Bundeswehr Academic Hospital Berlin

location_on Berlin, Germany
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Department of Traumatology, Orthopedics and Septic Reconstructive Surgery (570195)

Christian Willy

Prof. Dr. med.

Christian Willy

Specialized in: traumatology, orthopedics, septic reconstructive surgery

About the department

The Department of Traumatology, Orthopedics and Septic Reconstructive Surgery at the Bundeswehr Academic Hospital Berlin offers the full range of modern therapeutic techniques for the treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The special areas of the department’s specialization include the joint replacement with revision surgery, sports and geriatric traumatology, knee and shoulder surgery, forefoot surgery, treatment of complicated infections of soft tissues, joints and endoprostheses, closure of soft tissue defects (septic and reconstructive surgery). In collaboration with the Departments of Vascular Surgery and Dermatology, the department treats complicated and chronic wounds in patients with wound healing disorders (within the certified center). The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Christian Willy.

The department's specialists follow the advanced international treatment standards and consider the use of state-of-the-art surgical equipment and proven sparing methods, in particular, the capabilities of minimally invasive surgery, to be the key to their successful clinical practice. If it is necessary to perform joint replacement surgery, the department's doctors pay due attention to the selection of the most optimal surgical technique and endoprostheses, and also, the individual needs and wishes of the patient are always taken into account. Such operations involve the computer navigation devices, which allow to place the prosthesis as precisely as possible.

It should be noted that the department's medical team has managed to achieve the excellent results in the treatment of injuries of varying severity. The department is a certified regional Trauma Center and is also part of the prestigious Trauma Network in Berlin.

In addition, the department offers the treatment with percutaneous and bone-implanted prosthetic systems (endo-/exoprostheses) for the patients after amputation. The use of this technology involves the implantation of a strong mechanism into the bone, which is brought out through the skin and serves as a fixation point for a modern endoprosthesis. This innovative technique was originally introduced in Sweden, then developed in Lübeck, and now it is actively used in the department. The treatment using endo-/exoprosthesis requires two operations. At first, a rod (fastener) is implanted into the bone, for example, the thigh, the stump is connected with it surgically and then closed again so that the rod can "calmly" grow into the bone. After 4-6 weeks, the second surgical procedure is performed, in which the skin over the endoprosthesis is dissected, and it is connected to a high-tech exoprosthesis, which imitates the missing limb. After the second stage, during the short stay in the hospital, the first fitting of the exoprosthesis according to orthopedic technology is performed. After this, the patient, together with experienced physiotherapists of the department, makes the first attempts to stand and walk. The advantages of this treatment method include the less pronounced pain, better physical capabilities (longer walking) and longer duration of daily use of the prosthesis (increased by 80%), better feelings from contact with the floor (more pronounced sensitivity), improved movement control and greater range of motion, the stability of the prosthesis stem in a change of the stump size, caused by the change of activities.

The department takes an active part in research activities aimed at developing new treatment methods. The priority research fields are the treatment of wounds, infections, regenerative medicine, compression syndromes, and emergency medical care. Also, the department provides the professional training for medical students.

The main clinical focuses of the department include:

  • Traumatology
    • Primary care in acute injuries of the musculoskeletal system (including traumas of high severity)
    • Polytrauma treatment
    • Treatment of the effects of injuries of the limbs, pelvis and spine
  • Hip and knee replacement surgery
    • Primary hip replacement surgery
      • Treatment of primary and secondary coxarthrosis and hip fractures with degenerative changes in the joint
      • Use of endoprostheses with cement and cementless fixation
      • Use of wear-resistant, modern sliding prostheses (for example, prostheses made of ceramics and polyethylene)
      • Sparing minimally invasive techniques, which do not cause harm to healthy bones and soft tissues
      • Revision hip interventions
      • Prosthesis replacement surgeries, for example, in the case of their dysfunction
      • Revision interventions in the development of infections
      • Operations in the fracture of the prosthesis (also with its replacement)
    • Primary knee replacement surgery
      • Osteoarthritis therapy (depending on the stage and localization of the pathology)
      • Use of unicondial and bicondial prostheses
      • Use of prostheses with axial stabilization in knee instability or serious axial displacements
      • Computer-assisted navigation surgeries
    • Revision interventions on the knee joint
      • Prosthesis replacement surgeries, for example, in the case of their dysfunction
      • Revision interventions in the development of infections
  • Treatment using percutaneous, bone-implanted prosthetic systems (endo-/exoprostheses) after limb amputation
  • Geriatric traumatology
    • Full range of therapy of injuries of the limbs, pelvis and spine
    • Diagnostics of osteoporosis (using CT)
    • Treatment of osteoporosis in accordance with modern therapy standards
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Reconstructive and knee surgery
    • Meniscus repair surgery
      • Sparing partial removal
      • Reconstructive interventions
    • Surgical interventions on articular cartilage
      • Pridie technique
      • Cartilage transplantation (autologous chondrocyte implantation)
    • AmBandapparat system
      • Anterior cruciate ligament replacement (STG and BTB techniques)
      • Posterior cruciate ligament replacement
      • Revision interventions in cruciate ligament replacement
      • External and internal cruciate ligament reconstruction
      • Recurrent patella dislocation therapy
    • Bone interventions
      • Correction of axial leg deformities
      • Bone defect repair
  • Foot surgery
    • Hallux valgus and Hallux rigidus correction
    • Correction of mallet and claw fingers
  • Septic reconstructive surgery (treatment of bone and soft tissue infections)
  • Other medical services

Photo of the doctor: (c) Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Berlin 

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