The Casualty and Orthopaedics Department of the Deaconess Hospital in Mannheim is headed by Senior Consultant Dr Henning Roehl. Dr Roehl is a specialist in orthopaedics and casualty surgery, with a focus on special casualty surgery and orthopaedic surgery. His personal focus is on the surgical treatment of the critical result of accidents and chronic degenerative conditions across the entire musculoskeletal system of the body, and particularly on joint replacements in the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
Here, he utilises more than the conventional methods. Dr Roehl has many years of experience with computer-navigated endoprosthetics. This innovative technique enables a higher degree of precision in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. This is a computer-generated imaging technique, which creates a three-dimensional display of the bones and the instruments. He also utilises infrared, CT imaging and markers on the patient’s body. In this manner, the surgeon has the surgical site and all the important data in plain view, particularly when he is actually unable to see the bones or the muscles using the minimally invasive technique.
Minimally-invasive means that the surgical site is not exposed using a long incision into the tissue but, instead of this, instruments and a camera are introduced into the body through very small incisions. So the procedure takes place within the body. At the same time, surgeons who use these techniques must be very experienced in surgical techniques.
This technique has enormous benefits for the patient: the objective and the desire of the Casualty and Orthopaedics Department are to help patients whose mobility is limited by an accident or wear to achieve a greater degree of mobility once more as quickly as possible. Minimally-invasive procedures are characterised by a significantly more rapid healing process and less pain. Thus, the patient is able to attain his independence in every day life again more quickly.
The Casualty and Orthopaedics Department provides the entire range of conservative and surgical techniques. Simple splinting or complicated fractures, medication-based care or the implantation of an artificial joint using the most advanced technique – each treatment is individually planned, carefully performed and, of course, is in compliance with the current standard of scientific knowledge.