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Department of sports injuries

Dr. med. Thomas Ambacher
orthopaedics and traumatology, sports injuries

About the department

The department of sports injuries at ATOS Orthopedic Clinic Frankfurt am Main provides athletes with world-class medical services. The head of the department has been consistently listed as an expert of exceptional level since 2004. For example, in 2021, as the top shoulder surgeon. The staff at the department is professionally trained and continuously receives further education in the field of sports medicine. The department is equipped with modern full-body assessment devices for check-ups (prophylaxis) and return-to-sports (metaphylaxis) programs. A team of physical therapists and other support staff are working together to achieve the most optimal results in the shortest time. The treatment is always evidence-based, following the latest scientific and practical findings. The procedures are carried following the regulations of the Medical Advisory Board Medical Networks.

Preventive check-ups, return-to-sports tests, and treatment/diagnosis of sports injuries are critical services at the department. Treatment is available in an out-patient and in-patient manner.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Range of services:

  • Treatment of orthopaedic diseases and injuries of the shoulder and elbow joint (operative experience of about 16,000 interventions)
  • Sports injuries to the tendons and ligaments in the ankle and knee joints
  • Broken bones in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle
  • Minor hand surgery
  • Muscle/tendon overloads or injuries (lower extremities) 
  • The entire spectrum of orthopaedic sports medicine (musculoskeletal system) 

Surgical treatment options:

  • Cartilage/(bone) regeneration and reconstruction
  • Bone reconstruction 
  • Meniscus preservation 
  • Preservation/refixation or replacement of cruciate ligament 
  • Refixation/reconstruction after previous cruciate ligament surgery

Conservative spectrum:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Medical training therapy
  • Injections of the body's own activated blood plasma (PRP), hyaluronic acid, etc. 
  • Shock wave therapy 
  • Return-to-sports tests
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Physiotherapist Clinic Markgröningen/Rehamed Stuttgart 1987-1991
  • Medical studies at the University of Tübingen/Heidelberg 1989-1995
  • Recognition as a specialist in surgery 2000
  • Recognition of the focus on trauma surgery in 2003
  • Recognition as a specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery 2009

Experience

  • Resident General Surgery Clinic Stuttgart 1996-1997
  • Resident doctor general and accident surgery RWTH Aachen 1997/1998
  • Assistant doctor BG Klinik Bergmannsheil Bochum 1998/1999
  • Assistant doctor trauma surgery Katharinenhospital Stuttgart 2000-2002
  • Appointment as senior physician, head of shoulder surgery Katharinenhospital Stuttgart 2002-2004
  • Senior physician at the Center for Shoulder Surgery, Roser Klinik Stuttgart 2005/2006
  • Senior Physician Department of Shoulder/Elbow Surgery and Trauma Surgery ARCUS Kliniken Pforzheim 2007-2018
  • Medical Director ARCUS Kliniken Pforzheim 2013-2017
  • Head of Shoulder Surgery and Sports Traumatology Practice Clinic Dr Fecher&Colleagues, Hofgartenklinik Aschaffenburg 2019/2020
  • Head of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery ATOS Klinik Stuttgart from 2021

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Author of approx. 600 lectures on shoulder surgery and sports injuries
  • Author of approx. 80 publications, 29 of which are listed in Medline
  • Leader and organizer of numerous surgical and examination courses for shoulder and elbow diseases
  • Head of the "Conservative Therapy" commission of the German Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE)
  • DVSE board member 2009-2013
  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board Medical Networks/Deutsche Sportärztezeitung since 2010
  • Member of the AGA
  • Member of the BVOU
  • Member of the DGU
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