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Hirslanden Clinic La Colline Geneva

location_on Geneva, Switzerland
8.9/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery (26393)

Mathieu Assal

PD Dr. med.

Mathieu Assal

Specialized in: foot and ankle surgery

About the department

The Department of Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Hirslanden Clinic La Colline Geneva offers the full range of services in its areas of specialization. The department’s work is based on a unique interdisciplinary approach, which ensures that the patient receives comprehensive medical care, highly accurate diagnostics and individually selected treatment. Initially, the doctors are trying to solve the problem using conservative treatment methods and only in case of their inefficiency resort to surgery. The department uses the very latest surgical techniques, including those developed by the chief physician and other employees of the medical facility. If possible, the surgeons perform sparing minimally invasive operations, which ensure the speedy recovery of the patient and the minimum hospital stay.

The department is headed by PD Dr. med. Mathieu Assal. The doctor has successfully performed thousands of operations on the foot and ankle. In addition to outstanding clinical activities, he is actively engaged in research work, development of new surgical techniques and their immediate introduction into clinical practice for the benefit of patients. His developments Achillon, Makan, PCL-Press and Hypralax have gained recognition in the international medical arena and are successfully used in everyday clinical work.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following foot and ankle diseases:

  • Hallux valgus
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Flat feet
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's neuroma
  • Toe deformities
  • Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendon rupture
  • Heel pain
  • Navicular fracture
  • Cuboid fracture
  • Talus fracture
  • Calcaneus fracture
  • Tibia fracture
  • Fibula fracture
  • Maisonneuve fracture
  • Malleolus fracture (isolated, bimalleolar, trimalleolar)
  • Metatarsal fracture
  • Lisfranc injury
  • Toe fractures
  • Diabetic foot
  • Other diseases and injuries

The department’s spectrum of therapeutic services includes:

  • Conservative treatment
    • Manual techniques and physiotherapy
    • Use of orthopedic appliances
    • Drug treatment (anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections)
  • Surgical treatment
    • Minimally invasive surgery
      • Toe deformity correction
      • Achilles tendon reconstruction
      • Tendon transfer
      • Fracture treatment
    • Computer-assisted surgery
      • Fracture treatment
      • Fusion
      • Osteotomy
    • Classical surgery
      • Fracture treatment
      • Osteotomy
      • Fusion
      • Ankle replacement surgery
  • Other treatments

Curriculum vitae

PD Dr. med. Mathieu Assal is an internationally recognized orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. He established the Assal Center for Foot Care and Surgery in Geneva in 2012. He and his team of specialists treat acute and chronic disorders of the lower limbs. He is also well-known for his extensive clinical research contributions, designing new surgical techniques that are now used worldwide.

Dr. Assal has a broad range of skills encompassing all types of trauma and injuries to the foot, ankle and lower leg, treatment of deformities, fracture fixation, ankle joint replacement (arthroplasty/prosthesis), tendon repair, etc. His expertise also includes the treatment of infections and complications affecting the lower limbs, notably due to diabetes mellitus.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Geneva in 1994, Mathieu Assal decided to focus on lower limb surgery. He completed his specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology in Geneva and obtained SMA certification in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1999. In 2000, his career led him to the United States for two years, where he carried out research on foot and ankle trauma under a Research and Clinical Fellowship at one of America’s leading institutions, the Sigvard T. Hansen Foot & Ankle Institute, at the Harborview Medical Center of the University of Washington in Seattle. Between 2002 and 2012, Mathieu Assal directed the Section of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the Section of Orthopedic Infections at the Geneva University Hospitals. During this time, he was named Deputy Clinical Director (Associate Professor) and was awarded the distinguished academic title of PD. In 2012, he was appointed the President of the Swiss Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (he held this position until 2016).

His surgical innovations include Achillon (minimally invasive suturing system for the Achilles tendon), Makan (femoral prosthesis for transfemoral amputation cases), PCL-Press (device to measure posterior instability following posterior cruciate ligament tears) and Hypralax (device to measure instability of the foot medial column).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Hirslanden AG

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