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University Hospital Bonn

location_on Bonn, Germany
9.2/10 from 150 Votes

Department of Pediatric Orthopedics and Neuro-Orthopedics (286904)

Richard Placzek

Prof. Dr. med.

Richard Placzek

Specialized in: pediatric orthopedics, neuro-orthopedics

About the department

The Department of Pediatric Orthopedics and Neuro-Orthopedics at the University Hospital Bonn offers the full range of services in these fields and specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, including those with impaired neurological functions. Such pediatric pathologies represent a difficult task for orthopedists, therefore the department’s clinical practice is based on an individual approach to each young patient and selection of the most optimal treatment strategy for him. The department offers both classical and innovative therapeutic techniques in order to ensure the most effective functional restoration of the musculoskeletal system in children. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Richard Placzek.

The treatment process often involves private pediatricians, orthopedists, physiotherapists, and related specialists from other departments of the university hospital, such as neonatologists, pediatric hematologists and oncologists, neuropediatricians, experts in human genetics, etc. Thus, the child receives a comprehensive treatment, taking into account the smallest details and features of the pathology course.

The service range of the department includes the diagnostics and therapy of the following diseases:

  • Congenital hip dysplasia, hip dislocation
    • Primary treatment, namely the reposition of congenital dislocations, fixation with a plaster cast or splint
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
    • Osteosynthesis
    • Interventions in order to prevent of the pathology progression
  • Perthes disease
    • Conservative therapy
    • Surgical treatment
  • Cerebral palsy
    • Botulinum toxin injection therapy (treatment in accordance with the recommendations "Botulinum toxin injection therapy" of the specialized Working Group (AkBoNT) of the German Society of Neurology). A single injection of botulinum toxin into spastic muscles allows to reduce the period of spasticity for a long time (as a rule, from 8 to 12 weeks). This provides time for targeted muscle stimulation within the multimodal therapy, namely in combination with physiotherapy, ergotherapy and the use of orthopedic aids. The treatment concept involves repeated injections throughout the entire growth period of the child.
    • All types of transposition osteotomy and soft tissue surgery
    • Provision with aids (for example, functional orthoses, wheelchairs)
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy/Becker muscular dystrophy/other muscular dystrophies
    • Conservative and surgical treatment
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of all the effects of neuromuscular diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adults
  • Limb deformities (axial and leg length disorders)
    • Installation of an external fixator to lengthen and correct the axis of the lower limbs
    • Temporary and permanent epiphysiodesis
  • Clubfoot and other foot deformities (for example, valgus flat foot, hollow foot)
    • Conservative treatment by the Ponseti method
    • Surgical treatment using the Dimeglio/Krauspe/Crawford technique
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
    • Conservative therapy
    • Surgical treatment (in close collaboration with the team specializing in knee treatment/arthroscopy)
  • Idiopathic/neuromuscular scoliosis
    • Conservative and surgical treatment (in close cooperation with the Section of Orthopedics and Spine)
  • Skeletal dysplasia
    • Conservative and surgical treatment
  • Benign bone tumors, for example, cartilaginous exostosis, osteoid osteoma (in close collaboration with the Section of Oncological and Rheumatic Orthopedics)
  • Purulent arthritis/osteomyelitis
    • Conservative and surgical treatment
  • Torticollis
    • Conservative and surgical treatment
  • Other diseases, treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

  • Medical Specialist in Orthopedics, Pediatric Orthopedics.
  • Admission to carry out the advanced training courses in Pediatric Orthopedics.
  • Qualification in Orthopedic Rheumatology.
  • Qualification in Sports Medicine.
  • Qualification in Chiropractic.
  • Theoretical basis of the specialty (Emergency Medical Care).

Certificates

  • Certificate in Orthopedic Oncology, German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC).

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