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Department of arthroscopic surgery and sports orthopaedics

Dr. med. Dirk Holsten
arthroscopic surgery, sports orthopaedics

About the department

The department of arthroscopic surgery and sports orthopaedics at Academic Hospital Koblenz-Montabaur offers a complete minimally invasive joint surgery range. In the department, arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures are carried out for joint preservation. The department has modern operating rooms with equipment for minimally invasive interventions and computer navigation systems that allow surgeons to perform operations with maximum precision. Thanks to new and innovative surgical techniques, optimal care is possible even for complex joint injuries with rapid rehabilitation. The competent team carries out an intensive and individual medico-physical exercise treatment to ensure the early mobilisation of the patient. After surgical treatment, each patient receives proper care and, if necessary, undergoes rehabilitation.

The critical focus is minimally invasive surgery for injuries and defects of the musculoskeletal system, especially injuries resulting from sports. The department's return-to-sports concept supports patients on the fastest way back to popular or competitive sports. In addition, this prevents other damage. A qualified, interdisciplinary team of doctors and physiotherapists will accompany the athletes on their way back to activity.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Ligament injuries 
  • Bone fractures 
  • Injuries to the soft tissues, tendons, nerves and blood vessels 
  • Inflammatory processes and burns 
  • Chronic wounds 
  • Soft tissue defects after injuries 
  • Sports injuries


  • Anamnesis (disease’s history) 
  • Physical examination (revision) 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy 
  • Ultrasound examination 

Treatment options: 

  • Minimally invasive and arthroscopic interventions on the knee joint, shoulder joint, elbow, ankle and hip joint
  • Therapeutic interventions of the posterior and anterior cruciate ligaments as well as the collateral ligaments of the knee joint
  • Meniscus reconstruction 
  • Meniscal suture and collagen meniscal replacement
  • Stabilising interventions on the kneecap
  • Cartilage therapy, including cartilage cell cultivation and transplantation
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation after dislocations and rotator cuff reconstructions
  • Axis-correcting, knee-joint conversion operations for misalignments of the legs
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