Dr Christian Alexander Kuehne is the Senior Consultant of the Department of Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery at the Asklepios Hospital in Wandsbek. As a specialist in surgery, orthopaedics and accident surgery, he treats all conditions and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments and soft tissues. One of his focal points here is age-related traumatology.
Age-related traumatology is a special discipline, which focuses on the particular difficulties of bony fractures in advanced age. On the one hand, these occur more readily and, on the other hand, they take significantly longer to heal. Even a simple fall or sitting down heavily may cause a bony fracture in older people. Previously, this type of break frequently led to longer confinement to bed, which, in turn, entailed further medical conditions. Today, Prof. Kuehne and his team have recourse to minimally invasive osteosynthesis techniques and stabilise the fracture with the aid of metal elements, which are introduced via a small (minimally invasive) access. This technique is particularly employed in pelvic girdle and spinal fractures and fractures of the humeral head.
The Emergency Clinic of the Department of Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery is on stand-by 24 hours per day and treats acute injuries due to minor or more serious accidents. Here, the team is supported by the medical officers of the Central Casualty Department and the Radiology Department and works in close collaboration with the emergency doctors who respond initially as well as the GPs.
The use of artificial joints, so-called endoprosthetics, is also an area of focus of the Department of Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery. The endoprosthetics specialists have a high degree of expertise, both in the endoprosthetic treatment of the large joints of the hip and the knee and in procedures on the shoulder, elbow and ankle joints. Wear (osteoarthritis) may be an indication for the application of an artificial joint, as well as fractures and their sequelae or the replacement of a previously inserted endoprosthesis.
In surgical procedures, Dr Kuehne and his team place great value on the use of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Here, surgery-related tissue damage is significantly less than for open procedures. For the patients, this means more rapid healing with less pain.