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Department of orthopaedics, trauma surgery with endoprosthetic centre

Dr. med. Thilo John
traumatology, orthopaedics

About the department

The department of orthopaedics, trauma surgery with endoprosthetic centre at Academic Hospital DRK Berlin-Westend cares for patients with polytrauma, joint diseases and musculoskeletal conditions. The department is approved by accident insurance to treat professional injuries and is certified as a regional trauma centre in Berlin-Brandenburg. It is essential to mention that the head physician of the department personally took part in the development of ATLS-standards when providing medical care to accident victims. Based on the department, the certified Maximum Care EndoProsthetics Center (EPZmax) is established, where modern surgical methods are being developed and implemented in routine practice. Doctors ensure tissue sparing and quick rehabilitation using the latest gentle surgical techniques. 

The main focal points of the department lie in replacement surgery on the knee, hip and shoulder joints. The specialist team performs minimally invasive operations and, together with physiotherapists, enables more rapid recovery. In addition, the department organises professional medical help in polytraumas with multiple fractures, dislocations, soft-tissue wounds and extremities loss.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnostics:

  • X-ray
  • arthroscopy
  • computed tomography (CT)
  • MRI

Endoprosthetics:

  • primary joint replacement and replacement operations of the hip 
  • primary joint replacement and replacement operations of the knee 
  • primary joint replacement and replacement operations of the shoulder joint
  • tumour endoprosthetics
  • patient-specific joint replacement after digital X-ray measurement
  • soft-tissue-sparing, minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • endoprosthetic consultations

Orthopaedics surgery:

  • arthroscopy
  • bone reposition
  • correction surgeries
  • foot surgery
  • wrist surgery
  • elbow surgery
  • treatment of spine degenerative diseases 
  • osteotomy
  • tenotomy
  • ligamentotomy

Trauma surgery:

  • polytraumas
  • neck injuries
  • chest injuries
  • abdomen injuries
  • extremities injuries
  • extremities lost
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Study of medicine at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1994 - 1997 Medical activity in the Department of Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery at the Steglitz Hospital under the direction of Prof., Dr. Rahmanzadeh
  • 07/1997 – 08/2000 Training in surgery under the supervision of Prof. Buhr in the Benjamin Franklin Hospital
  • 2001 - Specialist in Surgery
  • 2003 - Specialist for trauma surgery
  • Qualified as a Medical Specialist in the care of seriously wounded patients

Experience

  • 2001 Medical Specialist in Traumatology, Department of Traumatology. Benjamin Franklin Hospital
  • 2004 - Deputy D-Doctor
  • 2008 - Chief consultant
  • 2009 - Deputy Director of Department of Orthopedic, Trauma and Reconstructive
  • Surgery
  • Since 10/2009, Chief Physician of the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics at the Academic Hospital DRK Berlin Westend
  • Participation in the development of ATLS-standards when providing medical care to victims
  • International activities as an Instructor of the International Association of Orthopedics (AO): involvement in operations in the Middle East

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Professional association of doctors specialising in orthopaedic and trauma surgery
  • German society for general and visceral surgery
  • Berlin Surgical Society
  • Medical Association Berlin
  • AO Spine
  • Clinical Research: cartilage-cell research, survival of hip prostheses
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