The department of trauma medicine, orthopaedics and endoprosthetics under orthopaedic surgeon Prof. E. Winter, is responsible for the treatment of orthopaedic disorders and accidents. The Center for joint replacement is a leading German orthopedic institution which performs the minimally invasive joint surgeries with computer navigation. Endoprothesis replacement at the Friedrichshafen Clinic is performed at the highest technological level of modern orthopedic medicine. We are certified by the German Association for Trauma Medicine as a specialist clinic of the "Lake Constance-Upper Swabia Trauma Network". Annually, over 20,000 out-patients and over 3,000 in-patients are treated in the orthopaedic unit of our clinic in Friedrichshafen, Germany. We perform over 3,000 joint replacements annually, including knee-, hip-, and shoulder replacement.
Besides the treatment of injuries and all types of orthopaedic disorders, our orthopaedic unit is particularly focused on endoprosthetic hip and knee replacement surgery. We carry out over 700 orthopaedic hip and knee replacements and revision surgery procedures annually.
Sport orthopaedics and foot surgery are also specialist areas of our orthopaedic department in Friedrichshafen, Germany and include arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hips, ankles and feet. In the orthopaedic unit, we also treat acute spinal injuries and vertebral body fractures resulting from osteoporosis and a range of other orthopaedic disorders.
Besides primary operations performed in the orthopaedic unit, we also perform around 70 revision procedures annually, mostly on orthopaedic patients referred from elsewhere. Thanks to the trust of our patients and the referring physicians, the annual number of orthopaedic operations performed at our clinic in Germany has risen from 1,500 (2003) to over 3,200 in 2012.
Together with the orthopaedic clinics in Tübingen and Stuttgart, our head physician, orthopaedic surgeon, Prof. Winter, is authorised to train surgeons in the areas of basic surgery, conservative joint therapy, orthopaedics, trauma medicine and specialist trauma medicine".
Our clinic in Germany is the academic training hospital of the Tübingen University and the Surgical Clinic II is involved in the academic and practical training of medical students.
The joint replacement cost depends on many factors and is calculated individually. The price of hip replacement in Germany already comprises the cost of modern, high-quality prosthesis materials. The hip joint implants perfectly replicate the features of natural human joints. As a result the implants are not rejected by the body and provide good joint mobility.
The price of joint replacement surgery in Germany is usually much more attractive than in Great Britain or in the USA; at the same time German clinics offer the same or even the better quality.
The cost for endoprosthesis replacement varies in different German regions. It depends on specific patient's health condition as well as on complexity of the surgical intervention.
The approximate cost of knee and hip joint replacement in Germany, Great Britain and the USA is:
|Treatment in Germany: The range of medical services||The Friedrichshafen Clinic||Munich Clinics||Great Britain||USA|
|Hip joint replacement||from €17.400 / $19.500||from €25.100 / $28.130||from £14.000 / $18.600||$50,000 - $100,000|
|Knee joint replacement||from €16.700 / $18.700||from €26.500 / $29.700||from £11.700 / $15.600||$40,000 - $80,000|
Trauma medicine of the musculoskeletal system: Surgical and conservative therapy of orthopaedic disorders (bone fractures, joint and muscle injuries). Our clinic in Germany is always ready to deal with accidents and orthopaedic emergencies.
Besides treating injuries and orthopaedic disorders of all kinds, our orthopaedic department also specialises in the insertion of hip, knee and shoulder endoprosthetics – approx. 700 orthopaedic procedures of this nature are performed at our clinic in Germany every year.
In a total hip replacement, the femoral head and neck are removed and a shaft is attached to the femur, a durable method that is used in about 85% of patient in orthopaedic procedures. In the case of cap prosthetics, the femoral head and neck remain intact, thereby also retaining the normal biomechanics of the hip. This has great advantages from an orthopaedic point of view: retention of bone, normal load-bearing of the hip. Good bone quality is a prerequisite. It is used in about 15% of orthopaedic patients with arthritic hips. The long-term results of the BHR original McMinn prosthetics used in our orthopaedic unit are excellent – and this has also been scientifically verified.
Knee replacement surgery is performed when orthopaedic patients suffer from constant, unbearable pain. In 90% of cases in our orthopaedic unit in Germany, surface prosthetics are preferred. The damaged surfaces are removed and “crowned” with a new surface. In less than 10% of cases, sliding prosthetics or hinge prosthetics are used. Our orthopaedic unit has years of experience with all types of prosthetics with excellent, long-term scientifically verified results.
In our orthopaedic unit, shoulder prosthetics are used for:
Our orthopaedic unit has had excellent scientifically verified results with shoulder replacement surgery in the last 10 years.
The classical surgical procedures performed in the orthopaedic unit of our clinic in Germany are supported by the latest orthopaedic materials, some of which stem from burn medicine.
In the case of permanent implants in orthopaedics and other areas of medicine (breasts, wrinkles, joints) we only work with accredited suppliers.
In our orthopaedic department, we prefer minimally invasive techniques – key-hole surgery. In orthopaedics, arthroscopy is used to examine the joints.