Thanks to the inauguration of the Oskar Helene Home in 1914 and with its establishment as an orthopedic department with a national reputation, today the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery can point to successful clinical work and longstanding tradition. With proven and, at the same time, successful innovative treatment techniques in the conservative, surgical and rehabilitative treatment of orthopedic clinical pictures and in the care of accident victims, the Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery is an integral focal point of the Emil von Behring Hospital in Berlin-Zehlendorf. The Department predominantly treats degenerative changes (osteoarthritis) of the large joints, such as the hip, knee and shoulder. State-of-the-art surgical treatment by means of the implantation of an endoprosthesis (artificial joint) is performed with the use of established surgical techniques, while retaining as much as possible of the bone and with conservation of the integrity of soft-tissue structures. One crucial focus of the Department consists in revision endoprosthetics (artificial joint revision surgery) of large joints for mechanical malfunction or in the case of a malfunction.
A new focus since 2018 is the diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic infection. A further focus is spinal surgery. Together with minimal invasive microsurgery procedures such as sequestrectomy (for spinal disk herniation) and kyphoplasty (for fractures), the spectrum of the Department comprises spinal disk replacement techniques and bracing surgery, right up to complex procedures for the correction of congenital and acquired deformities, or to stabilize fractures resulting from accident or secondary fractures. The profile of the Department also includes joint-preserving surgical procedures to the musculoskeletal system for acquired malposition and growth disturbances for the prevention of accelerated joint wear. Both open surgical and arthroscopic (joint inspection) surgical techniques are applied, as well as the entire spectrum of arthroscopy-supported techniques for cartilage- and joint-associated disk injuries. The Helios Emil von Behring Hospital is approved for techniques for the treatment of specific types of injury (VAV) and is a hospital center for trauma surgery. The rescue center, staffed 24 hours per day, is a treatment and admissions center for patients with acute conditions and injuries, and the multidisciplinary competence and interdisciplinary collaboration also facilitate the care of accident patients with complex injury patterns.