This website is designed to inform international patients about treatment options available at the Gelenk Klinik orthopaedic hospital. With a desirable and accessible location, the Gelenk Klinik offers you the latest in modern orthopaedic medicine. We perform in excess of 2400 surgical procedures per year (including knee, hip and ankle replacement) and offer the latest techniques for ligament reconstruction, arthroplasty, spinal surgery, as well as arthroscopic foot, knee and ankle surgery. The Gelenk Klinik welcomes more than 250 international patients each year. All our orthopaedic surgeons speak English. Orthopaedic treatment in the German Gelenk-Klinik has a unique set of advantages for international patients.
What is Shoulder Replacement?
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. The shoulder joint is formed by the upper arm (humerus) and the shoulder socket (Glenoid). Total shoulder arthroplasty replaces both components of the "ball and socket" joint.
As is usual in joint replacement surgery, the ball at the humeral head is replaced by a metal device. The socket component is replaced by a smooth plastic device which replicates the function of the natural cartilage surface.
Autologous Intervertebral Disc Cell Transplantation - a new treatment to regenerate degenerated spinal discs
Many patients, particularly following disc herniation, suffer recurrent or persistent back and leg pain. Approximately 10% of patients with spinal disc compression need repeat surgery over time. This is due (amongst other things), to the progressive degeneration of the damaged spinal disc. The disc has been injured (and suffered a loss of tissue), through traumatic herniation.
What is the anti-gravity treadmill?
The modern anti gravity treadmill allows normal walking or running combined with an exactly controlled reduction of bodyweight.
While a normal pattern of gait is possible inside the anti gravity treadmill the effect of gravity is partially or completely eliminated. This is particularly beneficial for patients with painful joint conditions on the lower extremity (leg), overweight patients or for patients after surgery.
The application of anti gravity treadmill training is always preceded by a medical examination. The anti gravity training is supervised by a physiotherapist.
Chronic back pain is often diagnosed by specialists from different fields and different areas of knowledge.
Depending on whether you consult a general practitioner, a doctor with a background in psychosomatic medicine, an orthopaedic surgeon, a neurosurgeon or a rehabilitation physician, the explanation for your problem and the treatment recommendations you receive, may vary greatly. Many patients relate the experience of having to search for an effective diagnosis of and plan of action for their back pain for a very long time.
Our team of expert consultant orthopaedic surgeons and physicians offer private medical and surgical care of the highest standard. We use the most up to date procedures.
These procedures include the latest non surgical and minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to speed your recovery, manage pain, treat sports injuries and all orthopaedic conditions.
Expert for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- AMCICO in Mexico, 2010
- AMCICO in Mexico, 2011
- 2nd WCMISSTII congress for intra discal surgery in Las Vegas in 2011
Thanks to endoscopically guided spinal decompression, the herniated material of spinal discs, can be effectively removed via endoscopic vision. The process is gentle and supports rapid recovery of mobility.
Spine surgery should always be the last resort when it comes to treating chronic back pain. What does this mean?
Only after failed physiotherapy and pain therapy, should surgery of any kind, be considered at all. The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system. The density of important nerves in the area around the spine, makes this area particularly vulnerable to the possible complications of open spine surgery. The results of open spine surgery are not always successful in reducing chronic back pain. One of the reasons for failed back surgery is the formation of irritating scar tissue in the area of the spine following open spine surgery.
Endoscopic surgery takes place through a tubular device that avoids incisions into skin, muscles, nerves and bones.
Total disc replacement is performed when a patient is experiencing pain from a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine due to a diseased or damaged disc.
Lumbar (lower back) spinal disc degeneration is one of the most commonly diagnosed spinal diseases among adults.
At the Gelenk-Klinik spinal centre we have worked hard to find safe and reliable ways to help patients with chronic back pain caused by lumbar spinal disc degeneration.
Total hip replacement surgery is advised in patients for whom the hip joint has been so severely damaged by osteoarthritis, that it is no longer possible to preserve the natural joint through hip resurfacing. In this case, both the femoral head and the socket of the hip joint are replaced by metal and polyethylene components designed to restore pain free mobility. At the Gelenk Klinik our hip specialist is able to offer different designs and materials for the replacement joint and will advise on the most suitable for each individual case. The quality and durability of hip replacement is largely dependant on the expert diagnosis, the skill and experience of the hip specialist. However total hip replacement surgery is one of the most tested and successful joint replacement procedures available today.
Surgeons at the Gelenk Klinik believe in offering a range of treatment alternatives, and have the expertise and experience to successfully treat, using minimally invasive techniques. Our surgeons tailor the treatment path to your own specific requirements and only escalate the level of intervention when absolutely necessary. Our aim in every case is to preserve as much of your natural tissue and joint as possible.
Is irreversible cartilage damage still a fact of life?
Cartilage cells are vital as cushions inside the joints of the body. Healthy cartilage tissue keeps joints smooth, flexible and pain free. If the cartilage tissue becomes damaged, this damage tends to be permanent. Joints become painful and lose their flexibility. Cartilage cannot regenerate naturally inside the body.
After some time the bones start to collide. The joints start to become inflamed and permanently stiff, unless a prosthetic joint is implanted. This painful process represents the irreversible development of osteoarthritis.