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Charite University Hospital Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology (26108)

Carsten Perka

Prof. Dr. med.

Carsten Perka

Specialized in: adult and pediatric orthopedics, traumatology

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology at the Charite University Hospital Berlin ranks among the top German medical facilities in the field of its specialization!

It offers the full range of conservative and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal diseases. The department's priorities include knee and hip surgery, including endoprosthetics, spinal surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, surgical oncology of the musculoskeletal system and the treatment of injuries of varying severity. With an annual number of more than 8,000 inpatients, the department has the status of one of the largest and most reputable in the field of its competence. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Carsten Perka.

The department provides first-class medical services based on tremendous experience and rich traditions. The productive research activities of the department's orthopedists and traumatologists allows for the introduction of all the innovations of modern medicine into clinical practice. The department is certified as the interregional Trauma Center in the district of ​​Berlin and Brandenburg, so the medical team works around the clock and it is ready to provide emergency and effective medical care for injuries of varying complexity.

Special attention should be paid to the excellent infrastructure of the department, in particular, 8 state-of-the-art operating rooms. The department's surgeons annually perform more than 8,500 surgical interventions, which is an indisputable proof of the outstanding quality of treatment and invaluable experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases.

The department's physicians also have exceptional qualifications in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries in children, including their consequences in adulthood. In the case of such pathologies, the doctors set themselves the goal of not only curing the young patient from the diseases, but also ensuring the proper development of the growing organism. The doctors of the department mostly have to deal in their clinical practice with such pediatric orthopedic pathologies as hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Perthes disease, foot deformities, axial deformities of the lower limbs, leg length discrepancies, etc. 

The service range of the department includes:

  • Knee surgery
    • Degenerative knee diseases (arthrosis)
    • Ligament injuries
    • Sports injuries
      • Partial knee endoprosthetics
      • Total knee endoprosthetics
      • Revision knee interventions
  • Pelvic and hip surgery
    • Joint degeneration (arthrosis)
    • Circulatory disorders in the femoral head (femoral head necrosis)
    • Congenital malformations (for example, hip dysplasia)
    • Displaced endoprostheses
    • Pathological changes in the femoral head and the edge of the acetabulum, which lead to impingement syndrome
    • Injuries due to accidents (fractures of the acetabulum, femoral neck)
    • Abnormal hip position, incorrect bone accretion (pseudarthrosis)
    • Infections
    • Arthritis (for example, rheumatoid arthritis)
      • Joint replacement surgery (using minimally invasive techniques, navigation systems)
      • Treatment of joint pains after joint replacement surgery
      • Revision hip interventions, reconstruction of bone defects using modern implant systems and tailored prostheses
      • Hip arthroscopy
      • Reconstructive pelvic interventions in congenital and acquired deformities (for example, Ganz pelvic osteotomy in hip dysplasia)
      • Joint preservation operations and interventions for the correction of axial hip deformities (for example, corrective osteotomy)
      • Treatment of pelvic and hip fractures and their long-term effects
      • Conservative and surgical treatment of congenital hip dysplasia/hip dislocation at any age
      • Conservative and surgical treatment of aseptic necrosis of the femoral head in adults and children
      • Conservative and surgical treatment of chronic inflammatory hip diseases
      • Conservative and surgical treatment of infectious diseases with damage to the pelvic and hip bones
      • Surgical treatment of pelvic and hip tumors
  • Spinal surgery
    • Spinal disc herniation and fractures
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)
    • Scoliosis
    • Kyphosis
    • Pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum
    • Inflammatory spinal diseases
    • Spinal tumors and metastases
    • Vertebral body fractures
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
    • Shoulder surgery
      • Arthroscopic subacromial decompression in impingement syndrome
      • Arthroscopic intervention in forearm calcification
      • Clavicle arthroscopic resection in shoulder arthrosis
      • Arthroscopic arthrolysis for frozen shoulder 
      • Rotator cuff reconstruction in its fracture
      • Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis
      • Arthroscopic interventions for the treatment of upper part of the articular lip lesions of the scapula 
      • Arthroscopic stabilizing interventions in acute and chronic shoulder injuries and clavicle fractures
      • Arthroscopic and open stabilizing interventions in shoulder dislocation
      • Arthroscopic reconstruction of the glenoid cavity
      • Arthroscopic treatment of fractures in the area of glenoid cavity
      • Arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder cartilage injury (transplantation of autologous chondrocytes, mini-replacement surgery)
      • Anatomical and inverse shoulder replacement surgery in primary and secondary osteoarthrosis
      • Revision joint replacement surgery
      • Treatment of shoulder girdle fractures
      • Reconstructive or stabilizing interventions on the sternoclavicular joint in arthrosis
    • Elbow surgery
      • Arthroscopic elbow surgeries
      • Arthroscopic surgery for the removal of loose body in the joint and cartilage plastic surgery
      • Refixation of distal biceps tendon
      • Surgical treatment of epicondylitis (tennis elbow, golfer's elbow)
      • Surgical treatment of elbow stiffness
      • Surgical treatment of elbow instability
      • Surgical treatment of elbow arthrosis
      • Neurolysis
      • Treatment of fractures
      • Joint replacement surgery
    • Conservative therapy (individually developed physiotherapy programs, early rehabilitation for the restoration of functions)
  • Hand surgery
    • Fractures and dislocations of the hand, fingers
    • Wrist ligament rupture
    • Injuries of flexor and extensor tendons
    • Skier's thumb
    • Chronic tendon injuries (tendon transplantation)
    • Claw fingers
    • Trigger fingers
    • Hand nerve injury
    • Finger joint arthrosis
    • Rhizarthrosis
    • Peripheral nerve compression syndromes (for example, carpal tunnel syndrome)
    • Dupuytren's contracture
    • De Quervain's tendovaginitis
    • Ganglion
    • Hand infections
    • Regional pain syndrome
    • Wrist osteoarthritis
    • Wrist fractures
  • Foot and ankle surgery
    • Forefoot surgery
      • Hallux valgus (corrective osteotomy and soft tissue surgery)
      • Hallux rigidus (joint-preserving and stabilizing operations)
      • Toe deformities (for example, hammer toes)
      • Toe deformity after Keller-Brandeis operation
      • Metatarsalgia (for example, Morton's neuroma, transverse flatfoot)
      • Digitus quintus varus (little toe deformities)
    • Rear foot surgery
      • Arthrosis of the upper ankle joint (joint replacement surgery and stabilizing interventions)
      • Lower ankle osteoarthritis and other degenerative changes
      • Congenital and acquired axial deformities of the leg and foot (corrective osteotomy)
      • Joint contracture (arthrolysis)
    • Cartilage damage and arthrosis
      • Congenital or posttraumatic axial deformities (corrective osteotomy with joint preservation, corrective arthrodesis)
      • Ankle replacement surgery
      • Osteochondral lesion of the talus (for example, dissecting osteochondritis)
    • Foot deformities
      • Reconstruction in wrong position of the rear foot
      • Planovalgus foot deformity
      • Hollow foot
      • Clubfoot
      • Cavus foot
    • Injuries and fractures, including sports injuries
      • All injuries and fractures of the foot and ankle
      • Acute ligament injuries and chronic ankle instability
      • Stabilization in ligament injuries
      • Distal ankle instability after acute or chronic syndesmotic injury
      • Foot and ankle tendon injuries
      • Achilles tendon rupture (minimally invasive and open Achilles tendon rupture)
      • Osteochondral injuries (arthroscopic ankle surgery)
      • Treatment of pseudoarthrosis
    • Treatment of diabetic foot syndrome
    • Treatment of heel spurs
    • Treatment of Ledderhose disease
    • Treatment of nerve compression syndromes 
    • Foot and ankle revision surgery 
  • Sports medicine
  • Septic surgery
    • Prosthesis infections
    • Bone infections
    • Vertebral body inflammation
    • Joint infections
  • Surgical oncology
    • Bone tumors
    • Soft tissue tumors
    • Bone metastases
  • Pediatric orthopedics
    • Hip dysplasia
    • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis 
    • Perthes disease
    • Congenital clubfoot, neurogenic clubfoot and other foot deformities
    • Osteochondritis dissecans
    • Idiopathic/neuromuscular scoliosis
    • Difference in length of the lower limbs and axial lower limb deformities
    • Benign bone tumors
    • Hereditary cartilaginous exostoses
    • Purulent arthritis/osteomyelitis
    • Skeletal dysplasia
    • Phosphate diabetes
  • Neuroorthopedics
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of the effects of neuromuscular diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adults
    • Comprehensive diagnostics, including imaging procedures and gait analysis, interdisciplinary development of individual therapeutic schemes
    • Treatment using orthoses and orthopedic aids
    • Botulinum toxin therapy
    • Bone and soft tissue surgery for the treatment of contractures and deformities, including all foot surgeries, pelvic osteotomy and scoliosis therapy
    • Treatment of degenerative changes in musculoskeletal system in patients with neuromuscular diseases
    • Rehabilitation
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of muscular torticollis
    • Treatment of cerebral palsy
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of spina bifida
    • Conservative and surgical treatment of muscular dystrophies
  • Traumatology (treatment of injuries of varying severity, including polytraumas)
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • 1985 - 1991 Study of Medicine, Humboldt University of Berlin.
  • June 1991 Admission to medical practice.
  • June 1994 Dr. med., Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology, Charite University Hospital Berlin (Prof. H. Zippel).
  • October 2000 PD, Dr. med., Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology, Charite University Hospital Berlin (Prof. H. Zippel).
  • September 2005 Professor in Orthopedics.

Professional Career

  • 1991 - 1996 Professional training in Orthopedics, Charite University Hospital Berlin (Head: Prof. Dr. med. H. Zippel).
  • October 1996 Examination in Orthopedics.
  • December 1996 Consultant in Orthopedics, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • December 1996 - September 2003 Consultant in Orthopedics, Head of the Section of Endoprosthetics, Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • Since 1999 Organizer of national and international operational technical courses on hip and knee replacement surgery (three years).
  • Since October 2003 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology at the Charite University Hospital Berlin.
  • Since 2005 Extraordinary Professor for Orthopedics.
  • 09.10.2006 Invitation to the position of W3 Professor (on a funded basis) for Endoprosthetics and Regenerative Medicine at the Charite University Hospital Berlin (for a period of 5 years).
  • 2013 Presiding Invited Speaker of the American Hip Society, AAOS.

Memberships

  • German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC).
  • German Society of Traumatology (DGU).
  • Orthopedic Association of Northern Germany (NOV).
  • American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).
  • Member of the International Hip Society.

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