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University Hospital Duesseldorf

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics (26233)

Rüdiger Krauspe

Prof. Dr. med.

Rüdiger Krauspe

Specialized in: adult and pediatric orthopedics

About the department

According to the Focus magazine, the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics at the University Hospital Duesseldorf ranks among the top German departments specializing in joint replacement surgery!

The department offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of various diseases, injuries of the musculoskeletal system, and their consequences. Also, the department's doctors specialize in sports orthopedics and treatment of orthopedic diseases in children of all age groups. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Krauspe.

For the most accurate diagnostics, the department uses sonography, computerized and digital radiography, computerized movement and gait analysis. In addition, it offers interventional radiological techniques, as well as tomographic technologies. After the surgical treatment, the patients often require professional rehabilitation, which is provided by specially trained experts in this field.

The doctors have in their arsenal many conservative and surgical treatment methods. Many complex operations are performed using a highly accurate computerized system. All operating rooms are equipped with modern air conditioning systems, which provide protection against infectious complications. In the field of surgical treatment, the key focuses of the department are the correction of functional defects and degenerative spinal diseases, osteotomy for the treatment of joint diseases, as well as partial or total joint replacement, treatment of oncopathology of the musculoskeletal system, etc. The department's doctors have outstanding experience in the treatment of congenital and acquired orthopedic pathologies in children and adolescents. About 2,000 outpatient and 500 inpatient young patients are treated here annually.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of congenital and acquired diseases of the musculoskeletal system in children and adolescents
    • Hip joint diseases (for example, hip dysplasia, hip dislocation, Perthes disease, epiphysiolysis)
    • Foot deformities (including clubfoot, flat feet)
    • Axial abnormalities (for example, O-shaped and X-shaped leg deformities)
    • Neuro-orthopedic diseases, particularly in children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and arthrogryposis
    • Spinal deformities
    • Tumors of the musculoskeletal system
  • Diagnostics and treatment of spinal diseases, including revision interventions on the spine
    • Degenerative changes in the intervertebral discs
    • Spinal disc herniation (lumbago, sciatic pain)
    • Kyphosis
    • Scoliosis
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Spondylodiscitis
    • Spinal tumors, tumors of other localization with spinal lesion and bone metastases
    • Fractures of the processes and vertebral bodies
  • Diagnostics and treatment of hip joint diseases
    • Osteonecrosis and bone marrow edema
    • Damages of the articular lip of the hip joint
    • Hip tumors
    • Hip degenerative changes
  • Diagnostics and treatment of the knee joint diseases
    • Cartilage damage
    • Chondrocyte transplantation
    • Cartilage bone transplantation
    • Meniscus injuries
    • Damages of the ligaments, including the cruciate ones
    • Complicated forms of joint instability
    • Revision interventions
    • Patellar tendonitis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of benign tumors of the musculoskeletal system
    • Osteoma
    • Osteoid osteoma
    • Osteochondroma (cartilaginous exostoses, including familial exostosis)
    • Enchondroma
    • Chondroblastoma
    • Nonossifying fibroma
    • Fibrous dysplasia
    • Osteoclastoma (giant cell tumor)
    • Bone tissue hemangioma
  • Diagnostics and treatment of malignant tumors of the musculoskeletal system
    • Osteosarcoma
    • Chondrosarcoma
    • Ewing's sarcoma
    • Multiple myeloma / plasmacytoma
  • Diagnostics and treatment of soft tissue tumors and tumor-like lesions
  • Diagnostics and treatment of osteoporosis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of shoulder diseases
    • Rotator cuff tear
    • Impingement syndrome
    • Frozen shoulder syndrome
    • Shoulder instability
    • Calcific tendonitis
    • Biceps tendinitis
    • Shoulder arthrosis
  • Diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the ankle and foot
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic interventions
  • Diagnostics and treatment of other diseases, other treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Since 1999, Professor Rüdiger Krauspe is the Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics at the University Hospital Duesseldorf, and in 2015 he was appointed as the President of the German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC) and the Deputy President of the German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma (DGOU).

Since 1972 till 1980, Dr. Rüdiger Krauspe studied chemistry and medicine at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, where in 1983 he defended his doctoral thesis. Since 1980 till 1987, he held the position of the Assistant Physician at the Institute of Pathology at the Katharinen Hospital in Stuttgart, Department of Surgery at the Feuerbach Hospital, at the Bürgerhospitals Stuttgart, and in the Department of Orthopedics at the Olga Hospital in Stuttgart. In 1987, he received the title of the Medical Specialist in Orthopedics. Since 1987, he has been a Senior Physician, and since 1989, he has been a Leading Senior Physician in the Department of Orthopedics at the Academic Hospital König-Ludwig-Haus at the University of Würzburg. In 1993, the doctor was habilitated and received an offer to hold the position of C3 Professor in Neuro-Orthopedics and Pediatric Orthopedics at the University of Würzburg. In 1995, Prof. Krauspe had additional training in Special Orthopedic Surgery. Since 1991, he is also a Medical Specialist in Sports Medicine, and in 2007 he received specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology with additional qualification in Special Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatric Orthopedics.

The main research focuses of Prof. Krauspe include joint innervation, cell therapy in cartilage pathology and bone defects, tissue engineering, gait and movement analysis with an emphasis on systemic neuromuscular dysfunction, navigation surgery, functional disorders and spinal deformities, as well as sensitive to biochemical changes MRI diagnostics of in vivo and in vitro cartilage degeneration.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC).
  • German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma (DGOU)
  • German Society of Pediatric Orthopedics (VKO)
  • German Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (DAF).
  • AOSpine Deutschland
  • Professional Association of Orthopedists and Trauma Surgeons (BVOU).
  • German Association of Senior Orthopedists and Trauma Surgeons (VLOU).
  • Association of Southern German Orthopedics and Trauma Surgeons (VSOU).
  • Academy of Regional Physicians of the German Medical Association.
  • European Pediatric Orthopedic Society (EPOS)
  • European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS).
  • International Pediatric Orthopedic Think Tank (IPOTT).

Awards and Honors

  • 1994 Award of the German, Swiss and Austrian Society.
  • 1995 Poster Award of the European Orthopedic Research Society.
  • 1996 Scientific Award of the Paediatric Orthopedic Society.
  • 1997 Heinrich Heine Prize (DGOT).
  • 2009 Scientific Prize of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society.
  • 2011 Scientific Prize of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society.

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