Neurosurgeon, spinal surgeon, doctor
Neurosurgeon Juha Pohjola has been working at HUCH for more than 30 years in the fields of spinal surgery and pain management surgery. His main source of job satisfaction is still very basic: content patients who are feeling better.
‘Spinal surgery is a very rewarding field of surgery, because most patients recover well and quickly. The actual surgical operations aren’t usually very difficult, but the choosing of patients requires experience. More than half of the Finns have back problems at some point of their life, but not very many of them need surgery,’ Juha Pohjola explains.
‘The major challenge is to find those patients who will benefit from surgical treatment. Once you have found the right patient, you must determine the correct surgical method and the correct timing.’
It was a coincidence that Juha Pohjola became a doctor. He wanted to study abroad and found that Switzerland had a quota for Finnish students. His choice of specialization was greatly influenced by his fellow student Juha Hernesniemi, today professor of neurosurgery at HUCH.
‘Neurosurgery is the most appreciated field of surgery worldwide. I guess that’s what appealed to me. And I felt that it was fine, challenging work.’
Later, the practical thinking has evolved into the desire to continuously develop his professional skills. At Helsinki Hospital, Juha Pohjola is particularly attracted by the opportunity for good patient service.
‘Long waiting lists for surgery are frustrating. There are many really ill patients who cannot work or cope at home, and they may have to wait for surgery for six months,’ he says.
‘The most important thing for me as a doctor is that my work is directly related to the care of patients.’
Helsinki Hospital is located on Bulevardi, and it is easy to reach by public transport. From the centre of Helsinki, trams 6 and 3 stop on Bulevardi. Get off on Bulevardi, at the Fredrikinkatu stop, which is right in front of the hospital. Buses 14 and 18 arrive at the nearby Albertinkatu. Get off at the Iso Roobertinkatu stop. If you are arriving by taxi, the main entrance is located on Bulevardi.
If you are arriving by car, you can park on Bulevardi, Fredrikinkatu, Annankatu or in the vicinity. Parking is subject to a fee. The closest parking area is Autopark Bulevardi. The address for GPS navigators is: Bulevardi 23–27, Helsinki There are also paid car parks in the vicinity, for example Q-Park Iso Erottaja, Yrjönkatu 8.
Address: Bulevardi 22, 00120 Helsinki
Phone: 09 417 00100
E-mail: info (at) helsinkihospital.com