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Department of orthopaedic, trauma surgery and endoprosthesis

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Rittmeister
orthopaedics, traumatology

About the department

The department of orthopaedic, trauma surgery and endoprosthesis at St. Elisabethen Hospital Frankfurt am Main deals with the modern treatment of various musculoskeletal system diseases. With highly differentiated diagnostics, individual support from experienced specialists in the departments and active interdisciplinary collaboration as a backbone, the medical team offers patients professional medical care from a single source. The stated goal is always to restore the greatest possible freedom from pain and freedom of movement for patients after joint disease, especially in the shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle joints. Infants, young children, adolescents, and adults are treated up to old age. The department is also authorized and approved by the compulsory insurance system to treat accidents at school, at work, and road.

Doctors specialize in treating the pathology of the foot, spine, and degenerative, rheumatic diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Surgical treatment is always carried out only after all reasonable possibilities of conservative therapy have been exhausted and after individual acquaintance and consultation with the patient. For surgical interventions, modern operating rooms with clean air, tissue-friendly instruments and high-quality implants are available. Postoperative pain is treated closely with the in-house anaesthesia and intensive care unit.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Spinal stenosis
  • Incorrect positions and deformities of the foot
  • Diseases and instability of the Achilles tendon
  • Bent and flat feet, bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetic foot
  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve tumours and peripheral nerve diseases
  • Scoliosis


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Myelography (uses a contrast dye and X-rays to look for problems in the spinal canal)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Bone scintigraphy (nuclear medicine imaging technique)
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy 
  • Spinal tap (used to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid)
  • Diagnostic joint puncture (to remove fluid from the space around a joint using a needle)
  • Electromyography (recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles)


  • Spinal injections of painkillers
  • Microsurgical interventions
  • Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
  • Prosthetics of prostheses of intervertebral discs
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Minimally invasive treatment of cruciate ligament and meniscus injuries
  • Treatment of sports injuries
  • Targeted radiofrequency ablation
  • Surgical removal of the tumour
  • Functional pain therapy (neuromodulation)
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