Anyone looking for a proven specialist for diseases of the hip and knee joint in Bremen is very likely to come across him: Prof. Matthias Gebauer is the perfect person to contact for all questions concerning the two joints - especially when it comes to the issue of endoprosthetics in cases of advanced disease. He is as familiar with the so-called Uni-Slide (partial endoprosthesis) as he is with the complete joint replacement (total endoprosthesis). The specialist, who attaches great importance to a friendly, trustworthy interaction, is active not only in the nationally renowned Sports Orthopedics Clinic "SportOrthopädie Bremen", but also as head physician in the Roland Hospital Bremen - and as chief physician in the District Hospital Osterholz.
Anyone who needs a new hip or knee joint is usually looking back on a long history of suffering combined with a drastically reduced mobility. The joint replacement enables these patients to move again without pain and to participate actively in many things of everyday life again. Prof. Gebauer has already seen many people with a new joint who enjoyed their newly regained mobility so much that they became passionate amateur athletes.
In addition, endoprosthetics - the surgical implantation of artificial joints - has evolved rapidly in recent years. For this reason, patients are particularly happy to turn to Prof. Gebauer: The specialist is not only an experienced medical expert who has already completed more than four thousand surgeries relating to the replacement of hip and knee joints, he is also always up to date in terms of both surgical methods and technical innovations.
Clear specialisation: hip and knee endoprosthetics
Despite his clear specialization, his field of expertise is extremely comprehensive. The first priority is taking the patient's medical history as well as a thorough diagnosis: he takes his time to completely understand the problems of the joints in question. He uses state-of-the-art X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and, if necessary, CT equipment to determine the diagnosis. Prof. Gebauer explains the results in detail, so that an individual treatment can then be agreed upon and planned together with the patient. Whenever possible, Prof. Gebauer chooses a conservative - i.e. a joint-preserving - treatment method, which relieves the patient's complaints by using a variety of remedies and aids.
If the treatment with an artificial joint is necessary, Prof. Gebauer knows all the advantages and disadvantages of the possible procedures and can provide comprehensive advice accordingly. Together with his patients, the specialist finds the solution that promises an optimal outcome.
Thorough diagnostics, individual therapy
Prof. Gebauer is also familiar with individualized prosthetics for the knee joint and with complex total knee replacement surgeries. Whether hip or knee joint: Those who receive exactly the right prosthesis, tailored to their personal circumstances, will be rewarded at the end with the corresponding mobility. A clever, well thought-out therapy decision brings back the desired quality of life, which has usually been missing for so long.
Especially for osteoarthritis of the knee joint, there is a particularly gentle method of treatment - the so-called sledge prosthesis, which Prof. Gebauer has also been implanting repeatedly for a long time. With the so-called "uni-slide", the affected joint section is crowned while preserving all ligament structures, a procedure that can usually be carried out in a minimally invasive manner. As a result, patients are pain-free and mobile again as soon as possible. Thus, the sledge prosthesis often represents a good alternative to a complete joint replacement.
Specialist field of replacing prostheses
One of Prof. Gebauer's specialties is the replacement of endoprostheses. Thanks to his extensive experience with prostheses that have for example loosened over time, he is able to provide comprehensive advice to patients with complications of the inserted artificial hip and knee joints. Does the prosthesis have to be replaced completely? Is it sufficient to replace certain parts? Is bone augmentation necessary? It is good to be able to rely on the high level of expertise of a renowned specialist in this area.
Of course, Prof. Gebauer is not done after the treatment: After the implantation of an artificial joint in the knee or hip, the rehabilitation phase begins, which ideally leads to pain-free and unrestricted mobility. Therefore, it is always important for the empathetic specialist to look after his patients from the first consultation right through to complete recovery - and thus to share in the success of the treatment.
University level: research, teaching and publications
By the way, it is not only his patients who benefit from his immense experience at university level: Prof. Gebauer is the author of numerous scientific publications on his clinical activities, which appear in international medical journals and specialist publications. Teaching and training are also very close to his heart: He is an associate professor at the University of Hamburg, supervises young doctors and scientists as a thesis supervisor, regularly gives lectures and talks and passes on his expertise at seminars - and he has made a name for himself as a lecturer and tutor at orthopedic societies. These include well-known organisations such as the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGGOC) or the Endoprosthetics Working Group.
His main focus here as well: Endoprosthetics of the hip and knee joint. After all, especially in modern medicine, the key to future-oriented quality in medical care is absolute specialization. The prerequisite for this important development is that a highly specialized medical expert like Prof. Gebauer does not lose sight of the big picture. In fact, his patients' trust is particularly important to the specialist - and he always takes a holistic view of his patients. This is also reflected in the additional training courses with which he has even broadened his focus: special orthopedic surgery, manual medicine and chirotherapy.