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Department of orthopaedics and trauma surgery

Dr. med. Thomas Kruppa
orthopaedics, trauma surgery

About the department

The department of orthopaedics and trauma surgery at Academic Hospital Neuwerk Monchengladbach offers diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, as well as injuries. The therapeutic options cover conservative measures and, more often, surgical interventions performed using gentle, minimally invasive techniques. The department provides round-the-clock emergency care for injuries. There are two intensive care units to treat patients with life-threatening injuries. Medical care is provided following the current standards of medical societies in close cooperation with the interdisciplinary intensive care unit and other medical departments. In addition to emergency care, the team specialises in elective complex joint surgeries. Furthermore, the department is certified as a centre that provides treatment for accidents at work and school and is registered as a local trauma centre. The medical team includes trained doctors and nurses and experienced physiotherapists and psychologists. 

The critical attention of the department is given to the treatment of bone fractures of varying severity in adults and children, surgical correction of bone fusion disorders after fractures, and septic surgery of bone tissue. In addition, doctors specialise in treating acute and chronic pain through interventional therapy.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Arthritis 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Muscular dystrophy 
  • Lower back pain 
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Fractures 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Acute and chronic pain syndrome

Diagnostic:

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • X-ray, CT or MRI 
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy 
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Bone scintigraphy 
  • Other diagnostic procedures

Treatment options:

  • Pediatric traumatology
  • Joint replacement surgery (endoprosthetics)
  • Articular reflexes (arthroscopies and arthroscopic surgeries)
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Hand and foot surgery
  • Emergency care, including those seriously injured
  • Septic bone surgery for bone infections
  • Cartilage cell transplantation
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques that are gentle on soft tissues and bones
  • Endoprosthetics of the hip joint
  • Complex revision arthroplasty
  • Operative arthroscopy
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Balneotherapy
  • Interventional pain therapy 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1993-2000 Study of human medicine at the University of Hamburg
  • 2006 Promotion to Dr. medical at the Philipps University of Marburg

Experience

  • 2001-2002 Assistant doctor at the Clinic for Orthopedics, AK Barmbek, Hamburg
  • 2003-2006 Assistant doctor at the "Université Louis Pasteur: Center de Traumatologie et d'Orthopédie/Service de Traumatologie du Sport", Strasbourg/France
  • 2007-2009 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Orthopedics, Klinikum Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Austria
  • 2010-2011 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, ATOS Specialist Clinic Heidelberg 
  • 2012-2016 Senior Physician at the Clinic for Orthopaedics, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Endoprosthetics Center, Hospital of the Augustinians, Cologne
  • 2017-2020 Head of the Endprosthetics Center of the Maximum Care Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, St. Augustinus Hospital, Düren
  • since 2021 Head of Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the Musculoskeletal Center, Neuwerk Hospital, Mönchengladbach

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery (DGOU)
  • German Society for Endoprosthetics (AE)
  • German Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE)
  • Working Group for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA)
  • Association of Senior Orthopedists and Trauma Surgeons (VLOU)
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