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Department of orthopaedics (endoprosthetics centre), accident and spine surgery

Dr. med. Thomas Forer
traumatology, orthopaedics, spinal surgery

About the department

The department of orthopaedics (endoprosthetics centre), accident and spine surgery at Academic Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main offers patients all modern conservative and surgical options to treat postural and musculoskeletal disorders at the highest medical level. Professional associations also mandate the department to treat outpatient and inpatient work accidents. Emergency reconstructive surgery deals with surgical and conservative treatment and the consequences of accidental injuries. The department has a certified endoprosthesis center, in which more than 10,000 joint arthroplasty operations have been performed since opening. Thanks to many years of experience and modern technical capabilities, the department's specialists achieve excellent therapeutic results. In their work, the department's specialists use only advanced implants from leading manufacturers that have passed quality certification and have confirmed their durability and reliability.

The department's medical team specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating spinal pathologies and the musculoskeletal system's congenital and acquired functional disorders. The department most often receives patients with pathologies of bone structures, joints, muscles and tendons. Orthopedists of the medical facility have rich experience. They are justifiably proud of their outstanding results in arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder joints, surgical treatment of degenerative diseases of large joints and spine, and surgical correction of forefoot deformities.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Blockage of the facet joints
  • Valgus deformity
  • Injuries and damage
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Bone fractures
  • Meniscus tear
  • Degenerative diseases of large joints
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Compression fractures

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy (to look inside the joint with a flexible tube-like camera)
  • Bone scintigraphy (nuclear medicine imaging technique of the bone)
  • Myelography (uses a contrast dye and X-rays to look for problems in the spinal canal)

Treatment: 

  • Conservative treatment
  • Pain therapy
  • Infiltration and drug injections
  • Operations to replace the knee, hip and shoulder joints (endoprosthetics)
  • Arthroscopic interventions
  • Surgical treatment of spinal stenosis
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Replacement of vertebral bodies with implants
  • Radiofrequency ablation, neuromodulation
  • Sports medicine
  • Physiotherapy
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1986 - 1992 Study of Human Medicine at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University

Experience

  • Since 2017 Head Physician, Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery and Foot Surgery at the Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main
  • 2010 - 2016 Managing Senior Physician, Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery and Foot Surgery at the Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main
  • 2003 - 2010 Senior Physician, Department of Orthopedics, Traumatology and Hand Surgery at the Hospital Darmstadt
  • 1994 - 2003 Assistant Physician, advanced training in the Department of Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest
  • 1992 - 1994 Assistant Physician, Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Working Group on Endoprosthetics of the German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery
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