Hannover Medical School (MHH)

location_on Hannover, Germany
9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics (229647)

Henning Windhagen

Prof. Dr. med.

Henning Windhagen

Specialized in: adult and pediatric orthopedics

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics at the Hannover Medical School ranks among the top German medical facilities in the areas of its specialization!

The department is one of the largest and most prestigious Orthopedic Centers in Germany. It offers first-class medical care in such areas as spinal surgery, endoprosthetics and reconstructive joint surgery, deformity correction, treatment of foot diseases, pediatric orthopedics and neuro-orthopedics. The department treats more than 40,000 patients every year. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Henning Windhagen.

The department offers a unique experience in the field of endoprosthetics. The high quality of medical services is confirmed by the "EndoCert" certification. During the operation, the key attention is paid to careful treatment of muscles and tendons. The surgical techniques are as sparing as possible, safe for the patient and guarantee minimal blood loss.

In addition, the department is the Center of Excellence for conservative and surgical treatment of spinal diseases. When providing conservative treatment, there can be used all the options to avoid surgery. If they do not give positive results, specialists begin to consider the surgical treatment options. The department offers the whole spectrum of modern surgical techniques. For example, for certain indications, it is reasonable to stabilize individual vertebral segments – without the need for spondylodesis. To this end, in certain pathologies of the cervical/lumbar spine, intervertebral disc prostheses are implanted.

In the field of pediatric orthopedics and neuro-orthopedics, the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services is offered. There is maintained active cooperation with many specialized centers and related departments of the hospital. The surgeons of the department annually conduct more than 800 operations to treat orthopedic and neuro-orthopedic diseases in children and adolescents.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Shoulder surgery
    • Shoulder endoprosthetics (for example, use of an inverse prosthesis, replacement of the damaged joint surface)
    • Joint replacement with the help of anatomical techniques (implantation of a hemiprosthesis, total endoprosthetics)
    • Revision shoulder endoprosthetics
    • Rotator cuff reconstruction
    • Shoulder stabilization
    • Acromioclavicular joint stabilization
    • Surgery to treat shoulder impingement syndrome
    • Treatment of calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder
    • Other services
  • Knee surgery
    • Cruciate ligament reconstruction
    • Meniscus fixation or replacement
    • Elimination of problems with cartilage tissue (ranging from cell therapy to the use of HemiCAP technique)
    • Patella stabilization
    • Corrective osteotomy
    • Implantation of a sliding prosthesis
    • Total or partial knee replacement surgery
    • Other treatments
  • Endoprosthetics
    • Knee and hip replacement surgery (including particularly severe cases)
    • Revision endoprosthetics and endoprosthetics in infectious diseases
    • Prosthetics in cancers
    • Endoprosthetics in rheumatism, osteoporosis and necrosis
    • Bone tissue transplantation
    • Implantation of individually selected prostheses and tailored prostheses
    • Minimally invasive interventions on the hip and knee joints
    • Operations with the use of navigation systems
    • Analysis of errors in knee replacement surgery
    • Other services
  • Hip and pelvic surgery
    • Treatment of hip impingement syndrome (with joint preservation)
    • Bone and soft tissue surgery
    • Corrective osteotomy of the femur and pelvic bones
    • Treatment of femoral head necrosis
    • Other treatments
  • Deformity correction
    • Complex corrections to eliminate deformities
    • Bone elongation by the Ilizarov technique
    • Other treatments
  • Orthopedic oncology
    • Surgical treatment of bone tissues
    • Endoprosthetics in cancers
    • Reconstruction techniques with the use of biological materials
    • Surgical treatment of bone metastases
    • Surgical treatment of soft tissue sarcoma
    • Treatment of soft tissue and bone benign tumors
    • Other services
  • Treatment of spinal diseases
    • Spinal surgery
    • Intervertebral disc surgery
    • Treatment of spinal stenosis
    • Balloon kyphoplasty in osteoporosis
    • Minimally invasive methods of decompression
    • Intervertebral disc prosthetics
    • Displaced vertebrae correction
    • Installation of dynamic implants
    • Scoliosis and kyphosis correction
    • Treatment of diseases of the cervical spine
    • Spinal infiltration/periradicular therapy (ORT)
    • Treatment of vertebral fractures
    • Manual therapy
    • Osteopathic therapy
    • Bone density measurement
    • Other medical services
  • Correction of the posterior foot deformities
    • Reconstructive surgery of the cartilaginous tissue of the upper part of the ankle
    • Foot ligament reconstructive surgery
    • Ankle endoprosthetics
    • Revision ankle endoprosthetics (also in infections)
    • Soft tissue surgery
    • Ankle arthroscopy
    • Tendon transposition
    • Treatment of Charcot foot
    • Revision interventions
    • Other treatments
  • Correction of the anterior foot deformities
    • Hallux valgus and hallux rigidus correction
    • Soft tissue surgery (operations on tendons)
    • Arthrodesis
    • Correction of the little finger of the foot
    • Revision interventions
    • Other treatments
  • Treatment of foot cancers
  • Pediatric orthopedics
    • Treatment of flat feet, combined with external clubfoot
    • Correction of limb deformities
    • Correction of skull deformities
    • Surgery to treat growth disorders
    • Treatment of Perthes disease
    • Treatment of slipped capital femoral epiphysis
    • Treatment of scoliosis
    • Treatment of torticollis
    • Treatment of hip dysplasia, hip dislocation
    • Treatment of clubfoot
    • Arthroscopic surgery
    • Conservative therapy
    • Other medical services
  • Neuro-ortopedics (treatment of orthopedic diseases developed due to the following diseases)
    • Infantile cerebral palsy
    • Spina bifida
    • Arthrogryposis
    • Hereditary syndromes
    • Metabolic disorders
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Spinal muscular atrophy
    • Chromosomal abnormalities
    • Other pathologies

Curriculum vitae

From 1984 to 1991, Prof. Henning Windhagen studied medicine at the Philipps University of Marburg and the University of Bern (Switzerland). His doctoral thesis defense was followed by activities in the field of orthopedic surgery and biomechanical sciences at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Also, Dr. received scholarships from the Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation and Braun Foundation. After working as an Assistant Physician in the Department of Traumatology at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Charité Campus Virchow, Prof. Windhagen had his board certification in Orthopedics and became a Research Assistant in the Department of Orthopedics at the Hannover Medical School, where in 2001 he became an Associate Professor. In 2004, the doctor also received Venial Legendi in Biomedical Engineering (Hannover University). Since 2006, Windhagen has been Full Professor of Orthopedics, Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics at the Hannover Medical School, as well as Head of the Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials. In 2007, Prof. Windhagen became Co-Head of the CrossBIT Research Center (Center for Biomaterials, Implant Immunology and Medical Technologies). In 2008, he headed OrthoGO (Institute of Orthopedic Analysis and Analysis of Movements). Since 2012, Prof. Windhagen has been a Board Member of the Center for Implant Research and Development of Lower Saxony (NIFE).

Main Research Focuses

  • Implant research.
  • Computerized surgery (navigation surgery).
  • Biomechanics.
  • Study of growth factors and cytokines.
  • Degradable biomaterials in osteonecrosis.
  • Knee and hip surgery (especially endoprosthetics and revision surgery to replace joints).

Membership in the Professional Societies

  • 2008 - 2011 Treasurer of the German Society for Reconstructive Extremity Surgery (A.S.A.M.I).
  • 2009 - 2011 Deputy Head of the Conference of Ordinary Professors in Orthopedics.
  • 2010 - 2012 Vice President of the Section of Fundamental Research of the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery.
  • 2014 Elected as the President of the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC) and the German Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (DGOU).
  • President of the Association of Orthopedic Research (AFOR) and Secretary of the German Society for Endoprosthetics.

Awards and Honors

  • 1990 Poster Prize of the German Society of Traumatology (DGU).
  • 1999 - 1990 Poster Prize, Section for Fundamental Research of the German Society for Orthopedics and Traumatology (DGOT).
  • 1999 Innovation Contest for Promotion of Medical Technologies, Financing Program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
  • 2000 Innovation Contest for Promotion of Medical Technologies, Financing Program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH)

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