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University Hospital Saarland Homburg

location_on Homburg, Germany
9.8/10 from 28 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Traumatology, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery (411452)

Tim Pohlemann

Prof. Dr. med.

Tim Pohlemann

Specialized in: adult and pediatric traumatology, hand surgery, reconstructive surgery

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Traumatology, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital Saarland offers the full range of treatment of injuries of any severity and their consequences, as well as diseases of the musculoskeletal system in adults and children. The treatment is provided in close cooperation with the Surgery Center, other departments of the hospital and specialized hospitals of the region. The specialists of the department apply a variety of new therapy methods, which ensure excellent treatment results. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Tim Pohlemann.

In addition to the treatment of minor and moderate injuries that can be sustained, for example, when doing sports, housekeeping, and occupational injuries, the department specializes in the treatment of diseases and injuries of the hand.

Also, the department’s priority is emergency medical care for multiple and severe injuries. The treatment of patients with multiple injuries is provided in close cooperation with doctors from the related fields (Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, General, Abdominal and Vascular Surgery, Ophthalmology, etc.) at the highest level of modern medicine, in accordance with the recommendations of the German Trauma Society.

The service range of the department includes:

  • Emergency medical care for all types of injuries
  • Treatment of injuries and fractures of the pelvic ring, acetabulum
  • Spinal surgery (treatment of all spinal injuries in adults and children)
    • Occipito-cervical fusion
    • Odontoid process screw osteosynthesis (Böchler’s procedure)
    • C1/C2 transarticular screw osteosynthesis (Magerl’s procedure)
    • Ventral fusion and osteosynthesis with cervical spine plates with or without decompression
    • Dorsal stabilization of the cervical spine with or without decompression
    • Dorsal stabilization of the thoracic/lumbosacral spine with or without posterolateral fusion
    • Revision spinal canal interventions for decompression (laminoplasty, hemilaminectomy or laminectomy)
    • Ventral stabilization of the thoracic/lumbar spine through a minimally invasive or endoscopic access with the use of angular stable screws
    • Endoscopic or minimally invasive resection from the rear access in dura mater compression 
    • Cement fixation for spinal stabilization in decreased bone mineral density (osteopenia, osteoporosis)
    • Balloon kyphoplasty
    • Soft tissue plastic surgery (transposition or closure of tissue defects by flaps)
    • Plastic surgery in cerebrospinal fluid leak due to trauma
    • Navigation surgery
    • Imaging-guided repositioning and decompression
    • Other surgical techniques
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Hand surgery
    • Acute hand injuries (wrist and hand fractures, injuries of the hand tendons and ligaments, damaged nerves and trauma during amputation)
    • Consequences of hand injuries (incorrect joint structure, wrist replacement surgery in arthrosis, operations to treat damaged nerves)
    • Degenerative diseases (compression syndromes with nerve damage, rheumatic diseases)
    • Congenital malformations (syndactyly, polydactyly, camptodactyly)
    • Other pathologies
  • Foot surgery
  • Surgical treatment of oncological diseases of the musculoskeletal system
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

  • Study of Medicine at the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Internship in the Central District Hospital Ludwigsburg.
  • 1983 Admission to medical practice and thesis defense: "Inhibitors of aldose reductase and gluconeogenesis in rats with diabetes mellitus in a chronic study" (Prof. Dr. med. F. H. Schmidt, Mannheim), magna cum laude.
  • April 1982 American exam ECFMG.
  • 1983 - 1989 Further training in surgery, Department of Surgery, Hannover Medical School (Prof. Dr. med. H. Tscherne, Prof. Dr. med. R. Pichlmayr, Prof. Dr. med. H.G. Borst), rotation, Braunschweig Hospital (Prof. Dr. med. P. Neuhaus).
  • 1989 Area of specialization: surgery.
  • 1992 Senior Physician in the Department of Traumatology at the Hannover Medical School.
  • 1992 Specialization in Traumatology.
  • 1992 Habilitation, Traumatology.
  • 1997 Appointed as a Visiting Professor.
  • Since 2001 C4 Professor of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Traumatology, Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Saarland.

Memberships (selected)

  • 2011 President of the German Society of Traumatology (DGU) and President of the German Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (DGOU).
  • Member of the German Society of Traumatology (DGU).
  • Member of the German Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (DGOU).
  • Member of the German Society of Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC).
  • Member of the German Society of Surgery (DGCH).
  • Member of the Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC).
  • Member of the Professional Association of Orthopedicians and Trauma Surgeons (BVOU).
  • Member of the Association of Surgeons in Saarland.
  • Chairman of the Study Group for the Research of Pelvic Pathologies and a Member of the Council of the AO Fund ("Trustee").
  • Head of the Working Group on Pelvic Diseases II of the German Society of Traumatology (a multicenter study that included 26 hospitals).

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