Academic Hospital Merheim Cologne

Cologne, Germany

Ankle arthroscopy for foot arthritis (program ID: 276557)

Bertil Bouillon

Prof. Dr. med.

Bertil Bouillon

Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology and Sport Traumatology

Specialized in: traumatology, orthopedics

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Special directions of the Department guarantees the medicine of the highest quality standards from a single source for all the areas of orthopedics, emergency surgery and sports traumatology.

The main directions of the Department are:

  • Treatment of injuries (treatment of polytrauma and fractures, incl. pelvis and spine fractures)
  • Joint replacement, endoprosthesis (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, incl. prostheses replacement)
  • Sports Traumatology and arthroscopic surgery (meniscus damage, cruciate ligament injuries, cartilage transplantation, shoulder and ankle injury, Achilles tendon rupture)
  • Department of the professional cooperative Bergmannsheil Bochum University Hospital of Cologne
  • Treatment of osteomyelitis (infected fractures, osteosynthesis, endoprosthesis)
  • Surgery of tumors (soft tissue and bone tumors)
  • Center for Ambulatory Surgery (ambulatory surgery center in Cologne-Merheim, arthroscopy, ligament injury, minor surgery)
  • Emergency Surgery
  • (location – 8 rescue helicopters NEF, NEF 9)
  • Central Emergency Room
  • Intensive Care Medicine (interdisciplinary intensive care unit)
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: removal of metal/ foreign body
  • Emergency and Reconstructive surgery: reconstruction/ ligament plastic
  • Emergency and Reconstructive surgery: joint replacement/ arthroplasty
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: septic bone surgery
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of osteitis
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of head injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of neck injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of chest injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of injuries in lumbosacral area, of lumbar spine and pelvis
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of injuries of the limb girdle and shoulder
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of elbow and radius injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of wrist and hand injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of hip joint and thigh injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of knee knee and lower leg injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle injuries
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: diagnosis and treatment of other injuries
  • Thoracic Surgery: surgery due to chest injury
  • Thoracic Surgery: thoracoscopic intervention
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: pressure bed sore treatment
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: amputation surgery
  • Emergency and reconstructive surgery: spine surgery
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: foot surgery
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: hand surgery
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: shoulder joint surgery
  • Emergency and Reconstructive Surgery: sports medicine/ sports traumatology
  • Neurosurgery: surgery of degenerative and traumatic injuries of the neck, chest, lumbar spine
  • Neurosurgery: surgery of the movement disorders
  • Neurosurgery: surgery of the peripheral nerves
  • Neurosurgery: surgery of chronic pain associated diseases
  • Neurosurgery: surgical and intensive care ambulance in case of craniocerebral traumas
  • Neurosurgery: spine surgery
  • General Surgery: minimally invasive endoscopic surgical procedures, arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder, hip and finger joints, as well as the thoracoscopic treatment of spinal fractures
  • General Surgery: plastic reconstructive surgery
  • General Surgery: special outpatient care
  • General Surgery: arthroscopic surgery
  • General medicine: surgical intensive medicine
  • General Surgery: Emergency Medicine
  • Surgical Intensive Care Medicine: main directions in the field of orthopedics
  • Diagnosis and treatment of arthropathy
  • Diagnosis and treatment of deformities of the spine and back
  • Diagnosis and treatment of spondylopathy
  • Diagnosis and treatment of other diseases of the spine and back
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of muscles
  • Diagnosis and treatment of disorders of synovium and tendon
  • Diagnosis and treatment of other diseases of soft tissues
  • Diagnosis and treatment of osteopathy and chondropathy
  • Diagnosis and treatment of skeletal muscle and connective tissue
  • Diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the musculoskeletal locomotor system
  • Pediatric orthopedics in collaboration with the Children's Hospital in the Amsterdamer Street
  • Special outpatient care
  • Endoprosthesis
  • Foot surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Rheuma surgery
  • Pain management/ multimodal pain management
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Sports medicine/ sports traumatology
  • Traumatology (traumatic surgery)
  • Removing of metal/ foreign bodies
  • Spinal surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgical procedures (knee, shoulder, hip, and other joints arthroscopic surgical procedures)

The main directions in the field of pediatrics:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of (congenital) rheumatic diseases
  • Diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders in infancy, childhood and at school age
  • Children traumatology in collaboration with the Children's Hospital in the Amsterdamer Street
  • Diagnosis and treatment of growth disorders

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood​
    • indicators of inflammation (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • x-ray examination of the foot
  • CT/MRI scan of the foot
  • preoperative care
  • ankle arthroscopy for foot arthritis
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • physiotherapeutic procedures
  • orthopedic appliances
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation in 2 bedded room 
  • explanation of future recommendations
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About hospital

The Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim is part of the University of Cologne. Besides a wide range of treatment of diseases presented in the clinic, the hospital specializes in the following areas: ophthalmology, radiology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics and traumatology and so on. The Academic Hospital Cologne-Merheim specializes in the application of minimally invasive technologies and meets the strict criteria of modern medicine.

Accommodation in hospital

Patients rooms

The kid rooms have everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kid bathroom includes both a toilet and a shower. All rooms offer functional beds with orthopaedic mattresses ensuring unsurpassed support for overall body during sleep. There are bedside stands with pull-out tables, lockers and safe boxes in each room. It is also possible to access the Internet from a PC, smartphone or tablet so that kids always keep in touch with their parents and other family members. There is also a TV in each room.
You can opt for a single or a double room. An accompanying person may stay with the kid in the room. A double room is shared with another patient.
The enhanced comfort rooms are equipped with a safety box, a fridge and upholstered furniture.

Meals and Menus

The patient and the accompanying person are offered a daily choice of three menus. If you are on a specific diet for any reason, you will be offered an individual menu. Please inform the medical staff about your dietary preferences prior to the treatment.

Further details

Standard rooms include:






Christian priests are available for the patients at any time. Representatives of other religions may be requested at any time.

Accompanying person

Your companion may stay with you in your room or at a hotel of your choice during the fixed program.


You may stay at the hotel during the outpatient program. Our employees will support you for selecting the best option.