Joints are moving junctions between bones. All joints in a body are experiencing severe stress during the human life, leading to their gradual deterioration. Joint damage causes different problems, from mild complaints when walking up to acute pains even at rest. Artificial hip replacement surgery or knee replacement surgery implant can help to eliminate pain and restore freedom of movement when conservative treatments are no longer effective. The joint replacement cost is not low in Germany, but not as high as in Switzerland or Austria.
Joint replacement in Germany is one of the most successful types of surgery. Doctors in Germany have more than 40 years of experience in the installation of prostheses. Surgeons in Germany perform more than 170 000 joint replacement operations annually. The specialists try to keep the natural joint as long as possible. Arthroscopy is a type of surgery that allows to keep the patient's own joint.
The decision to install prosthesis is accepted only in case of a significant joint destruction, causing severe pain to the patient. In Germany, joint replacement procedure is usually performed by experienced surgeons with the help of modern medical equipment. The quality of implants also plays an important role. Constant research is held in medical institutions in Germany in order to develop effective operative methods and new types of prostheses.
In Germany joint replacement is carried out with the help of computer navigation and minimally invasive surgery. These methods allow to better protect the tissue during the replacement, to reduce the risk of complications and the patient's recovery time.
Today any kind of joint can be replaced in Germany: there're prostheses for hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, finger and toe joints. All the damaged parts are removed during the operation and replaced by a set of plastic, metal or other materials. Complete (total) or partial hip replacement (for example, surface arthroplasty) can be performed depending on the state and degree of bone destruction.
In Germany, fixing the artificial part is done either by bone cement or using cementless fixation with bone ingrowth into the endoprosthesis. Hip replacement with a cementless fixation is primarily used if the bone is not badly damaged, which is often the case with younger patients. A combined method of fixation might also be used in Germany.
Individual selection of the optimum treatment and the type of prosthesis depends primarily on the condition of the particular patient. Accurate diagnosis including x-rays and MRI is carried out by the experts in Germany a few weeks before the operation. VISIONAIRE technology selection of individual endoprosthesis is often used in Germany. It guarantees comfort and maximum durability of the artificial joint.
Clinics in Germany use only the proven prostheses of high quality, which are usually manufactured in Germany, Switzerland or America. High-quality implants account for biocompatibility, durability, longevity, good biomechanics and the use of durable materials resistant to friction. Prostheses are usually made up of two different materials. They can combine steel, cobalt-chromium alloys, titanium alloys, plastics and ceramics. New advanced materials, such as high quality polyethylene are constantly developed and applied in Germany to reduce friction between the moving parts of the prosthesis.
Various modern coatings are used to optimize the ingrowth of the prosthesis, e.g. hydroxyapatite, plasma spraying, bone morphogenetic protein or silicified silane coating. In Germany anti-infective coatings such as silver or copper, having antimicrobial activity and low toxicity are used in patients with high risk of infection. Continuous improvement of materials allows extending the life of prostheses, which ranges from 15 to 25 years.
After the joint replacement surgery, German clinics usually recommend their patients to undergo a course of rehabilitation, which lasts 2 to 3 weeks. Hip or knee replacement recovery is crucially important for further mobility. It is an important part of joint replacement treatment in Germany. Modern technology considerably reduces the duration of recovery after the replacement procedure, so that patients can very soon return to their normal life and even do sports. Moderate sport loads help to accelerate natural bone restoration and strengthen the muscles supporting the joint.
Modern joint replacement in Germany provides patients with an opportunity to completely get rid of pain and return to an active life. Durability and reliability of prostheses allow to maintain the freedom of movement and to preserve the mobility for a long time.
The department of traumatology, orthopedics and prosthetics at the Friedrichshafen clinic performs all types of artificial joint replacement, e.g. primary hip replacement (total prosthesis, complete replacement, short-stem prosthesis cap prosthesis, and minimally invasive prosthetics), knee, shoulder and elbow replacement, hip replacement, using BHR (Birmingham hip resurfacing) method etc.
Orthopedic surgeons, working under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Eugen Winter, are acknowledged experts in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system. They have gained enormous clinical experience in performing such surgery both for young patients and for older age groups. Using high-quality materials, minimally invasive surgical techniques and different ways of fixing the components of the (endo)prosthesis belong to the special range of services at the Friedrichshafen clinic.
Due to the extensive professional knowledge, experience and the availability of modern medical equipment, the Friedrichshafen specialists are able to perform artificial joint replacements even in the most severe cases of complex osteoarthritis, deformity of the foot, the difference in leg length, joint instability structure, local tissue defects, low bone quality, implant intolerance, neurological diseases, a large number of comorbidities, as well as systemic diseases (rheumatoid, osteoporosis).
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