Special Clinical Focus

  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Hand and microsurgery
  • Special trauma surgery
  • Sports traumatology – Trauma Network
  • Day surgery clinic

About us

Prof. Lars-Johannes Lehmann is a specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery and also specializes in special orthopedic surgery and special trauma surgery. He has led the Department of Trauma and Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine at the St. Vincentius Hospitals as its Director since 2014. Previously, he was the Principal Consultant and Deputy Clinical Director at the Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Center of the Mannheim University Hospital for six years. Prof. Lehmann is also engaged in important positions in various specialist associations, for example, as a member of guidelines committees and as an adviser and referee for scientific journals in the field of orthopedics and trauma surgery. He has gained an outstanding reputation among his colleagues thanks to these activities, which are based on his comprehensive clinical experience. This is also reflected in his recommendation as a shoulder surgeon by an independent physician evaluation platform, uninterrupted since 2013. Prof. Lehmann sets his scientific and clinical emphases in the field of the diagnosis of severely injured patients and artificial joint replacement in the upper extremities, injuries due to sports involving upper body work and muscle reconstruction. Prof. Lehmann contributed significantly to establish and consolidate the field of shoulder and elbow surgery at the Department of Accident and Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine. In May 2018, in a pilot phase, the German Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Association (DVSE) certified the Department as the first hospital in Germany as a “German Shoulder and Elbow Center”.

The head of the Center is Prof. Dr. Lars Lehmann, Director of the Department and the 1st Vice President of the DVSE. The German Shoulder and Elbow Center fulfills all the requirements in respect of its clinical structure, surgical case numbers, scientific expertise, including the required publications, and in the area of training and teaching. Hence, the Department entirely supports the quality initiative of the DVSE for the maximum treatment quality. Prof. Lehmann and his team treat not only fractures, but also significantly more complex conditions. After all the conventional treatment options have been exhausted, minimal invasive and open procedures are considered. If maintaining the shoulder joint is no longer possible, such as in cases of advanced osteoarthritis, Prof. Lehmann’s patients are in the best hands for the implantation of an artificial joint. A further important emphasis of the Department is hand and microsurgery. Procedures on the hand, with its numerous small joints and sensitive nerve pathways, require great surgical skill. The procedures are frequently performed with the aid of a surgical microscope. Prof. Lehmann and his team perform these procedures with great dependability and competence – here, giving back the patient’s autonomy and restoring the function of his fingers take center stage. Overall, the specialists under Prof. Lehmann at the Karlsruhe site perform over 3,000 surgical procedures annually on the human musculoskeletal system, not including the treatment of minor injuries in the Emergency Room.

Diagnostic Services

  • Clinical examination
  • X-ray
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Sonography
  • Laboratory diagnostics

Therapeutic Services

The range of the Department of Accident Surgery spans the entirety of traumatology including the care of severely injured patients, pelvic and spinal trauma, industrial accidents, commuting accidents, Employers’ Liability Insurance Association treatment
  • Arthroscopic and open rotator cuff suture
  • Conditions and injuries of the long head of the biceps tendon, SLAP repair, arthroscopic biceps tenodesis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Arthroscopic subacromial decompression
  • Arthroscopic calculus removal
  • Arthroscopic treatment of osteoarthritis of the acromioclavicular joint
  • Arthroscopic and open stabilization following shoulder luxation
  • Reconstruction following sternoclavicular joint luxation
  • Early treatment of cartilage damage
  • Arthroscopic “partial joint replacement”
  • Standard shoulder endoprosthetics
  • Shaft-free upper arm prosthetic replacement
  • Inverse shoulder prosthetics
  • Arthrolysis for shoulder stiffness
  • Treatment of fractures of the humeral head
  • Treatment of fractures of the entire shoulder girdle
  • Stabilization and reconstruction for acromioclavicular joint separation
  • Injury to the biceps anchor and the biceps tendon
  • Arthroscopic surgery to the elbow
  • Surgical treatment for epicondylitis (tennis or golfer’s elbow)
  • Surgical treatment for elbow stiffness
  • Surgical treatment for elbow instability
  • Surgical treatment for osteoarthritis of the elbow
  • Distal biceps tendon rupture
  • Neurolysis
  • Surgical treatment of ulnar nerve syndrome
  • Wrist arthroscopy with articular disk surgery
  • Endoprosthetic finger joint replacement
  • Correction of dysfunctions of the ligament structures and tendons (e.g. “trigger finger”, conditions of the tendon sheaths, Dupuytren’s contracture)
  • Correction of nerve constriction (CTS, sulcus-ulnar nerve syndrome, excision of tumors of the hand
  • Correction of rheumatic changes of the hand
  • Correction of accident-related dysfunctions and malposition of the hand
  • Meniscus surgery including meniscal suture for traumatic meniscal tear
  • Meniscus transplantation
  • Cruciate ligament surgery / cruciate ligament reconstruction (anterior and posterior cruciate ligament)
  • Revision surgery following cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Cartilage replacement therapy (cellular and acellular)
  • Arthroscopic treatment to the patellofemoral joint, MPFL reconstruction for patellofemoral instability
  • Corrective osteotomy (axis correction) to the knee joint
  • Complex ligament repair following trauma
  • Arthroscopy of the hip joint
  • Arthroscopic treatment for femoroacetabular impingement (FA)
  • Cartilage surgery (minimal invasive cartilage treatment)
  • Labrum reconstruction for traumatic labrum lesion
  • Regenerative cartilage surgery (cartilage cell transplantation)
  • Ankle surgery (instability, ligament injury, fracture)

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Cafeteria
  • Reception and Assistance Service
  • Accessibility: Personal support, e.g. for wheelchair users, vision impaired and blind persons
  • Allowance for particular dietary requirements (cultural sensitivity)
  • Pastoral care
  • Social Service and Psychosocial Service
  • Prayer room
  • Prayer options for Muslim patients
  • Communal room and lounge room
  • Physical therapy
  • Contact with self help groups
  • For a comfort surcharge, privately insured patients and self payers are given committed accommodation in single or two-bed rooms with additional services (e.g. gourmet menus, daily newspapers, hand towels).
Leading Medicine Guide

Selected expert in the specialist field Traumatology

Other services

  • Conditions and injuries of the shoulder and elbow joints and sequelae
  • Injuries to the muscles and tendons
  • Shoulder impingement syndromes
  • Instability of the shoulder joint
  • Joint wear / osteoarthritis
  • Fractures and fracture sequelae
  • Sports injuries and overuse injuries, in particular, sports involving upper body work, acute care of hand injuries (the hand is involved in almost 50 percent of all industrial accidents)
  • Acquired changes in the functions of the hand
  • Bony fractures of the fingers
  • Soft tissue defects
  • Care of severely injured patients, pelvic and spinal trauma, industrial accidents, commuting accidents, Employers’ Liability Insurance Association treatment
  • Sports injuries and damage to the knee, hip and ankle joints due to sport


Airports near

  • Frankfurt am Main airport78.9 miles (approximately 127 km)
  • Stuttgart airport48 miles (approximately 77.2 km)
  • Baden Airpark27.4 miles (approximately 44.1 km)

Railway stations in the vicinity

  • Karlsruhe central rail station1 mile (approximately 1.6 km)