Today, the department of orthopedics is able to refer to successful clinical work and a long-standing tradition due to the inauguration of the Oskar-Helene home in the year 1914 and with its establishment as a department of orthopedics with an outstanding reputation nationwide. The department of orthopedics and trauma surgery is creating a substantial focus at the Emil von Behring Hospital with proven and at the same time successful innovative treatment methods in the conservative, operative and rehabilitative treatment of orthopaedic disorders and in the care of those who are injured in accidents.
Of particular importance are joint-preserving surgical interventions on the musculoskeletal system for acquired malalignments and growth disturbances for the prevention of accelerated joint wear and tear and the prevention of early artificial joint care. Open surgery as well as arthroscopic (arthroscopy) surgical procedures are used and furthermore the whole spectrum of arthroscopically supported procedures for cartilage and joint-associated ligament injuries. Surgical osteoarthritis therapy, via the implantation of an endoprosthesis (artificial joint), is made via use of established modern surgical procedures while respecting the greatest possible bone preservation and protecting the integrity of soft-tissue structures. An essential focus of the department consists of the endoprosthetic replacement (artificial joint replacement surgery) of large joints in the event of mechanical failure or the occurrence of a malfunction.
Spinal surgery forms another focus. In addition to minimally-invasive micro-surgical interventions such as sequestrectomy (in the case of spinal disc herniation) and kyphoplasty (in the case of fracture occurrences) the department's spectrum consists of intervertebral disc replacement procedures and arthrodesis to complex interventions for correction of congenital and acquired deformities or for the stabilization of fractures caused by accidents or secondary fractures.
The HELIOS Emil von Behring Hospital has been approved for injury-type procedures and as a specialized hospital for trauma surgery. The first-aid post which is occupied 24-hours a day is a treatment and reception centre for patients with acute diseases and injuries, which enables interdisciplinary competence and interdisciplinary collaboration in addition to the care of accident victims with complex injury patterns.