Specialist for Elbow surgery, Shoulder surgery, Shoulder endoprosthetics, Elbow endoprosthetics in Heidelberg

Dr. Lichtenberg and Prof. Loew make an extraordinary team when it comes to shoulder and elbow surgery: Whether it is complex joint surgeries or finding exactly the right prosthesis for optimal mobility - both have a high level of expertise, especially when it comes to the consequences of accidents and diseases.

Our doctors

Prof. - Markus Loew - Elbow surgery -

Prof. Dr Markus Loew

Dr - Sven Lichtenberg - Elbow surgery -

Dr Sven Lichtenberg

Prof. - Marc Schnetzke - Elbow surgery -

Prof. Dr. Marc Schnetzke

Special Clinical Focus

  • Shoulder disorders
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder instability
  • Shoulder arthroplasty
  • Elbow arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic procedures
  • Sports injuries

About us

The two orthopaedic sugeons, Dr Sven Lichtenberg and Prof Dr Markus Loew have focused on the treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders for more than twenty years. Both have authored several books and numerous scientific publications in their field and both are certified specialists of the German Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE). Together and individually they treat patients in their special area at the German Joint Centre of the ATOS Clinic in Heidelberg.

For Dr Lichtenberg and Professor Loew their patients are always their prime focus. Therefore they recommend surgery only if conservative treatment fails. Complex cases are discussed together in order to exercise an expert partnership for their patients benefit. In their practice and in the operating room the two shoulder and elbow specialists work up to the latest techniques. For example, shockwave therapy for calcifying tendonitis and injection of autologous plasma for partial tears of the rotator cuff are some of the conservative treatment options. 

Dr Sven Lichtenberg is Deputy Medical Director of the ATOS Clinic in Heidelberg and a respected surgeon who operates solely on shoulder and elbow joints. Having partnered Prof Dr Peter Habermeyer in the practice for many years, he has been able to acquire extensive expertise in this special field. Each year Dr Lichtenberg treats some 350 patients for rotator cuff injuries, implants some 60 shoulder arthroplasties and performs about 60 elbow-joint procedures. When possible, Dr Lichtenberg performs arthroscopic procedures to shorten wound healing time and reduce patient’s risk. One of Dr Lichtenberg’s key concerns is participating personally in improving surgical procedures and sharing his knowledge. His contributions thus appear in respected scientific magazines and his book “Atlas Schulterarthroskopie” from the year 2008 has been reissued in a second edition. In addition, Dr Lichtenberg is also active in German, European and American specialist associations. Excellent patient evaluations and a listing for the shoulder and elbow surgery field on a national list recommending physicians underline Dr Lichtenberg’s expertise.

Prof Dr Markus Loew committed himself to his specialist field, shoulder and elbow joint surgery, over 25 years ago and has since specialised ever further. For more than 15 years he ran the shoulder, elbow and hand surgery section of the Orthopaedic University Clinic in Heidelberg and from 2004 – 2010 he was President of the German Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE). Since 1996 Prof. Loew has also taught at the University Clinic in Heidelberg, where since 2002 he has been Adjunct Professor for Orthopaedic Surgery.

For his research and his several publications Professor Loew has been honoured with scientific prizes. As a publisher of two books, “Manual für Endoprothetik der Schulter” and “Meistertechniken der Schulterchirurgie” he has made a significant contribution to training for orthopaedic surgeons. Prof. Loew’s treatment foci are arthroscopic and open surgery for sequalae of trauma and degenerative changes in the shoulder and in the elbow. The vast majority of procedures are performed arthroscopically. A further emphasis is on shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthrtitis and sequalae of trauma. The prime goal of treatment is to move patients toward a new quality of life by restoring pain-free joint function. Prof. Loew makes individual assessments together with patients to find the best approach for their personal circumstances.

Diagnostic Services

  • Clinical examinations
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • X-ray
  • DVT (digital volume tomography)

Therapeutic Services

Surgical procedures

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder stabilization
  • Shoulder arthroplasty
  • Revision surgery for all shoulder disorders
  • Muscle transfers for irreparable rotator cuff lesions
  • revision shoulder arthroplasty
  • Shoulder fracture treatment
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Elbow stabilization
  • Elbow arthroplasty

Surgical therapy

  • Arthroscopic and open rotator cuff repair
  • Disorders and injuries to the long biceps tendon, SLAP repair, arthroscopic biceps tendon tenodesis
  • Impingement - syndrome, arthroscopic subacromial decompression
  • Arthroscopic calcium deposit removal
  • Arthroscopic and open stabilization after shoulder dislocation and chronic instability
  • Early treatment of cartilage damage
  • Standard arthroplasty of the shoulder and the elbow
  • Shaft-free shoulder humeral head replacement "Eclipse"
  • Fracture treatment for the shoulder girdle
  • Stabilisation and reconstruction for separation of the acromioclavicular joint
  • Reconstruction of sternoclavicular joint luxation
  • Arthrolysis for frozen shoulder
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Surgical therapy for epicondylitis (tennis or golfer’s elbow)
  • Surgical therapy for frozen elbow
  • Surgical therapy for elbow instability
  • Surgical therapy for elbow osteoarthritis
  • Distal biceps tendon repair
  • Surgical neurolysis therapy for ulnar nerve syndrom
  • Postoperative monitoring

Conservative procedures/Non-surgical therapy

  • Treatment of Osteoarthritis
  • Shockwave therapy for calcifying tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis (tennis or golfer’s elbow)
  • Individualized physiotherapy regime
  • Early functional postoperative treatment for early integration into elite sports
  • Therapy with autologous conditioned plasma (ACP)

Medical spectrum


  • Accidental injuries
  • Acromioclavicular joint fracture
  • Biceps tendon injury
  • Bone fracture
  • Bruise / Contusion
  • Bursitis of the shoulder
  • Calcareous shoulder
  • Childhood sports injuries
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Cubital osteoarthritis
  • Elbow pain
  • Foot fracture
  • Fracture of the head of the humerus
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Glenoid fracture
  • Golfers elbow
  • Growth plate fracture
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Inflammation of the shoulder
  • Injury to the shoulder
  • Ligament injury
  • Luxation of the shoulder
  • Muscle fiber tear
  • Muscle strain
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • Rib fracture
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Sulcus ulnaris syndrome
  • Supinator syndrome
  • Tendon injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Torn ligament in the ankle


  • ACP treatment
  • Elbow prosthesis
  • Muscle transfer surgery
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder joint-maintaining surgery
  • Shoulder prosthesis
  • Shoulder prosthesis revision




Bismarckstrasse 9 – 15
69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 3559077
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