Prof. - Philipp Drees - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -

Prof. Philipp Drees

Specialist for Foot surgery and ankle surgery, Hip endoprosthetics, Rheumatology, Elbow surgery, Hand surgery, Hip surgery, Pediatric orthopedics, Knee surgery, Sports traumatology, Shoulder surgery, Spinal surgery, Trauma surgery, Orthopedics, Knee endoprosthetics, Sports surgery, Sports Orthopedics in Mainz

Prof. - Philipp Drees - Foot surgery and ankle surgery -
Prof. Drees has an unusually high level of expertise. He is not only a specialist in foot and ankle surgery, he has also specialized in hip, elbow and knee surgery - and in endoprosthetics, which he also performs at university level. He also has an impressive track record in pediatric orthopedics.

Special Clinical Focus

  • Hip endoprosthetics and revision endoprosthetics
  • Knee endoprosthetics and revision endoprosthetics
  • Spinal surgery
  • Tumor orthopedics
  • Osteoporosis / rheumatism
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Sports orthopedics

About us

Professor Dr. med. Philipp Drees, specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery, orthopedic rheumatology and special orthopedic surgery, has been the Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Rheumatic Orthopedics since 2014 and Director of the Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (ZOU) of the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz since April 1st, 2020. He was previously Clinic Director and Chief Physician of the Centre for Trauma Surgery and Orthopedics at the Middle Rhine Foundation Hospital.

The diagnosis, treatment and follow-up treatment of all medical conditions and injuries of the musculoskeletal system are provided by a large number of highly specialized experts at the Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery of the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Several departments with specific tasks, surgical techniques or patient characteristics have been defined, founded and certified by prestigious institutions (ClaCert, OnkoCert, iQCert, etc.).

Professor Philipp Drees’ clinical and scientific emphases are on the surgical and conservative treatment of inflammatory, degenerative and benign as well as malignant tumorous joint and spinal conditions, as well as revision surgery for these conditions. The fields of the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic bone conditions and geriatric medicine are also among his emphases. The entire range of conditions and injuries to the musculoskeletal system is treated at the highest standard, on an interdisciplinary basis.

Around 400,000 hip and knee endoprostheses are implanted in Germany annually. In 2017, Professor Drees initiated the PROMISE (PROcess optiMIzation by interdisciplinary and cross-SEctor care in patients with hip and knee endoprostheses) Project, with the objective of optimizing the quality of care for hip and knee endoprostheses, from the initial examination and the surgical procedure to the patient’s discharge from the hospital.

Gentler surgical techniques, better anesthetic techniques and more rapid patient mobilization contribute toward a speedier rehabilitation for patients and toward a more active involvement in their own recovery process and hence they also have a briefer period of hospitalization. The Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery of University Medicine in Mainz is the first German University hospital to be able to call itself a “Rapid Recovery Hospital”.

The University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz represents an extensive integration of health care, research and teaching. As the only University Medical Center in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate we offer tomorrow‘s medicine now – because we ensure that knowledge from cutting-edge medical research is rapidly delivered to the patient. Working together in exemplary interdisciplinary fashion, numerous specialists in sixty clinical departments, institutes and divisions treat more than 340,000 people every year on an inpatient and outpatient basis. We educate more than 3,400 students in human medicine and dentistry as well as more than 620 young people in most diverse medical, commercial and technical professions. Almost 8,000 employees are jointly focused on one common goal: Our Expertise for Your Health!

  endoCert   Zertifikat DKG     RapidRecovery

Diagnostic Services

  • Ultrasound diagnostics of the hips for infants and young children
  • MotionLab
  • All areas of diagnostic radiology (including MRI, CT, etc.) and nuclear medicine (scintigraphy, etc.) in collaboration with the respective in-house departments

Therapeutic Services

  • Infiltration therapy to the spinal column and to all joints of the musculoskeletal system
  • Surgical treatment of unilateral and bilateral knee and hip prostheses in the in-house Surgery Department
  • Surgical treatment of the entire spinal column
  • Cruciate ligament and meniscus surgery
  • Shoulder surgery including endoprosthetic treatment (TEP)
  • Physical therapy and ergotherapy in collaboration with the IPTPR including outdoor gym
  • Conservative and special pain therapy (24/7 pain service) in collaboration with the Anesthesiology Department
  • All areas of interventional radiology and nuclear medicine (including radiosynoviorthesis) in collaboration with the respective in-house departments

Medical spectrum


  • Accidental injuries
  • Acromioclavicular joint fracture
  • Ahlback disease
  • Ankle fracture
  • Ankle pain
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Baker's cyst
  • Biceps tendon injury
  • Bone fracture
  • Bone marrow edema
  • Bruise / Contusion
  • Burn(s)
  • 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
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Cervical spinal disk herniation
  • Childhood bone fracture
  • Childhood knee injuries
  • Childhood nerve cancer
  • Childhood sports injuries
  • Chondrocalcinosis of the wrist (CPPD)
  • Chondromalacia
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Claw toe
  • Clubfoot
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Coxarthrosis
  • Cubital osteoarthritis
  • Deformity of the toes
  • Distal fracture of the radius
  • Dupuytren's contracture / disease
  • Dysmelia
  • Elbow pain
  • Exostoses
  • Femoral neck fracture
  • Fibromatosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Finger fracture
  • Finger joint arthrosis
  • Flat Back Syndrome (post-op)
  • 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
  • Hip prosthesis loosening
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Inflammation of the Achilles tendon
  • Inflammation of the shoulder
  • ingrown nail (unguis incarnatus)
  • Injury to the shoulder
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration
  • Joint disorders
  • Joint effusion
  • Joint injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Kienboecks Disease (Lunatomalacia)
  • Knee joint pain
  • Knee pain
  • Knee prosthesis loosening
  • Knock knees and bow legs
  • Kyphosis
  • Ledderhose disease (plantar fibromatosis)
  • Leg length difference
  • Ligament injury
  • Lumbago
  • Lumbar spinal pain
  • Luxating patella
  • Luxation of the foot
  • Luxation of the hip
  • Luxation of the shoulder
  • Malalignment of toes
  • Meniscal damage
  • Meniscal tear
  • Meralgia paraesthetica
  • Metacarpal fracture (Midhand bone fracture)
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Muscle fiber tear
  • Muscle strain
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Muscular disorders
  • Muscular pain
  • Nail diseases
  • Necrosis of the femoral head
  • Nerve cancer
  • Nerve compression
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osseous necrosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Panaritium (nail bed inflammation)
  • Paralyses
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Pelvic fracture
  • Perthes diseases
  • Pigeon toe
  • Polyarthritis
  • Polyarthrosis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Polytrauma / Multitrauma / Multiple trauma
  • Postnucleotomy syndrome
  • Posttraumatic kyphosis
  • Pseudarthrosis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Rhizarthritis
  • Rib fracture
  • Ruptured Achilles' tendon
  • Ruptured cruciate ligaments
  • Scaphoid fracture
  • Scheuermann’s disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spasmodic torticollis
  • Spinal canal disorders
  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Spinal conditions
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal cord tumor
  • Spinal disk herniation
  • Spinal distortion
  • Spinal fracture
  • Spinal instability
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylodiskitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylopathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sulcus ulnaris syndrome
  • Supinator syndrome
  • Swan-neck deformity
  • Syndactyly
  • Tailor's bunion
  • Talar fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendon injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tethered cord syndrome
  • TFCC lesion (cartilage damage on the wrist)
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Torn ligament in the ankle
  • Torn ligament in the knee
  • Trigger finger
  • Unstable pelvic injury
  • Whiplash injury
  • Wrist fracture (Broken wrist)


  • ACP treatment
  • Ankle stiffness
  • Arthrolysis
  • Arthroscopy
  • Back pain rehabilitation
  • Back pain treatment
  • Bone substitution
  • Cartilage surgery
  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Cartilage treatment to the knee
  • Cheek bone correction
  • Complications for artificial hip joints
  • Corrective osteotomy
  • Cruciate ligament surgery
  • Customized knee prosthesis
  • Elbow prosthesis
  • Endoprostheses
  • Endoprosthesis rehabilitation
  • Following the implantation of the artificial hip joint
  • Foot surgery in children
  • Hand surgery in children
  • Hip prosthesis
  • Hip rehabilitation
  • Hip replacement revision
  • Hip surgery
  • Hip TEP (Total hip endoprosthesis)
  • Intervertebral disk surgery
  • Joint-maintaining surgery
  • Knee ligament reconstruction
  • Knee prosthesis
  • Knee rehabilitation
  • Knee replacement revision
  • Knee specialist
  • Knee TEP
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Meniscal implant
  • Meniscus surgery
  • Minimal invasive (intervertebral) disk surgery
  • Minimal invasive hip surgery
  • Muscle transfer surgery
  • Nerve reconstruction
  • Neuromodulator
  • Neuronavigation
  • Neurosurgical pain treatment
  • Osteosynthesis
  • Percutaneous nucleotomy
  • Percutaneous spinal surgery
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder joint-maintaining surgery
  • Shoulder rehabilitation
  • Sled / sledge prosthesis
  • Spinal correction
  • Spinal stabilization
  • Spine stabilization surgery using cage
  • Spondylodesis
  • Sports medicine treatment
  • Sports surgery
  • TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Traumatology
  • Tumor orthopedics


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

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Medical care by the Chief Physician (or his representative)
  • Accommodation for a companion where required
  • Individual catering (for diets, intolerances, …)
  • Electronic height-adjustable comfort bed
  • Patient lounge room with large flat screen television for shared mealtimes and leisure activities
  • Wellness area for older patients in collaboration with the in-house Department of Acute Geriatrics
  • Park with benches and fountains within walking distance
  • Individual endoprosthetics for the knee, hips and pelvis
  • Weekly patient seminar including gait training for optimal preparation for endoprosthetic provision
  • Orthopedic Engineering and Medical Store are within walking distance on the grounds of the University of Mainz and provide our in-patients with the required medical aids as required
  • Special consultations for the respective treatment emphases
  • 24/7 emergency admission
  • Accident insurance consultant procedures
The Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery of University Medicine in Mainz is also proud to be an international teaching hospital in the field of individual endoprosthetics and rapid recovery.



University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz – Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Langenbeckstraße 1
55131 Mainz

Phone: +49 6131 4899004
Landline at local rates

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