Soft tissue-preserving surgery (“minimally invasive”)
Replacement surgery following joint replacement
Diagnosis and treatment of arthrofibrosis following knee surgery
Diagnosis and treatment of complications (malfunction / loosening / infection)
Counselling on sport and endoprosthesis
Counselling, performance of joint-maintaining surgery
Optional further care, co-therapy in the Rehabilitation Clinic, Feldafing
The Department of Endoprosthetics at the Munich Surgical Hospital has acquired an outstanding reputation in its specialist field. With over 30 years of experience in endoprosthetics and more than 20,000 inserted implants, the Senior Consultant of the Department, Dr Heinz Roettinger, is himself a pioneer in the development of innovative surgical techniques. So, the Roettinger access, a technique developed by him and, in the meantime, established worldwide, has been named after him. This minimally invasive technique enables a minimal blood loss with the greatest possible tissue conservation since substantially fewer strands of muscle must be divided. For the patient, the technique is considerably more gentle than other techniques. Dr Roettinger and his highly specialised endoprosthetics colleagues focus on arthrotically changed joints. Osteoarthritis, that is, age-related joint wear, is the most frequent reason for the insertion of an artificial joint. Replacement surgery is also very frequently performed in the Department of Endoprosthetics. Inflammation is also a very complex topic. This is difficult to diagnose and very difficult to treat, but Dr Roettinger and his team also have long-standing expertise in this field and so, replacement surgery is often not necessary.
Artificial joints are, in fact, very stable and are designed for long-term use, but, after around 15 – 20 years, a replacement can nevertheless frequently not be avoided. As well, premature loosening due to bony degeneration can necessitate replacement surgery. This procedure is more complex than the initial implantation of an endoprosthesis since the available bone has already been affected by the previous prosthesis and, above all, its fixation, and has frequently also become thin and brittle. Hence, reconstructive measures are frequently required prior to the actual insertion of the replacement prosthesis. Thanks to their years of experience, their technical expertise and the state-of-the-art theatre facilities, Dr Roettinger and his team are also able to perform these procedures with a high prospect of success.
The personal care of each patient is very important to Dr Roettinger. Whether a privately insured patient or a patient with statutory insurance, a relationship of trust between the patient and the doctor on an equal footing is indispensable. Only in this way can the specialist evaluate precisely what is important to the patient in the treatment and hence support him optimally on the road to recovery. The Department does not provide standard solutions, but adjusts a treatment plan, which does not always have to include a complete joint replacement, exactly to the individual situation of the patient. Here, not just the patient’s age and physical condition play a role, but also his desire for activity and the everyday demands on his body.
Ultimately, a surgical procedure is planned with the aid of digital X-ray images or data from a CT or MRI. The specialists can go through the individual steps of a procedure on the computer before the surgery has even commenced. Thus, the risk of complication is minimised, which is ultimately of benefit to the patient. Where an artificial joint is inserted, only implants are utilised which are considered to comply with the recognised gold standard. Thus, the patient can be confident that he will be treated using high-quality products which have been tested over many years.
Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms
Common room or lounge room
Single-bed rooms with their own en-suite bathroom
A companion can be accommodated
Two-bed rooms with their own en-suite bathroom
Bed-side / in-room television
Bed-side / in-room Internet connection
Bed-side land-line telephone
Bed-side / in-room locker / safe
Reception and assistance service for patients and visitors, staffed by volunteers
Information events for patients
Collaboration with self-help organisations
Allowance is made for particular dietary requirements (in accordance with cultural sensitivities), special dishes for Muslims and individually tailored diets are offered
Rooms with toilet and shower, etc. suitable for wheelchairs
Wheelchair access to all / most service facilities
Lifts suitable for operation from a wheelchair
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