Diseases & Therapies

Conditions and injuries of the entire musculoskeletal system we treat in both adults and children:

  • Degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system, such as arthrosis
  • Injuries caused by, for example, accidents or sports
  • Congenital anomalies such as, for example, scoliosis
  • Oncological and rheumatic diseases

Diagnostic Procedures

The Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the University Hospital Cologne offers a wide spectrum of diagnostic procedures in cooperation with the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and the Clinic and the Department of Nuclear Medicine:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scans) – including for patients with pacemakers – with field strengths of 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla
  • Special diagnostic procedures for children: MRI scans under general anesthetic
  • High-resolution Computed Tomography (CT) scans, multislice CT scans and CT scans with myelogram
  • CT-controlled punctures
  • PET/CT scans (Positron Emission Tomography)
  • Skeletal scintigraphy
  • Conventional diagnostic radiology and functional X-ray imaging
  • Laboratory tests

Therapeutic Procedures

We offer all of the therapeutic procedures available for treating orthopedic and trauma surgery indications – including conservative as well as surgical procedures. We primarily specialize in the following types of surgery:

  • Spinal surgery
  • Orthopedic tumors (sarcomas and metastases)
  • Elbow, hand and shoulder surgery 
  • Arthroscopy and endoprosthesis
  • Pediatric Orthopedics

Diagnostic and Treatment Technologies

Our department is equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology that allows us to perform Computer Guided Surgery, an area in which we have proven expertise. These systems help surgeons to position and align implants such as screws and prosthetic joints and to accurately perform tumor resections.

Our equipment at a glance

  • 3D image converter for creating 3D CT images during surgery
  • Brainlab (Curve) navigation systems used in conjunction with Siemens 3D image converters (Arcadis Orbic)
  • Operating microscopes
  • High-definition arthroscopy system
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