Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery was established with the appointment of Assoc. Dr. Savaş Ceylan as the Head of the Department in October 1994. The neurosurgery services began in November 1995, the first surgery was performed in SSK Kocaeli Hospital that allocated to Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine. After the earthquake on 17 August 1999 Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine served in prefabricated buildings for about two years. Neurosurgery Department was moved to the Rotary Hospital which was built in June 2002 with a capacity of 150 beds. Faculty of Medicine Hospital in the Umuttepe Campus of Kocaeli University was built in June 2005, and the Neurosurgery Department still continues its work in the 24-bed clinic here. The annual number of surgeries is about 1200, and about 1000 of them are (A) and (B) group surgeries that require features. 500 endoscopic skull base surgeries are performed annually.
In the Department of Neurosurgery:
- Hemorrhages caused by vascular lesions (arteriovenous malformations, cavernomas etc.), All tumors and cysts of the brain and skull Endonasal endoscopic (endoscopic and transcranially) surgery of pituitary tumors and sellar-parasellar tumors
- Hernia, cervical hernia, spinal canal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, all spinal and spinal cord tumors, neuropathies (nerve compression in various places)
- Brain hemorrhage, skull fractures, spinal fractures and spinal cord injuries
In the sub-discipline of Pediatric Neurosurgery:
Congenital brain and spinal cord diseases (hidden or sac-shaped spinal cord opening or developmental disorder), congenital or acquired hydrocephalus (excessive accumulation of cerebral fluid in the brain), congenital brain cysts, all lower brain and spinal cord surgery interventions for infants and children (conditions due to tumors or injuries).
Within the surgical infrastructure of the Neurosurgery Department:
- Advanced operating microscope with digital recording system
- Neuroendoscope sets with digital recording system used for tumor surgery, hydrocephalus and intracranial cysts in adult and pediatric cases
- CUSA (ultrasonic aspirator)
- Magnetic and infrared navigation devices used for tumor surgery
Advanced technological possibilities of today's neurosurgery are used in the most effective way.
Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery is considered among the leading centers in our country in terms of experience and technique, especially in interventions performed with neuroendoscopic technique.
As an affiliated institution of Kocaeli University Rectorate, Turkey's first Pituitary Research Center approved by YÖK was established in 2011, based on the definition in article 3/j of Law No. 2547, and it still continues to work.
As a working order, surgery and polyclinic services are provided 5 days a week. (two operating rooms on Wednesday and Friday).
• Professor.Dr. Savaş CEYLAN (Head of the Department)