The Clinic and Department for Orthopaedics and Sports Orthopaedics has extensive experience in treating musculoskeletal disorders and specialises in a wide range of treatment. The clinic's new Medical Director, Professor Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, aims to continue expanding the current areas of expertise.
In the orthopaedics department, the focus is on performing operations on the major joints, and in particular the insertion of endoprostheses for the hip and knee joints and all types of surgery to replace endoprostheses. The clinic leads the way in patient care, providing custom-made endoprostheses. “We have expanded the primary endoprosthetics treatment that we offer to particular target groups, such as younger patients and those with allergies,” says von Eisenhart-Rothe. “If an implant needs to be replaced because it is showing signs of wear or becoming loose, the clinic's long-standing experience comes to bear in the operation to repair the defect, even in the severest of cases. In such situations, we use modern modular endoprostheses and biological replacement procedures.”
Another group of patients in which Professor von Eisenhart-Rothe is very interested are people with orthopaedic tumours. When bones or soft tissue are affected by tumours, removing the tumours by surgical means often represents a patient's only chance of recovery. Innovative surgical techniques to repair bone and soft tissue defects, combined with the clinic's decades of experience, enable the tumour to be completely removed in most cases while largely preserving the limbs and retaining their function. The comprehensive range of treatment on offer includes therapy provided by specially trained psychologists. A musculoskeletal tumour centre was set up to further improve the clinic's outstanding expertise in treating cancer patients and researching new therapy concepts. The centre is supported by the Wilhelm Sander Therapy Unit for Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas.
Besides endoprosthetics and tumour orthopaedics, the clinic consists of four further specialist units. Joint-preserving therapy is often used for the hips and knee joints. Professor von Eisenhart-Rothe and private lecturer Dr Hans Gollwitzer, who heads up the joint-preserving hip surgery unit, aim to diagnose and treat misalignment and signs of wear affecting the hip at an early stage, thereby eliminating or postponing the need for an endoprosthetic implant. Besides hip arthroscopy, the treatments used include all types of bone realignment surgery on the pelvis and thighs.
A team specialising in septic surgery is available at the clinic to diagnose and treat infections of the bone, soft tissue and endoprostheses as, according to Professor von Eisenhart-Rothe, “an infection in an artificial joint is always a critical situation for the patient.” It goes without saying that the clinic has the necessary infrastructure and appropriately trained staff to ensure the highest standards of hygiene at all times, working in cooperation with the clinic's microbiology institute and hygiene department.
Finally, the clinic specialises in foot surgery and paediatric orthopaedics, in which the areas of focus include treating and researching rare musculoskeletal diseases.
In terms of patient care, Professor von Eisenhart-Rothe says it is important that “we provide state-of-the-art implants, non-aggressive surgical methods and new concepts for pain therapy as well as optimum therapeutic aids to ensure patients regain their mobility as soon as possible and can quickly return to work and their everyday life.”