Clinic Profile - introducing the ENDO-Klinik Hamburg

The ENDO-Klinik is a specialist clinic for bone and joint surgery, sports medicine, and spinal surgery. Its high level of expertise in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal apparatus has helped the clinic attain an excellent reputation worldwide. For 45 years, more than 9,000 patients a year place their trust in our medical knowledge and the skills of the many employees who make this clinic a center of excellence. 

Joint diseases cannot only be very painful, they can also quickly rob us of our mobility and independence. Restoring these abilities is the goal of the team effort between patients, physicians, nursing staff and physiotherapists, as well as all clinic employees who work for our patients behind the scenes. This is what ultimately makes the treatment successful and gives our patients a new zest for life. It is this mission, along with our success, that drives us to continuously develop and improve our performance in this particular field of modern medicine. All our employees share one common goal, and that is to ensure our patients’ well-being through their expertise, their vast experience and the resulting precision, all the while with routine and high quality standards.

Artificial joint replacement

Where conservative (non-surgical) treatment fails to deliver, the dam-aged joint is replaced with an artificial joint carefully designed taking into account patient's age, health conditions, and joint anatomy.The ENDO-Klinik is committed to providing excellent care to patients in need of joint replacement. Precise planning shortens the time spent in the operating room and minimizes negative effects for the patient. Whenever possible, the center resorts to partial joint replacement procedures. When this approach fails, total joint re-placements are performed using internationally recognized high flex-ion artificial joints.

The most frequently performed procedures at our clinic are hip and knee surgeries, followed by foot and shoulder surgeries. Especially in the field of joint replacement there is a wide range of different prosthetic models and materials to choose from. The fixation method, i.e. the decision whether or not to use bone cement, must also be considered carefully. With us you can be sure that you will always be treated according to the state of the art in medicine and with high-quality and individually fitting branded implants.

Furthermore, the careful selection of the most appropriate surgical method for each individual patient and the use of minimally invasive surgery ensure optimal treatment results that spare the muscles and ligaments in the best possible way.

Individually adjusted prostheses

The prosthetic systems developed by our physicians can be individually combined. In exceptional cases we manufacture special prostheses and customized implants that are tailored to your personal situation.

Revision/exchange surgery

An artificial joint makes life easier for affected patients. Sometimes, however, an artificial joint fails to work as intended and has to be replaced. Reasons for this include wear and tear, loosening,
infection or dislocation of the implant. It is completely normal for prostheses to suffer wear and tear or to become loose after 20 to 30 years of use. The ENDO-Klinik performs by far the most
exchange surgeries of knee and hip replacements in all of Germany – about 1,400 procedures every year.

Unilateral exchange –Treating infections in just one surgical procedure

One of the most dangerous complications associated with prosthetic surgery are periprosthetic joint infections. Here, the area surrounding the artificial joint is infected, thus enabling bacteria to proliferate on the joint itself. With more than 500 procedures due to artificial joint infections per year, the ENDO-Klinik is the largest center worldwide to treat these kinds of conditions.

Detection of pathogens

In next to no time, our specialists use novel methods to determine your individual antibiotic with the highest efficacy, which they then mix into the bone cement, as fixation with bone cement allows
for immediate load-bearing of the joint and treatment of infections in a single surgical procedure.

Doctors at ENDO-Klinik Hamburg

Surgeons of the ENDO-Klinik have implanted more than 175.000 joint replacements since the foundation in 1976.

Spinal and neurosurgery

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Age-related degeneration of the spine of varying degrees is common and a part of our lives. This does not necessarily always have to include back pain. The causes of pain are very different and require thorough analysis and investigation. Most of the time, the pain can be successfully treated by conservative methods; however, in some cases surgery is required or can significantly improve
quality of life again.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Ralf Hempelmann and Dr. Alexander Richter are the senior physicians of the Department of Spinal and Neurosurgery at the ENDO-Klinik. The interdisciplinary team of physicians in this department, comprised of neurosurgeons, orthopedic specialists and trauma surgeons, treats not only degenerative disease of all segments of the spine, such as herniated disks, spinal stenoses or instabilities, but also diseases resulting from tumors, accidents,
and inflammations. Another area in which they specialize is follow-up interventions and revision surgeries due to failed surgical procedures or complications.

The careful selection of the appropriate surgical method for each patient and, where possible, the use of minimally invasive techniques ensure optimal treatment results.

Doctors at ENDO-Klinik Hamburg

Every year, the physicians perform around 700 inpatient procedures and about 2,500 outpatient examinations in this department.