St. Anna Hospital Herne

Herne, Germany

Diagnosis for Arthritis of the Foot (program ID: 302038)

Georgios Godolias

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Georgios Godolias

Department of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery

Specialized in: orthopedics, traumatology
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The Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the St. Anna Hospital in Herne (St. Elisabeth group) under the lead of Prof. Dr. med. Georgios Godolias offers the full diagnostic and therapeutic range of orthopedic and traumatic conservative, interventional and operative treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system as well as the surrounding structures in children, adolescents and adults.

Every year – and with an upward tendency – over 20,000 patients are treated on the inpatient basis, and over 25,000 – on the outpatient basis by a medical personnel, consisting of more than 50 employees.

The specialists of the Department command a particular expertise in the field of spinal column surgery and pain therapy. The center for spinal column surgery and pain therapy comprises, in addition to carrying out of prevention and rehabilitation the whole range of conservative, interventional and operative procedures in case of disease, pain syndromes and injuries of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine in children and adults by means of an interdisciplinary approach. At present, more than 12,000 and 15,000 spinal column patients are treated here annually as inpatients and outpatients respectively.

Another focus of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology under the lead by Prof. Dr. med. Georgios Godolias is endoprosthetics. The Center for Pediatrics and Traumatology at the St. Anna Hospital in Herne performs implantations of hip and knee prostheses as well as replacement surgeries. Each year, more than 1,300 patients undergo this type of surgery. Due to this high expertise, the Center for Orthopedics and Traumatology has achieved the certification as an “Endoprosthetic Center of maximum care”.

As the diagnostics and therapy of children can vary significantly from adults, a special attention at the St. Anna Hospital in Herne is given to the pediatric orthopedics and pediatric traumatology. Apart from the general orthopedic and traumatic clinical pictures, which can occur also in children, the Center for Orthopedics and Traumatology provides also conservative and operative treatment with the help of an interdisciplinary approach of all specific forms of diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children, adolescents and young adults. These include especially congenital and acquired changes of the spinal column as well as surrounding structures (e.g. scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis, tumors, funnel chest), congenital and acquired changes of the hip joints (e.g. hip dysplasia and luxation, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, Epiphysiolysis capitis femoris, etc.) as well as foot deformities (e.g. clubfoot, etc.).

The main focuses of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the St. Anna Hospital in Herne:

  • Spinal column surgery and pain therapy
  • Shoulder, elbow and hand surgery
  • Pelvis, hip, knee and foot surgery
  • Endoprosthetics
  • Traumatology Centers
  • Orthopedic-traumatic focuses
  • Pediatric orthopedics and pediatric traumatology

In the field of pediatric orthopedics, the focuses lie on the treatment of the following clinical pictures:

  • Congenital and acquired changes of the spine 
  • Congenital and acquired changes of the hip joints (e.g. hip dysplasia and luxation)
  • Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
  • Epiphysiolysis capitis femoris, etc.) 
  • Foot deformities (e.g. clubfoot, etc.)

According to the Focus magazine rating of 2017, the Center for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the St. Anna Hospital ranks among the top German departments specializing in endoprosthetics!


Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory analysis
    • CBC
    • alkaline phosphatase
    • calcium 
    • phosphorus
    • parathyroid hormone (PTH)
    • inflammation indicators
  • x-ray examination of the foot
  • CT/MRI scan of the foot (if indicated 550/1200 €)
  • nursing services
  • consultation of related specialists
  • consultation of the chief physician and all leading experts
  • development of individual treatment plan
  • written statemen
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