsburg 


Traumatic surgery and neurosurgery, BG Unfallklinik Murnau

Neurosurgery, Klinikum Augsburg

Neurosurgery, BWZK Koblenz

Neurosurgery, Klinikum Augsburg

Certificate as specialist for neurosurgery, certificate sonography and radiology in neurology

Certificate as specialist for neurosurgery, certificate sonography and radiology in neurology

seit 2001
Lecturer for neurosurgery at the Klinikum Augsburg, teaching hospital of the University of Munich

Master of Business and Administration (MBA), FH Neu Ulm

Head of department and deputy director of the clinic

Alphaklinik München, Alpha Spine Center department, Dr. Hoogland

since 2008
Private practice in the MVZ Helios with the apex spine CENTER for function preserving spine surgery. 

Scientific talks

PLIF – Treatment in lumbar Instability or Listhesis
University of Kuopio, Finnland, Februar 2001

Advantages of PEEK-Cages in anterior cervical fusion
First results in 27 cases
German-Finnish Meeting, Klinikum Augsburg, April 2002

Vorteile der PEEK-Cages im HWS-Bereich [Advantages of PEEK-Cages in the cervical spine]
Symposium on the Spine, Städtisches Klinikum Karlsruhe, September 2002

Congress secretary: 20th anniversary of neurosurgery in Augsburg, November 2002

Die lumbale Bandscheibendegeneration: Behandlungsstrategien (-pfade): konservativ – interventionell – operativ. Gibt es einen Evidenz basierten oder HTA-geprüften Goldstandard?
During a continuing education course of the neurosurgeons from southern Germany, 20th anniversary of neurosurgery in Augsburg, November 2002

Vorteile von PEEK-Cages (SolisTM) bei ventraler Diskektomie
Erste Ergebnisse in 52 Fällen
Winter meeting of the swiss neurosurgeons, Sils-Baselgia, January 2003

Neue operative Techniken an der Bandscheibe
Methoden, Materialien, Systeme
Continuing education course of the orthopedic-radiologic cooperation, Augsburg, Februar 2003

Sinn und Unsinn der Bandscheibenprothese
Klinikum Augsburg, Mai 2003

Indikationen für ein dringliches CCT beim polytraumatisierten Patienten
Continuing education course for specialised physicians of the BDC, Klinikum Augsburg, March 2004

Chancen und Möglichkeiten „klinischer Patientenpfade“ eine ökonomische und medizinische Betrachtungsweise. Am Beispiel der lumbalen Bandscheibe
DGNC April 2004, Cologne

Cervikale dorsale Dekompression nach Frykholm
Geschichte, Indikation, OP-Technik, Häufigkeit, Vor- und Nachteile
1. Cervical spine surgery training course, spine section of the DGNC, University of Saarland, Homburg, June 2004 


Entzündliche Wirbelsäulenerkrankungen
27. Annual Meeting, spine section of the DGNC, Günzburg, September 2004

Degenerative disease in lumbar spine and its surgical options for treatment
Muscat, Sultanat Oman, April 2005

Neue OP- Verfahren an der cervikalen und lumbalen Bandscheibe
Continuing education course of Bayrisches Rotes Kreuz, Aichach, April 2005

„Das Kreuz mit dem Kreuz!“ Neues und Altbewährtes in der Therapie des Bandscheibenvorfalles.
Klinikum Augsburg, June 2005

Klinische Patientenpfade am Beispiel der HWS-Prothese
Motion Roundtable 19.09.2005, LMU Munich

Moderne Verfahren zur Behandlung des Rückenschmerzes. Laser, PRT, Endoskopie, interspinöse Implantate, IDET, Katetherverfahren und vieles mehr…
24. Continuing education meeting of the DGNC, Seeheim-Jugenheim 23.-26. Nov. 2005

3rd Annual PoleStar User Meeting,  01.-03. Feb. 2006 Denver, Colorado, USA

Behandlung eines rupturierten Aneurysma des Ramus communicans anterior bei Vorliegeneiner weiteren Anastomose der Aa cerebri anteriores
DGNC 57. Annual Meeting, Essen 11.-14.Mai 2006

Dorsal Microforaminotomy - A Keyhole Approach to Cervikal Spine
1. German - Omani Neurosurgery Conference December 2006, Muscat, Sultanat Oman

Neue minimal invasive Verfahren an der Halswirbelsäule
November 2007, Klinikum Augsburg

Organisation and lead of the „Ski and Spine“ in collaboration with the DSV spine diseases and skiing, January 2008, Spitzingsee

Direction of the Activ C Instructional Course 10 July 2008
Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Faculty Member, International Spine Conference, Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Annual Meeting of the Neurological Assosiation, Malaysia, 11/12 July 2008

Faculty Member, ASSET Vienna 15-18 July 2008 (Aesculap Spine Staff Educational Training)

ALIF, PLIF, TLIF und XLIF, Indikationen und Kontroversen
1. spine surgery training course of the NCFAW and the spine section workgroup of DGNC,
5.-6. September 2008,  Hannover, department of anatomy MHH 


Book chapters

Zervikale Mikroforaminotomie [cervical microforaminotomy]

A.Helmbrecht, V. Heidecke
in Börm/Meyer (eds): Spinale Neurochirurgie, Schattauer-Verlag 2008, Stuttgart-New York

Zervikale Prothese [cervical prosthesis]

V. Heidecke, A. Helmbrecht, N. Rainov
 in Börm/Meyer (eds): Spinale Neurochirurgie, Schattauer-Verlag 2008, Stuttgart-New York 


Work as visiting surgeon

Bangkok, Military Hospital, Neurosurgery, Thailand 2/2003

Charlottesville, University of Virginia, Neurosurgery, USA 12/2004 

Further qualifications
  • DSV-skiing instructor since 1984
  • Ski tour guide since 1995
  • High altitude medicine
  • Technical qualification radiation protection
  • Technical qualification laser protection


I needed to tell just one sentence and diagnosis was established and then also confirmed by imaging techniques. Neither the orthopedic specialist nor the radiologist I had visited before, had identified the herniated disc. They told me to do some sports and that surgery would not help. Immediately after the surgery in the ATOS clinic, my symptoms disappeared and I was also pain free. Absolute number 1 address for spinal disc problems.


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