Knee endoprosthesis / Top clinic in Germany, Friedrichshafen

Knee endoprosthesis – top clinic and low price in Germany

The implantation of a knee endoprosthesis is one of the routine surgeries at German orthopedic centers The board certified endoprosthesis center in Friedrichshafen is designed for 45 beds, including 6 intensive care beds. In the period from 2003 to 2009 about 3 000 implantations of knee endoprosthesis have been performed here.

The aim of knee arthroplasty is to reduce pain, restore joint function and improve the quality of life. The specialists of Friedrichshafen are devoted to the most secure and efficient techniques of knee replacement. The knee joint arthroplasty is performed in a sparing minimally invasive way. Great importance is given to the postoperative period and the patient's rehabilitation.

The following models of endoprosthesis are used for knee replacement at the Clinic of Friedrichshafen:

  • Oxford knee prosthesis
  • LINK
  • Smith-Nephew
  • Wright
  • Zimmer
  • NexGen mobile bearing

The experienced specialist selects the knee endoprosthesis model individually, taking into consideration the condition of the bone tissue and anatomical features of the knee.

Special attention is paid tot he materials of knee prosthesis. The partial or complete-knee prosthesis, which we use at our clinic, consists of a special cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy. The plastic parts are made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. Due to the excellent biocompatibility of these materials, allergies and side effects can be ruled out.

Indications for knee endoprosthesis

During the endoprosthesis surgery, the affected joint components are replaced with knee prosthesis („artificial joint“), repeating the form of healthy joint. The modern design of the knee joint prosthesis includes a femoral and tibial components. The newest technology involves the use of special stabilizers which play the role of the natural ligaments. The surgeon also inserts plastic liners that perform the function of cartilage and reduce friction and minimize the risk of the endoprosthesis fracture.

The knee endoprosthesis may be necessary in following cases:

  • Degenerative arthritis with the damage to the articular cartilage
  • Medial knee osteoarthritis (varus gonarthrosis)
  • Lateral knee osteoarthritis (valgus)
  • Osteoarthritis in the outer chamber of the knee
  • Osteoarthritis behind the kneecap (retropatellar osteoarthritis)
  • Osteoarthritis in the joint between the patella and femur

Depending on the disease and its severity, the specialist will select the best possible solution and treatment for the patient. Whether conservative treatment or surgery followed by rehabilitation – we offer our patients personalized attention.

Individual knee endoprosthesis at the Clinic of Friedrichshafen

Each knee is unique. It implies that each knee endoprosthesis should be performed individually. The Clinical Center of Friedrichshafen has the special system of computer planning. On the basis of the CT data, a virtual 3D model of the patient's knee is created and a so-called digital mold is produced, by means of which the implant is made.

Individual fitting is achieved due to the system of computer navigation, which is implemented during the surgery. Correct positioning and orientation help to reduce the bone preparation, prolong the service of the prosthesis and shorten the rehabilitation period. The following endoprosthesis types are implemented at Friedrichshafen Clinic:

  • Unicompartmental knee endoprosthesis - used to replace a part of the knee joint (internal or external condyle); This type of knee implant has a metal inlay in the thigh component with a polyethylene sliding on the opposite side of the tibia.
  • Total (bicondylar) knee endoprosthesis - used in considerable damage to the bone and ligament apparatus;
  • Hemicap knee endoprosthesis - small prosthesis in the form of a screw with a cap-component, used to replace ??the articular cartilage;

All these endoprosthesis modells imply minimally invasive surgery with maximum preservation of bone. The team of the orthopedic department closely cooperate with the specialists of the leading university clinics, which means that in each particular case only the safest techniques are implemented.

Oxford knee endoprosthesis: Unicompartmental knee replacement

The Oxford knee prosthesis from Biomet is known worldwide for over 30 years as a partial knee replacement technique with very good clinical results. The partial knee endoprosthesis replaces only one side of the natural knee joint and thus allows better preservation of healthy bone. The prosthesis consists of a femoral component, a mobile meniscus insert and a tibial component. The upper and lower leg component are made of a metal alloy, the meniscus application consists of a specially molded plastic.

The femoral component is designed as a spherical segment. The force generated when moving over a large area is gently spread over the meniscus. The movable meniscus insert slides on the tibial component, imitating the natural movement. The wear of the joint components is significantly reduced by this construction method.

If you think of the knee replacement surgery in Germany, please, contact our international office at the Clinical Center of Friedrichshafen for more information.

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Facts and Figures

  • 12000 outpatient
  • 2523 inpatients
  • 2500 surgeries
  • 735 arthroplasty of the joints of the hip, knee and shoulder
  • 1500 hand surgeries
Services

Orthopaedics

Joint treatment

Knee

Hip

Shoulder

Spinal column

Medical Staff

Prof MD Eugene Winter

Prof MD Eugene Winter
Head of the Orthopedic Department of Clinical center of Friedrichshafen

MD Norbert Heuer

MD Norbert Heuer
Head physician assistant

MD Christoph Kaiser

MD Christoph Kaiser
Senior physician

MD Rainer Schnell

MD Rainer Schnell
Senior physician

Ingrid Glauss

Ingrid Glauss
Medical secretary

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