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Department of orthopaedics and trauma surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Akbar
orthopaedic and trauma surgery

About the department

The department of orthopaedics and trauma surgery at MEOCLINIC Berlin provides a broad range of orthopaedic services, including trauma and musculoskeletal conditions. Modern evidence-based treatment is provided by a team of experienced physicians and nurses. The head of the department has specialized in spinal diseases and has a high level of surgical expertise thanks to more than 10,000 independently performed spinal operations. The treatment usually takes place during an outpatient or short inpatient stay. The hospitalization time can be reduced to a minimum. The department has a modern surgical room with the highest hygiene standards and required equipment. 

The priorities of work in the department include conservative and surgical treatment, diagnosis, and physiotherapy for musculoskeletal diseases: spinal deformities in children and adults, degenerative spinal disorders, tumours, infections, and fractures. Experts also give professional second opinions for complex cases at the international level.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Conservative treatments:

  • Shock wave therapy
  • Sanakin (autologous serum therapy)
  • Manual therapy
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Osteopathy
  • Spiral dynamics
  • Electrotherapy
  • Ultrasonic
  • Injection therapy with hyaluronic acid, cortisone, and local anaesthetics
  • Special insole supplies
  • Orthopaedic technical supplies
  • Personal training
  • Fitness coach
  • Nutritional advice

Surgery:

  • Arthroscopy (joint minimally invasive surgery)
  • Microsurgical interventions on the spine
  • Endoprosthesis (joint replacement)
  • Osteosynthesis (for bone fractures) and more

Diagnostic options:

  • Digital x-ray (exercise images of all kinds)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Special sonography of the musculoskeletal system
  • Dynamic and static pedography with digital image processing
  • Manual diagnostics

Physiotherapeutic services: 

  • Manual therapy
  • Classic massage
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Fascial technique
  • Lomilomi massage
  • Ems training
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Golf physiotherapy
  • Kinesiotaping
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Doctor profile

Education

  • January 2017 Habilitation in the field of orthopaedics and trauma surgery, University of Heidelberg, topic: About the pathological changes in the shoulder joints in long-term paraplegics with complete wheelchair dependence
  • July 2016 Special orthopaedics surgery (additional designation)
  • January 2015 Basic and master certificate of the German Spine Society (DWG)
  • October 2013 Special trauma surgery (additional designation)
  • October 2008 Specialist in orthopaedics and trauma surgery

Experience

  • June 2015 – March 2020 Head of the Spine Surgery Center at the Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the University of Heidelberg, Surgical responsibility for the Clinic for Paraplegiology
  • Since October 2008 Senior Physician in the Spinal Surgery Section, Center for Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Paraplegiology, Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery at the University of Heidelberg (Director Prof. V. Ewerbeck)
  • 2001-2008 Resident in the Orthopedic University Clinic Heidelberg Foundation, Department of Orthopedics I+II (Director Prof. V. Ewerbeck; Director Prof. HJ Gerner)
  • March 2000-Feb. 2001 Doctor in an internship in the Surgical Clinic and Polyclinic I of the Benjamin Franklin University Hospital of the Free University of Berlin (Prof. H .J. Buhr)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Since January 2020 member of the Advisory Board of the Bundesverband Scoliose-Selbsthilfe e. V
  • Since November 2018 member of the advisory board of the journal "Der Orthopäde"
  • March 2017 DSQ Research Promotion Prize 2017 of the German Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury
  • Member of the German Spine Society (DWG)
  • Member of the EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe
  • Dec. 2015 3rd poster prize at the 10th German Spine Congress in Frankfurt am Main for the contribution: "The sagittal profile of the cervical spine in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis"
  • 2012/2013 Lautenschläger scholarship from the University of Heidelberg with a clinical-scientific stay in a spinal surgery centre in New York (Spinal Deformity Service, Division of Spine Surgery" in the Hospital for Joint Diseases of the New York University School of Medicine, Prof. F. Schwab; V. Lafage).
  • May 2010 Vernon L. Nickel Award of the American Orthopedic Rehabilitation Association (ORA) for the work: “Prevalence of Rotator Cuff Tear in Paraplegic Patients Compared to Controls. A Case-Control Study”
  • May 2006 Publication Prize 2005 of the Foundation Orthopedic University Clinic Heidelberg
  • May 2002 Inaugural dissertation to obtain a medical doctorate in the Faculty of Human Medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin "Molecular biological studies on the expression of the endothelial calcium-activated potassium (BKCa) channel subunits"
  • April 2000 Research grant awarded by the German Society for Vascular Surgery and Meadox/Boston Scientific Germany
  • Author of 150 publications
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