Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu

Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu

Brain and Spine Specialist - Neurosurgeon,Scoliosis Surgery

  Acibadem Hastanesi - Altunizade, Istanbul, Turkey

  6 Years of experience

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu is one of the finest Brain and Spine Specialist in Turkey. He is an experienced Neurosurgeon in the Turkey. The Medical practitioner has been associated with various reputed hospitals in the Turkey. The physician is currently working as a Neurosurgeon, Acibadem Hastanesi - Altunizade, Turkey. The doctor is a well-reputed and sought after medical expert and is

  • 2014 Marmara University Faculty of Medicine Brain and Neurosurgery
  • 2008 Marmara University Faculty of Medicine

qualified. Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu has been associated with many hospitals over the course of his illustrious and experienced career.

The hospitals include:

  • 2016 - Currently Acibadem Health Group
  • 2014 - 2016 Marmara University Pendik Education and Research Hospital / Mandatory Service

Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu has more than 6 Years of clinic experience. The Clinician specializes in and performs the following surgeries:

  • Disc Replacement ( Cervical /Lumber)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
MEMBERSHIPS (2)
  • European Neurosurgery Association
  • Turkish Spine Association
RESEARCH PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS (4)
  • Intractable yawning caused by foramen magnum meningioma in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 2.
  • Deep brain stimulation as treatment for dystonic storm in pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration syndrome
  • A case report of a patient with homozygous C.628 2 T > G mutation of the PANK2 gene.
  • Sacral Pure Spinal Epidural Cavernoma Mimicing Schwannoma, Case Report.
Procedures
Disc Replacement ( Cervical /Lumber)

The spinal cord is a linear arrangement of many small bones known as vertebrae. These vertebrae consist of spaces between them known as intervertebral spaces. They are filled with cartilaginous structures that provide a cushioning effect to the vertebrae and support the movement of the spine. These cartilaginous structures are called Intervertebral discs.

Any pathology of the intervertebral discs such as disc herniation (slipping of the disc from between the vertebrae), ruptured disc, or degenerative disc disease may cause severe back pain due to nerve impingement, indicating the need for either partial or total disc replacement. In partial disc replacement surgery, only a portion of the cartilaginous disc is replaced by the artificial disc, while the total disc is replaced in the total disc replacement surgery.

Cervical disc degeneration and disc rupture may cause chronic neck pain radiating towards the arm.  Thoracic disc degeneration may cause chronic upper/ mid back pain while lumbar disc degeneration may cause chronic lower back pain.

 

Conditions that indicate the need for a disc replacement surgery:

  • Discitis (Inflammation of the intervertebral disc)
  • Scoliosis (abnormal spinal curve laterally)
  • Herniated disc in back (slipping of the cartilaginous disc into surrounding tissue)
  • Disc degeneration and disc rupture (infection of the intervertebral disc causing its degeneration.
Microdiscectomy

Microdiscectomy is also known as microdecompression or cervical microdiscectomy. It is one of the most commonly performed spine surgery procedures.

Microdiscectomy or cervical microdiscectomy is preferred for patients with a lumbar herniated disc. The main goal of a discectomy is to relieve the pressure on a spinal nerve root by removing the material causing the pain. Traditionally, this purpose was solved by an open technique called lumbar discectomy surgery, which involves making a large incision to cut some of the back muscles, leading to a slow and painful recovery. Nowadays, an advanced form of surgery called microdiscectomy can achieve the same goal that too with the help of a small incision and fewer injury to back muscles. As a result, the recovery takes less time and is less painful.  A special microscope is used in microdiscectomy to view the disc and nerves. The larger view allows the surgeon to make a smaller incision, causing less damage to the surrounding tissues.

 

When is microdiscectomy needed?

Sciatica is a condition caused by compression of the spinal nerve, which generally results in chronic pain in the legs of the patients. This compression of the spinal nerve is frequently the result of a herniated lumbar disc.  As a herniagrows, the damaged tissue extends into the spinal column and pushes on the nerves. This condition causes the nerves to send pain signals to the brain and the brain interprets the pain source to be coming from the legs.

Most commonly, sciatica heals naturally or with the help of medication in a few weeks. But, if sciatica lasts more than 12 weeks after taking oral medicines, patients may benefit from discectomy. Discectomy is also used for the treatment of spondylosis and lumbar spinal stenosis. While spondylosis occurs due to degenerative osteoarthritis of the vertebrae, lumbar spinal stenosis occurs due to narrowing of the spinal canal leading to nerve compression. The latter may also warrant the need for a spinal stenosis surgery.

Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion surgery is a type of a spinal procedure used to join two or more bones permanently in the spine and to prevent movement between them. The bones that are joined are called as vertebrae. Spinal fusion surgery is performed along with other surgical procedures such as foraminotomy or laminectomy and after diskectomy in the neck. It is required if the patient has an injury or a fracture of the vertebrae. The spine will become weak due to an infection or tumors. Spinal fusion is also performed in abnormal curvatures that result from scoliosis or kyphosis.

Frequently Asked Questions
What area of specialization does Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu have?
Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu is specialized in Turkey and of the most sought after doctors in Brain and Spine Specialist.
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No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
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Dr. Bahattin Tanrikulu is one of the most sought after specialists in Turkey and has over 6 Years years of experience.
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