Dear patients and referring physicians!

A warm welcome!

Spinal Surgery means taking responsibility for people’s movement and maintaining their quality of everyday life. This requires enormous trust and great expertise. During my 25 years of experience, of which I spent 18 as head of Spinal Surgery at the Orthopaedic University Hospital Balgrist in Zurich, I have performed more than 20.000 spinal operations, treating all spinal diseases.

My surgical activities focus on complex revision operations, corrections of deformities such as scolioses, kyphoses and tumor surgery, not only in adults but also in pediatric patients.

It is my concern to offer patients of all age groups competent treatment and personal careand to create the conditions for the best possible results using the latest medical knowledge and technical possibilities.

I am at your disposal for further questions.

Prof. Kan Min

2015 – to date
Head, Swiss Scoliosis, Centre for scoliosis and spinal surgery, Zurich (
Promotion to Professor of orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich
Assistant Professorship (Habilitation) with the collective publications: Developement of selective short segmental fusions in the surgical treatment of AIS`, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich
  • Head of Spinal Surgery, University Orthopedic Hospital, Balgrist, Zurich University
  • Consultant for Spinal Trauma, Dept. Traumatology, General Hospital Zurich, Zurich University
  • Consultant for Spinal Deformities, University Children`s Hospital
Swiss Board certification(FMH), orthopedics & traumatology
MD, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1992 -1996
Residency orthopedic surgery, Balgrist University Hospital, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1990 – 1992
Residency General Savagery Regional Hospital, Wolhusen, Switzerland
President, Swiss Spine Foundation, Zurich,
Swiss Scoliosis
Swiss Surgery
Hirslanden Klinik Im Park
Hirslanden Klinik Zurich
University Children’s Hospital Zurich
Private Clinic Bethanien Zurich
Medical Society of the Canton of Zurich
Swiss Society for Spinal Surgery (SGSS)
Swiss Orthopedics Society (SGOT)
Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Swiss Medical Association (FMH)
The damaged spinal cord is a suitable target for stem cell transplantation: Neurorehabilitation and Neural repair, 2020
A. Curt, J. Hsieh, M. Schubert, M. Hupp, S. Friedl, P. Freund, E. Huber, D. Pfyffer, R. Sutter, C. Jutzeler, R.P. Wüthrich, K. Min, S. Casha, M.G. Fehlings, R Guzman
Interdiziplinäre Betreuung von Menschen mit Marfan-Syndrom, Teil 2. Z Herz-Thorax-Gefässchir, Jan 2020
Murat Yildiz, Gabor Matyas, Kerstin Wustmann, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Francesca Bonassin, Beatrice Früh, Kan Min, Petra Gehle, Giancarlo Bombardieri, Thierry Carrel, Florain Schönhoff
Interdiziplinäre Betreuung von Menschen mit Marfan-Syndrom, -Genetik, bildgebende Untersuchung und kardiovaskuläres System, Z Herz-Thorax-Gefässchir, 34;115-126 (2) 2020
Murat Yildiz, Gabor Matyas, Kerstin Wustmann, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Francesca Bonassin, Beatrice Früh, Kan Min, Petra Gehle, Giancarlo Bombardieri, Thierry Carrel, Florain Schönhoff
Dual sequential short anterior correction of double major Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spinal deformity, 554-563 (6) (2018)
Kan Min, Lucas Jud, Mazda Farshad
Decompression surgery for lumbar spinal canal stenosis in octogenarians; a single center experience of 121 consecutive patient. Br J Neurosurg. Feb;31(1):67-71. 10.1080/02688697.2016.1233316 (2017)
Antoniadis A, Ulrich NH, Schmid S, Farshad M, Min K
Analysis of 500 consecutive patients treated in an interdisciplinary spine center. J Clin Neurosci. May; 27:40-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2015.08.038 (2016)
Schmid SL, Wechsler C, Farshad M, Antoniadis A, Ulrich NH, Min K, Woernle CM: Surgery for lumbar disc herniation
“Bone-οn-Bone” surgical reconstruction of moderate severity, flexible single curve adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: continuing improvements of the technique and results in three scoliosis centers after almost twenty years of use. Scoliosis. Mar 24;10: doi: 10.1186/s13013-015-0032-0 (2015)
ines RW, Min K, Zarzycki D
Marfan Syndrom, Swiss Medical Forum, May (2015)
Christine Attenhofer-Jost, Marianne Rohrbach, Gabor Matyas, Florian Schoenhoff, Matthias Baumgartner, Angela Oxenius, Thierry Carrel, Michael Huebler, Kan Min, Gabriela de Pasquale, Oliver Kretschmar, Paul Vogt, Francesco Faletra, Matthias Greutmann
The effect ofspidural steroid injection on postoperative outcome in patients from the lumbal stenosis outcome study. Spine, April (2015)
T Fekete, C Woernle, AF Mannion, U Held, K Min, F Kleinstück, N Ulrich, D Haschtmann, HR Becker, F Porchet, R Theiler, J Steurer
Efficacy of maintaining higher fibrinogen levels for reduction of transfusion requirements during major paediatric surgery.A randomized, controlled clinical trial. Britsh Journal of Anaesthesia, Mar (2015), 1-10
Thorsten Haas, Nelly Spielmann, Tanja Restin, Burkhardt Seifert, Georg Henze, Joachim Obwegeser, Kan Min, Dezsoe Jeszenszky, Markus Weiss, Markus Schmugge
High sensitivity of contact-heat evoked potentials in “snake-eye” appearance myelopathy. Clinical neurophysiology S1388- 2457(15)00007-3. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.12.020, PMID:25701427 (2015)
Ulrich, K Min, A Curt
Clinical outcome in lumbar decompression surgery for spinal canal stenosis in the aged population: a prospective Swiss multicenter cohort study, Spine 15;40(6):415-22 (2015)
N Ulrich, F Kleinstück, Ch Woernle, A Antoniadis, S Winkelhofer, J Burgstaller, M Farshad, J Oberle, F Porchet, K Min
Semiautomatic superimposition improves radiological assessment of curve flexibility in scoliosis, Eur Radiol. 25(3):860-4 (2015)
Nadja Alexandra Farshad-Amacker, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Mazda Farshad, Gustav Andreisek, Kan Min, Thomas Frauenfelder
Pelvic Incidence-lumbar lordosis mismatch predisposes to adjacent segment disease after lumbar spine fusion. Eur Spine J. 24 (6), 1251-8 (2014)
Rothenfluh DA, Müller DA, Rothenfluh E, Min K
Skoliose beim Kind: Funktionserhaltende Chirurgie. Leading Opinions, Orthopädie und Rheumatologie, (1): 50-51 (2014)
Min K
Perforation and Bacterial Contamination of Microscope Covers in Lumbar Spine Decompressive Surgery. Med Princ Pract. 23(4):302-6 (2014)
Osterhoff G, Spirig J, Klasen J, Kuster SP, Zinkernagel AS, Sax H, Min K
Asymmetry of the multifidus muscle in lumbar radicular nerve compression, Skeletal Radiol. 43(1): 49-53 (2014)
Farshad M; Gerber C, Laufer-Molnar V, Farshad-Amacker NA, Dietrich TJ, Min K
Intraosseous Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor (IMT) of the Twelfth Thoracic Vertebra – Report of a rare case with histological diagnosis and surgical treatment, JBJS Case Connect 3: e46 (2013)
Farshad M, Bode B, Min K
The extent of decompression and incidence of postoperative epidural hematoma among different techniques of spinal decompression in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis, Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques 26(8):407-14 (2013)
Leonardi M, Zanetti M, Min K
Improved diagnosis of spinal cord disorders with contact heat evoked potentials. Neurology 80(15): 1393-9 (2013)
Anett Ulrich, Jenny Haefeli, Julia Blum, Kan Min, Armin Curt
Abduction extension cervical nerve root stress test: Anatomical basis and clinical relevance. Eur Spine J. 22(7):1522-5 (2013)
M Farshad, K Min
Late implant removal after posterior correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with pedicle screw instrumentation- a matched case control study with 10 year follow-up. Spine Deformity. 1: 68-71 (2013)
Farshad M, Sdzudy C, Min K
Posterior correction of thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with pedicle screw instrumentation: results of 48 patients with a minimal 10 year follow up. Eur Spine J. 22 (2):345-354 (2013)
Min K, Sdzudy C, Farshad M
Analysis of internal construct validity of the SRS-24 questionnaire. Eur Spine J. 21(8):1590-5 (2012)
Rothenfluh DA, Neubauer G, Klasen J, Min K
Short anterior correction of thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis with mini-thoracotomy: Radiological, clinical and lung function results. Eur Spine J. 21 Suppl 6: S765-7 (2012)
Min K, Haefeli M, F, Müller D, Klammer G, Hahn F
Sacral dome resection and single stage posterior reduction in high grade high dysplastic spondylolisthesis. Eur Spine J. 21, Suppl 6: S785-91 (2012)
Min K, Liebscher T, Rothenfluh D
Spontaneous reduction of spondylolisthesis during growth. J Pediatr Orthop B. 21(2): 160-163 (2012)
S.C. Blatter, K Min, H. Huber, LE. Ramseier
Ein Mädchen hat eine Skoliose. Was nun? Swiss Medical Forum 11(1) (2011)
Min K
Changes in Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) after Spinal Fusion and Scoliosis Correction in Patients with Cerebral Palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 31(6): 668-673 (2011)
C Bohtz, A Meyer-Heim, K Min
The lumbar spinal stenosis outcome study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 11(1):254 (2010)
Steurer J, Nydegger A, Held U, Brunner F, Hodler J, Porchet F, Mannion AF, Min K, Michel B, LumbSten
Early postoperative MRI in detecting hematoma and dural compression after lumbar spinal decompression: prospective study of asymptomatic patients in comparison to patients requiring surgical revision. Eur Spine J. 19(12) 2216-22 (2010)
M Leonardi, M Zanetti, N Saupe, K Min
SWISS spine: the case of a governmentally required HTA-registry for total disc arthroplasty: results of cervical disc prostheses.
Schluessmann E, Aghayev E, Staub L, Moulin P, et al; SWISS spine Registry Group. Spine 35(24): E1397-405 (2010)
SWISS spine: a nationwide registry for health technology assessment of lumbar disc prostheses.
Schluessmann E, Diel P, Aghayev E, Zweig T, Moulin P, et al; SWISS spine Registry Group. Eur Spine J. Jun;18(6):851-61 (2009)
Report Scoliosis Research Society Travelling Fellowship 2008. Spine Apr 15,34(8): 757-9 (2009)
Ploumis A, Cho KJ, Min K
Scoliosis correction with pedicle screws in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Eur Spine J. 17(2): 255-261 (2008)
Hahn F, Hauser D, Espinosa N, Min K
Idiopathic Scoliosis: In Spinal Disorders, Editors: N Boss, M Aebi, Chapter 23, 623-662. Springer-Verlag Berlin, (2008)
Mathias Haefeli, Kan Min
Effects of perioperative oral controlled-release oxycodone and postoperative intravenous morphine after lumbar discectomy. Anesth Analg.105 (1): 233-7 (2007)
Blumenthal S, Min K, Borgeat A
Spinal osteotomy in ankylosing spondylitis: The significance of the whole body kyphosis angle. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques 20(2): 149-53 (2007)
Min K, Hahn F, Leonardi M
The behavior of major and compensatory curves after short anterior fusion in King I adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Eur Spine J. 16(1): 65-72 (2007)
Min K, Hahn F, Ziebarth K
Double epidural catheter for postoperative pain management in anterior scoliosis surgery: A prospective randomised study. Spine. 31 (15):1 646-1651 (2006)
Blumenthal S, Nadic M, Borgeat A, Min K
Non-operative treatment for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A 10-60 year follow up. Spine 31(3): 355-66 (2006)
Haefeli M, Elfering A, Kilian R, Min K, Boos N
Pedicle screw instrumentation and primary thoracoplatic in thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Eur Spine J. 14(8): 777-782 (2005)
Min K, Waelchli B, Hahn F
Double epidural catheter for postoperative pain treatment after idiopathic scoliosis surgery. A Prospective randomized study. Anesthesiology 102:175-80 (2005)
Blumenthal S, Min K, Nadic M, Borgeat A
Progressive scoliosis in central core disease: Eur Spine J. 14 (9): 900-905 (2005)
Mertz KD, Jost B, Glatzel M, Min K
Total sacrectomy and reconstruction with massive allografts in primary fibrosarcoma of sacrum. JBJS 87-A (4): 64-9. (2005)
Min K, Espinosa N, Bode B, Exner GU
Late implant infections with Propiobacterium Acnes in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery. Eur Spine J. 14(8): 783-788 (2005)
Hahn F, Zbinden R, Min K
Preoperative radiological and electrophysiological evaluation in 100 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Eur Spine J. 12(5): 501-6 (2003)
Hausmann O, Böni T, Pfirrmann CW, Curt A, Min K
Reliability of perioperative SSEP recordings in spinal surgery. Spinal Cord 41(9):483-9 (2003)
Strahm C, Min K, Boos N, Ruetsch Y, Curt A
SSEP analysis in surgery of idiopathic adolescent scoliosis: The influence of spine deformity and surgical approach. Eur Spine J. 12(2): 117-23 (2003)
Hausmann O, Min K, Boni T, Erni T, Dietz V, Curt A
Vertebral body compression fracture after removal of pedicle screws. Eur Spine J. 11(5): 504-6 (2002)
Waelchli B, Min K, Cathrein P, Boos N
Idiopathische Skoliose und Scheuermann Kyphose. Orthopäde 31(1):11-25 (2002)
Böni T, Min K, Hefti F
Use of double epidural catheter provide effective analgesia after spine deformity surgery. Can J Anasthesia 49(2): 173- 177 (2002)
Ekatodramis G, Min K, Cathrine P, Borgeat A
Percutane transpedikuläre Vertebroplastik. Schweiz Rundschau Med Prax. 91(6): 223-8 (2002)
Waelchi B, Min K, Hodler J, Boos N
Transcranial electrical stimulation: significance of fast versus low charge delivery for intraoperative monitoring in scoliosis surgery. Clinical Neurophysiology 113(10): 1532-5 (2002)
Hausmann O, Min K, Boos N, Ruetsch YA, Erni T, Curt A
Vertebrectomy and spinal cord decompression. THE PEDIATRIC SPINE, Principles and Practice. Editor. Stuart L. Weinstein., 2nd edit, Chapter 18, 255-268 (2001), Raven Press, New York
Boos N, Min K
Painful Lumbar Disk Derangement: Relevance of Endplate Abnormalities at MR Imaging. Radiology 218(2): 420-7 (2001)
Weisshaupt D, Zanetti M, Hodler J, Min K, Fuchs B, Pfirrmann CW, Boos N
Postoperative pain control after lumbar spine fusion. Spine 23(17): 1923-4, Sept 1 (1998)
Borgeat A, Ruetsch YA, Cathrein P, Min K
MR Abnormalities of intervertebral disks and adjacent bone marrow as predictors of segmental instability of the lumbar spine. Acta Radiol. 39(1): 18-23 (1998)
Bram J, Zanetti M, Min K, Hodler J
Discography with manometry and discographic CT: their value in patient selection for percutaneous lumbar neucleotomy. Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 54(3): 153-7 (1996)
Min K, Leu Hj, Perrenoud A
Quantitative Determination of Ablation in weight of lumbar Discs with Ho:YAG laser. Lasers Surg Med. 18 (2): 87-190 (1996)
Min K, Leu Hj, Zweifel K
Rekonstruktion segmentaler Knochendefekte durch Allogräfte: Schweiz Rundschau Med Prax. 83 (11):300-7 (1994)
Exner GU, Min K, Malinin T, Schreiber A