Special Clinical Focus

  • Hip endoprosthetics and revision endoprosthetics
  • Knee endoprosthetics and revision endoprosthetics
  • Spinal surgery
  • Tumor orthopedics
  • Osteoporosis / rheumatism
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Sports orthopedics

About us

Professor Philipp Drees, specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery, orthopedic rheumatology and special orthopedic surgery, has been the Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Rheumatic Orthopedics and the Deputy Director of the Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (ZOU) of University Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz since 2014 and was previously the Clinical Director and Chief Physician of the Center for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics at the Middle Rhine Foundation Hospital.

The diagnosis, treatment and follow-up treatment of all medical conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system are provided by a large number of highly specialized experts at the Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery of University Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Several departments with specific tasks, surgical techniques or patient characteristics have been defined, founded and certified by prestigious institutions (ClaCert, OnkoCert, iQCert, etc.).

Professor Philipp Drees’ clinical and scientific emphases are on the surgical and conservative treatment of inflammatory, degenerative and benign as well as malignant tumorous joint and spinal conditions, as well as revision surgery for these conditions. The fields of the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic bone conditions and geriatric medicine are also among his emphases. The entire range of conditions and injuries to the musculoskeletal system is treated at the highest standard, on an interdisciplinary basis.

Around 400,000 hip and knee endoprostheses are implanted in Germany annually. In 2017, Professor Drees initiated the PROMISE (PROcess optiMIzation by interdisciplinary and cross-SEctor care in patients with hip and knee endoprostheses) Project, with the objective of optimizing the quality of care for hip and knee endoprostheses, from the initial examination and the surgical procedure to the patient’s discharge from the hospital.

Gentler surgical techniques, better anesthetic techniques and more rapid patient mobilization contribute toward a speedier rehabilitation for patients and toward a more active involvement in their own recovery process and hence they also have a briefer period of hospitalization. The Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery of University Medicine in Mainz is the first German University hospital to be able to call itself a “Rapid Recovery Hospital”.

As the sole medical supramaximal care establishment in the Rhineland-Palatinate, University Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is an internationally renowned scientific research site and comprises more than 60 hospitals, institutes and departments working together with an interdisciplinary approach. With around 7500 employees, it is also one of the largest employers in the region.

Diagnostic Services

  • Ultrasound diagnostics of the hips for infants and young children
  • MotionLab
  • All areas of diagnostic radiology (including MRI, CT, etc.) and nuclear medicine (scintigraphy, etc.) in collaboration with the respective in-house departments

Therapeutic Services

  • Infiltration therapy to the spinal column and to all joints of the musculoskeletal system
  • Surgical treatment of unilateral and bilateral knee and hip prostheses in the in-house Surgery Department
  • Surgical treatment of the entire spinal column
  • Cruciate ligament and meniscus surgery
  • Shoulder surgery including endoprosthetic treatment (TEP)
  • Physical therapy and ergotherapy in collaboration with the IPTPR including outdoor gym
  • Conservative and special pain therapy (24/7 pain service) in collaboration with the Anesthesiology Department
  • All areas of interventional radiology and nuclear medicine (including radiosynoviorthesis) in collaboration with the respective in-house departments

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Medical care by the Chief Physician (or his representative)
  • Accommodation for a companion where required
  • Individual catering (for diets, intolerances, …)
  • Electronic height-adjustable comfort bed
  • Patient lounge room with large flat screen television for shared mealtimes and leisure activities
  • Wellness area for older patients in collaboration with the in-house Department of Acute Geriatrics
  • Park with benches and fountains within walking distance
  • Individual endoprosthetics for the knee, hips and pelvis
  • Weekly patient seminar including gait training for optimal preparation for endoprosthetic provision
  • Orthopedic Engineering and Medical Store are within walking distance on the grounds of the University of Mainz and provide our in-patients with the required medical aids as required
  • Special consultations for the respective treatment emphases
  • 24/7 emergency admission
  • Accident insurance consultant procedures
The Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery of University Medicine in Mainz is also proud to be an international teaching hospital in the field of individual endoprosthetics and rapid recovery.
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Selected expert in the specialist field Orthopedics

Other services

  • Injuries to the extremities
  • Polytrauma, pelvic acetabular surgery
  • Geriatric traumatology
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Foot surgery
  • Pediatric traumatology
  • Sports traumatology
  • Septic surgery


Airports near

  • Frankfurt am Main airport18.6 miles (approximately 30 km)

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Mainz main railway station0.75 miles (approximately 1.2 km)