Special Clinical Focus

  • Prevention of knee joint wear
  • Prevention of hip joint wear
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Joint wear of the lower extremities
  • Foot and ankle conditions

About us

Asst. Lect. Dr. Stephan Kirschner is a specialist in orthopedics, trauma surgery and special orthopedic surgery. The orthopedic specialist has been the Medical Director of the Department of orthopedics of the St. Vincentius Hospitals since 2014. Following his medical studies, which he undertook at the MHH Hanover from 1989 to 1996, Dr. Kirschner was able to extend his specialist and practical knowledge in a variety of medical positions, including as Principal Consultant at the Carl Gustav Carus University Orthopedic Hospital at the Technical University of Dresden. Thanks to his longstanding experience, his colleagues and patients view Dr. Kirschner as a highly qualified specialist in the field of orthopedics. By means of continuous further training and his organization of events within the framework of the Endoprosthesis Working Group (AE) Dr. Kirschner combines science, theory and practice for the benefit of his patients. He is a member of the Presidium of the German Endoprosthetics Association and is actively involved in postgraduate training. His comprehensive medical expertise guarantees up-to-date orthopedic treatment at the current medical state of knowledge. Here, patients with musculoskeletal conditions and malformations benefit both from conservative and from surgical treatment techniques. His therapeutic focus is the lower extremities. Whether in the detailed diagnostics or the early treatment of the youngest patients in pediatric orthopedics, Dr. Kirschner and his team, consisting of physicians, nursing personnel and physical therapists, operate in all areas of orthopedics with responsive attention to the people under treatment and their quality of life. One focus of the range of treatment is the treatment of the large joints such as the hips and the knee. Joint-maintaining procedures by means of corrective osteotomy or the ablation of malfunctioning areas of bone in the hip joint are worthwhile therapeutic options. Precisely for advanced chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis and arthritis, artificial joint replacement generally achieves a noticeable improvement in the symptoms. Here, depending on the individual clinical picture, suitable complete or partial prostheses for the hip or knee joint are selected in discussion with the patient and are inserted. Despite all care, a prosthesis may become loose at the end of its useful life and require replacement surgery. In this procedure, bony damage is again corrected by means of bone reconstruction. One feature of the Department here is its own certified bone bank. Here, custom-made bone transplants are produced under verified, transparent conditions and in consideration of transplantation and pharmaceuticals legislation. The ViDia Christian Hospitals, Karlsruhe, are tertiary care hospitals and academic teaching hospitals of the University of Freiburg. Together, the hospitals treat around 50,000 in-patients and 150,000 out-patients annually. The ViDia Hospitals were created by the merger of the St. Vincentius Hospitals, Karlsruhe, and the Karlsruhe-Rueppurr Deaconess Hospital in 2016. The hospitals operate under the corporate name Vincentius-Diakonissen-Kliniken gAG. For further information: www.vidia-kliniken.de

Diagnostic Services

  • Clinical examination
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Infant sonography
  • Laboratory diagnostics

Therapeutic Services

  • Conservative treatment by means of orthotics and targeted physical therapy; here, there is a close, long-standing collaboration with the Department of Orthotic Prosthetics
  • Surgical axis correction
  • Surgical correction of malalignment of the feet and ankles
  • Minimal invasive arthroscopy
  • Corrective osteotomy
  • Endoprosthetic replacement of the hip and knee joint
  • Complex replacement surgery
  • Infusion treatment
  • Reconstructive soft tissue procedures
  • Osseous corrective osteotomy
  • Open surgical procedures
  • Joint injections
  • Medication-based pain therapy

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Cafeteria
  • Reception and support service
  • Accessibility: personal support e.g. for wheelchair users, visually impaired and blind persons
  • Attention is paid to particular dietary restrictions (cultural sensitivity)
  • Pastoral care
  • Social services and psychosocial services
  • Prayer room
  • Prayer facilities for patients of the Muslim faith
  • Communal rooms and lounges
  • Physical therapy
  • Contact with self help groups
  • For a comfort premium, privately insured patients and direct payers will be given accommodation in single or two-bed rooms with an additional range of services (e.g. gourmet menus, daily newspapers, hand towels)
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Orthopedics

Other services

  • Bowlegs or knock knees
  • Conspicuous foot forms or misalignment of the spinal column
  • Hallux valgus
  • Degenerative conditions of the hind foot
  • Degenerative conditions of the upper ankle
  • Degenerative meniscal lesions
  • Malfunction of the knee joint
  • Bone marrow edema syndrome (bone bruise)
  • Inguinal pain
  • Growth disturbance of the femoral neck
  • Protrusion at the femoral neck (CAM impingement)
  • Bony acetabular rim (pincer impingement)
  • Hip conditions during the growth phase (epiphysiolysis capitis femoris and Perthes’ disease)
  • Osteoarthritis


Airports near

  • Frankfurt am Main airport78.9 miles (approximately 127 km)
  • Stuttgart airport48 miles (approximately 77.2 km)
  • Baden Airpark25.5 miles (approximately 41.1 km)

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Karlsruhe central railway station1 mile (approximately 1.6 km)