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Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich

location_on Munich, Germany
10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery and Foot Surgery (580014)

Johannes Beckmann

Prof. Dr. med.

Johannes Beckmann

Specialized in: orthopedics, traumatology, spinal surgery, foot surgery

About the Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery and Foot Surgery at Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery and Foot Surgery at the Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich ranks among the top German medical facilities in treating orthopedic diseases and spinal surgery!

The department carries out comprehensive examinations and effectively treats musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. The department has about 130 beds for its patient hospitalization. Doctors annually admit more than 4,000 patients for inpatient treatment. Several thousand surgical interventions of varying complexity are performed on the basis of the medical facility annually. The department offers the services of the certified Maximum Care Joint Replacement Surgery Center (EPZmax) and the certified Trauma Center. In addition, the department's specialists have vast experience in treating spinal and foot pathologies. The main goal of the department's doctors is to restore mobility and eliminate pain. The specialists always prefer an individual approach to each patient and his clinical case. The Head Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Beckmann.

The priority focus of the department's work is hip and knee replacement surgery. The certified Maximum Care Joint Replacement Surgery Center (EPZmax) has 20 years of successful clinical experience in its area of ​​specialization. The department performs more than 2,600 joint replacement surgeries annually. Doctors use modern surgical techniques to treat joint diseases and implant reliable prostheses from leading world manufacturers with long service life. Particular attention should be given to the professionalism of surgeons, who select the optimal type of surgical intervention, considering a patient's individual needs and clinical characteristics.

Hip and knee replacement surgery is mostly performed using minimally invasive techniques, which contributes to the shortest possible rehabilitation period. As a rule, the duration of the intervention is no more than 1 hour. Joint replacement surgery can be performed both under general and regional anesthesia. Due to the minimal size of the incisions, the patient does not experience severe pain and can start therapeutic exercises on the day of the operation. The period of hospitalization after the operation is only 3-7 days, followed by professional rehabilitation in a specialized medical facility. The department's surgeons also successfully perform revision endoprosthetics (replacement of previously implanted prostheses) caused by the displacement of the elements of the prosthesis, its wear, infection, etc.

An integral part of the work of the department's doctors is medical care for patients with musculoskeletal injuries, including severe ones. Treatment is carried out in a specialized center, which is part of the group of centers of the German Society for Trauma Surgery. The main focus is on treating injuries in the elderly, which require a comprehensive and competent approach. The scope of the department's tasks also includes the treatment of sports injuries. Doctors often perform surgical treatment: osteosynthesis, screw fixation, sacroplasty, and operations for traumatic injuries to the abdominal cavity and chest (in collaboration with specialized surgeons). As a rule, minimally traumatic surgical treatment becomes an option of choice.

The department's doctors also have vast experience in treating spinal diseases. The most common in clinical practice are spinal stenosis, spinal disc herniation, osteochondrosis, vertebral fractures, spondylolisthesis, and spinal injuries. Initially, the department's specialists try to solve the problem with conservative methods. Still, if an operation is necessary, they use all the advanced achievements of medicine, particularly navigation systems, which allow achieving maximum accuracy during the operation without damaging the vital spinal structures.

The department's therapeutic offer includes the treatment of foot diseases. The medical facility treats hallux valgus, hallux rigidus, hammer and claw toes, ankle instability, and traumatic injuries to the bones and foot cartilage. In some clinical cases, doctors conduct only conservative therapy, but if surgery is required, then arthroscopic techniques are usually used, excluding long postoperative recovery. When developing a treatment regimen, the specialists are guided by the recommendations of the German Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (DAF).

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Orthopedics
    • Diagnostics and treatment of hip diseases
      • Hip replacement surgery, including minimally invasive techniques
      • Hip arthroscopy
      • Femoral head necrosis surgery
      • Corrective osteotomy
    • Diagnostics and treatment of knee diseases
      • Knee replacement surgery
      • Surgery for axial deformities of the lower limbs: O-shaped and X-shaped
      • Surgery for cartilage lesions
    • Diagnostics and treatment of shoulder diseases
      • Conservative treatment and surgery for shoulder impingement syndrome
      • Conservative treatment and surgery for calcific tendonitis
      • Conservative treatment and surgery for rotator cuff tears
      • Surgery for shoulder instability
      • Conservative treatment and shoulder replacement surgery in arthrosis
  • Traumatology
    • Diagnostics and treatment of bone fractures of the upper and lower limbs, and pelvis
    • Diagnostics and treatment of osteoporotic fractures
    • Diagnostics and treatment of sports injuries: ligament, cartilage and meniscal injuries
    • Diagnostics and treatment of abdominal, chest, head and spinal injuries (in interdisciplinary collaboration)
  • Surgical treatment of spinal pathologies
    • Diagnostics and treatment of spinal diseases
      • Conservative and surgical (minimally invasive surgery) treatment of spinal disc herniation
      • Conservative treatment of osteochondrosis
      • Surgical treatment of osteochondrosis: implantation of artificial intervertebral discs and stabilizing interventions
      • Conservative treatment of infectious spinal lesions
      • Conservative and surgical treatment (minimally invasive decompression) of spinal stenosis
      • Conservative treatment of vertebral fractures
      • Surgical treatment of vertebral fractures, including minimally invasive interventions: stabilizing interventions
      • Conservative and surgical treatment of spondylolisthesis (vertebral displacement)
  • Surgical treatment of foot pathologies
    • Diagnostics and treatment of foot and ankle diseases 
      • Surgical treatment of tarsal pathologies: feet with a flat transverse arch, hallux valgus, and hammer toes
        • Combined surgery with soft tissue (tendons) and bone repair
      • Middle and posterior foot surgery for arthrosis, injuries or age-related changes
      • Upper ankle surgery for ligament injuries or degenerative processes
        • Reconstructive interventions with autologous tissues
        • Minimally invasive interventions (arthroscopy)
        • Ankle replacement surgery in arthrosis
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Beckmann

In May 2022, Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Beckmann headed the Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery and Foot Surgery at the Brothers of Mercy Hospital Munich. He succeeded Prof. Werner Plötz, who led the department for 22 years, having made it one of the best medical facilities of this kind in Germany.

Prof. Beckmann received his medical education at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The doctor also passed his specialized United States Medical Licensing Examination for foreigners. This was followed by his two-year internship at the Orthopedic Clinic Bad Abbach of the University of Regensburg and his admission to medical practice. Then Prof. Johannes Beckmann held the position of an Assistant Physician in the Department of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery in the interdisciplinary Department of Emergency Care at the Hospital Solothurn, Switzerland. In 2006, the specialist returned to the Orthopedic Clinic Bad Abbach of the University of Regensburg, where he first worked as an Assistant Physician. The doctor had his board certification in 2009. The same year, he was appointed as a Senior Physician and completed his habilitation. In 2010, Prof. Beckmann became a Professor at the University of Regensburg, where he lectures to this day. In 2012, the doctor changed to the Sports Clinic Stuttgart and held the position of the Head of the Joint Replacement Center, where he gained invaluable experience in this field. From 2015 to March 2022, he worked as a Head Physician at this hospital.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Barmherzige Brüder Krankenhaus München

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