Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

location_on Kassel, Germany
9.2/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric General Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery (594434)

Guido Heers

Prof. Dr. med.

Guido Heers

Specialized in: adult and pediatric general orthopedics, trauma surgery

About the Department of Adult and Pediatric General Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery at Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel

The Department of Adult and Pediatric General Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery at the Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies. The specialization covers joint replacement surgery, foot and hand surgery, shoulder surgery, treatment of rheumatic joint lesions, treatment of injuries, sports orthopedics, treatment of orthopedic problems in children and adolescents, as well as pain therapy. The key to successful clinical practice is the highest professionalism and unique experience of the department's medical team combined with the very latest infrastructure and advanced equipment. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Guido Heers. The doctor has performed many successful surgical interventions and saved many lives.

One of the main focuses of the department's work is joint replacement surgery. The department is a certified Maximum Care Endoprosthetics Center (EPZmax). The therapeutic options include joint knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle endoprosthetics, as well as artificial replacement of the joints of the fingers and toes. The department's doctors mostly have to deal with the treatment of pathologies of the knee and hip joints. In general, the department's surgeons annually perform more than 1,200 joint replacement surgeries.

The focus of the department's medical team is always the patient with his individual needs. The comprehensive diagnostics using innovative computerized systems precedes the selection of the treatment method. According to the diagnostic results, the individual optimal treatment tactics are developed. It is worth noting that almost 100% of joint replacement surgeries are successful in the department. First of all, the use of modern sparing minimally invasive techniques contributes to this. In 1998, the department created a database of replacement surgeries in order to assess the quality of implanted artificial joints and patient's satisfaction. Nearly twenty years of researches and experience confirm that the prosthesis displacement, its premature wear and other problems with implanted joints in the department are practically excluded.

Another important field of ​​the department's work is foot surgery. For the treatment of foot problems, the specialized doctors have in their arsenal many surgical and conservative techniques. The most common pathologies in this field include hallux valgus, arthrosis of the big toe, claw and hammer toes, pain and metatarsal fractures, ankle arthrosis, ankle fractures, heel spur, etc.

The tasks of the department's doctors also include the treatment of chronic and acute sports injuries. The specially trained doctors take care of professional athletes and amateurs. Along with conventional diagnostic tests (classic X-ray, ultrasound scan, computed tomography), magnetic resonance imaging can also be performed. The department uses open MRI. Its advantage is a more accurate functional assessment of the damaged part of the body. The department offers all conservative and surgical methods for the treatment of sports injuries. The modern simulators in the department allow to perform highly effective therapeutic trainings. They are sufficient for the treatment of chronic sports injuries and recovery from surgical interventions. The therapeutic exercises are supplemented by balneo-physical procedures, therapeutic exercises, as well as physiotherapeutic procedures (for example, shockwave therapy). If surgery is required, preference is given to minimally invasive operations, in particular arthroscopic interventions. The department also applies the most advanced surgical techniques, including neuronavigation using computerized systems, robot-assisted and laser surgery.

Since the diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system in most cases cause severe pain, the department provides high-quality pain therapy. Once the cause of pain is detected, the doctor will prescribe the most appropriate treatment regimen for the patient. Anesthesia is usually based on medications, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The interventional procedures can also be performed. These include X-ray- or CT-guided administration of painkillers. In some cases, it is possible to alleviate the patient's condition using special corsets and bandages. In chronic pains, the specialists develop a multimodal concept of pain therapy for the patient.

An important focus of the department's clinical activities is the treatment of orthopedic diseases in children of all age groups. The young patients are treated by a specially trained team of experts who are well aware of the features of a growing organism and the needs of children. One of the key tasks is the treatment of pediatric hip diseases, particularly, hip dysplasia. The competence also includes the treatment of Perthes disease, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, foot deformities (for example, clubfoot or hallux valgus), axial deformations of the lower limbs and rotational deformities (for example, X-shaped and O-shaped deformities).

The department's range of medical services includes:

  • Joint replacement surgery (minimally invasive techniques)
    • Knee replacement surgery
    • Hip replacement surgery
    • Shoulder replacement surgery
    • Elbow replacement surgery
    • Ankle replacement surgery
    • Replacement surgery of the joints of fingers and toes
  • Foot surgery
    • Conservative treatment of stiffness in foot movements using physiotherapy and occupational therapy
    • Correction of foot deformities
    • Surgical and conservative treatment of foot fractures
    • Treatment of toe deformities (for example, hallux valgus, claw toes)
    • Minimally invasive treatment of compression syndromes (tarsal tunnel syndrome)
    • Ankle replacement surgery
    • Arthroscopic ankle interventions (for example, removal of free bodies)
    • Cartilage implantation (osteochondritis dissecans)
    • Corrective interventions on the tendons
    • Treatment of arthrosis (for example, hallux rigidus)
    • Forefoot and hindfoot surgery
  • Hand surgery
    • Conservative treatment of stiffness in hands using physiotherapy and occupational therapy
    • Treatment of arthritis in the fingers
    • Treatment of arthritis of the thumb saddle joint
    • Minimally invasive treatment of compression syndromes (carpal tunnel syndrome)
    • Replacement of joints of the fingers and hands
    • Arthroscopic interventions on the wrist joint
  • Elbow surgery
    • Muscle repair and correction of damaged elbow tendons
    • Reconstruction of fresh and old fractures
    • Conservative treatment using physiotherapy and occupational therapy (tennis elbow)
    • Minimally invasive treatment of compression syndromes (carpal tunnel syndrome)
    • Surgical treatment of epicondylitis
    • Arthroscopic removal of free bodies from the joint (minimally invasive surgery)
    • Shoulder replacement surgery (individually manufactured prosthesis), including in complex clinical cases
    • Replacement of prostheses (revision and septic arthroplasty)
  • Hip surgery
    • Joint-preserving interventions
    • Arthroscopic hip interventions
    • Sparing minimally invasive interventions
    • Partial or total hip replacement surgery, including in particular complex clinical cases
    • Hip revision surgery
    • Treatment of hip fractures
    • Cartilage transplantation/implantation
  • Knee surgery
    • Conservative therapy
    • Joint-preserving interventions
    • Arthroscopic knee interventions 
    • Minimally invasive knee surgery
    • Partial or total knee replacement surgery, including in complex clinical cases
    • Knee revision surgery
    • Joint replacement surgery in knee oncological lesions 
    • Knee ligament replacement (for example, cruciate ligament plastic surgery)
    • Anatomical reconstructions in patellar instability
    • Treatment of fractures in case of knee lesions
    • Cartilage transplantation/implantation
  • Shoulder surgery
    • Conservative treatment (for example, drug pain therapy, ultrasound-guided targeted injection therapy)
    • Individual physiotherapy
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Reconstructive interventions for injuries of the shoulder muscles and tendons 
    • Stabilizing interventions
    • Treatment of compression syndromes
    • Treatment of fracture with shoulder joint lesion
    • Implantation of cartilage tissue or cartilage stem cells
    • Shoulder replacement surgery (individually manufactured prosthesis), including in complex clinical cases
    • Joint revision interventions
  • Diagnostics and treatment of joint and bone lesions in rheumatic diseases
    • Hand and foot interventions, including minimally invasive ones
    • Replacement of all large and small joints, including complex injuries and axial defects
    • Treatment of small joint arthritis using "bioprostheses"
    • Clinical and laboratory diagnostics of inflammatory rheumatic systemic diseases
    • Local treatment of affected joints by means of cortisone injections
    • Infusion procedures using basic biological medicines
    • Inpatient treatment of patients with rheumatism caused by severe concomitant diseases (for example, diabetes mellitus)
    • Selection and recommendations for the use of orthoses
    • Treatment of osteoporosis
  • Orthopedic sports medicine
    • Treatment of tendinitis
    • Treatment of tendon injuries caused by excessive physical activity
    • Treatment of muscle tears
    • Treatment of tendon tears
    • Treatment of fractures caused by excessive physical activity
    • Treatment of cartilage tissue injuries caused by excessive physical activity
  • Trauma surgery
    • Care in acute pain syndromes
    • Accidents at work and at school
    • Bone fractures
    • Joint injuries
    • Paralysis, loss of sensation
    • Postoperative complications
    • Sports injuries
  • Pain therapy
    • Drug pain therapy
    • Electrotherapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Manual therapy
    • Acupuncture
    • Use of special corsets and bandages
    • Therapeutic local anesthesia
    • Shock wave therapy
    • Psychological care, including relaxation techniques, sensorimotor trainings
    • Qigong exercises
    • Radiofrequency therapy
    • Exercises on special simulators
  • Pediatric orthopedics
    • Diagnostics and treatment of hip diseases
      • Ultrasound hip scan in infants
      • Ultrasound-guided treatment of hip dysplasia
      • Treatment of hip dysplasia using a special splint
      • Clinical and X-ray examinations for monitoring of health condition in young children with hip dysplasia
    • Diagnostics and treatment of foot deformities
      • Clubfoot
      • Ponseti method
      • Planovalgus foot deformity
    • Diagnostics and treatment of axial and rotational deformities of the lower limbs
    • Surgical correction, including minimally invasive techniques
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae of Prof. Dr. med. Guido Heers

After studying Human Medicine at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Prof. Heers underwent training in Orthopedics and Traumatology. In addition, he spent a year at the Mayo Clinic in the United States, where he was engaged in research. After returning to Germany, Dr. Heers had his board certification in Orthopedics and Traumatology. In 2009, he held the post at the Center for Rheumatology in Bad Abbach (at that time the center worked under the patronage of the Bavarian Red Cross). Now the center is called Asklepios Hospital Bad Abbach. While working in the hospital, Dr. Heers also worked for eight months as a Trauma Surgeon at the Brothers of Mercy Hospital in Regensburg.

On January 1, 2018, Prof. Heers held the position of Chief Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric General Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery at the Vitos Orthopedic Clinic Kassel. In addition, he is authorized to conduct advanced training courses in Orthopedics, Traumatology and Special Orthopedic Surgery.

Additional Qualifications

  • Hand surgery.
  • Sports medicine.
  • Special orthopedic surgery.
  • Orthopedic traumatology.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Vitos Orthopädische Klinik Kassel 

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