Endoprosthetics. Medical Care
Applied methods of endoprosthetics reconstructive joint surgery.
In cases where the changes brought about by disease in a joint mean that it can cannot be saved, the joint will have to be replaced by an artificial joint (endoprosthesis). In the field of endoprosthesis the final choice of the optimum type of implant to be used will depend on the individual patient's particular needs and requirements. In addition to replacing joints, the use other procedures to conserve the joint will be considered, such as corrective osteotomy for various types of deformity. In this process the affected bones are cut, realigned and secured using fixed screws and plates. In some cases it may also be necessary to insert wedges of bone in order to lengthen a bone.
Specialist knowledge and innovative procedures.
Our consultants are leaders in their fields, with many years of specialist experience and knowledge of using the innovative joint endoprosthetics described above. They regularly make presentations on their clinical experience and results at national and international medical conferences. They are also involved in the development and continuing development of surgical implants (e.g. short-stemmed hip endoprostheses, knee endoprostheses) and innovative surgical procedures (e.g. computer-guided navigation), working in close co-operation with research institutions and industry.
Spectrum of joint surgery.
Artificial joints & endoprostheses.
Hip joint endoprostheses (hip operation)
In cases where the changes brought about by disease in a joint mean that it can cannot be saved, the joint will have to be replaced by an artificial joint (endoprosthesis). Where endoprostheses are used, the choice of optimum type of implant decisively depends on the individual needs and requirements of the patient. In the centre for endoprosthetics in our hospital, the following types of hip implants are used for hip operations:
Knee joint endoprostheses (knee operation)
A knee joint irreparably damaged by illness reduces the quality of life. We also use artificial joints in the knee to relieve you from pain and to enable you to have a trouble-free life. The following types of implant are used in an operation on the knee joint in our endoprosthetics centre:
Ankle joint endoprosthetics (ankle joint operation)
Apart from arthrodesis, in recent years a differentiated treatment concept for arthrosis of the upper ankle joint includes endoprosthesis. In the Schön Klinikum Hamburg Eilbek, the team of specialists performs modern ankle joint operations (ankle joint replacement). Only the personal treatment concept for each individual patient enables the decision to be made between endoprosthesis / arthrodesis. The medium-term results of modern endoprosthesis are very promising.
Computer-controlled surgical navigation.
During the implantation of artificial hip and knee joints (endoprostheses) it is essential that the surgeon uses the most up-to-date techniques, such as computer-controlled surgical navigation and minimally invasive procedures. The main benefits for the patients: Implants can be fitted with great precision and in a manner which means that they will last for a very long time before needing replacement. Minimally invasive procedures also mean less stress on muscles and tendons which means in turn that the patient will suffer less pain during the post-operative follow-up care.
Pioneers in computer-navigation.
With our endoprosthetics centre in Hamburg we have had a pioneering role in this field for many years: The artificial joints are precisely installed by using modern navigation methods during the hip operation and the knee. During the operation, the surgeon finds the best possible positioning of the joint with the help of computer navigation. Minimum-invasive operating techniques ("key hole operation") are used to protect the surrounding tissue.
Optimal results by combiantion of the best techniques.
"This combination of minimum invasive and computer-aided technique for a knee operation and/or hip operation leads to optimum results, which is confirmed above all by our satisfied patients. Due to this gentle, sparing operating method, our patients are usually back on their legs again quickly and almost pain free and the precise positioning ensures optimum durability of the endoprotheses."
Aseptic and septic follow-up surgery.
At our Endoprosthesis Centre, in addition to replacing joints such as knees and hips, we also perform the full range of aseptic (pathogen-free) and septic (where infection is present) revision surgery. These operations include attempts to preserve a joint following several previous operations. The insertion of specialist implants, such as a tumour prostheses right up to complete replacement of the upper thigh bone complete the range of services we provide. For patients who suffer from a metal allergy we can use special nickel-free implants, which are either made completely of titanium or which have the latest anti-allergic coatings.
Joint conservation measures.
In addition to replacing joints, our consultants also perform joint conservation measures, such as corrective osteotomy for various types of deformity. In our Orthopaedic Rheumatology Department, as well as treating the primary degenerative conditions affecting the joints, we can also provide treatment for all the types of inflammatory rheumatic disorders.