Prof. - Karl-Dieter Heller - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Dieter Heller

Specialist for Foot surgery and ankle surgery, Knee surgery, Hip surgery, Rheumatologic orthopedics, Elbow endoprosthetics, Hip endoprosthetics, Knee endoprosthetics, Shoulder endoprosthetics, Ankle endoprosthetics in Braunschweig

Prof. - Karl-Dieter Heller - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -
Prof. Heller is a very special joint surgeon: his expertise lies primarily in hip, knee and shoulder surgery, and he is also a renowned specialist in prostheses and artificial joints. Patients also appreciate the empathetic specialist because he always listens to individual needs.

Special Clinical Focus

  • Total arthroplasty of hip, knee
  • Revision of total joint replacements of hips, knees, shoulders
  • Arthroscopic surgery of shoulder, knee, ankle and elbow joints
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Foot surgery
  • Cartilage therapy and cruciate ligament surgery

About us

The Orthopedic Hospital Braunschweig is one of the largest orthopedic institutes in Germany and the only orthopedic specialty hospital in the Braunschweig area. All common treatments in the areas of orthopedics, orthopedic surgery and sports traumatology are performed.

The Orthopedic Hospital Braunschweig is headed by Professor Dr. med. Karl-Dieter Heller and employs 28 additional physicians, among those 15 specialists in orthopedics, trauma surgery, general surgery and neurosurgery and 13 fellows in orthopedics and trauma surgery.

Professor Dr. med. Karl-Dieter Heller, chief of staff of the Orthopedic Hospital, is a specialist in orthopedics, trauma surgery and rheumatology and possesses a sophisticated training in the areas of specialized orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and physical therapy.

In differently themed consultation hours, the best possible treatment is determined together with the patient.

The hospital’s broad spectrum, its high number of cases and the number of employed staff allows for a specialization in different areas, with the result that almost all aspects of orthopedic surgery are covered by a skilled and specially trained staff. Aside of its highly trained consultants, the Orthopedic Hospital also possesses independent subsections in the areas of spinal surgery and pediatric orthopedics which are headed by highly qualified specialists.

The most essential for a successful treatment is the surgeon’s expert knowledge. It is important to perform a surgery regularly and often in order to gain more experience. In a hospital as large as this one with a rather high surgery frequency and nationwide customers, this situation is taken into account and proves advantageous for our patients.

With 1,650 performed interventions, the number of implanted artificial joints is rather high. All possible implantation techniques, including minimally invasive interventions, are carried out. Implant systems are available for all possible cases, both partial and total knee replacement hardware as well as acetabular shell replacements and modular hip systems. Especially the exchange of prostheses requires a wide range of both implants and instruments which have to available at all times. A navigation system for optimal prosthesis implantation is permanently available.

The Herzogin Elisabeth Hospital is not only home to the Orthopedic Hospital Braunschweig, but also to the Medical Center, the Department of Surgery and the Department of Vascular Surgery. Furthermore, it is also equipped with a large intensive care ward which is supervised by the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Medicine. We are thus able to provide intensive care 24/7 which is especially important for patients after major surgeries.

Not only the competency of our consultants needs to be highlighted, but also our trained and friendly staff. The spatial setting in our hospital is excellent and has a positive effect on the well-being of our patients.

Furthermore, the hospital is equipped with a generously designed physical therapy department, staffed with 20 physical therapists. The result of every intervention is optimized by consequent, directly targeted and immediate physical therapy.

Diagnostic Services

  • Digital x-ray
  • Sonography
  • MRI and CT on the premises
  • Internistic department on the premises

Therapeutic Services

  • Joint surgery, including joint replacement and exchange surgery
  • Artificial hip, knee and shoulder joint replacement
  • Navigation systems
  • Extensive selection of modern prosthetic implants and replacement implants
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Modern implants, including short stem, ceramic tribological pairing, Oxinium
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Cartilage replacement treatment, including ACI (autologous chondrocyte implantation) and MACI (matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation)
  • Axis correction
  • Orthopedic rheumatology
  • Orthopedics for the spine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports medicine

Medical spectrum


  • Ahlback disease
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle pain
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Baker's cyst
  • Bursitis of the knee
  • Claw toe
  • Clubfoot
  • Coxarthrosis
  • Deformity of the toes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flatfoot
  • Foot deformities
  • Foot fracture
  • Fracture of the acetabulum
  • Fracture of the patella
  • Gonarthrosis
  • Growth plate fracture
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Hallux valgus
  • Hammer toe
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip prosthesis loosening
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Inflammation of the Achilles tendon
  • ingrown nail (unguis incarnatus)
  • Knee pain
  • Knee prosthesis loosening
  • Knock knees and bow legs
  • Ledderhose disease (plantar fibromatosis)
  • Lumbar spinal pain
  • Luxating patella
  • Luxation of the hip
  • Malalignment of toes
  • Meniscal damage
  • Meniscal tear
  • Nail diseases
  • Necrosis of the femoral head
  • Osteoarthritis of the ankle
  • Panaritium (nail bed inflammation)
  • Polyarthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Ruptured Achilles' tendon
  • Ruptured cruciate ligaments
  • Shoulder pain
  • Syndactyly
  • Tailor's bunion
  • Talar fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendon injury
  • Torn ligament in the ankle
  • Torn ligament in the knee
  • Unstable pelvic injury
  • Therapies

  • Ankle arthroplasty
  • Ankle stiffness
  • Cartilage surgery
  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Cartilage treatment to the knee
  • Complications and risks for artificial hip joints
  • Corrective osteotomy
  • Cruciate ligament surgery
  • Customized knee prosthesis
  • Endoprostheses
  • Following the implantation of the artificial hip joint
  • Foot surgery in children
  • Hip prosthesis
  • Hip replacement revision
  • Hip surgery
  • Hip TEP (Total hip endoprosthesis)
  • Knee ligament reconstruction
  • Knee prosthesis
  • Knee replacement revision
  • Knee specialist
  • Knee TEP
  • Meniscal implant
  • Meniscus surgery
  • Minimal invasive hip surgery
  • Shoulder prosthesis
  • Shoulder prosthesis revision
  • Sled / sledge prosthesis
  • Diagnostics

  • Arthroscopy of the hip
  • Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

    • Comfortably furnished rooms with penthouse character
    • Meal choices
    • Award-winning, friendly staff



    Herzogin Elisabeth Hospital

    Leipziger Straße 24
    38124 Braunschweig


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