ATOS Orthoparc Clinic Cologne
Department of Endoprosthetics (389420)
Specialized in: endoprosthetics
About the department
The Department of Endoprosthetics at the ATOS ORTHOPARC Clinic Cologne offers the full range of services in this field and specializes in artificial knee and hip replacement. It has all the technical means and special implants of the world's best manufacturers for performing interventions even in the most difficult clinical situations. Also, the scope of tasks of the department’s surgeons includes revision interventions and treatment of periprosthetic fractures. The department is proud of its outstanding achievements and high level of treatment success, based on many years of experience and exceptional professionalism of doctors.
The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Schmidt, who has performed more than 10,000 operations to replace the knee and hip joints. He is an internationally recognized expert in his area of his specialization and has been helping people restore joint health for over 30 years.
Due to the continuous development of medical technologies and the use of advanced methods, the department achieves outstanding results in the field of knee and hip replacement surgery. In particular, knee joint replacement with an artificial one is performed in case of severe arthrosis, in which conservative treatment can no longer be effective. To achieve optimal results, individual factors, such as patient’s gender, height, weight and physical activities are necessarily taken into account when planning an operation.
The surgical methods used in the department make it possible to perform a more accurate installation of the prosthesis than when performing a CT-guided intervention. When performing knee replacement surgery, an unbound superficial prosthesis with the patient’s own ligaments is used as a standard prosthesis. To ensure safety, the prosthesis is secured with an additional gluing cement layer during the surgery. As international studies show, this implant is considered to be the best in respect of its long-term functionality: almost 99% of such implants retain their functionality after 10 years. In addition, in partial joint damage, there can be used a minimally invasive technique to implant an unicondylar sliding prosthesis. In other cases, in individual characteristics (for example, malformations, bone defects, ligament instability, etc.) special modular implants can help.
It should be noted that the specialists of the department not only strive to ensure high-quality surgical intervention, but also take care of the full postoperative recovery of the patient. In this regard, the department has implemented a specialized Rapid Recovery Program, which takes into account all the nuances of treating patients who have undergone knee or hip endoprosthetics. This rehabilitation program is a unique offer and allows the patient to recover in just a few days. It consists of four key elements, which include a special seminar for the patient at the preoperative stage aimed at providing him with comprehensive information about the upcoming procedure, risks, rehabilitation, etc., communication with the patients who have previously undergone a certain type of intervention or who have to undergo such treatment, early mobilization and individually adapted pain therapy. The Rapid Recovery Program helps to optimize the treatment process and provide speedy recovery for each patient.
The service range of th department:
- Minimally invasive implantation of hip joint endoprostheses according to the ASI method
- Full range of knee endoprosthetics
- Partial joint replacement surgery
- Unbound superficial joint replacement surgery
- Installation of partially bound prostheses
- Installation of modular prostheses
- Full range of revision knee and hip interventions (even in case of pronounced bone defects)
- Implantation of custom-made prostheses
- Treatment of fractures of knee and hip endoprostheses
- Treatment of infections in the hip and knee endoprosthesis
- Corrective knee osteotomy
- Corrective hip osteotomy
- Hip arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic and open interventions for femoroacetabular impingement
- Surgical treatment of hip dislocation
- Treatment of hip dysplasia and its complications (pelvic osteotomy)
- Chondrocyte implantation
- Suturing and reconstruction of the articular lip
- Minimally invasive tissue-preserving surgical procedures (DAA/AMIS)
- Unique Rapid Recovery Program
- Other therapeutic options
- 1976 - 1982 Study of Human Medicine at the University of Cologne.
- 1982 Doctoral dissertation defense at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne.
- 1994 Habilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne.
- 1997 Fellow (USA, Canada, UK) of the German, Austrian and Swiss Societies of Orthopedics and Traumatology.
- 2001 Extraordinary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cologne.
Both doctor’s experience and motivation contribute to his successful medical practice. He offers his patients a 30-year professional medical experience. During this time, he performed more than 10,000 operations in his area of specialization. Prof. Schmidt is one of the internationally recognized experts in the field of hip and knee replacement surgery. The therapeutic and surgical procedures that he applies in his medical practice are based exclusively on the highest international standards. All the treatment methods that he uses are based only on scientifically and clinically tested and recognized methods.
Membership in Professional Societies
German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma. Professional Association of Orthopedicians. Association of South German Orthopaedic Surgeons. Member of the Examination Committee of the Medical Association of North Rhine-Westphalia.
1983 Department of Sports Medicine, Bundeswehr Sports School in Warendorf. 1984 Advanced training in Surgery, Maria-Hilf Hospital Bergheim. 1985 - 1989 Training for a Medical Specialist , Department of Orthopedics, University of Cologne. 1989 - 1998 Senior Physician, Department of Orthopedics, University of Cologne. 1999 - 2010 Chief Physician and Medical Director of the Holy Trinity Clinic. 2004 - 2010 Contractual Practitioner and Medical Director of the Park-Clinic Cologne, Private Orthopedic Clinic. 2010 Foundation of the ATOS ORTHOPARC Clinic Cologne on the territory of the Holy Trinity Clinic. 2011 Opening of the ATOS ORTHOPARC Clinic Cologne, Junkersdorf. Since 2011, Medical Director and Chief Physician of the Department of Endoprosthetics at the ATOS ORTHOPARC Clinic Cologne.
Photo of the doctor: (c) ATOS Orthoparc Klinik Köln
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