The formation of our hands and their universal capabilities is a process that is closely linked to the evolution of human culture. Our hands are consequently our most important tools and we heavily depend on their proper function. Our hands also never get a break and tend to be in constant use throughout our lives. This is why signs of degeneration, such as in the hand's bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments, are very common as we age.
At our hand consultation hours, patients with hand conditions are provided with the best possible advice and medical care by Prof. Dr. Lars P. Müller who has extensive clinical and scientific experience in the treatment of hand conditions and is highly respected in the field for his work.
Our treatment specializations at a glance
- Arthritis of the hand
- Thumb arthritis
- Wrist arthritis
- Chronic and acute ligament injury
- Tendon damage
- Nerve compression syndrome
- Nerve damage
- TFCC lesions
- All wrist and hand fractures
- Dislocation injuries of the wrist and hand
- Ligament ruptures on the hand
- Infections of the hand
- Post-traumatic mobility limitations
- Post-traumatic arthritis (degeneration)
Our treatment procedures at a glance
- Corrective osteotomies of the wrist
- Ulnar shortening osteotomy
- Ligament replacement for hand instability
- Minimal-invasive arthroscopic surgery
- Microsurgery (using an operating microscope)
- Open surgery
- Partial and complete fusion surgery
- Nerve transplants
The Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery has a long history of performing hand surgery. We have been intensively researching the complex structures of the hand and how they are affected by injury as well as the regenerative capacity of peripheral nerves through the use of microsurgery for many decades. Our extensive expertise allows us to offer patients with acute as well as chronic damage or deformities of the hand or wrist the best possible treatment and care. We furthermore have specialist expertise in the area of CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
One of our main areas of specialization is accident-related injuries to the wrist and hand. The complex structure of the hand with its numerous and dense array of vessels, nerves, joints, tendons and ligaments requires a highly developed level of expertise in order to preserve or restore function when treating injuries. In order to prevent any loss of function or chronic pain later on, it is furthermore essential for injuries to be identified and treated as quickly as possible, in particular after accidents.
Some of the most common degenerative conditions of the hand are various types of arthritis of the wrist and carpus, as well as of the finger joints or, for example, the base of the thumb (rhizarthrosis). Nerve compression syndromes such as, for example, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or compression syndromes such as ulnar nerve entrapment and ulnar tunnel syndrome furthermore cause significant loss of sensation, loss of function and pain.
Our department offers patients the full range of reconstructive procedures and our specialists are constantly working to develop new surgical methods to improve hand function and reduce post-surgery pain.