Martin Luther Academic Hospital

location_on Berlin, Germany
9.8/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (557763)

Wolf Petersen

Prof. Dr. med.

Wolf Petersen

Specialized in: orthopedics, traumatology

About the department

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Martin Luther Academic Hospital ranks among the top German departments specializing in the treatment of orthopedic diseases!

The department offers the full range of modern diagnostics and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The medical facility was founded in 1974 and became one of the pioneers in the field of its specialization in Germany. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Wolf Petersen. According to the Focus magazine, he has repeatedly been ranked among the top German doctors in the field of knee surgery and sports orthopedics!

Today, the department offers all the classic and innovative conservative and operational treatment methods, which have proven themselves worldwide,. The medical team has a tremendous experience in the treatment of sports injuries, fractures, injuries caused by accidents, osteoarthrosis, and acquired limb deformities. Also, the department's field of competence includes joint replacement surgery, cartilage transplantation, correction of deformities of the lower limbs.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Endoprosthetics
    • Hip endoprosthetics
      • Minimally invasive interventions
      • Replacement of the surface of the head of the hip joint
      • Implantation of short-rod prostheses
      • Primary total hip arthroplasty using cement or cementless fixation
    • Knee endoprosthetics
      • Implantation of a uncondylar sliding total knee joint endoprostheses with fixed support
      • Femoropatellar joint replacement
      • Implantation of bicondylar unrelated knee endoprostheses with or without replacement of the posterior surface of the patella
      • Implantation of bicondylar related total knee endoprostheses with or without replacement of the posterior surface of the patella
      • Installation of implants with a special coating in case of allergies to metal
    • Shoulder endoprosthetics
      • Replacement of the humeral head surface
      • Implantation of short-rod prostheses
      • Formation of an artificial articular cavity
      • Installation of total shoulder endoprostheses using cement fixation
      • Reverse prosthetics in deforming arthropathy
    • Implantation of total elbow endoprostheses using cement fixation
    • Revision interventions (for example, in case of endoprosthesis displacement)
  • Knee and knee joint surgery
    • Meniscus
      • Partial resection of the meniscus
      • Meniscus sealing
      • Meniscus replacement
      • Meniscus transplantation
    • Cartilage
      • Cartilage scraping
      • Microfracture
      • Refixation of osteochondral fractures
      • Matrix associated autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI)
      • Matrix microfracture (AMIC)
      • Corrective osteotomy
    • Synovial ectomy
    • Cruciate ligament
      • Arthroscopic plastic surgery of the anterior cruciate ligament by double fixation with the tendon of the semitendinosus muscle
      • Patellar tendon transplantation sing minimally invasive or Pressfit technique
      • Revision interventions
      • Replacement of the posterior cruciate ligament with the tendon of the semitendinosus muscle
      • Reconstructive interventions for multiple ligament injuries
    • Removal of periarticular muscles
    • Artrolysis
    • Joint cavity washing
  • Shoulder surgery
    • Endoscopic subacromial decompression
    • Rotator cuff repair (arthroscopic or open minimally invasive interventions)
    • Bankart endoscopic surgery
  • Wrist surgery
    • Endoscopic resection of the wrist disc
  • Elbow and hip surgery
    • Removal of free intra-articular bodies
    • Joint cavity washing
    • Artrolysis
  • Spinal surgery
    • Microscopic nucleotomy
    • Open intervention to eliminate spinal stenosis with nerve root neurolysis
    • Anterior and posterior lumbar intervertebral spinal fusion in degenerative spinal instability
    • Dorsoventral spinal fusion in congenital spondylolisthesis
    • Dorsoventral spinal fusion in case of instability of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine during inflammatory or oncological processes in combination with allogeneic replacement of the vertebral body
    • Straightening spinal fusion in inflammatory and posttraumatic spinal deformities (ankylosing spondylitis, chronic polyarthritis)
  • Foot surgery
    • Surgical correction of congenital foot deformities
    • Surgical correction of neuropathic and myopathic foot deformities
    • Ankle arthrodesis in congenital and acquired foot deformities
    • Joint-preserving corrective osteotomy of the metatarsus in degenerative and congenital deformities
    • Corrective osteotomy (subcapital and/or basic) and soft tissue surgery (McBride’s operation) on the foot with a flat transverse arch and for complaints of foot pain
    • Resection arthroplasty (Keller-Brandeis operation) or arthrodesis (joint fixation) for arthrosis of the main joint of the big toe
    • Surgical sanitation of rheumatic foot and tarsus deformities
  • Sports injuries
    • Knee injuries
    • Ankle injuries (for example, torn ligaments)
    • Shoulder injuries (for example, dislocation)
    • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Treatment of injuries caused by accidents at the workplace
  • Cancer surgery
    • Biopsy of soft tissue and bone tumors (malignant ones and those suspected of malignancy)
    • Resection of benign connective and bone tissue tumors
    • Total resection of primary bone and soft tissue sarcoma in combination with extremity reconstruction using rotational grafting or prosthesis implantation
    • Resection of bone metastases
  • Septic and reconstructive surgery
    • Acute and chronic inflammatory processes in bone tissue
    • Bone reconstruction, including in distant metastases, using the Ilizarov method or bone grafting with angioplasty
    • Closure of skin defects with local or microvascular flaps
    • Acute and chronic joint infections
    • Joint replacement infection
    • Surgery in joint stiffness after a failed attempt to preserve the endoprosthesis (after repeated revision interventions and significant loss of bone tissue)
    • Correction of axial deformities after the treatment of infections of the lower limbs
    • Bone infection in diabetic foot syndrome
    • Charcot foot
    • Preservation of limbs with the help of bypass surgery in arterial occlusion and plastic surgery using skin grafts
    • Acute and chronic infections of the soft tissues
    • Treatment of infections caused by multi-resistant pathogens
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae


  • 2006 Additional qualification in Traumatology.
  • 2006 Medical Specialist in Orthopedics and Traumatology.
  • 2005 Habilitation at the Faculty of Medicine of the Westphalian Wilhelm University and Venia Legendi in Traumatology.
  • 2002 Venia Legendi in Orthopedics.
  • 2001 Additional qualification in Sports Medicine.
  • 2001 Medical Specialist in Orthopedics.
  • 1997 Doctoral thesis defense, Medical University at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel (under the guidance of Prof. B. Tillmann). Subject: "The structure of the meniscus vessels of the knee joint and the treatment of their diseases".
  • 1997 Admission to medical practice.
  • 1995 Intern at the Lubinus Hospital in Kiel.
  • 1989 - 1995 Study of Human Medicine at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel.

Professional Activities

  • Since 2009, Deputy Head of the Martin Luther Academic Hospital, Berlin.
  • Since 2008, Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Martin Luther Academic Hospital.
  • 2007 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Westphalian Wilhelm University.
  • 2006 Leading Senior Physician in the Department of Traumatology, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster.
  • 2003 Senior Physician in the Department of Traumatology, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital Muenster.
  • 2001 Senior Physician in the Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital Kiel.
  • 2000 Acting Head of the Section of Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology, Department of Orthopedics at the University Hospital Kiel.
  • 2000 Research Fellow, Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital Kiel.
  • 1997 Intern at the Lubinus Hospital in Kiel.

Professional Memberships

  • German Trauma Society (DGU).
  • German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma (DGOOC).
  • Association for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA).
  • German Knee Society (DKG).
  • Society for Orthopaedic Traumatologic Sports Medicine (GOTS).

Awards and Prizes

  • 2009 AGA Medi Award of the Year.
  • 2008 ESSKA Prize for the Best Article on Biomechanics.
  • 2007 Imhäuser Award of the Year.
  • 2002 Hannes Schobert Award of the Year.

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