Specialist for Foot surgery and ankle surgery, Elbow endoprosthetics, Elbow surgery, Hip surgery, Pediatric orthopedics, Knee surgery, Sports traumatology, Shoulder surgery, Orthopedics, Shoulder endoprosthetics, Sports surgery, Sports Orthopedics in Heidelberg

The German Joint Center has a worldwide reputation for offering the right treatment when therapies have already failed elsewhere. This is because the highly qualified medical specialists are very familiar with the most complex diseases of the musculoskeletal system - at the highest international level.

Our doctors

Dr - Sven Lichtenberg - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Dr Sven Lichtenberg

Prof. - Markus Loew - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Prof. Markus Loew

Asst - Marc Schnetzke - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Asst Lect. Dr Marc Schnetzke

Lect. - Gerhard Scheller - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Asst Lect. Dr Gerhard Scheller

Prof. - Holger Schmitt - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Prof. Holger Schmitt

Dr - Wolfram Wenz - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Dr Wolfram Wenz

Prof. - Rudi G. Bitsch - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Prof. Rudi G. Bitsch

Special Clinical Focus

  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Casualty surgery
  • Sports traumatology
  • Endoprosthetics
  • Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Elbow surgery
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Foot surgery

About us

Joints are highly functional and, at the same time, very sensitive structural elements of the body. They enable complex sequences of movement and a wide variety of postures and should, if possible, remain capable of performance until advanced old age. Wear due to life-long stress, as well as disorders and accidents can also affect the joints or destroy them. Movement while in pain or even a completely restricted ability to move reduces the quality of life and independence of affected patients severely.

The nationally and internationally renowned experts of the NATIONAL JOINT CENTRE, HEIDELBERG at the ATOS Hospital, Heidelberg, focus on the treatment of all large joints of the musculoskeletal system. Complicated joint fractures, the insertion and exchange of artificial joints or for an unsuccessful initial treatment require an orthopaedic surgeon or casualty surgeon, who has specialised in precisely this joint and who has long-standing experience with similar situations. The joint specialists in Heidelberg have demonstrated the highest competence in re-establishing lasting pain-free mobility for people with disorders, injuries or damage due to overload of the joints.

Each medical practitioner at the NATIONAL JOINT CENTRE, HEIDELBERG, specialises in a complex joint; in addition, there is expertise in certain sub-fields, such as the care of professional athletes or endoprosthetics. Each medical practitioner at the centre is verifiably among the experts in his field. This is underlined by the large number of publications in international journals and reference books, scientific awards and prizes and not least by the outstanding patient comments in independent physicians’ evaluation portals.

Surgical procedures always produce stress on the body. For this reason, the Heidelberg joint specialists, following painstaking examination, only perform surgery when surgery represents the only or the best treatment option. Here, as gentle as possible, minimally invasive techniques are employed, by which the risks are able to be reduced and more rapid healing is facilitated. Over 80 per cent of the procedures on the shoulder, the knee and the elbow are performed using the arthroscopic technique. Preserving the body’s own joint, for example, by stimulating the new formation of cartilage or a cartilage cell transplantation is always the highest objective of the medical practitioners. So-called joint preservation is therefore also one of the emphases of the specialists at the NATIONAL JOINT CENTRE, HEIDELBERG.

The use of an artificial joint, a so-called endoprosthesis, then, although beneficial for the affected patients, represents the last treatment option. The development and insertion of joint implants is a further emphasis of the specialists at the National Joint Centre, Heidelberg. Thus, it is guaranteed that patients also recover quickly where an endoprosthesis is provided, are able to return to their familiar routine and can enjoy their restored mobility for many years.

Shoulder and elbow surgery / sports traumatolog


  • Arthroscopic widening of the acromion for compression and calcification of the tendon
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff suture following tendon injury of the shoulder
  • Revision surgery for unsuccessful rotator cuff reconstruction
  • Muscle transfer for irreparable damage to the rotator cuff
  • Arthroscopic stabilisation techniques following shoulder luxation
  • Open bone block and reconstructive surgery for chronic instability
  • Fracture treatment for fresh injuries to the shoulder joint
  • Fresh and old separation of the acromioclavicular joint (Tossy injury)
  • Late-onset sequelae of fractures of the upper arm
  • Early-onset osteoarthritis of the shoulder, cartilage regeneration
  • Implantation of shoulder endoprostheses for osteoarthritis and following injury
  • Revision and replacement of anatomical and inverse shoulder prostheses


  • Arthroscopic excision of the joint body of the elbow
  • Mobility limitation of the elbow following fracture or previous surgery
  • Chronic elbow instability
  • Surgery for epicondylitis (tennis or golfer’s elbow)
  • Nerve compression at the elbow joint
  • Elbow prosthesis following osteoarthritis and injury sequelae

Non-surgical measures:

  • Differentiated diagnosis of shoulder pain and dysfunction
  • Shock wave therapy for tendon calcification of the shoulder

Hip and knee endoprosthetics

Range of services of Dr Scheller

  • Cement-free endoprosthesis of the hip joint for primary and secondary coxarthrosis and dysplasia coxarthrosis using a minimally invasive, muscle-preserving surgical technique, using extremely low-wear tribological pairing, Biolox Delta ceramic-ceramic, with the optimal biological compatibility and the longest life-time of the implanted hip prosthesis
  • Endoprosthetic replacement or partial replacement of the knee joint for primary or secondary osteoarthritis with corresponding malposition and limitation of mobility
  • Replacement surgery and revision surgery for loosening of hip or knee prostheses or prosthesis failure

Hip and knee surgery

Range of services of Prof. Schmitt
  • Hip joint arthroscopy with repair of damage to the labrum, treatment of cam and pincer deformities
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of osteoarthritis and damage to the hip joint due to overload, bursitis, tendon and muscular injuries
  • Partial replacement of the knee joint (sled prosthesis)
  • Total replacement of the knee joint
  • Changeover osteotomy
  • Patellar stabilisation
  • Anterior and posterior cruciate ligament replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic and open treatment of cartilage damage to the knee joint (chondrocyte transplantation)
  • Repair of meniscal damage
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of tendon (quadriceps and patellar tendons) and muscular injury to the knee joint
  • Ankle joint arthroscopy with treatment of cartilage damage and osteoarthritis (footballer's ankle)
  • Ligament instability in the ankle joint
  • Injury and overload damage to the Achilles tendon
  • Conservative treatment:
  • Injection treatment for overload damage and degeneration
  • Assessment of sports capability for competitive sports activity, for medical conditions and following injury

Foot surgery and pediatric orthopedics

Range of services of Dr Wenz

Reconstructive forefoot surgery

  • Hallux valgus
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Osteoarthritis of the first metatarso-phalangeal joint
  • Correction of hammer toe and claw toe, Haglund’s exostosis
  • Plantar fasciitis

Reconstructive hindfoot surgery for congenital and acquired deformities

  • Congenital clubfoot, particularly recurrent clubfoot surgery at all ages
  • Neurogenic foot deformities (clubfoot, hollowfoot, flat valgus foot, drop foot and talipes calcaneus)
  • Post-traumatic foot deformities, degenerative foot deformities (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
  • Diabetic foot, including Charcot’s foot

Lower extremity surgery for neuro-orthopedic diseases from childhood to adulthood

  • Neuropathies (HMSN/CMT)
  • Polio and post-polio syndrome following traumatic brain injury or cerebrovascular accident
  • Infantile cerebral palsy
  • Combined bony / soft-tissue multi-level procedures
  • Correction of contractures
  • Foot correction, spina bifida
  • Function-improving procedures to the knee / foot

Joint replacement / endoprosthetics

Range of services of Prof. Bitsch
  • Specialization in joint replacement / endoprosthetics
  • Conservative and surgical treatment of wear and tear (arthroses) of the hip and knee joint
  • Implantation of artificial hip joints, cementless, cemented, minimally invasive
  • Implantation of artificial knee joints, full and partial prostheses, minimally invasive
  • Exchange operations of knee and hip prostheses

Medical spectrum


  • Accidental injuries
  • Acromioclavicular joint fracture
  • Ahlback disease
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Baker's cyst
  • Biceps tendon injury
  • Bone fracture
  • Bone marrow edema
  • Bruise / Contusion
  • Bursitis
  • Bursitis of the calcaneal
  • Bursitis of the elbow
  • Bursitis of the hip
  • Bursitis of the knee
  • Bursitis of the shoulder
  • Calcaneal spur
  • Calcareous shoulder
  • Childhood bone fracture
  • Childhood knee injuries
  • Childhood sports injuries
  • Chondromalacia
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Claw toe
  • Clubfoot
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Coxarthrosis
  • Cubital osteoarthritis
  • Deformity of the toes
  • Dysmelia
  • Elbow pain
  • Exostoses
  • Fibromatosis
  • Flatfoot
  • Foot deformities
  • Foot disorder
  • Foot fracture
  • Fracture of the acetabulum
  • Fracture of the head of the humerus
  • Fracture of the patella
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Ganglion
  • Glenoid fracture
  • Golfers elbow
  • Gonarthrosis
  • Growth plate fracture
  • Haglund's disease
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Hallux valgus
  • Hammer toe
  • Heel pain
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip pain
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Inflammation of the Achilles tendon
  • Inflammation of the shoulder
  • ingrown nail (unguis incarnatus)
  • Injury to the shoulder
  • Joint disorders
  • Joint effusion
  • Knee joint pain
  • Knee pain
  • Knock knees and bow legs
  • Ledderhose disease (plantar fibromatosis)
  • Leg length difference
  • Ligament injury
  • Luxating patella
  • Luxation of the foot
  • Luxation of the hip
  • Luxation of the shoulder
  • Malalignment of toes
  • Meniscal damage
  • Meniscal tear
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Muscle fiber tear
  • Muscle strain
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Muscular disorders
  • Muscular pain
  • Nail diseases
  • Necrosis of the femoral head
  • Osseous necrosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Panaritium (nail bed inflammation)
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Perthes diseases
  • Pigeon toe
  • Polyarthrosis
  • Rib fracture
  • Ruptured Achilles' tendon
  • Ruptured cruciate ligaments
  • Scheuermann’s disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spasmodic torticollis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sulcus ulnaris syndrome
  • Supinator syndrome
  • Syndactyly
  • Tailor's bunion
  • Talar fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendon injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Torn ligament in the ankle
  • Torn ligament in the knee
  • Unstable pelvic injury
  • Therapies

  • ACP treatment
  • Ankle stiffness
  • Arthrolysis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Cartilage surgery
  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Cartilage treatment to the knee
  • Cheek bone correction
  • Corrective osteotomy
  • Cruciate ligament surgery
  • Elbow prosthesis
  • Foot surgery in children
  • Hip surgery
  • Joint-maintaining surgery
  • Knee ligament reconstruction
  • Knee specialist
  • Meniscal implant
  • Meniscus surgery
  • Minimal invasive hip surgery
  • Muscle transfer surgery
  • Osteosynthesis
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder joint-maintaining surgery
  • Shoulder prosthesis
  • Shoulder prosthesis revision
  • Sports medicine treatment
  • Sports surgery
  • Traumatology
  • Tumor orthopedics
  • Diagnostics

  • Arthroscopy of the hip
  • Digital volume tomography
  • Gait analysis
  • Directions



    Bismarckstrasse 9 – 15
    69115 Heidelberg

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