Professor Dr Lars-Johannes Lehmann is a consultant in orthopaedics and trauma surgery and also specialises in special orthopaedic surgery and special trauma surgery. He has been the Director of the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine at the St.-Vincentius-Kliniken since 2014. Previously, he spent six years working as Senior Physician and Deputy Clinic Director of the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at Mannheim University Hospital. Professor Lehmann is also involved in various professional associations in important roles, for example as a member of guidelines commissions, as well as in an advisory capacity and as a reviewer for scientific journals in the fields of orthopaedics and trauma surgery. Through these activities, which are based on his comprehensive clinical experience, he has earned an excellent reputation amongst his colleagues. This is demonstrated by the fact that he has been recommended as a shoulder surgeon since 2013 by an independent review platform for doctors. Professor Lehmann uses his scientific and clinical expertise to diagnose patients with serious injuries, as well as for artificial joint replacements in the upper extremities, for injuries to overhead athletes and for ligament reconstructions. Professor Lehmann made a significant contribution to the establishment and expansion of the department for shoulder and elbow surgery at the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine. Professor Lehmann and his team not only treat fractures, but also treat significantly more complex conditions. After all conventional treatment options have been explored, minimally invasive and open surgery is available as a treatment option. If it is no longer possible to retain the shoulder joint, for example as a result of advanced arthrosis, patients receive the best possible care from Professor Lehmann in terms of the implantation of an artificial joint. Another of the Clinic's key areas of expertise is hand surgery and microsurgery. Operations on the hand, with its many small joints and sensitive nerve pathways, require a great deal of surgical skill. These operations often take place using a surgical microscope. Professor Lehmann and his team carry out these procedures with a high level of safety and expertise. The focus is always on returning the patient's autonomy and restoring the function of the fingers. Overall, the experts in Professor Lehmann's team carry out over 3000 operations a year on the musculoskeletal system. This does not include treatment which is provided for more minor injuries in the emergency department. At the Clinic for Trauma Surgery, Hand Surgery and Sports Medicine, which is directed by Professor Lehmann, the Shoulder and Elbow Centre was certified by the German Association for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow (DSEZ) in September 2019. ViDia Kliniken is therefore the only hospital to have this certification in Germany. The Centre commenced its work in May 2018 during a pilot period and has now, after careful review by the certification organisation ClarCert, received its official initial certification.
In addition to the particularly high level of scientific expertise and the high number of patients treated in the department, the integration of a sophisticated overall concept was decisive in the awarding of the certification. It begins in the outpatient consultation and in the emergency department with a standardised, optimum radiology diagnostic assessment in the Radiology Clinic at ViDia Kliniken, offering all options such as MRI and CT 24 hours a day. During and after the operation, patients receive 24-hour care from the Anaesthesiology Department and particularly good pain management thanks to modern local anaesthetic procedures. Almost all of the shoulder and elbow procedures which are performed, amounting to well over 1,000 procedures per year, can be carried out without the use of general anaesthetic.
In terms of postoperative care, patients benefit in particular from physiotherapy, which is provided for all treatment options and begins straight after the operation. 'We are always on hand for patients who place their trust in us and provide optimum treatment, whether outpatient or inpatient undergoing surgery or receiving conservative management," comments Professor Dr Lehmann regarding the focus of his Clinic as the first shoulder and elbow centre in Germany to receive this certification.