- Orthopedic Specialist at the Gelenk Klinik Orthopedic Hospital
- PhD (1997) University of Freiburg
- Orthopedic Specialist since 2004
- Expert Consultant for Arthroscopic Ankle and Foot Surgery, Ankle Replacement Surgery, Ligament Reconstruction, Total Hip Replacement (McMinn), Cartilage Replacement, Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
- Languages: English and German
Hip arthroscopy is a procedure which allows the hip specialist to examine (and at the same time treat) the bones, ligaments and cartilage of the hip joint.
Hip arthroscopy is performed as minimally invasive surgery. Two or three small incisions allow microsurgical instruments to access the hip joint. Hip arthroscopy can identify (and often remove) the causes of osteoarthritis of the hip.
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.
Dr Thomas Schneider, Orthopaedic Expert Consultant for Hip Surgery
Hip resurfacing surgery or partial hip prosthesis replaces the damaged cartilage and bone of the hip joint. These implants are designed to restore function to a hip joint affected by osteoarthritis.
Dentists have known for a long time that a small area of damage to a tooth is no longer a reason to replace that tooth, instead they fill or crown the damaged area. This restorative principle has finally been applied to hip replacement surgery.