Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis (program ID: 481550)

University Hospital Heidelberg

location_on Heidelberg, Germany
9.8/10 from 57 Votes
Specialized hospital
Volker Ewerbeck

Head Physician
Prof. Dr. med.

Volker Ewerbeck

Specialized in: adult and pediatric orthopedics, traumatology

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology

Program includes:

  • Initial presentation in the clinic
  • clinical history taking
  • physical examination
  • review of medical records
  • laboratory tests:
    • complete blood count
    • general urine analysis
    • biochemical analysis of blood
    • indicators of inflammation (CRP, ESR)
    • indicators blood coagulation
  • x-ray examination of the shoulder
  • CT/MRI scan of the shoulder
  • preoperative care
  • design of the patient-specific implant using 3 d system
  • computer-assisted shoulder joint replacement
  • the cost of the implant included
  • symptomatic treatment
  • control examinations
  • physiotherapeutic procedures
  • orthopedic appliances
  • the cost of essential medicines and materials
  • nursing services
  • full hospital accommodation
  • explanation of future recommendations

Required documents

  • Medical records
  • X-ray examination, MRI/CT scan (if available)
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About the department

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

The department offers the full range of services in the field of diagnostics and treatment of all diseases of the musculoskeletal system. In addition to surgical treatment, a number of effective conservative treatments are available in the department, for example, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic exercise. The highly qualified doctors who have a rich experience and outstanding treatment results take care of the patients' health. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Volker Ewerbeck.

The main areas of the department’s specialization include:

  • Hip and knee replacement surgery
  • Hand surgery and microsurgery
    • Dupuytren's contracture
    • Rhizarthrosis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Distal radius fractures
    • Navicular bone fractures
    • Trigger fingers
  • Pediatric orthopedics
    • Hip diseases (for example, Perthes disease, hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, coxitis, and their complications)
    • Axial deformations
    • Gait abnormalities
    • Leg length discrepancy
    • All types of foot deformities
  • Neuro-orthopedics (for example, complex gait abnormalities, neurogenic hip decentralization)
  • Foot surgery
    • Hollow foot
    • Clubfoot
    • Flatfoot, combined with external clubfoot
    • Heel foot
    • Foot and ankle osteoarthritis
    • Hallux valgus
    • Toe deformities
    • Leg length discrepancy
  • Conservative pain therapy
    • Pain in the back and legs
    • Pain in the neck and arms
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Joint pain
    • Complex regional pain syndromes
    • Phantom pains
    • Osteoporosis pain
  • Septic surgery
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
    • Shoulder and elbow instability
    • Shoulder arthrosis
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Impingement syndrome
    • Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
    • Rotator cuff tear
  • Sports traumatology
    • Cruciate ligament rupture
    • Baker's cyst
    • Meniscus injuries
    • Achilles tendon rupture
    • Ankle impingement
    • Patella injuries
  • Traumatology and reconstructive surgery
    • Pelvic ring fracture
    • Hip fractures
    • Polytrauma
    • Pseudarthrosis
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Tendon injuries
    • Ankle fractures
    • Forearm fractures
    • Elbow injuries
    • Shoulder injuries
  • Spinal surgery
  • Conservative therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Ergotherapy
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Psychotherapy
  • Other diseases and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Education and Professional Career

  • 1968 - 1975 Study of Medicine at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Vienna.
  • February 1975 State examination at the Free University of Berlin.
  • February 1982 Medical Specialist in Surgery.
  • 1984 Assistant Physician, Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology, University Hospital Heidelberg (Head: Prof. Dr. med. H. Cotta).
  • 1987 Appointed as a Senior Physician and Head of the Section of Orthopedic Oncology and Septic Surgery.
  • 1988 Orthopedic Surgeon.
  • 13.07.1993 Venia legendi, Orthopedics, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.
  • 1995 Invitation to the position of C4 Professor, Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.
  • 1996 Appointed as a C4 Professor, Orthopedics, University of Heidelberg.
  • 04.01.1996 Head of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Traumatology at the University Hospital Heidelberg.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Member of the German Society of Surgery.
  • Member of the European Hip Society.
  • Member of the European Musculoskeletal Oncology Society (EMSOS).
  • Member of the International Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT).
  • Member of the European Society of Orthopedic Research (EORS).
  • Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).
  • Member of the German Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina.
  • Member of the German Section of the International Working Group on Osteosynthesis (AO).
  • Honorary Member of the Austrian Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery.
  • 1st Chairman of the Association of Leading Orthopedic Surgeons (VLO).
  • 2004 President of the German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery.
  • President of the Working Group on Endoprosthetics.
  • 1st Chairman of the Association of Leading Orthopedic Surgeons (VLO).
  • 2004 President of the German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Consultative Council of Surgeons, Cooperative Osteosarcoma Research (COSS).
  • 2008 President of the German Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Main Clinical Focuses

  • Large joint endoprosthetics.
  • Cancer surgery.

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