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Orthopaedic surgery

Highly specialised medical discipline

Orthopaedic surgery is the medical discipline, which comprises the prevention, identification and treatment of congenital or acquired abnormalities of form or function of the musculoskeletal system (neck, spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, finger, hip, knee, foot).

Orthopaedics is a highly-specialised medical discipline with constantly changing demands on biological and technological progress.

Long-term observations of patients and healthy test persons allow to measure the incidence of the prevalence as well as the risk factors of dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. These results allow for selective prevention and the evaluation of therapeutic demands.

Clinical assessment in collaboration especially with imaging modalities (CT, MRI, Ultrasound, PET) - as well as a close multi disciplinary collaboration with Rheumatologists, Neurologists and Radiologists are vital for a thorough and accurate diagnosis.

Today orthopaedic treatment is generally surgical: less invasive operations (e.g. endoscopic surgery) as well as demanding conventional techniques or microscopic reconstructive surgery are equally involved as tissue transplantation or tissue replacement (e.g. with artificial joints).

The wide range of Orthopaedics becomes obvious with the different objectives of an elite athlete, of an elderly patient with severe osteoporosis or of a child with a malignant bone tumor.