Special Clinical Focus

  • Knee endoprosthetics
  • Hip endoprosthetics
  • Shoulder joint
  • Artificial elbow joint
  • Prosthesis replacement
  • Traumatology of children

About us

Asst Lect. Dr Ralf Kraus is the Senior Consultant at the Accident Surgery, Orthopaedics, Spinal and Paediatric Traumatology Clinic and the Medical Director at the Asklepios Hospital, Lich. Together with his team of specialists, Asst Lect. Dr Kraus treats all conditions and injuries to the musculoskeletal system. He possesses particular expertise in the field of orthopaedic surgery for the endoprosthetic replacement of all large joints.

The Asklepios Hospital Lich is the first centre in Middle Hesse to be certified as an EndoProsthetics Centre by the German Association of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC). Thanks to this quality assurance scheme, the high standard of endoprosthetics care at the Accident Surgery, Orthopaedics, Spinal and Paediatric Traumatology Clinic is documented.

Patients with degenerative (wear-associated) joint conditions (osteoarthritis) are cared for at the highest medical standard. Only if conservative techniques or joint-preserving surgery is inadequate for reducing the pain or to restore movement, is an artificial joint replacement considered. The patient himself will decide when. The implants are individually selected in accordance with the most up-to-date scientific and technical techniques and are discussed in detail with the patient concerned.

Thanks to the defined treatment pathways in the field of endoprosthetics, all procedures are clearly structured for the patient, trouble-free progress is guaranteed and the treatment quality is standardised. All prostheses are planned exactly using an electronic system and a “blueprint” is created for the procedure. In the field of hip surgery, Asst Lect. Dr Kraus and his team of specialists at the Asklepios Hospital, Lich rely on surgical techniques in which the artificial hip joint is individually applied with or without cement. Here, he uses high-quality glide surfaces.

For younger patients and those who have good bone substance, Asst Lect. Dr Kraus implants short-shaft prostheses, which largely spare the healthy bone. If the knee joint is affected by osteoarthritis, knee joint endoprostheses are implanted. Here, too, the planning is customised: for severe signs of joint wear, the entire surface is replaced with a surface prosthesis, in less severe cases, only a section of the knee joint can be replaced using a sled prosthesis. For unstable knee joints and gross malpositioning, linked prostheses are inserted. Infected prostheses are also treated, together with loose prostheses in Asst Lect. Dr Kraus’s department.

The team of specialists under Asst Lect. Dr Kraus has many years experience in the complex field of replacement surgery. If an infected endoprostheses must be removed, it is replaced with a place-holder made from cement infused with an antibiotic until the site is healed. Generally, the most advanced special prostheses are then inserted, which consist of several individually assembled (modular) parts.

Not just hip and knee joints are operated on at the Asklepios Hospital, Lich, but shoulder and elbow joints, which have been damaged by osteoarthritis or accident, can also be replaced with artificial joints and thus, their movement can be restored. Here, Asst Lect. Dr Kraus uses a unique prosthesis system in the shoulder, which can be implanted as a trauma prosthesis for comminuted fractures of the humeral head, as in inverse endoprostheses for damage to the rotator cuff and as an anatomical prosthesis for osteoarthritis. In most cases, Asst Lect. Dr Kraus and his team of specialists at the Asklepios Hospital, Lich succeed in restoring the patients’ freedom from pain following surgery, as well as their ability to move and weight bear and so to recover their quality of life.

Close networking with out-patient and in-patient rehabilitation centres in the vicinity also ensures therapeutic success for the patients after their hospital stay. Integrated into the Middle Hesse trauma network, traumatology, that is, the care of patients injured due to accidents, represents a further focus of Asst Lect. Dr Kraus’s department. Asst Lect. Dr Kraus has particular expertise in the field of the treatment of paediatric traumatology. Thus, young patients, as well as the youngest patients, are also given highly qualified treatment for their bony fractures and their sequelae.

Diagnostic Services

  • X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance tomography (MRT)
  • Joint ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Doppler sonography
  • ECG, long-term ECG
  • Lung function test

Therapeutic Services

  • Artificial knee, hip and shoulder replacement
  • Fracture treatment (nail osteosynthesis, fixed angle plate osteosynthesis and much else)
  • Arthroscopy of all large joints
  • Minimally invasive techniques
  • Electronic prosthesis planning
  • Paediatric traumatology
  • Spinal traumatology
  • Sports medicine

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Co-ordinated pre- and post-hospitalisation care
  • Surgery planning consultations / detailed patient information via scheduled hospital stays (e.g. flyers)
  • Admissions ward and welcome by the executive housekeeper on the day of surgery
  • Customised occupancy management
  • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy treatment
  • Targeted range of rehabilitation
  • Interdisciplinary treatment concepts
  • Accommodation and catering options for carers
  • Interpreters for a variety of languages
  • Pastoral care
  • Internet access / WLAN
  • “appetitLich” bistro for visitors and patients
  • Hairdresser

Together with the special furnishing in the room, further services are available to you as an optional benefit patient:

  • Personal service by the executive housekeeper
  • Asklepios welcome package
  • Daily television and news magazines
  • Extended selection of meals, separate menu
  • Fresh fruit and fruit juice
  • Dressing gown, hand towels, hair-dryer available

The rooms are furnished with:

  • Writing tables, tastefully upholstered furniture
  • Integrated safe, mini-bar and stylish pictures
  • Internet access, telephone, fax service
  • Bedside (Sky) TV with radio, CD and DVD player
  • Modern, generous baths with high-quality fittings

We also offer you:

  • Lounge with cafe area, for your visitors as well
  • Sun-terrace with a unique view
  • Generous relaxation area
  • A park-like landscape with wide areas of greenery
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Knee endoprosthetics

Other services

  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • Paediatric traumatology
  • All fractures of the extremities
  • All fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine and of the pelvis


Airports near

  • Frankfurt Airport66 km
  • Flughafen Köln-Bonn172 km

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Bahnhof Lich2 km
  • Bahnhof Gießen15 km

Additional staff

Andreas Klein - Knee endoprosthetics - Lich, Hesse

Andreas Klein

Ldt. Oberarzt

Dr. - Hermann Lieser - Knee endoprosthetics - Lich, Hesse

Dr. med.
Hermann Lieser

Leiter Sektion Endoprothetik