Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome

   Centro Medico Teknon , Barcelona, Spain

  40 Years of experience

   825 USD for Video Consultation


Qualification and Experience

Dr Oliver is a highly skilled and experienced Neuro-oncologist in Spain. He has over 40 years of experience and is highly skilled. Dr Oliver’s areas of expertise include microsurgical operations, brain tumour removal, deep brain stimulation, removal of meningioma, resection of glioma, glioblastoma. Dr Oliver graduated from the University of Barcelona. He underwent training from reputed hospitals in Stockholm (Sweden), Zurich (Switzerland), Montreal (Canada), St. Louis ( USA), and Pittsburgh (USA).  He is the currently the Head of the Neurosurgical Department at the Teknon Clinic.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr Oliver is a pioneer in the field of Neuro-Oncology. Dr Bartolome Oliver is the author of 150 publications and 350 reports at international medical conferences. He lectures at the leading universities in Europe, Asia, and America. Dr Oliver is a member of the European Society of the Brain Tumors Neurosurgery; The Catalan Society of Neurosurgeons; American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery; Congress of Neurological Surgeons.


Conditions Treated by Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome

Neurosurgeons are trained to treat people suffering aneurysms, blocked arteries, trauma to the brain and spine, birth defects, chronic low-back pain, brain and spinal cord cancer, and peripheral nerve problems. Neurosurgeons also do surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal surgery, and brain tumor removal surgery. Here is a list of some of the conditions Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome treats:

  • Dementia
  • Chronic Depression
  • Ependymomas
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oligodendrogliomas
  • Brain Abscess
  • Csf Obstruction
  • Slip Disc
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Paget'S Disease
  • Disc Herniation
  • Achondroplasia
  • Brain Tumor
  • Glioma
  • Vertebral Hemangioma
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Disc Dessication
  • Dystonia
  • Fractured Vertebra
  • Aneurysm
  • Disc Bulge
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Disc Disease
  • Spinal Arthritis
  • Vertebral Tumors
  • High Intracranial Pressure
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Meningioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Disc Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Brain Cancers- Astrocytoma
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Stroke
  • Meningiomas
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Traumatic Head Injury
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Mixed Gliomas
  • Brain Cancers
  • Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Brain Infection
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Vertebral Osteoporosis
  • Brain Tumor - Glioblastoma
  • Tremors
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Tourette's Syndrome

Signs and symptoms treated by Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome

Some of the signs and symptoms that neurological disorders can produce are listed below. These symptoms should be discussed with a neurosurgeon for further medical investigation.

  • Pain that worsens with movement; loss of movement
  • Bulging and tense fontanelle or soft spot
  • Prominent scalp veins
  • Muscle spasms either with activity or at rest
  • Sleep problems
  • restricting range of motion
  • Numbness or weakness in your lower back, buttock, leg or feet
  • Inability to maintain normal posture due to stiffness and/or pain
  • Downward deviation of eyes or sunset sign
  • Seizures
  • Headaches, which may be severe and worsen with activity or in the early morning
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapidly increasing head circumference
  • Memory problems
  • Pins and needles feeling in your legs, toes or feet
  • Drowsiness
  • Unusually large head size
  • Stiffness in the low back area
  • Moderate to severe pain in lower back, buttock and down your leg
  • Fatigue

Neurological disorders can cause mixed symptoms, such as difficulties in moving, speaking, learning, swallowing, breathing. According to brain specialists, there are more than 600 neurologic diseases that cause mild to severe symptoms. Having a neurological disease could have a deep impact on the patients life. It is very important that a person should seek medical advice from a neurologist.

Operating Hours of Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome

If you wish to see Dr Oliver Abadal Bartolome in his clinic/hospital, you can visit him between 11 am and 5 pm (Monday to Saturday). The doctor doesnt work on Sunday. Sometimes, the doctor may not be available on the working days, so it is always suggested that you confirm the doctors availability before you visit him.

Popular Procedures performed by Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome

Some of the popular procedures that Dr Oliver Abadal Bartolome perform are given below::

  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Disc Replacement ( Cervical /Lumber)
  • Brain Tumour Treatment

One of the eminent neurosurgeons in the world, Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome has specialized in the surgical treatment of diseases of the nervous system. The doctor works with a team of highly experienced physicians and can handle even the most complex with quite an ease. The neurosurgeon follows all medical protocols to ensure patient safety.

Past Experience

  • Director of Neuroinstitut Oliver-Ayats at Teknon Medical Center (since 2002)
  • Coordinator of Neurosurgery and member of the optional body of Teknon Medical Center since its foundation (1994)
  • Co-director of the Brain Tumor Center at Teknon Medical Center, dedicated to the multidisciplinary treatment of brain tumors (since 1998)
  • Head of the Neurosurgery Service at the Mutua Hospital in Terrassa (2002-2012)
  • Head of the Neurosurgery Section of the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona (1994-2002).


  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with Outstanding (1976).
  • Degree in Neurosurgery from the Autonomous University of Madrid (1979).
  • MIR of Neurosurgery at the Hospital La Paz in Madrid (1977-1980).
  • PhD in Neurosurgery after completing residency at the National Neurosurgery Service in Madrid (1986).
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  • Additional training in stays abroad in:
  • Karolinska Hospital. Stockholm, Sweden
  • Montreal Neurological Institute. Montreal, Canada
  • Washington University. St. Louis. Missouri, USA
  • Northwestern University Medical Center. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Member of the optional body of Teknon Medical Center since its foundation.
  • Member of the board of directors of the Spanish Skull Base Society.
  • Member of the board of directors of the European Skull Base Society.
  • Author of more than 100 Scientific Publications.
  • Speaker in more than 250 communications to national and international congresses.
  • Failed back surgery syndrome.
  • Advances in surgery for lumbar degenerative disc disease.
  • Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration: Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic approach for sciatica and neurogenic claudication.
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic approach for chronic low back pain.
Brain Tumour Treatment

A brain tumor is a cancerous or a non-cancerous growth of cells in the brain. This growth of abnormal cells can take place in any part of the brain or it can happen in any other body party and spread to the brain.

It is a fairly common condition that affects millions of people around the world. An undiagnosed brain tumour can prove fatal and therefore, it is necessary to undergo specific tests and initiate treatment as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed.

The symptoms of a brain tumour can be confused with some other medical condition, especially migraine. Increasingly strong headache and blurred vision are the two most common symptoms of a brain tumour. People with this condition can also experience seizures, confusion, nausea, vertigo, impaired voice, and loss of balance.

Treatment for a brain tumour depends on several factors. The type, size, and the location of a tumour, in addition to the overall health of the patient and his or her age, are some of the considerations made by the doctor while preparing a brain tumour treatment plan.

Different treatment modalities can be used to treat brain tumour patients and surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are among them. Usually, a combination of treatment modalities is used to conduct brain tumour treatment.


Craniotomy surgery is one of the most common types of brain surgery conducted to treat a brain tumor. It mainly aims at removing a lesion, tumor, or a blood clot in the brain by opening a flap above the brain to access the targeted area. This flap is removed on a temporary basis and again put in place when the surgery is done. Around 90 percent of the cases of brain tumors are diagnosed in adults aged between 55 and 65. Among children, a brain tumor is diagnosed within an age range of 3 to 12 years.

Craniotomy procedures are conducted with the help of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to reach the location precisely in the brain that requires treatment. A three-dimensional image for the same is achieved of the brain in conjunction with localizing frames and computers to view a tumor properly. A clear distinction is made between abnormal or tumor tissue and normal healthy tissue and to access the exact location of the abnormal tissue.

Who requires a craniotomy?

In a minimally invasive craniotomy procedure, a burr hole or a keyhole may be created to access the brain to fulfill the following purposes:

  • To drain out cerebrospinal fluid in case of hydrocephalus by inserting a shunt into the ventricles
  • To treat Parkinson’s disease by inserting a deep brain stimulator (DBS)
  • To insert an intracranial pressure monitor
  • To conduct needle biopsy, where a small sample of abnormal tissue is removed for study
  • For stereotactic hematoma aspiration, in which a blood clot is drained out
  • For insertion of an endoscope to clip aneurysms and for the removal of small tumors

When there are complex craniotomies involved, the procedure may be referred to as a skull base surgery.  In this kind of surgery, a small portion of the skull is removed from the bottom of the brain. This is the region where delicate arteries, veins, and cranial nerves exit the skull. Complicated planning is done to plan such craniotomies and understand the location of the lesions. This type of approach is usually employed for:

  • The removal or treatment of large brain tumors and aneurysm in the brain
  • Treatment after a skull fracture or major injury like a gunshot
  • The removal of a malignant tumor affecting the bony skull

Primary brain tumors are much less common than secondary brain tumors. Primary ones are found to originate very close to the brain itself or in the tissues very close to it, such as the covering membranes of the brain, including the meninges, cranial nerves, pineal, or pituitary gland. It begins with normal cells, which at a later period undergoes some mutational errors in their DNA. The mutation triggers cells to grow and divide at a very high rate while healthy cells keep dying around it. This results in a mass of abnormal cells which gives rise to a tumor. Unlike primary tumors, the secondary tumors begin as cancer elsewhere and spread to the brain.

Symptoms of brain tumor

  • Different patterns of a headache
  • Headaches get more frequent and acutely painful
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision, double vision, or loss of peripheral vision
  • Loss of sensation in the arm or any leg gradually
  • Balance difficulty
  • Speech problems with confusion in simple matters
  • Hearing problems
  • Personality change
  • Sudden seizures and attacks or bouts of pain

Types of Craniotomy

No matter what the goal of the surgery is, it is best to ensure that the incision is made to address the intracranial lesion keeping some principles in mind. A wide variety of intracranial processes can be done via a craniotomy with a different variety of incisions. Some of these variations include frontal craniotomy, pterional craniotomy, temporal craniotomy, decompression craniectomy, and suboccipital craniotomy.

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.

Laminectomy is also known as decompression surgery. In this surgical procedure, a part of the vertebral bone called lamina is removed to create additional space. The lamina is the back part of the vertebrae that covers the spinal canal. Removing the lamina enlarges the spinal canal and thus, helps relieve pressure on the nerves and the spinal cord. Bony growths, especially in people with spinal arthritis, may put an additional pressure on the spinal cord. It may cause severe back pain and in some severe cases, can even cause paralysis. Narrowing of the space between the vertebrae is also known as spinal stenosis.

Laminectomy surgery, which is a form of spinal stenosis treatment, helps relieve pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves by creating a room between the vertebrae and the cord. When the pressure on the spinal cord in the case of lumbar spinal stenosis is relieved by creating a space between the lumbar vertebrae, the procedure is known as lumbar laminectomy. During a lumbar laminectomy, the surgeon may even remove the ligaments or bone spurs pressing the spinal cord.


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.

Scoliosis Surgery

Scoliosis is a medical condition, characterized by an abnormal curve of the spine. There are different types of scoliosis, depending on the exact location of the abnormal curve and the age of the patient. The abnormal curvature of the spin is the most common symptom of scoliosis.

The spinal curve looks straight when looking from the front. The normal curved of the spine visualized from the sides are known as kyphosis and lordosis. People with scoliosis develop an additional curve in their spine to five it a C-shaped or an S-shaped appearance.

Scoliosis can affect adults as well as children. However, it is most common in patients aged above 10. Additionally, this condition is more common in girls than boys. A sideways curvature of the lumbar vertebrae is also known as lumbar scoliosis.

The most common test used to diagnosed scoliosis is Adam’s Forward Bend Test. During this test, the doctor asks the suspected patient to bend at the waist with palms touching the floor and knees straight. In this position, any abnormality in the curvature of the spine is clearly visible.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

There are no specific symptoms of scoliosis. The appearance of the abnormal curvature of the spine is most often the first sign of scoliosis. The diagnosis of this condition most commonly takes place during an examination at school and college.

In severe cases of scoliosis, breathing difficulty, chest pain, and shortness of breath may appear. Scoliosis is not usually painful. But it can cause neck pain, back pain, abdominal pain, rib pain, and muscle spasms.

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
How many years of experience does Dr Oliver have being an oncologist in Spain?

Dr Oliver has experience of over 40 years as a Neuro-oncologist in Spain

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr Oliver do as an oncologist surgeon?

Dr Oliver’s primary treatments  include microsurgical operations, brain tumour removal, deep brain stimulation, removal of meningioma, resection of glioma, glioblastoma

Does Dr Oliver provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr Oliver provides online consultation through MediGence.

How much does it cost to tele-consult with Dr Oliver?

It costs 833USD to tele- consult with the expert from Spain.

What associations is Dr Oliver part of?

Dr Oliver is a member of the European Society of the Brain Tumors Neurosurgery; The Catalan Society of Neurosurgeons; American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery;

When do you need to see an oncologist surgeon such as Dr Oliver?

We need to see a neuro-oncologist such as Dr Oliver for diagnosis and treatment protocol for Brain tumours, Glioma, glioblastoma and for second opinions on the same.

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Dr. Oliver Abadal Bartolome is specialized in Spain and of the most sought after doctors in Brain and Spine Specialist.
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FAQ's Related to Neurosurgeon
What does a Neurosurgeon do?

A neurosurgeon is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatments of conditions of the central as well as the peripheral nervous system. A neurosurgeon completes special training after becoming a doctor, including one year of residency in general surgery and a few more years of residency in neurosurgery. Some neurosurgeons complete fellowship training, which is additional training to further enhance their focus within the field of neurosurgery. Neurosurgeons mostly see patients in their own clinics and public and private hospitals. Sometimes, they have to work with other specialists and medical experts to seek their opinion on diagnosis and surgery techniques. They also evaluate the diagnostic tests to know the exact underlying conditions and accordingly proceed with the treatment.

What are the tests required before and during consultation for Neurosurgeon

You may have one or more diagnostic tests so that doctors can know the cause of your condition and make effective treatment strategies. A neurological examination may include the following:

  • Spinal MRI
  • MRI Brain
  • CT Brain
  • Spinal X-ray
  • Myelogram
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Nerve conduction velocity studies/electromyography
  • Neurological exam
  • Physical Exam
  • Blood Tests

Some of the diagnostic tests required before and during a consultation with a neurosurgeon are::

  1. Cerebral Angiogram
  2. CT Myelogram
  3. CT Scans
  4. Lumbar Puncture
  5. MRI Scans
  6. X-ray Imaging
  7. Electroencephalogram
  8. Electromyogram
  9. Spinal tap CT
When should you go to see a neurosurgeon?

Here are some of the top signs that suggest you should consult a neurosurgeon:

  1. Numbness and pain
  2. Weak grip
  3. Persistent headache/migraine
  4. Impaired movement
  5. Seizures
  6. Balance issues

Neurosurgeons help in the diagnosis and treatment of the conditions of the nervous system. They are mostly involved in complicated surgery of the brain. They offer surgical treatment for the conditions affecting any part of the body, caused mainly due to nerve issues.

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